Friday, 6 June 2008

Happy Holidays!

Well we are back from our week in the Algarve relaxed, rested and raring to go! - The weather was a little cloudy on some mornings, but it soon cleared, although there was a cool breeze blowing in off the Atlantic quite a lot of the time. It was our first trip to Portugal and we really liked it, our Apartment was fantastic with really modern furnishings and 2 gorgeous bathrooms, although it was about a 15 minute walk to the Restaurants etc. The children all had a great time and were sorry to be coming home. Still - that's why its called a holiday, so today it was back to work with 6 loads of washing and ironing to look forward to!

Before our holiday, I was tagged by about 6 different people, so sorry if this turns into a long post but here goes:-

What was I doing 10 years ago?
Callum was just 8 weeks old, so I guess I was pretty busy! and I was living in a small cottage with my first husband where we kept chickens, I was 24 years old.

What are 5 things on my to do list tomorrow?
1. Ironing (As much as I hate it, it needs to be done)
2. Order some prints of our holiday photos
3. Get the knitting out again (for anyone who is interested, I never got that jacket finished in time, but thats a whole different story)
4. Try and list some things on Ebay - I have a corner in my home I nickname 'Ebay corner' and anything that I put there, gets listed - I am going to try and save all the money in my paypal account for something special
5. Take ten minutes out to relax with a cup of tea and a magazine

Snacks I enjoy
yoghurt coated raisins, dry roasted peanuts, chocolate, strawberry yoghurt

Things I would do if I were a millionaire/billionaire
Give to friends/family, support my favourite charities, buy a house with a garden and then get a hot tub/gazebo with outside bar, by loads of books on amazon, buy lots of handmade things from all my clever online friends, shop till I dropped!

Places I've lived
1. Chesterfield (until the age of 10)
2. Sheffield (from 10 until 30)
3. Doncaster (only for 3 years, but going back there feels like going 'home')
4. Filey (since Dec 2006)

Hope you are still all awake after that lot! - I hope no one minds, but I'm not going to pass it on to anyone as I think most of the blogs I read have already done this one! - I was also tagged by Josie a couple of weeks ago, but I'll save that for my next post.

Finally, just a book recommendation - I read the 'Friday Night Knitting Club' while I was away which can be found here Whether you like knitting or whether you don't, its a great read, with an ending I really wasn't expecting - without giving the game away, all I can say is I am glad I had my sunglasses on when I was reading it by the pool, or else people would have wondered who the crazy lady sobbing on the sunbed was!

Hope you are all well, and thank you for all the comments on my last post, its going to take me some time to catch up with everyone, but I am looking forward to it - Natalie x


shabby chic said...

Hi Natalie
Sounds like you had a great holiday. I have been to Portugal about 12 years ago and it was lovely. Hope the weather holds up for all your holiday washing !
I like the sound of a hot tub too! if I won the lottery .
I had an ebay corner too, its empty at the moment !
x Dom

Vanessa said...

I'm glad you had a fab holiday, you all look very happy on the photo.

I don't envy you with all that ironing to do, good luck!

Vanessa x

jessica daisy said...

I'm glad you had such a lovely holiday, shame it's back to reality now and six loads of washing!
Good luck!

Josie said...

Hi, what a lovely place to visit! and great family photo's....

Josie x

driftwood said...

lovely holiday and great meme! thanks for the book tip too, I'll look out for it.

The Fairy Glade said...

Hi Natalie, just got back from POrtugal myself on Wednesday. We stayed in a friends villa in a small place called Alvor, near to Lagos. It is the second time we have been and we like it very much there. Alas, the washing and ironing are heaped here too and it is chucking it down here..back to reality! Dx

Curlew Country said...

Looks like a fab trip. Three through the washer, one to go here but I daren't even think about the ironing!
Glad you had a great time.

Penny said...

Sounds like you had a great vacation and your family looks so full of joy in the photo! Hopefully the laundry is all done up by now and you can have a nice cup of coffee :)

Garden girl said...

The friday night knitting club is a fab read- I finished it a couple of weeks ago as well. Glad the sweet peas are doing well! Your holiday sounds fabuous, glad you had a good rest x

periwinkle said...

Glad you had a lovely time, an ebay corner sounds like a great idea. I've been thinking of selling stuff on ebay?
Lisa x

jo said...

Glad you had a nice holiday, sorry you've had to come back to loads of washing. At least you have bought some much needed sunshine back with you to dry it all.

Jo xx

Katherines Dream said...

Hi Natalie, they are such lovely family photos, you look very happy and content.
I have not a had a proper holiday abroad for years...can't bare the thought of leaving my 'grown up' babies behind! but this year in Sept - I am going. I will be a nervous wreck leading upto the day we fly! I need one of those Ebay corners!
Carol x

prettyshabby said...

Hi Natalie,looks like you had a wonderful holiday and a lovely apartment.I've heard some good things about Portugal, It certainly sounds like a nice place to stay.Best of luck getting through all that washing though..6 loads!
liked reading your tag too!

Fabric and Bags said...

Sounds like you all had a fab holiday. Having an Ebay corner what a good idea, oh and a hot tub - I'd quite like one of those too!

Pixiedust said...

Sounds like you had a great holiday. Nice to see you back. xxxx

Suzie Sews said...

I passed your shop whilst i was away and paying Filey a visit on a windy sunny evening...seems like you too had taken a little holiday. Sounds like a good place to go. Love the info, always good to find out quirky things about your blog friends...As for the book, well I was reading it whilst waiting for a scan when she first got diagnosed in the book, I was a reck and tried to explain to the consultant that it was not tears for me but for the lady in the book...YEP another mad women!!!

Lucy Bloom said...

Hi Natalie, lovely holiday pics, a wonderful place to go. Nice to read more about you too!
Lucy x

saraeden said...

Hi Natalie thanks for the comment hun and yes they fit adults i have one on today as i am having a very bad hair day ;0)

Glad you had a good holiday , its so nice to get away !!

Sara x

Stacey said...

There's an ebay corner in my house too!
Sounds like your holiday was fantastic - even if you did sob on your sunbed.
I have fond memories of Filey. Although I'm from Melbourne, I lived not far from there for a few years back in the mid 90s. Its a lovely spot.

LOUISE said...

I've listed some stuff on ebay today, only because it was 5p listing day! I have an ebay loft! I hope to do a carboot sometime too. Where an earth does it all come from? So glad you had a great time in the Algarve, we are off there again this year, it will be our second time. The ironing really is the worse part, and I only have to do it for two of us. Thanks for the meme, it is always interesting to find out a bit more about everyone. x

The Fairy Glade said...

Hi Natalie, have tagged you yet again, hope you don't mind. See my blog for details Dev X

Kathy said...

Hello, Your holiday sounded wonderful. Welcome back; I know what you mean about all the holiday washing and ironing (see my blog picture from March!)
Thanks for your comment on my blog, we have good times in the caravan! Kathy PS Your little girl is adorable, so, so pretty.

Miss sew n sew said...

Glad you enjoyed your holiday I really like Portugal too will have to go when Elliotts a bit older - weve just got back from our hols it's always nice to come home but I dread the unpacking and ironing bit!

Rosie said...

Looks like you had a wonderful holiday. I miss taking my kids on holiday - they are all grown up. Glad you had a great time.

Rosie x

Anonymous said...

Hi Natalie, i'm glad you had a lovely holiday, thanks ever so much for the lovely pin cushion that was very sweet of you- I am having trouble with my laptop at the mo so am taking a break from bloggin for a bit, Zia x