Monday, 30 April 2012

Tenerife 2011 - Part 1

After a friend mentioned that she enjoys reading about my hols, I realised that I never shared our trip to Tenerife last November.

We've been to Tenerife together three times previously (to this same resort) and I visited Tenerife with my parents as a child several times.  It's only about a 4 hour flight, and it's just one of these easy holidays, where you can relax, enjoy & pretty much be guaranteed some sunshine, so it's great to go because, although not exciting or new, it's easy & relaxing, which sometimes you just need!

We stay in Los Cristianos at a fab small resort club, this time in a 3-bedroomed apartment as my in-laws also came with us ...

Our apartment this time is the one with the white balcony, all way across

view from our roof-top
Everything is really lovely, and luxurious (for us anyway) and on the roof-top we have our own hot tub (bliss!) which Hubby loves to spend hours in; we have a fridge & bbq up there too, so the fridge is always full of Dorada (local beer) so Hubby's always happy!  We have a huge fab bedroom (parents always let us have the best one!) and it includes this GIANT bathtub!

Los Cristianos has some amazing hotels, this one is my favourite

funky shapes

The reception area is incredible - all the balconies inside are covered in greenery (REAL greenery) - check this out!

It's like being in an amazing jungle

they also have a waterfall inside

and even poolside they have lucious greenery

more funky balconies

It's a lovely walk down to the front too
view looking upwards
 This house is right on the front, and looks so cool

and it has this amazing cactus emerging from it's walled garden!

View of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas

We often walk down to the front, then walk along the front all the way into Playa (they two areas merge together now), it's a great walk with lots to see, with several beaches on the way too.

I don't think I could live in Tenerife (lots of Brits do), but for a week or two it's a great holiday. More tomorrow. x

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

More playlists!

Playlists have been a frequent thing for me recently especially as I get more of the music I love (either via cheap cd's or by transfer from a vinyl copy).  Here are a couple more recent of my playlists...

My Now List

Walk through Walls - Kyla La Grange (I love her music & you can download some for free from myspace or
Courage - Kyla La Grange
Heavy Stone - Kyla La Grange
Vampire Smile - Kyla La Grange
You Let it Go - Kyla La Grange
I Could Be - Kyla La Grange
Capybara - Shonen Knife
An Old Stationery Shop - Shonen Knife
PYO - Shonen Knife
Dylan - Emmy the Great
Edward is Deadward  - Emmy the Great
Wishing he was Dead - The Like
He's Not a Boy - The Like
Fair Game - The Like
In the End - The Like
Round the Moon - Summer Camp
Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
Oh My Go(o)d(ness) - Mark Ronson
Valerie - Mark Ronson
Dominoes - The Big Pink
The Wolf - Fever Ray (from Red Riding Hood soundtrack)
Crystal Visions - The Big Pink (from Red Riding Hood soundtrack)

80's mix II

Don't You (Forget about me) - Simple Minds (from Breakfast Club)
Fire in the Twilight - Wang Chung (from Breakfast Club)
Pretty in Pink - The Psychedelic Furs (from Pretty in Pink)
If You Leave - OMD (from Pretty in Pink)
Rush Hour - Jane Weidlin
Our Lips are Sealed - The Go Go's
You keep me hanging on - Kim Wilde
Kids in America - Kim Wilde
Hold Me Now - The Thompson Twins
You Spin me Round (like a record) - Dead or Alive
Wake me up before you go-go - Wham
My Favourite waste of time - Owen Paul
Love & Pride - King
The Land of Make Believe - Bucks Fizz (yes I know, but I loved this song, I was 6!)
I'm So Excited - The Pointer Sisters (from tv movie Deceptions)
Is This Love - Alison Moyet
Footloose - Kenny Loggins (from Footloose)
St Elmo's Fire - John Parr (from St Elmo's Fire)
Jump in Line (shake shake senora) - Harry Belafonte (from Beetlejuice - my fave part of the movie, Winona Ryder dancing in the air to this song!)

Happy days! x

Monday, 23 April 2012

Quiet weekend

Ok, so whilst my weekend was quiet, and lovely, you can always tell when other people have had a fun weekend, when you find things like THIS on your walks!!

a Tottenham Gnome on a postbox!
Hee, hee, so funny, though sure someone was greatly missing their gnome; today it's gone, so let's hope they got it back!

Had a fab Friday date night, Scott Pilgrim, followed by Red Riding Hood, with Pizza Hut Texan BBQ pizza, fizzy cola bottles & foam bananas - my kind of night! And Saturday night was Purple Rain - oh so funny acting, but what fab music!  And this came...

I've been wanting a copy of this for YEARS, but always got outbid, or was far too expensive, well done Hubby!  Labyrinth was my favourite movie when I was 11, my Dad very kindly took me to see it twice bless him (after I'd seen it at a birthday party). I learnt all the lines, loved the music but never got the soundtrack.

Hubby made flat breads and turkey currry on Sunday, and we made mini pizzas with leftover flat breads - a great way to mix and match!

Lots of dog walks later and the weekend had flown by yet again! Hope you had a good one x

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Upcycled - vintage linen towel

You may remember that my Mum gave me a couple of lovely vintage linen hand towels that had been my grandmothers. They were in great condition and I was loathe to ruin them by using them as towels.

Well, I finally decided what to do with them, I upcycled them into laundry bags; one for me, and one for my Mum (it's her birthday next week).

Here is the finished thing, I'm really pleased with them and am going to post the "how to" on my Makes page too if you're interested - it's really a simple make.

:) x

Monday, 16 April 2012

They're back (with pressies!)

My parents finally got back from their 3 1/2 month world cruise at the end of the week, so we've had a weekend of lovely catching up :) ... and pressies too!

Hubby was very pleased to receive a collection of beers from various places around the globe...

and so many treats for me, as she unpacked Mum would show me somthing she'd bought for herself, and then say, "and I couldn't not get one for you too" :D

some gorgeous fabric from Indonesia (blue for her, purple for me)

a lovely summery embroidered tunic top

delicious pashmina - teal one side, chocolate the other

heavenly silk kimono/kaftan

covered in colourful peacocks

these outdoor placemats

and lots of lovely, colourful tea towels


and a few for making bags

and a couple of bags, from Cyprus and Australia

             so a BIG
  to them both!


Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Easter weekend, in a nutshell

A (window) shopping trip with an old friend, and this fab tin celebrating the Jubilee (for crafting supplies of course)...

another charity shop find, a small oil painting

which looks great on the wall with the other rose oil paintings

We got the barometer up on the wall

this pot usually has a maidenhead fern in, but they're not easy to keep!

Chickpea curry for dinner - such healthy ingredients: tomatoes, ginger, chillies, garlic, cumin & coriander seeds - YUM!

and opening a Christmas bottle of Sailor Jerry rum for rum & ginger beer

Hope your Easter weekend was a good one. x

Monday, 9 April 2012

Short breaks

Hoping everyone's had a great Easter.  We're lucky enough to have a nice long weekend, though the weather's been awful, but we've managed lots of (wet) walks with Dusty & even cleared out the garage this morning.  It feels so good to do that I can tell you!

Any hoo,  the weekend before we went to Suffolk for the first time this year, and Dusty's first trip.  It was so lovely to be back there again.  Whilst Dusty wasn't too sure of the sea he seemed to love it (especially all those pigeons, seagulls & rabbits) ..

hmmm, not sure about swans

We also had the usual fun time trolling the antique shops, and this time, one of our favourite now have "craft huts" - I SOOOO want to live there so I can have my own craft hut - basically they're in the grounds of one of the antique places, and are beach huts that crafters use to sell their crafts, tres cool!  We found this super cute slate & metal coat hooks of doggy tails :)

I found this cute jug for £3 which I'll use for flowers

and we've been wanting a barometer for ages, this one is just the right (small) size & works (hurrah!)

and these fab Paris prints from the 60's

and I couldn't resist this little owl - he's a pot with a hook to hang him up - he'll either have pencils in him, or flowers (with a liner)

these gorgeous roses are vintage cigarette cards, but oh so pretty & perfect for our "shabby chic" spare bedroom

Hubby found me some more audio books - I seem to be reading a lot of PG Woodehouse right now so was very happy with these fab ones

and of course he also found lots of lovely vinyl lps, including this odd one...

and he treated me to this fabulous soundtrack from one of my all-time-favourite tv shows from the 70s!

Hubby's huge pile of lps (including some favourite Kraftwerk)!

Can't wait to get back there again in May. x