A new journey just completed, this time to Spain.I have never wished to travel to Spain, why I dont know, but this year my partner had a wish to spend a special Birthday in Spain, so Spain it was.We booked a house in Andalucia in a place called NERJA, this being owned by a friend of a friend. The journey to Spain took four hours from Sweden, we arrived after a mid morning flight, in Malaga Airport.We had been instructed how to get the car, which was included in the price of the hose rental, after much wandering around to find the right floor in the car park complex we finally saw the car, a red Seat, the key was in a key safe box chained to the back wheel.After dismantling this we could then drive away, with help from the Sat Nav one hours journey to Nerja.It was a pleasant journey and we arrived late afternoon.The house was situated on a steep hill in a secluded part a little away from the actual Town, The white houses sparkled and beautiful coloured flowers cascaded over the white walls of the houses.We parked out side our house and took the cases a few steps up to the house, our home for two weeks.There were many locks and a latticed gate to open before entering the house.There were locks and a latticed gate to get out onto the patio, I dont know if these were for safety or decoration, but it was quite important these were locked when leaving the house.The area was very quiet and felt very safe.The room we entered was a small kitchen and lounge area together, a door leading to the patio area, there was a bedroom beside a small bathroom.It appeared rather small and required a lot of planing to allow space for our things, one suitcase which we left on the floor in the bedroom, and our hand luggage we left on the space in the kitchen, we realise we would need to be particular with everything as each item needed is own space keeping everything tidy was essential. We drove a hsort distance to a Supermarket to stock up on food drink etc, ms things were in the house ready to use, and once used needed to be replaced, we decided it was better to buy our own things and not have to remeber what to replace.The supermarket was adequate and it was nice looking around to see what was available, things we recognised, and things we didnt know, but it was all exciting finding and testing new things.The first evening we didnt feel like cooking a meal so very lazilly we bought two deep frozen pizzes, in the oven and they were ready in a few minutes, they were delicious, particularly as we hadnt eaten for a long time.We had access to swedisg television which was god as we cold catch up on programes in the evenings when we were not away for the evening.The house was quite cosy, the voew when standing out on the patio was lovely we could see mountains in the distance at the back f the house to eithe side we couls see moutains and a slight view of the town below. There was a little passageway between our house and the swimming pool this we could see when standing up and looking over the wall.Out of the front door it took two minutes to reach the pool.This pool was for the use of the people staying in our area, not for public use,it was well cared for it was clean and tidy, there werent many people who used this pool when we were staying there, occasionally in the afternoon when it was siesta time a few people would lie on the sunbeds which were provided, it was very quiet, nobody disturbed anyone.The first night we both slept well in the comfortable double bed. Next morning my partner wasnt well, he had trouble with a urinary tract infection, and couldnt leave the house because it was difficult to know where toilets where, as he needed one frequently, we were not aquainted with the town or surroundings. We stayed in all day on Sunday, ventured to town on Monday to find a chemist where my partner could get help, this he did and miraculously he started to feel better next day not fully recovered but enough for us to take the local bus to Town and see what was on offer.This day was his big Birthday so we wanted to celebrate, we ate a nice lunch, sea food, which was plentiful and delicious, we drank wine /beer.After lunch we wandered down to the main attraction in Nerja Balcon de EUROPA, here things were being prepared for a fiesta which was to last several days, there opening was that evening, fireworks were being prepared and the towm semed to be gearing up for this event. We had our evening meal in another nice restaurant in the middle of this busling place,again sea food,with lots of evegetables and accompanied by a glass of wine, a nice ending to a pleasant dat, and partner feeling much better.We took the bus home which took about an hour because it was a circular tour and oicked people up averywhere along the route, it was nice to hear so many people chatting in so many different languages, everybody happy to be on holiday, the warm weather contributing to this,it was warm not hot as I imagine it can be during the sumer months, it was 23 degrees, perfect for walking around, the sun was very strong and it felt warmer when in the sun.

After having been home for two weeks, it is time to travel again, this time to our house in Cumbria.We leave tomorrow, and will be staying for two weeks, of course we hope for good weather, as we are having here at home in the begining of September.September can be a lovely month with clear days, quite warm temperatures but cooler and darker evenings, but then the colours in nature start to turn into beautiful yellows, gold and brown.Heather blooms giving carpets of purple on the hills.We shall be travelling to my hometown Liverpool to see an exhibition in the World Museum of the Terracotta Warriors discovered some years ago in China when excavating, an entire army was discovered made of terracotta ,these were to protect the deceased Emperor of the time, this exhibition will be very special as it hasnt been seen anywhere outside China except in London a few years ago.We will have an overnight stay in Liverpool in order to be able to see other places of interest, we usually visit just for a day and it is too short a time to take in the many things this lovely City has to offer. On our return to Cumbria we will spent the weekend around Kendal,there is a market held every Wednesday and every Friday in the Market Square, there are always interesting stands to look at selling various foods, vegetables etc, there are always many people who travel from all sorts of places to see this market occasionally there is a farmers market and there you can see animals brought from farms around, sometimes calves and lambs depending on the season. A huge event is on the second Thursday in September, it is the Westmorland County Show held at Crookland not too far from Oxenholme where our house is situated, it really is a fantastic event visited annually by over 30,000 people travelling from all over the United Kingdom.There are many animlas shown and given prizes, there can be sheep, cows, bulls, alpackors, pigs, hens, then there are always lots of flowers, cakes, cheese, eggs, meats, which are on show and are given prizes for their quality presentation etc.Many firms exhibit their goods, ranging from farm machinery to wines, locally made beer, clothes, hats, shoes, boots everything imaginable, then of course there are many stalls selling hot food, these are always popular, as well as beer tents,, where one can stand for some time in a queue, but the wait is worth it. I am looking forward to this visit as the past visits this summer have been short, one week and then five nights, this fortnight will give us time to relax, and weather permitting, time to tidy in the garden and prepare it for the winter.Exactly what we did and saw I will tell later when we have arrived home again, after hopefully having had two lovely weeks away.

St Ives August 2018.My journey to the UK with my Granddaughter Johanna has been a huge success.Johanna stayed with her friends outside Exeter, and I stayed with my Sister-in-Law in Aylesbeare also ouside exeter. We had a lovely catch up, and I was able to see her house and huge garden, where she has lived for eighteen years, it was definately time for a visit. I was lucky to be able to visit Cornwall, only for twenty four hours, but it was a wonderful opportunity, not to be missed being so near to Devon.I could not stay anywhere in St Ives as everywhere had obviously been booked many months ago, as it happened I was very fortunate to acquire a single room in a lovely Hotel in Carbis Bay. My room was really nice with a wonderful sea view, it was located two minutes walk from Carbis Bay Railway Station. This meant having the three minutes journey into St Ives, on the picturesque local branch train, loved by anyone who has ever visited St Ives.I was as excited as ever as we approached St Ives, the weather was not the usual glorious weather St Ives offers, but I was there, the weather was not a problem.I had arranged to meet John Chard, the renowned St Ives photographer, and a member of the St Ives RNLI crew, he was held up in traffic and we couldnt meet at the Lifeboat Station as we had previously planned, but at the famous PednOlver Hotel overlooking lovely Porthminster Beach.Not having met John although seen him many times on Facebook, it was nice to meet him in person, a tall well built, pleasant, smiling man. We chatted and I gave the signed copy of my book to him, he seemed very pleased and promised to leave it in the crew room at the Lifeboat Station in St Ives, where it now belongs.John introduced me to a lovely lady and her daughter who makes beautiful jewellery from sea glass and small pebbles, everything picked from the local beaches.These pieces are so attractive and I have no doubt this lovely lady will do well in her new business just started in St Ives, and I can only wish her the best of luck in the future,with her new life in her new Town. I left a copy of the book in the Guildhall in the Tourist Information room to Tony Mason, they kindly agreed to contact Tony to explain the book was there for him. I didnt know how to contact him, but the ladies in the Guidhall helped me, and a few minutes later Tony had collected the book, as I read from a lovely e mail he sent me a few hours later.People are very kind and helpful,I was sorry we couldnt meet but this visit really was a whistle stop visit. I had previously contacted Kay Shepherd the owner of a wonderful Aladdins Cave in the Court Arcade on Wharf Road, she has her site on Facebook, and I had asked her if I could leave a book with her, which I did, she was a very pleasant friendly person, we had a lovely chat and laughed a lot. Next day, the day I had to leave this wonderful Town, I went back to Paraphernalia as this little gem is called, as I wanted to buy one of John Chards photos I had seen in the shop, very appropriately this wonderful photograph is of the St Ives Lifeboat “Nora”this was meant to be, on this occasion as everything seemed to evolve around the RNLI on this visit. Kay asked if I happened to have any more books, which I did, I had ONE with me.I didnt think anyone would see my book, but the day after I arrived back home, thre was a message on my phone just saying ” I need more books” from Kay. I was disappointed as all my books are still in the house in Cumbria, but I asked my lovely neighbour there if she could possibly help me and send some books to Cornwall for me, this she did and the day after they were on their way, and have now arrived, where they belong in the care of Kay Shepherd, who I know will help me sell some. I had a lovely time with my Sister-in-Law when I arrived back in Exeter after my very successful journey to St Ives, we were in Exeter the day before I went home and looked around the magnificent City, which my Sister-in-Law knows so well, as she has grown up there. The day came when we had to travel home again, not having seen my Granddaghte since the day of our arrival, I was looking forward to seeing her again and hearing about her adventure, a visit to friends without her parents, how exciting was that. Johanna had had a wonderful holiday,and I dont think she really wanted to go home just yet, it had been a very short visit, but as Schools are beginning here in Sweden next week she had to return home, but with many happy memories. I am so grateful I was given this journey as it gave me an extra opportunity to visit St Ives, a thing I hadnt thought possible this year, but so fitting to promote my book, in the height of the holiday season, in the place the book is all about.My thanks go to my Daughter and family for making this special journey possible.I hope Johanna enjoyed her visit as much as I did, who knows it may be the beginning of another book.

A surprise visit to Cornwall. I am very excited at the prospect of an unexpected visit to Cornwall next week.I am going with my Granddaughter to Exeter,she is staying with a friend and her family, I am staying with my Sister-in-Law,who I havent seen for years.It will be a very short stay in the UK, but I am taking advantage of being so near to Cornwall, I am making a whistle stop visit to beautiful St Ives, only twenty four hours but better than not being there at all.I am using this opportunity to leave a few of my books in the place it is all about,I would like to leave a book to the RNLI whom I have dedicated the book.It would be wonderful to leave it to a member of this Institution in person in the Lifeboat Station, that would be a dream come true. One dream has come true, my surprise visit to St Ives this year, a thing I didnt think possible until a few days ago. One should never give up dreaming and hoping.

Midsummers Eve in Sweden is celebrated by being a Public Holiday, people gather in parks and other public places to dance around decorated maypoles, these poles are decorated with flowers and leaves before being raised. Children and parents join in the dancing to typical traditional Swedish music, many children have crowns of fresh flowers in their hair as they dance. When people leave, they then visit friends and families and eat special herrings with sour cream and chives, together with fresh potatoes preferably home produced,This is accompanied with snaps, and beer or wine. Strawberries and cream follow.Later in the evening some people BBQ, and drink, many people stay awake all night to welcome the summer, the nights are very short in June and it isnt difficult to stay awake. This midsummer the weather has been favourable,this isnt often the case, and everyone hopes it will continue to be a warm, sunny summer.

Helpful people.Yesterday I met some very helpful people, not in person but on line.I asked about how I should best market and distribute my book, which will be ready to sell on July the 10th, one person helped put my description of the book on a site in Cumbria, another person put the same description on a site where my book has its theme in Cornwall. Another kind person added my book description onto her webbsite. These lovely people gave up there time to help me, and the response has been amazing, so many people now know about my book, thanks to the help I received yesterday. There are kind, helpful people out there in these difficult times, but many go unnoticed. Thank you to my “helpers”

My hobbbies apart from travelling, are gardening, although the summer is so short here in Scandinavia,there arent many plants or flowers who have time to grow before the frost sets in. My Winter hobby, is card making and scrap booking, and of course writing.I am hoping to begin writing my second book which will be different, but the same theme, travelling, but moving from one country to another. This book will take a long time to write but I am hoping to have it published in the not too distant future.

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