Sunday, 30 August 2009

On ya Puds!

We didn't know you still had it in you...



Author's note: Only one small bird was injured in the events leading up to the taking of this photo. And no, we don't condone the mindless slaughter of native fauna, but if you had a 14 year old slightly arthritic indoor cat who has lost her spring and hasn't caught a bird for over 10 years, you might feel a small misplaced sense of maternal pride too!

Friday, 28 August 2009

Hola Alicante!

We spent an excellent four days in Alicante, Spain. We stayed at the Melia Alicante, which was big and ugly but well-placed and had everything we needed. Over the course of four days, we went for a long walk up to the castle on top of a hill, took the tram down to a quiet sandy beach and took a boat-ride over to a little fishing island. Our nights were spent lazily eating and drinking (mostly tapas, paella and sangria). The kids quickly got used to eating dinner at 930pm and spending their days on the beach...

Hotel and castle in the background

First paella

On the way up to the castle on our first day...


Cooling off at some fountains on the long hot walk up

We made it!

Looking down to the beach, our hotel and the marina



Very hot sand on the main beach next to our hotel





El castillo at night


Having tapas at dusk

Our favourite square

The best paella

On the ferry on the way to Isla Tabarca

Tabarca



Gorgeous pebbly bay on Tabarca

Jasper and his art exposition




Making paint

The drinks kept getting bigger and bigger

Sunrise from our hotel room

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Better late than never...

I'd better get these photos up from our un-holiday in the UK as we are leaving in a week for a few days in Spain.

All up, it was a good time. It was nice to see Joan again and her friends made us all very welcome. The kids had a great time. Dav worked a lot and I was a bit stressed. The weather was crap but the english sausages made up for it. It was fun to be back in an english speaking environment and I stocked up on lots of kids books in the charity shops. Also picked up a few recent best-sellers for me - a real treat! Not to mention the three packs of sausages I brought home in my bag...

Malborough

Op shopping day in Newbury (We brought home 50 kids books - luckily Easyjet has a pretty good luggage allowance!)

Full english breakfast at the Bear



The local playground (lots of fun even if I couldn't buy a cup of tea in the village after 3pm each day)

Two seconds on my own in Oxford (or how I walked off in a huff!)

Oxford

Going back up to White Horse hill (let's just not talk about the fight in the car between the 42 year old with the map in the backseat and the 88 year old with poor eye-sight but an amazing sense of direction in the front!)

Lily doing her paper-run (putting the papers outside the oldies' doors)

Swimming in a friend's heated pool

A great meal on our last day at The Bear in Hungerford