Sunday, 25 August 2013

There's No Place Like Home...

Hello to you!
We enjoyed a lovely week away with lots of happy times and memories to keep.
We went away as a family of 5 - my parents, partner, my daughter and I.

Being me, I noticed lots of unusual plants and flowers at the Villa garden.
Bottle brush plant here. 

Not sure what this purple lovely is.

Orange pretty set off by the arid land.

The bees loved these tubular flowers.
One of my favourite places at the villa.

The garden was well kept and a real sun trap.

A view of mountains from the villa.

Here is the villa popping out from behind a huge bamboo screen.

My holiday crochet, I managed a bit of time with the hook.
We had some lovely days at the beach. Being pale I spent most of my time under the parasol.

My daughter playing in the sand.

Sunny feet and top-knot shadow!

My daughter was in her element with the sand and the sea. We bought snorkels and enjoyed watching the fish in the shallows. My daughter took to it straight away and mastered the breathing better than us.
Some of the insect-life at the villa was stunning and, to an animal lover like me, very interesting. I only managed to snap this huge butterfly and...

 this mantis such a strange creature but absolutely fascinating.
It made me smiled to see this crochet blanket in the room my daughter stayed in (it was huge!) and would be lovely in chillier weather to snuggle under. Somebody (possibly my partner's late mother) obviously put a lot of love and hard work into making it.
All in all we had a wonderful holiday enjoyed by all 5 of us.
My daughter arrived home to find this massive marrow in her veg plot!
She calls it her fat bottom marrow!
I have news too!
On the third night of our holiday my partner and I had a night out together.
During a walk on a moonlit beach my partner proposed to me! So, my bloggy friends, I am delighted to tell you I am ENGAGED!!!
We are all very happy.
Thank you for all your lovely comments wishing me a nice holiday.
I hope I got back to you all in some way.
Look forward to catching up with all your blogs soon.
Now... back to washing the holiday clothes...


  1. Congratulations on your engagement! How exciting! I'm glad you had such a nice holiday. Your photos are lovely. The purple flower is called sedum. :)

  2. Oh FB - I can't begin to tell you how thrilled I am for you - my eyes filled up with happy tears for you and my heart actually skipped a beat!!! I wish you both all the happiness in the world together - now and always!
    I'm also so happy that your holiday worked out so well - you certainly got a few lovely pics. How nice to find a beautiful crochet blanket in the Villa, and your lovely work is coming along nicely - I do like those summery colours!
    Have a great week!
    Joy xo

    1. Hello Joy
      Thank you much! I've just read your comment out to my partner and my eyes filled up too, so lovely. We did have a wonderful time and it put the icing on the cake coming home engaged.
      Look forward to reading about what you've been up to.

    2. And now dear FB - I have nominated you for a Liebster Award so will you take a look at my new post please?
      Joy xo

  3. What a great way to propose! I imagine you are walking on air. As usual your photos are wonderful. I am happy for you and your family.
    Until next time,
    Cathy the Bagg Lady

  4. Sounds like a wonderful holiday full of fun and relaxation. Just what a body needs. And to come home ENGAGED how exciting. Congratulations. I am so happy for you both. Sure your future holds lots of plans to be made. Love the colours in your crochet work.

  5. Congratulations! how lovely for you all.
    With very best wishes,

  6. What lovely news. Here's to many many happy years. Juliex

  7. Congratulations on your engagement and what a lovely way to propose. Your holiday snaps are wonderful too.

  8. Congratulations! What a memorable holiday! So happy for you and your family! Chrissie x

  9. Congratulations, what lovely news :-) x

  10. Congratulations on your engagement. It sounds so romantic. A truly precious memory to keep.

  11. Congratulations. You certainly have a romantic one there.
    S xx

  12. Awww...congratulations to you! Your photos are lovely and I especially like the first two :) Have a wonderful day! Hugs!

  13. Big blog news. . . congratulations. Looks like you had a lovely holiday too x

  14. Just discovered your blog and had to say congrats! I'm also engaged and am doing regular wedding posts if you fancy getting into the wedding planning mood! :-)

    Hips Like Cinderella

  15. Congratulations on your engagement! How wonderful! I love the photos. What a beautiful place to holiday. Praying mantis are so cool looking. I used to see them all the time when I was young but rarely see them now. Such a treat!

  16. Glad you had such a lovely holiday and many congratulations on your engagement! What wonderful news!
    M x

  17. Welcome back and thanks a lot for sharing these beautiful photos, looks like you had a really great time! Oh and congrats on your engagement, lovely news :-)). Thanks also for your nice comment on my latest Sunday Saying! Nata xxx

  18. Congratulations to you both, what lovely news! What a wonderful holiday! :)x

  19. Glad you had a lovely holiday and huge congratulations on your engagement! The bottle brush plant is appropriately named!

  20. I read the lovely Joy's blog and have just found your blog as a result. Congrats on your engagement, what wonderful news, you must be thrilled to bits. It sounds like the perfect holiday and the photo's are just wonderful. I look forward to spending lots more time here. xo

  21. Congratulations on your engagement, what a wonderful location to have a proposal you will have fond memories of this holiday for a long time to come.
    Sarah x


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