Friday, 31 August 2012

Day 244 - OUT of a WINDOW

This is the view towards the sea from our spare bedroom window. Towards the RH side are the South Downs

Peter has a colonoscopy tomorrow morning as a routine check up for his Crohn's disease so we aren't going anywhere today and hospital early tomorrow am and then home late morning. We are supposed to be at an evening wedding reception tomorrow night but may be going on my own :(

Day 243 - THRIVING

What a busy day and only now putting up my photo!!
Had a brilliant sleepover for my 8yr old DGS Zac and a busy day with him, then suddenly it was 7pm and we were taking him home before going out with friends last night.
Here is my photo of some thriving Giant Busy Lizzies plants which haven't been watered whilst we were away but must have had enough rain water and warm sunshine!
Early yesterday morning I went to Ann's for my usual fortnightly treatment and here is the progress to her converted barn since I last took a photo 3 weeks ago

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Cruise to the Azores August 2012

A few photos of Peter and I
Arriving at Tilbury
In Madeira
 Early morning arrival in the Azores
 Silly moments in Santana, Madeira!
 Waiting to disembark at Tilbury
 A few of me now!
 No one on deck, all below feeling sick!! All tables chained up too!!
 Peter relaxing and chatting as men do!

Cocktail tasting on a sea day!!
Casual night
 Informal night
 Formal night

Day 242 - SLOW

How apt today's word was.
My daughter in law had a birthday today and we took her, our daughter and 3 grandchildren to our local Beefeater, None of us had been for a long time.
The service was appalling and so SLOW! We ordered our food at 12.47 and finally got starters at 2.15! Not only that but the tables were dirty and some of the cutlery and when the food came it had been microwaved and was hot and dry on the outside and cold in the middle. We saw the manager who had only arrived 24hrs before and agreed there were major problems to sort out and cancelled our bill and offered us free icecream sundaes for us all!

Birthday cake with one candle!

 Icecream time!!

 Grandad and Xanthe busy!!
 Oops I like tomato sauce!!
Well I am up todate with my blog and watching the Para Olympics on the TV, very moving
 I am just going to add a few more holiday photos to the blog

Day 238 - 241

Day 238 - PURPLE  Amazing how many photos had purple in them
here I am returning one evening to our cabin late at night!

 Many lovely puple flowers in The Azores and Madeira

 Praia. Can you see our ship in the background?
 A lady wearing a purple scarf
A purple bow tie but definitely not Peter he doesn't have a bow tie!!
Day 239 - EDIBLE   Well we are home and here is our veg garden full of weeds but some edible lettuce!!
 Madeira cake we brought home for our son. It is darker than our cake as it is made from molasses instead of castor sugar
Day 240 - FREE CHOICE   my breakfast, back to SW again!!
Day 241 - TEXTURED My cardigan that I am wearing today

Days 232 -237

Day 232 - SQUARE  The square pattered tiles everywhere in Portugal especially Oporto

 One of the town squares in the Azores (Angra - Terceira Island)
Day 233 - TRIANGULAR A road sign
 A large sun dial at La Coruna
 One of many many daily cocktails in a triangular shape glass called Cosmopolitan

 The original houses of Santana, Madeira
Day 234 - STRAIGHT  A lot of the villages in Madeira had celebrated a Saints Day in their village. We were lucky to see some of their flower decorations along the roads

 Another patterned pavement with straight lines
 Straight road lines as the public bus round Horta island has a 10 mins break!
 Decorative straight lines at Horta airport
 Day 235  - STAR    a large decorative sundial at La Coruna
Another star on the circular shape
In Horta all sailing ships leave their 'calling card' by painting on the piers..another star
Here we have found our old neighbours card when they brought their yacht Calidris Alba back to the UK last year. Our ship the Marco Polo is in the background!

Day 236 - IRREGULAR paving slabs
 Rocks in Madeira
 Sign in Oporto
Day 237 - FOOTWEAR Our shoes on the last night waiting to wear at the end of our holiday!!