Friday, 31 August 2018

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Learning Spanish - This Week's Learning

Here is this week's learning:

  • unpack - deshacer
  • shopping - compras
  • wedding - Boda


And the rest:

  • of course - naturalmente
  • travel - viajar
  • special - especial
  • beef - carne de vaca
  • weather - clima
  • smoked - ahumado
  • lazy - perezoso
  • grapefruit - pomelo
  • fried egg - huevo frito
  • low fat - bajo en grasa
  • trousers - pantalones
  • cider - la sidra
  • twenty - veinte
  • vegetable - vegetal
  • maybe - tal vez
  • What time does it start? - A qué hora empieza?
  • thumb - pulgar
  • terrace - la terraza
  • town - pueblo
  • non alcoholic cocktail - cóctel sin alcohol
  • pet - mascota
  • anniversary - aniversario
  • sapphire - zafiro
  • socks - calcetines
  • toffee - caramelo
  • tweezers - las pinzas
  • pork - cerdo
  • blood - sangre
  • starter - entrada
  • thirteen - trece
  • bald - calvo
  • sad - triste
  • see you tomorrow - Hasta mañana
  • butterfly - la mariposa
  • over there - Por ahí
  • I don't like it - no me gusta
  • snore - ronquido
  • window - ventana
  • nevermind - no importa
  • blueberry - arándano
  • toilet paper - Papel de baño
  • milkshake - batido
  • to the right - A la derecha
  • I understand - entiendo
  • weekend - el fin de semana
  • where are you from? - de donde eres
  • scrambled - Revueltos
  • ticket - boleto
  • snake - serpiente
  • the sky is clear - El cielo esta despajado
  • sixty - sesenta
  • banana - plátano
  • slow - lento
  • city - ciudad
  • avocado - aguacate
  • sky - cielo
  • sunset - puesta de sol
  • how are you - cómo estás
  • to the left - A la izquierda
  • knee - rodilla
  • sugar free - Sin azúcar
  • shave - afeitado
  • bacon - tocino
  • anything else? - Algo más?
  • twelve - doce
  • baked beans - alubias
  • promise - promesa
  • wrong - incorrecto
  • airport - aeropuerto
  • brunette - morena
  • and you - y tu?
  • smoke - fumar
  • Balcony - balcón
  • room - el cuarto
  • scissors - tijeras
  • lost - perdió
  • nails - uñas
  • street - calle
  • sugar - el azúcar
  • port - puerto
  • a bit more - Un poco más 
  • bad weather - mal tiempo
  • salt - sal
  • nice breeze - buena brisa
  • ankle - tobillo
  • closed - cerrado
  • late - tarde
  • exit - salida
  • soon - pronto
  • yes - si
  • eleven - once
  • toast - pan tostado
  • egg - huevo
  • Congratulations - felicitaciones
  • shampoo - champú
  • cinema - cine
  • noisy - ruidoso
  • storm - tormenta
  • necklace - collar
  • blister - ampolla
  • lighthouse - faro
  • hundred - cien
  • olives - aceitunas
  • pharmacy - farmacia
  • number - número
  • zero - cero
  • thankyou very much - muchas gracias
  • bracelet - pulsera
  • bruise - moretón
  • shark - tiburón
  • stupid - estúpido
  • skewer - brocheta
  • next week - la próxima semana
  • stairs - escalera
  • nice to meet you - Encantada de conocerte
  • jellyfish - la medusa
  • skin - piel
  • nap - siesta
  • meat - carne
  • shirt - camisa
  • pineapple - piña
  • knickers - bragas
  • live music - música en vivo
  • boarding - embarque
  • next - siguiente
  • roasted - asado
  • strong - fuerte
  • bank - el banco
  • noodles - tallarines
  • See you later - Hasta luego
  • mushroom - seta
  • I'm fine - Estoy bien
  • seashell - concha
  • biscuit - la galleta
  • open - abierto
  • a table for two - mesa para dos
  • ham - jamon
  • yellow - amarillo
  • married - casado
  • river - río
  • charmed - encantado
  • apple - manzana
  • name - nombre
  • red - rojo
  • sausage - salchicha
  • nice - bonito
  • orange - naranja
  • restaurant - restaurante
  • read - leer
  • salad - ensalada
  • leaving - dejando
  • nuts - nueces
  • grey - gris
  • dinner - cena
  • fifty - cincuenta
  • mother - madre
  • fish - pescado
  • reservation - reserva
  • when - cuando
  • chair - silla
  • nose - nariz
  • pasta - pastas
  • kiss - beso
  • smile - sonreír
  • onion - cebolla
  • friend - amigo
  • thunder - trueno
  • why - por qué
  • thigh - muslo
  • donkey - burro
  • warm - calentar
  • drink - bebida
  • what - qué
  • lemon - limón
  • garlic - ajo
  • forty - cuarenta
  • tree - árbol
  • teeth - dientes
  • father - padre
  • suncream - crema solar
  • milk chocolate - chocolate con leche
  • crazy - loca
  • girl - niña
  • happy - contento
  • steak - filete
  • sunburn - bronceado
  • horse - cabello
  • cough - tos 
  • head - cabeza
  • Summer - el verano
  • February - febrero
  • Pillow - almohada
  • Nine - nueve
  • Eyes - ojos
  • June - junio
  • key - llaves
  • dunes - dunas
  • home - casa
  • Stomach - estómago
  • Jump - saltar
  • May - mayo
  • October - octubre
  • Thirsty - sediento
  • Leg - pierna
  • Breakfast - desayuno
  • Six - seis
  • Hungry - hambriento
  • Moon - luna
  • Rice - arroz
  • Vegetarian - vegetariano
  • I don't know - no lo sé
  • Butter - mantequilla
  • Seven - siete
  • July - julio
  • Tired - cansado
  • Speak - hablar
  • Mirror - espejo
  • Small - pequeña
  • Amazing - asombroso
  • Sunglasses - gafas de sol 
  • Toilet - inodoro
  • Excuse me - disculpe
  • Tasty - sabroso
  • Mountain - montaña
  • How far is - que tan lejos esta
  • Waves - olas
  • Sandwich - emparedado
  • Roof - techo
  • Blanket - cobija
  • Eight - ocho
  • Forgot - olvidó
  • Woman - mujer
  • Night - noche
  • Another - otro
  • September - septiembre
  • Hands - manos
  • Flight - vuelo
  • Laugh - risa
  • Sing - canta
  • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
  • Spoon - cuchara
  • Black - negro
  • Bread - pan de molde
  • April - abril
  • Five - cinco
  • Sand - arena
  • Hot - caliente
  • Ear - oreja
  • Dark - oscuro
  • Like - me gusta
  • Sick - enfermo
  • Spicy - picante
  • Kettle - tetera
  • Flowers - flores
  • Sunbathe - tomar el sol
  • Feet - pies
  • December - diciembre
  • Cake - pastel
  • Fireworks - fuegos articiales
  • Rain - lluvia
  • Dress - el vestido
  • Year - año
  • Door - puerta
  • My name is - me llamo
  • Cooking - cocina
  • Four - cuatro
  • August - agosto
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Back - espalda
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Three - tres
  • Dog - perro
  • January - enero
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Brown - marrón
  • Two - dos
  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

If You Had to Choose One Last Meal - What Would You Choose?


Would you go healthy with a salad box?


Traditional dinner with gravy?

Decisions, decisions, decisions. I got to thinking about what I might choose as a last meal whilst completing a survey about of all things, traditional chips. You know - the chip shop chip which you get with salt and vinegar, or gravy, or mushy peas, or even, exotically, curry sauce!! I'm not really a chip eater, so that wasn't even on my list if I had just one final meal looming before me. 

So what would I opt for? I personally am most likely a fussier eater than most, as steaks, most fish, and anything off the bone are firmly off the radar for me. My choices would likely, now I put my mind to it, heading more in the curry direction - Chicken Tikka Massalla, or Balti, maybe something to really spice it up like a Vindaloo or a Madras. 

But then I do love a good chinese or thai meal - chicken chop suey or sweet and sour, beef in black bean sauce maybe, or possibly a great chow mein, with prawn crackers of course! Then there is thai green or thai red curry - lovely. 

Then again, I do like Mexican food - I love my chilli's, my nachos, my tacos, burritos, enchilada's, fajitas, hmm. Maybe I would choose mexican then. Oh but wait - what about Spanish and Greek? I love Tapas - you cannot beat Croquettes, or skewers, mixed olives, hummus, patatas bravas - the list is long. Greek? we are talking stuffed vine leaves, tzatziki, moussaka!

Maybe I would go for British - pie, or maybe a great doorstep sandwich, or perhaps something like yorkshire pudding with a carvery, and lots of veg, or shepherds pie or hotpot. Then again, there is more American fodder like burgers, hotdogs, corndogs or fried chicken. Or then there is Italian - linguine, bruschetta, carbonara, pizza, ravioli, lasagne. 

Actually, now I think about it - its going to have to be Italian for me. How about you? What would your last meal be? 



My round up of the most bonkers ways to lose weight


  • The Apple diet - literally you just eat apples.
  • Only eat with chopsticks !!
  • The clingfilm wrap - yep - you wrap yourself in it and work out!! 
  • The cabbage soup diet - yuck!! 
  • The maple syrup diet
Not sure I like the sound of any of these!! As I come across others, I shall add them to the list :)

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

I want to be a salvage hunter!

I would so love to do this for a living. Finding hidden gems, bagging a bargain. My absolute dream job.

I would do a Kirsty Allsop - checking out what's gone into skips for starters - vintage doors, mirror frames, stuff you can upcycle. Fabulous.

Then there's the bigger scale stuff that the proper salvage hunters do. Going to storage yards and stately homes to find items that you can do up and sell for £'s profit. Iron benches, church pews - you name it.

There is just something appealing about making something disregarded into something special.

The only issue is you need an income or a solid amount of savings to live off in case you don't find a bargain or you can't sell it on. I'm not quite there yet, but its where I want to be.

I want to be a salvage hunter!!

My wishlist - new items to wish for

  • Boots
  • Perfume
  • Wool coat
And here is the rest:
  • City Break
  • Loft conversion
  • Velux windows
  • Degree course
  • Suitcase
  • 4 man tent 
  • Apartment in Gran Canaria 
  • Apple TV 
  • Backless dress 
  • Ballet pumps 
  • Barbour Jacket 
  • Barefoot Sandals 
  • Bathroom 
  • Beach bag 
  • Bedding 
  • Bicycle 
  • Bikini 
  • Black Ugg Boots 
  • Body butter 
  • Campervan 
  • Caravan 
  • Carpet 
  • Chaise longue 
  • Champagne 
  • Chanel No 5 EDP 
  • Chanel tote 
  • Clarins Eau Dynamiste body lotion and body wash 
  • Clarins treatment 
  • Coco Mademoiselle EDP 
  • Colouring fine point pens 
  • Comedian tickets / show 
  • Converse 
  • Corset 
  • Cottage break 
  • Courvoissier 
  • Crystal glasses 
  • Cuddly Toy 
  • Curtains - made to measure
  • Designer Watch 
  • Digital photo frame 
  • Dining Table 
  • Dress 
  • Egg Chair 
  • Elemis Cellular Recovery Capsules 
  • Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm 
  • Elemis treatment 
  • Faux fur jacket 
  • Festival tickets 
  • Garden statues 
  • Gas BBQ 
  • Gig tickets 
  • Great red lipstick 
  • Grieb and Benzinger watch 
  • Handbag 
  • hardbound notebook 
  • Hobbit house 
  • Holiday 
  • Hot Tub 
  • House extension 
  • Hunter Wellies 
  • J'adore EDP 
  • Jaguar 
  • Jeans 
  • Jodhpurs 
  • Land Rover 
  • Lawnmower 
  • Light fittings throughout 
  • Lingerie 
  • Luggage 
  • Lulu Guiness suitcase 
  • Macbook Air or Macbook Pro 
  • Manolo Blahniks 
  • Motorbike 
  • Motorhome 
  • New Kitchen 
  • Nutribullet 
  • NYC Trip 
  • Pandora charms 
  • Patio Heater 
  • Pearl necklace 
  • Pedicure 
  • Picnic Basket 
  • Pinot Grigio 
  • PJ's 
  • Plastering work 
  • Pop up tent 
  • Posh shower wash 
  • Range Cooker 
  • Range Rover 
  • Rattan furniture set 
  • Riding Boots 
  • Shoes 
  • Shower unit 
  • Slippers 
  • Solar lights 
  • Spa Break 
  • Spa facial 
  • Sport tops - Size M or 12/14 
  • Spray tan 
  • Stationery 
  • Stone bench 
  • Storm Lanterns 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Superdry fitted jumpers - hip length 
  • Swarovski Jewellery 
  • Tartan skirt 
  • Tefal Toast N Egg 
  • Treadmill 
  • Trip to Australia 
  • Tumble drier 
  • Veneers 
  • Vespa 
  • Vintage luxury chair 
  • Weekend away 
  • Wellies rack 
  • West end show 
  • Whiskey 
  • White suit jacket 
  • Wine Fridge 
  • Winter coat 
  • Yankee Candle 
  • Yo Sushi voucher/meal
  • Silver cutlery
  • Microwave
  • Cosmetic treatment
  • Expensive shampoo and conditioner
  • Wrought iron radiators
  • Diamond jewellery
  • Board games
  • Double Oven 
  • Roll top bath 
  • Electric shower 
  • Shower cubicle 
  • Sink drainer 
  • Kettle tap 
  • Slim Dishwasher 
  • Towel Radiator 
  • Underfloor heating 
  • Spa massage
  • Gold / Copper kitchen utensils
  • Copper saucepans
  • LED projector mobile
  • Water Feature
  • Table lamp
  • Floor lamp
  • Art - canvas
  • Gym bag and towel
  • Sink unit and drainer
  • New toilet and sink
  • Bathroom tiles
  • Kitchen tiles
  • Kitchen units
  • American fridge freezer
  • Flip flops
  • Wine rack
  • Craft Stuff
  • Dinner Set
  • Funky Socks
  • Honeymoon
  • Wedding Dress
  • Mitsubishi Barbarian
  • Nissan Navara
  • Wine subscription
  • 3D printer
  • Silk shirts
  • Tunic dress
  • Fire Stick
  • Bali Beach Beds
  • Solar charger
  • Dog bed
  • Dog toys
  • Beach towels
  • Sewing machine
  • Good scissors
  • Cami set
  • Playsuit
  • Inflatable drinks holder
  • Bling jewelled bikini
  • Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Hair Mist
  • Coco Mademoiselle Velvet Body Oil
  • Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Body Cream
  • Coco Mademoiselle Foaming Shower Gel
  • Chanel Le Lift Eye Cream
  • Segway
  • Sleepeezee mattress
  • Spin bike
  • Weight set
  • Cross trainer
  • Designer ladies tux
  • Tailored jacket
  • Silk shirt
  • Leather dining chairs
  • Slouchy jumper
  • Mascara
  • Baseball cap (for holiday)
  • Kindle
  • TV - curved smart TV
  • Sound bar
  • Smart light bulbs
  • Smart electric hub
  • Tweezers
  • Baseball cap
  • Induction hob
  • Ankle bracelet
  • Beach holiday
  • Jo Malone Candle
  • Headphones
  • Lulu Guinness Handbag
  • Tweed jacket
  • Vintage bikini
  • Home cinema system
  • Red lipstick

This is where I need to get back to

I need some inspiration to get me back on track. So here it is - this is how I looked before piling weight on again!! Various holidays over the years. Right now, I am totally not bikini ready! Hopefully, looking back at these snaps will help motivate me and focus my mind: 







Friday, 24 August 2018

Learning Spanish - This Week's Learning

Here is this week's learning:

  • of course - naturalmente
  • travel - viajar
  • special - especial


And the rest:
  • beef - carne de vaca
  • weather - clima
  • smoked - ahumado
  • lazy - perezoso
  • grapefruit - pomelo
  • fried egg - huevo frito
  • low fat - bajo en grasa
  • trousers - pantalones
  • cider - la sidra
  • twenty - veinte
  • vegetable - vegetal
  • maybe - tal vez
  • What time does it start? - A qué hora empieza?
  • thumb - pulgar
  • terrace - la terraza
  • town - pueblo
  • non alcoholic cocktail - cóctel sin alcohol
  • pet - mascota
  • anniversary - aniversario
  • sapphire - zafiro
  • socks - calcetines
  • toffee - caramelo
  • tweezers - las pinzas
  • pork - cerdo
  • blood - sangre
  • starter - entrada
  • thirteen - trece
  • bald - calvo
  • sad - triste
  • see you tomorrow - Hasta mañana
  • butterfly - la mariposa
  • over there - Por ahí
  • I don't like it - no me gusta
  • snore - ronquido
  • window - ventana
  • nevermind - no importa
  • blueberry - arándano
  • toilet paper - Papel de baño
  • milkshake - batido
  • to the right - A la derecha
  • I understand - entiendo
  • weekend - el fin de semana
  • where are you from? - de donde eres
  • scrambled - Revueltos
  • ticket - boleto
  • snake - serpiente
  • the sky is clear - El cielo esta despajado
  • sixty - sesenta
  • banana - plátano
  • slow - lento
  • city - ciudad
  • avocado - aguacate
  • sky - cielo
  • sunset - puesta de sol
  • how are you - cómo estás
  • to the left - A la izquierda
  • knee - rodilla
  • sugar free - Sin azúcar
  • shave - afeitado
  • bacon - tocino
  • anything else? - Algo más?
  • twelve - doce
  • baked beans - alubias
  • promise - promesa
  • wrong - incorrecto
  • airport - aeropuerto
  • brunette - morena
  • and you - y tu?
  • smoke - fumar
  • Balcony - balcón
  • room - el cuarto
  • scissors - tijeras
  • lost - perdió
  • nails - uñas
  • street - calle
  • sugar - el azúcar
  • port - puerto
  • a bit more - Un poco más 
  • bad weather - mal tiempo
  • salt - sal
  • nice breeze - buena brisa
  • ankle - tobillo
  • closed - cerrado
  • late - tarde
  • exit - salida
  • soon - pronto
  • yes - si
  • eleven - once
  • toast - pan tostado
  • egg - huevo
  • Congratulations - felicitaciones
  • shampoo - champú
  • cinema - cine
  • noisy - ruidoso
  • storm - tormenta
  • necklace - collar
  • blister - ampolla
  • lighthouse - faro
  • hundred - cien
  • olives - aceitunas
  • pharmacy - farmacia
  • number - número
  • zero - cero
  • thankyou very much - muchas gracias
  • bracelet - pulsera
  • bruise - moretón
  • shark - tiburón
  • stupid - estúpido
  • skewer - brocheta
  • next week - la próxima semana
  • stairs - escalera
  • nice to meet you - Encantada de conocerte
  • jellyfish - la medusa
  • skin - piel
  • nap - siesta
  • meat - carne
  • shirt - camisa
  • pineapple - piña
  • knickers - bragas
  • live music - música en vivo
  • boarding - embarque
  • next - siguiente
  • roasted - asado
  • strong - fuerte
  • bank - el banco
  • noodles - tallarines
  • See you later - Hasta luego
  • mushroom - seta
  • I'm fine - Estoy bien
  • seashell - concha
  • biscuit - la galleta
  • open - abierto
  • a table for two - mesa para dos
  • ham - jamon
  • yellow - amarillo
  • married - casado
  • river - río
  • charmed - encantado
  • apple - manzana
  • name - nombre
  • red - rojo
  • sausage - salchicha
  • nice - bonito
  • orange - naranja
  • restaurant - restaurante
  • read - leer
  • salad - ensalada
  • leaving - dejando
  • nuts - nueces
  • grey - gris
  • dinner - cena
  • fifty - cincuenta
  • mother - madre
  • fish - pescado
  • reservation - reserva
  • when - cuando
  • chair - silla
  • nose - nariz
  • pasta - pastas
  • kiss - beso
  • smile - sonreír
  • onion - cebolla
  • friend - amigo
  • thunder - trueno
  • why - por qué
  • thigh - muslo
  • donkey - burro
  • warm - calentar
  • drink - bebida
  • what - qué
  • lemon - limón
  • garlic - ajo
  • forty - cuarenta
  • tree - árbol
  • teeth - dientes
  • father - padre
  • suncream - crema solar
  • milk chocolate - chocolate con leche
  • crazy - loca
  • girl - niña
  • happy - contento
  • steak - filete
  • sunburn - bronceado
  • horse - cabello
  • cough - tos 
  • head - cabeza
  • Summer - el verano
  • February - febrero
  • Pillow - almohada
  • Nine - nueve
  • Eyes - ojos
  • June - junio
  • key - llaves
  • dunes - dunas
  • home - casa
  • Stomach - estómago
  • Jump - saltar
  • May - mayo
  • October - octubre
  • Thirsty - sediento
  • Leg - pierna
  • Breakfast - desayuno
  • Six - seis
  • Hungry - hambriento
  • Moon - luna
  • Rice - arroz
  • Vegetarian - vegetariano
  • I don't know - no lo sé
  • Butter - mantequilla
  • Seven - siete
  • July - julio
  • Tired - cansado
  • Speak - hablar
  • Mirror - espejo
  • Small - pequeña
  • Amazing - asombroso
  • Sunglasses - gafas de sol 
  • Toilet - inodoro
  • Excuse me - disculpe
  • Tasty - sabroso
  • Mountain - montaña
  • How far is - que tan lejos esta
  • Waves - olas
  • Sandwich - emparedado
  • Roof - techo
  • Blanket - cobija
  • Eight - ocho
  • Forgot - olvidó
  • Woman - mujer
  • Night - noche
  • Another - otro
  • September - septiembre
  • Hands - manos
  • Flight - vuelo
  • Laugh - risa
  • Sing - canta
  • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
  • Spoon - cuchara
  • Black - negro
  • Bread - pan de molde
  • April - abril
  • Five - cinco
  • Sand - arena
  • Hot - caliente
  • Ear - oreja
  • Dark - oscuro
  • Like - me gusta
  • Sick - enfermo
  • Spicy - picante
  • Kettle - tetera
  • Flowers - flores
  • Sunbathe - tomar el sol
  • Feet - pies
  • December - diciembre
  • Cake - pastel
  • Fireworks - fuegos articiales
  • Rain - lluvia
  • Dress - el vestido
  • Year - año
  • Door - puerta
  • My name is - me llamo
  • Cooking - cocina
  • Four - cuatro
  • August - agosto
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Back - espalda
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Three - tres
  • Dog - perro
  • January - enero
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Brown - marrón
  • Two - dos
  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Don't Worry, Be Happy


Who cares about laughter lines



Here is the route to happy:

  • more sunshine
  • more smiling
  • more hugs
  • more laughter
  • more sleep
  • more travels
  • more adventures
  • more love
  • more fun
  • more life
  • more experiences
  • more sunsets
  • more sunrises
  • more rainbows
  • more puddles
  • more music
  • more play
  • more reading 
  • more writing
  • more drawing
  • more doing
  • more exploring

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Holiday Reads - 4 books this time


  • Now She's Dead - Ben Cheetham
  • C.L. Taylor - The Fear
  • Stephen King - The Outsider
  • Dave Cavanagh - Thirteen


My Songs for the Summer - The Sun is Shining!


  • Summertime - Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
  • Always the Sun - The Stranglers
  • Summertime - Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
  • In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry
  • Sun is Shining - Bob Marley
  • Summer Madness - Mary J. Blige
  • Summer Breeze - Seals and Crofts
  • Summer's Gone - The Beach Boys
  • The Boys of Summer - Don Henley
  • Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves
  • Cruel Summer - Bananarama
  • Schools Out For Summer - Alice Cooper
  • Summer in the City - Joe Cocker
  • Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks
  • Summer of 69 - Bryan Adams
  • Summer Love - Justin Timberlake
  • Summer Nights - Olivia Newton John and John Travolta
  • Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles


My Top 10 Savoury Muffins

  • Feta cheese, onion and rosemary
  • Welsh rarebit
  • Cheese and Leek
  • Carrot and courgette
  • Spinach and cheese
  • Courgette and pine nut
  • Red onion, cheddar and bacon
  • Spring onion, cheese and pancetta
  • Carrot, spinach and cumin
  • Sweet potato 

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

New Philosophy - Try Everything and Just Go For it

In the past I think it fair to say I have been on the whole, a tad cautious. I've had my moments don't get me wrong, where I've thought to hell with it lets just do it, but overall I am a bit of a thinker.

Pro's and cons run around my head whilst I deliberate, and in the meantime opportunities pass on by. Well no more - from this point in my life, I am going to stop over thinking and just "do". Give it a try, get on with it, and not be so thoughtful.

There is nothing wrong with thinking through big decisions of course - you wouldn't just rush into marriage, or house buying, or jump on a plane with no idea where you are going and no belongings - well you can if you want to, but some thought is always a good thing sometimes.

But other times, just small decisions such as what film to watch, or what to have for tea - these things don't require much thinking and that's fine. What holds me back, is not being brave or daring. For example, I have got myself a new job. I am excited, of course, but already, and it doesn't even start until September, I am thinking.

Thinking what if this, what if that, what if I can't do it, what if they don't like me, what if I don't like them! My answer today is "so what". If it isn't for me, it isn't for me - worrying about it won't change anything other than getting me stressed out.


Even packing for holidays sometimes gets my blood pressure up. I write a list, pack everything on it, then panic thinking I've forgotten to pack things. I end up checking the list again, to make sure, then wondering if I've missed anything off the list itself - I need to chill, have a glass of wine, relax. 

This is why I have decided to just give up on stressing, give things a try. What's the worst thing that can happen? Lets consider packing - so I forget something - so what? There are shops at the airport, shops when we get there - nothing I cannot live without for a week anyway. 

The new job - worse thing that could happen? Ok - I might be rubbish - worse thing that could happen - I leave / am told its not working out - I do something else. End of the world? No. Not a great outcome, quite unlikely too actually, as I am actually pretty hard working and most of the time not so shabby, but life would go on. 

The opposite might just happen which is worth considering. I might be brilliant, I might love it, it might be the start of something great. I might not forget to pack something, have a great holiday and feel tranquil and relaxed. All that stress might have been for nothing, so I need to stress when I need to from now on and not before anything even happens!! 

I am going to try. try everything (once anyway) and just go for it. 

Monday, 13 August 2018

A Good Body is Priceless


Before I begin this post, I just want to point out that I am fully aware that my body is not what I want it to be, so this is not an exercise in vanity - quite the opposite. The photo is simply to illustrate that whilst I am no supermodel (who is in reality? - airbrushing aside) I can sometimes feel more comfortable in my own skin than at other times. Ok? right then.

The point of this post is to consider what is priceless. A few things can and do fall within this category - not least family, parents, partners, children, pets - money cannot buy love - that's a given. But what if I apply that logic to my body?

Lets consider this a moment. I am referring to the usual things here - health, vitality, youth - whilst money can improve those things, it cannot actually buy them. We all age, we all get tired, we all, eventually, get ill. Its the human condition and a fact of life.

So all those things are priceless in so much as they cannot be bought. But what else? Well, that what else is a good body (not mine at this point, obvs). What is a good body then?

A good body is one that takes effort, time and patience. It takes consistency, perseverance and will power. Sheer determination, stubbornness and commitment. It takes discipline, it takes energy, it takes mental and physical strength. Can you buy that? Not a chance.

You can pay for gym memberships, fitness gear, workout clothes and equipment. You can buy the best fitness trackers, the most expensive trainers, the top personal trainer or exercise plan. Does that actually give you the body you desire? In my case, not yet. Why?

That is the burning question. Why don't I have that bikini body I so crave? Why, despite various gym memberships, numerous exercise plans and goals, and a significant amount of effort, albeit sporadically, have I not succeeded?

The answer is simple - I don't work hard enough, consistently enough, or with the right attitude. I expect fast results, and when they don't happen, I pull back, slow down, give up. I start again, and I want immediate results, I don't get them, so I stop. As if that will ever get me to the end game - the people I admire don't yo-yo, or stop-start. They commit.

Its actually priceless. In reality, you don't need expensive kit, or gym memberships - you just need you - to commit, to be consistent, to give 100% or more every day. To love the process, not get frustrated with it. To be strong enough to push when you are tired, when you don't want to bother, when you are fatigued, and sore and can think of a million and one reasons not to try, to put it off until tomorrow, or maybe the day after - money cannot buy that. It can make things a little easier, certainly, a little more accessible, definitely, it can improve your chances of course but it cannot make you work for it, and it cannot buy the results.

A good body is priceless. And that is the ultimate status symbol - having what noone can buy and knowing its yours.

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Learning Spanish - This Week's Learning

Here is this week's learning:
  • beef - carne de vaca
  • weather - clima
  • smoked - ahumado
And the rest:
  • lazy - perezoso
  • grapefruit - pomelo
  • fried egg - huevo frito
  • low fat - bajo en grasa
  • trousers - pantalones
  • cider - la sidra
  • twenty - veinte
  • vegetable - vegetal
  • maybe - tal vez
  • What time does it start? - A qué hora empieza?
  • thumb - pulgar
  • terrace - la terraza
  • town - pueblo
  • non alcoholic cocktail - cóctel sin alcohol
  • pet - mascota
  • anniversary - aniversario
  • sapphire - zafiro
  • socks - calcetines
  • toffee - caramelo
  • tweezers - las pinzas
  • pork - cerdo
  • blood - sangre
  • starter - entrada
  • thirteen - trece
  • bald - calvo
  • sad - triste
  • see you tomorrow - Hasta mañana
  • butterfly - la mariposa
  • over there - Por ahí
  • I don't like it - no me gusta
  • snore - ronquido
  • window - ventana
  • nevermind - no importa
  • blueberry - arándano
  • toilet paper - Papel de baño
  • milkshake - batido
  • to the right - A la derecha
  • I understand - entiendo
  • weekend - el fin de semana
  • where are you from? - de donde eres
  • scrambled - Revueltos
  • ticket - boleto
  • snake - serpiente
  • the sky is clear - El cielo esta despajado
  • sixty - sesenta
  • banana - plátano
  • slow - lento
  • city - ciudad
  • avocado - aguacate
  • sky - cielo
  • sunset - puesta de sol
  • how are you - cómo estás
  • to the left - A la izquierda
  • knee - rodilla
  • sugar free - Sin azúcar
  • shave - afeitado
  • bacon - tocino
  • anything else? - Algo más?
  • twelve - doce
  • baked beans - alubias
  • promise - promesa
  • wrong - incorrecto
  • airport - aeropuerto
  • brunette - morena
  • and you - y tu?
  • smoke - fumar
  • Balcony - balcón
  • room - el cuarto
  • scissors - tijeras
  • lost - perdió
  • nails - uñas
  • street - calle
  • sugar - el azúcar
  • port - puerto
  • a bit more - Un poco más 
  • bad weather - mal tiempo
  • salt - sal
  • nice breeze - buena brisa
  • ankle - tobillo
  • closed - cerrado
  • late - tarde
  • exit - salida
  • soon - pronto
  • yes - si
  • eleven - once
  • toast - pan tostado
  • egg - huevo
  • Congratulations - felicitaciones
  • shampoo - champú
  • cinema - cine
  • noisy - ruidoso
  • storm - tormenta
  • necklace - collar
  • blister - ampolla
  • lighthouse - faro
  • hundred - cien
  • olives - aceitunas
  • pharmacy - farmacia
  • number - número
  • zero - cero
  • thankyou very much - muchas gracias
  • bracelet - pulsera
  • bruise - moretón
  • shark - tiburón
  • stupid - estúpido
  • skewer - brocheta
  • next week - la próxima semana
  • stairs - escalera
  • nice to meet you - Encantada de conocerte
  • jellyfish - la medusa
  • skin - piel
  • nap - siesta
  • meat - carne
  • shirt - camisa
  • pineapple - piña
  • knickers - bragas
  • live music - música en vivo
  • boarding - embarque
  • next - siguiente
  • roasted - asado
  • strong - fuerte
  • bank - el banco
  • noodles - tallarines
  • See you later - Hasta luego
  • mushroom - seta
  • I'm fine - Estoy bien
  • seashell - concha
  • biscuit - la galleta
  • open - abierto
  • a table for two - mesa para dos
  • ham - jamon
  • yellow - amarillo
  • married - casado
  • river - río
  • charmed - encantado
  • apple - manzana
  • name - nombre
  • red - rojo
  • sausage - salchicha
  • nice - bonito
  • orange - naranja
  • restaurant - restaurante
  • read - leer
  • salad - ensalada
  • leaving - dejando
  • nuts - nueces
  • grey - gris
  • dinner - cena
  • fifty - cincuenta
  • mother - madre
  • fish - pescado
  • reservation - reserva
  • when - cuando
  • chair - silla
  • nose - nariz
  • pasta - pastas
  • kiss - beso
  • smile - sonreír
  • onion - cebolla
  • friend - amigo
  • thunder - trueno
  • why - por qué
  • thigh - muslo
  • donkey - burro
  • warm - calentar
  • drink - bebida
  • what - qué
  • lemon - limón
  • garlic - ajo
  • forty - cuarenta
  • tree - árbol
  • teeth - dientes
  • father - padre
  • suncream - crema solar
  • milk chocolate - chocolate con leche
  • crazy - loca
  • girl - niña
  • happy - contento
  • steak - filete
  • sunburn - bronceado
  • horse - cabello
  • cough - tos 
  • head - cabeza
  • Summer - el verano
  • February - febrero
  • Pillow - almohada
  • Nine - nueve
  • Eyes - ojos
  • June - junio
  • key - llaves
  • dunes - dunas
  • home - casa
  • Stomach - estómago
  • Jump - saltar
  • May - mayo
  • October - octubre
  • Thirsty - sediento
  • Leg - pierna
  • Breakfast - desayuno
  • Six - seis
  • Hungry - hambriento
  • Moon - luna
  • Rice - arroz
  • Vegetarian - vegetariano
  • I don't know - no lo sé
  • Butter - mantequilla
  • Seven - siete
  • July - julio
  • Tired - cansado
  • Speak - hablar
  • Mirror - espejo
  • Small - pequeña
  • Amazing - asombroso
  • Sunglasses - gafas de sol 
  • Toilet - inodoro
  • Excuse me - disculpe
  • Tasty - sabroso
  • Mountain - montaña
  • How far is - que tan lejos esta
  • Waves - olas
  • Sandwich - emparedado
  • Roof - techo
  • Blanket - cobija
  • Eight - ocho
  • Forgot - olvidó
  • Woman - mujer
  • Night - noche
  • Another - otro
  • September - septiembre
  • Hands - manos
  • Flight - vuelo
  • Laugh - risa
  • Sing - canta
  • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
  • Spoon - cuchara
  • Black - negro
  • Bread - pan de molde
  • April - abril
  • Five - cinco
  • Sand - arena
  • Hot - caliente
  • Ear - oreja
  • Dark - oscuro
  • Like - me gusta
  • Sick - enfermo
  • Spicy - picante
  • Kettle - tetera
  • Flowers - flores
  • Sunbathe - tomar el sol
  • Feet - pies
  • December - diciembre
  • Cake - pastel
  • Fireworks - fuegos articiales
  • Rain - lluvia
  • Dress - el vestido
  • Year - año
  • Door - puerta
  • My name is - me llamo
  • Cooking - cocina
  • Four - cuatro
  • August - agosto
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Back - espalda
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Three - tres
  • Dog - perro
  • January - enero
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Brown - marrón
  • Two - dos
  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

Friday, 10 August 2018

Looking after the pennies

  • Don't buy vending machine coffees at work
  • Make my own sandwiches for work
  • Don't buy ready meals
  • Turn the heating down
  • Walk instead of driving on short journeys
  • Turn the lights off
  • Set a budget and stick to it
  • Shop around for the best buys
  • Bulk buy non perishables
  • Recycle
  • Sell unwanted stuff
  • Insulate your home
  • Insulate you - layer up! 
  • Bulk make staples and freeze
  • Homecraft - sharpies are your friends
  • Upcycle
  • Make Christmas boxes for loved ones 
  • Make hampers to keep costs down
  • Don't get conned by offers - check the small print
  • Use discounts and coupons
  • Don't buy in app purchases like lives - do you really need to spend that??
  • Eat smaller portions - less pennies and better for your waistline too!! 
  • Down brand - go down a brand on expensive items
  • Buy single measures when you go out instead of doubles
  • Drink cordial instead of fizzy pop - it works out cheaper
  • Shut windows when the heating is on
  • Shower instead of having a bath - less water, less heating cost
  • Use up tins and store cupboard items first before shopping
  • Don't buy expensive glossy mags or gossip mags
  • Stay home more
  • Don't gamble!! 
  • Home crafting
  • Craft gifts for friends and family
  • Craft for sale
  • Car booting
  • Change jobs
  • Repair stuff and darn clothes

My Top 10 Stephen King books


Blue skies and a good book - it doesn't get any better!

I have loved reading Stephen King's work since High School, and as long as he produces books, I shall continue to devour each output with greed. But as with all things, there are some that I consider better than others. So here is my Top 10 Stephen King books. 

  • Salem's Lot
  • Needful Things
  • The Dark Half
  • Gerald's Game
  • IT
  • Misery
  • The Shining
  • Insomnia
  • Under the Dome
  • Bag of Bones
The problem with coming up with a top 10 list is that I always struggle when there is so much choice! On another day, my list might have included different choices. So for argument's sake, here are the ones I considered for my Top 10, which are still amazing, and well worth a read and then some - King by name, King by definition in my humble. 

  • Doctor Sleep
  • The Regulators
  • Rose Madder
  • Dreamcatcher
  • Mr Mercedes
  • The Stand
  • Cell
  • Christine
  • Pet Sematary
  • Lisey's Story


Thursday, 9 August 2018

Paloma Faith Live - looking back Part II


The stage was amazing. I got so excited when I saw her name on the kit!! 


The field began to fill up quickly as the support act started. 


The obligatory selfie!! 


Nearly time!! 

Holidays in Fuerteventura IV


Blue skies, palm trees - perfection


Camel rides


Laughter



Selfie :) 


Exploring



Wine


Card games




Beach life 

Paloma Faith live - Looking Back I



We went to see Paloma Faith at Cannock Chase - one of the Forestry Commission live events.. I was ready for the occasion - big yellow bow, learned all the songs - ready to rock and roll!! 

We were like C'mon Paloma!! We love you :) 

Holidays in Fuerteventura III


Inflatable pink flamingo drink holder - perfect for the beach :) 



Silly faces


Lots of fun


Love this girl


Selfie!! 


Palm trees and moonlight


Family




Lots of hats! 


Great room


Great company


Holiday in Fuerteventura II


Bikini's at the ready - and breathe in... 


Good book, sunshine, cold beer and sunnies. 


Blue skies.


Family time. 



Waves and body boards. 


The obligatory sausage legs shot! 


My man. 


Happy times, fun in the sun :)