Living Arrows 22/52

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth

Kahlil Gibran

Last week we had quite a bit of sorting out to do to get our new home ready for the movers who were arriving from the UK with our stuff last Friday. However, after gaining access on Wednesday and cleaning the new place, we took a break on Thursday and headed to Ayamonte in Spain with my parents.

To get there from Portugal, the easiest and quickest way is to drive to Vila Real de Santo Antonio and get the ferry across the river, which takes 15 minutes. You don’t need your passports nor do you come across any border controls, unlike the land border.

During the trip over BattleKid seemed to enjoy himself and even tasted the air as we crossed a time zone from Portugal into Spain. He’s a crazy child sometimes!

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Snapshot #2

I used to do monthly updates for BattleKid but stopped last year. I thought I’d do quarterly ones but never got around to it. In March I read Kellie of My Little Babog’s Snapshot post and loved it. When I found out it was a linky I thought I’d join in. It was created by of Awfully Chipper and is an opportunity to share a snapshot of your life at this very moment. You can read my first Snapshot post again if you missed it.

Listening to:
As I write this post I am listening to the chirping of birds, the panting of BattleDog and the wheels of BattleKid’s bike going along my parents decking. I haven’t heard this many birds chirping in so long and they go from dawn until dusk. It’s beautiful.

Watching:
Believe it or not we haven’t watched any TV of any sort for two weeks now. We are waiting for our stuff including our TV to arrive from the UK and to be honest I haven’t missed it. Before we left the UK, we managed to finish Grimm, 24: Legacy, The Walking Dead, Broadchurch and Line of Duty. We’re only a few episodes from finishing Fear the Walking Dead Series 2 and won’t have long to wait until House of Cards is back. Oh, we did get to finish the new series of Bosch, which didn’t disappoint again!

Playing:
We have been playing with BattleKid’s Lego Duplo which we managed to bring with us in the car. We’ve also been playing with his Disney Cars models to keep him occupied. We’ve been having great fun playing in the pool most afternoons too!snapshot 2

Reading:
I’ve recently finished a book called Daughter of the Dragon by William Andrews. It’s was quite a hard read but I was glad to complete it. At the moment I am reading a Penny Vincenzi book called The Decision. It’s the firs time I’ve read a book by her and so far I’m enjoying it. I am eagerly awaiting the new Michael Connelly book due for release in July.

Eating:
Lots of fish and great food cooked by my Dad. The one thing I’ve most been looking forward to in our move to Portugal was the fish and seafood and so far so good! Lots of fruit and salads too. The oranges here are amazing! We’ve also managed our first dinner outdoors in Tavira and it was just fab. The restaurant came highly recommended and we were glad we booked as it was packed as you can see!snapshot 2

Wearing:
It’s shorts, t-shirts and summer dresses all the way, a far cry and big change to a few weeks ago. I’m loving the warm weather and even BattleDad is commenting on my new found love for dresses!

Enjoying:
The sun, the food and the slower pace of life we’ve come to Portugal for. The weather has made a huge difference to our demeanour’s and outlook, we can enjoy the pool in the afternoons and are thoroughly enjoying my Dad’s cooking in the evenings. We really are loving the outdoor living we were hoping for!snapshot 2Not enjoying:
So far only the fact our stuff is taking it’s time getting to us from the UK but it seems things will come together this week as our new place should be ready this week and our stuff is due for arrival Friday. Mosquitoes are the only real thing we’re not enjoying at the moment but we’ve got plans to reduce our exposure to them in our new place.

Looking forward to:
Finally getting into our new place and really getting to finding our feet. We are enjoying staying with my parents who have been absolute stars and hopefully in the next week or two we’ll be out of their hair and they’ll have some breathing space again. We’ve got lots of places to explore in Portugal (and Spain) and we’ve got all the time in the world to do that. Expect plenty more updates to come on the blog!

Cath x

Liebster Award #2

Aly from Bug Bird Bee recently tagged me in the Liebster Award. This was the very first Blogger-type award I was ever tagged in during my early days and it seems it is doing the rounds again. So although I’ve completed it before I thought I’d do this, answering Aly’s questions this time.

Liebster Award1. What was your favourite childhood book and why?

I cannot remember ever having one favourite. I enjoyed reading the Roald Dahl books and also the Nancy Drew stories. While spending two months in Saudi Arabia when I was 10, I’d devour one a day!

2. Could you live in a log cabin for a month with no wifi? How would you spend your time?

If I had to I would. I think I’d get used to no WiFi after a few days. I’d spend my time taking walks in the woods (let’s face it, a log cabin is usually set in woods) and I’d read.

3. When was the last time you had a takeaway? What did you order?

We had a take away a few weeks ago and ordered an Indian which we collected. The food was quite nice although we did our usual  and ordered too much!

4. Who was your best friend growing up? Are you still in touch?

Best friends were hard to come by for me until I hit secondary school as we had returned to Ireland when I was 10 and didn’t really have a best friend until secondary school I had one there but we lost touch when I went to college and she started working.

5. What song would give you earworm for the rest of the day?

Probably a damn children’s song like Bare Necessities or Bippity-boppety boo. I play a Disney playlist in the car for BattleKid and if played on the way to nursery in the morning the songs invariably get stuck in my head! Tell me they aren’t in your head now!

6. If you were a type of dance what would you be?

At the moment a rave-type dance. Life is completed hectic and crazy at the moment as we get ready for a big move for our family and my head is constantly spinning at 90mph with everything that has to be done and sorted. I cannot wait to slow down once we’re done and dusted.

7. Snog, marry or avoid- Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba and Tom Hardy.

Omg you couldn’t have given me three worse choices. I don’t like any of these! But in the spirit of the award I’ll answer the best I can.

Snog – Benedict.

Marry – Idris (only because I’ve no other choice)

Avoid – Tom. I just don’t get him. I don’t see the appeal. Every film he’s been in I cannot hear a word he says and it ticks me off.

8. Where is the furthest place you have travelled to?

I think I’d have to say South Africa. I lived there between the ages of 3 and 9.

9. What would be on your epitaph?

Had you asked this to me just before finishing my PhD it would have been “Are you still here?” as I spent 9 years in the same university and that phrase was always being thrown my way. I’m not sure what it would say now, maybe beloved wife, mother and blogger, haha!

10. If you were a political leader, what would be your manifesto?

I can categorically say this would never happen. I hate politics and would never enter into it. But if I had to it would be “let’s all just take a chill pill and calm the f down”.

11. What’s on your bedside table?

For once in my life it’s quite clean so just BattleKid’s monitor (yes we still have it) and my kindle. That is all.

11 random facts about me:

  1. I have worn glasses since the age of 7.
  2. I have three younger sisters.
  3. I only learned to drive after I’d turned 30.
  4. I have a PhD in Organic Chemistry.
  5. I am an avid Madonna fan.
  6. The first concert I ever went to was Take That in Dublin when I was 14 or 15.
  7. I have only ever had two serious boyfriends (one of whom is my husband).
  8. I completed my CBT (compulsory basic training) for motorbikes but never used it.
  9. I hate the sea and ocean, despite being a good swimmer.
  10. I used to do Ballroom and Latin American dancing, competitively, during my teen years.
  11. I love flying on airplanes.

The bloggers I’d like to nominate are:

Laura from Loopy Lou Laura

Jessica from That Mummy Blog

Christine from Awfully Chipper

Muuka from Another Drop of Ink

My questions to other bloggers:

  1. Which three people would you invite to a dinner party and why?
  2. Which is your favourite flower?
  3. What song would you want played at your funeral?
  4. Where in the world would you love to visit if money was no object?
  5. Which author is your favourite and why?
  6. Fruits or vegetables?
  7. What would be your ideal holiday?
  8. Are you a cat or a dog person?
  9. Which was your favourite subject in school and why?
  10. What did you want to be when you grew up (say around 10 years of age) and did you do it?
  11. Are you a pen and paper type person (like me) or do you use technology for notes-taking?

These are the Liebster Award rules:

Thank the person who nominated you – and display your Liebster award with pride.

Answer the eleven questions put to you by the person who nominated you.

List 11 random facts about yourself.

Nominate and link to other bloggers that you think are deserving of this award.

Give them 11 questions to answer and let them know they’ve been nominated!

I hope my nominees will take part and I look forward to reading your answers and facts!

Cath x

Living Arrows 21/52

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth

Kahlil Gibran

We’ve been slowly finding our feet in the last week since we arrived in Portugal. We’ve been out and about with Nanna and Lolo while BattleDad has been working. We did sneak tea and cake during one visit into Tavira itself, which a certain little someone thoroughly enjoyed.

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On Saturday we had a family day out, visiting Vila Real de Santo Antonio, which lies next to the Spanish border. It’s a lovely town, bustling with market stalls on a Saturday, and has lots of different types of shops. After a wander around during which time we saw a brilliant jazz-type band playing music, we stopped beside the marina to check out the boats and fish before having an ice-cream.living arrows 21

After some drama with my car, which is currently in Land Rover in Faro for a red engine warning light, we headed into Tavira on Saturday evening for our first outdoors dinner in a highly recommended restaurant. The food was amazing and there was lots of it. Afterwards, on our walk back to our hire car, we came across a live statue. BattleKid wasn’t too sure at first but he soon made friends and found it hilarious when he tried to shake the statue’s hand and the statue kept pulling his hand away.living arrows 21

We are flying solo this week with BattleDad back in Paris for work so we’ll see what the week has in store for us before he returns. Hope you’ve all had a lovely week.

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