Friday, 20 July 2012

Hola!

7pm, 28 degrees and looooong shadows.  Irresistible.
 My lovely parents were desperate for sunshine; their most recent holiday had been rather inconvenienced by Papa's life threatening illness.  Medically 'fit to fly', they asked advice about where they should go on a relatively short flight.  Well, you will understand that there was some anxiety amongst us children about them going anywhere without 'back up'.  So we Dunnits went with them, to our place in the sun.  And by golly, it was sunny.  I have to say it was all very sudden and I wasn't really caught up from being away before I was off again, but hey, you don't turn down these chances, huh!  It was lovely, and the best part was seeing both parents eating and drinking as normal, Dad will have even put on some weight;  he declared himself fully recuperated as he finished his millionth bowl of prawns in garlic and chilli oil.  We've played two games this week - chase the Prawns and hunt the Sangri-La.  Of course, the Sangri-La is the great Spanish drink Sangria, but try saying that after sharing a litre jug between three of you at the beach bar.  It was the best I've ever tasted. If you're jealous about the sun - I understand, truly...and I promise, I enjoyed it for everyone who's missed it.  And now, normal service, life work and some catching up must be resumed.......just give me a couple of minutes would you, I'm sure I can come up with a reason not to get going.....

43 comments:

mamapez5 said...

Glad you had a great time in our land of sunshine. You had it cool at 28ยบ by 7.00pm. We are still in the 30's at bedtime. It's aircon on at mignight for half an hour while we have a late dip in the pool, a tinto verano while we dry off, turn off the aircon and put the fan on, hop into bed and we're out like a light! This has got to be a healthy way to live. I miss the shade of a tall green tree, but I wouldn't swap lifestyles now for anything.
It is so good to know your parents benefitted from their holiday.
I hope the adjustment back into UK weather isn't too painful.
Kate x

Di said...

So glad you had a fabby time - and just maybe we could be in for some decent weather here soon, if you believe the Met. Office that is, Sigh, don't put the wellies away just yet though!

Welcome back! Di xx

Helen said...

Welcome home, glad this trip was planned and enjoyable!! Now, get round those desks...oh and don't forget the unpacking (yuck!)...

Apparently you may have brought the summer back with you - they are threatening warm sun for next week....
have a good weekend.

Artyjen said...

Aah...those lovely shadows ;) Glad all was fabulous.....the Sangria sounds excellent.
xoxo Sioux

Annie said...

Oh that all sounds really lovely Julia. So glad you had a good time with your family.
I'm just wanting a week tomorrow to be sunny for us....positive thoughts please.
Hugs,
A x

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

I am a lovely shade of green . . . with envy! xxx

Sandy said...

So glad you are all well and happy. Enjoy the sun. Sandy :)

Morti said...

Welcome home hun! You might be back in time for the good weather here too...

Remind me to ask you how much to hire your villa, eh?

Darla said...

Sounds like a very nice time, it's good to spend time with family! Glad your Dad is doing better.

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Sounds fun and good news for all. Wishing your Parents the best. Gettin old ain't for sissies. Like the shadow picture
Have a great weekend

Twiglet said...

Great shadow pic Julia - mmm I think I remember seeing shadows once!! Glad you had a good break. x Jo

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...one of the joys in life is spending time with your family and how loVely to see your Papa feeling so good & enjoying life & time with the ones he loVes...life is good...Mel :)

Diana Evans said...

oh how wonderful....so happy you had a wonderful time!!!! love the photo!!!!

Georgie Horn said...

oh, I am jealous! Bring me some of that yummi sangria la....

CraftygasheadZo said...

Oh so glad you had some sun and fun and plenty of sangria! I could do with a spot of warmth but not finding it here that's for sure. Take care Zo xx

Valerie said...

I am so glad you had a wonderful time with family! It was well deserved!

I want to thank you for visiting my workdesk! I was honored to have you come by and leave a sweet comment! I know you are a VERY busy woman and there are LOTS of us to visit. I appreciate your concern for my safety too! I was very careful...I chose my knees instead of standing! LOL! Thanks again! Valerie #157

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Try saying much of anything after a litre of liquor. A vacation in the sun sounds nice. Yeah, I know I live where it is sunny like 350 days a year but it is a brutal sun that will eat you alive. You know, a play where you can bask in the sun, well that sounds kind of fun.

Ann B said...

So glad you had a good holiday Julia and I hope that the forecasters are right and you have brought a bit of sun and warmth back with you.
Ann b
xx

Redanne said...

When I first saw the pic I thought you were showing us the gunfight at the OK corral.......so lovely to hear that your Dad feels he is fully recovered, must be a good feeling for all of you. Also glad you enjoyed the sun, although we are supposed to be having 4 days of good weather in a row!!

Monica said...

A vacation in the rain and cool sounds fine as we are now back in Texas and the approaching afternoon high of over 100F. guess i understand sun needs as it is just so relaxing and a pitcher of margaritas would sure be nice!

Stephanie said...

awwww so happy to hear it all went well. xx hugs.

Bethan said...

Hola! you lucky girl! So glad your father is doing so well now and sounds like you all had a lovely time. Geez....you made me think I neeeeeed a hol in the sun...sangria..mmmm!!!

Lisa-Jane said...

Thank you so much for enjoying it on our behalf Julia!

JoZart said...

Now that's a lovely post. you deserve the sunshine and so do your parents. Hope it's extended by some good weather here too.
joZarty x

fairy thoughts said...

Um i think I remember the sun, hasn't been around here much lately. Glad you and the grand dunnits are enjoying your hols
Janet

Sandy Leigh said...

Julia! Thank you for visiting my blog today! That shadow picture is all kinds of cool--love it. So, I'll tell you, my teenage daughter is an avid knitter (has her own knitting group and vlog) and she insists that I roll all my yarn into balls. I don't really know why...she just thinks it's wrong to leave a skein in its original form when you're knitting with it. Go figure! But those yarn balls do look yummy all together like that. Crafty hugs to you!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

It sounds like you had a blast with your family. I love the photograph of your shadows! Blessings!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I was thrilled to read that your dad is doing well, and your mom has joined his wellness (if that is a word). But you may have that heat and sun. I've had more than my share of it the past two summers. Like around 40 C every day. Loved the photos, though.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Fun shadow picture, Julia, and cleverly taken as no one has their elbows aloft!?!

Your parents sound like live wires who appreciate living, especially after being on brink. Thanks for the tender sharing of the holiday. You'll be elected a national hero for bringing the sun to the UK!

Thanks, too, for your lovely comment at my place!

Neet said...

Glad you had a great time and can fully understand your concern. I long for some sunshine - maybe today as we have a glorious sunrise out there.
Sangri La
Neet!

SueH said...

It sounds like you’re had a lovely break Julia and it must be so reassuring to see that your dad is picking up a bit at long last.

Not only that, it appears that you’ve brought the sun home with you….thanks for that!

Sue
x

JB said...

Am glad you and your family had a lovely break. Yes....I have a lot of paperchase pens. I've collected the pound pens for years, except they're more than a pound now lol xJanex

Jaki Morris said...

I'm glad you had a great time and I'm not at all jealous of the sunshine.

Yeah, right

Thanks for popping by my apricot filled desk. Since then I've also made peach jam which is even more lovely than the apricot! And so simples to make

Jakix

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

So glad you had a lovely time with your family. Just what the doctor ordered :o)I'm doing some off peak visiting of my own today!

Kathryn said...

Aw sounds like you had a well deserved fabby time xxx slight cloud of greenness over my house lol x

Chrissie said...

Wonderful to hear you had a great time!
Chrissie

famfa said...

Glad you had good time. Sunshine must be needed where you live, so I've heard. We are on Hols. Lovely to spend family time together. Made me laugh your games ( I am not yoda! ) x

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Oh how lovely a holiday on the fly. Yes a little bit of sun does wonders - luckily we did have a lot yesterday and it's looking good so far today. Hmmm do you think there's any truth in the conspiracy theory about the government causing all that rain so it'll be sunny for the Olympics hahaha
Anne xx

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Didn't know your dad had been so ill, am glad he's recovered
xx

Whimcees said...

Hello!

I am happy for you that all had a wonderful time! If I could send you some of the 3 digit temps we are having in this part of WI - I would! Wishing you a happy day!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Paula Gale said...

Hi Julia

its so good to hear that your Papa is doing so well after the scare you had previously... It's so important to make the most of every opportunity to spend with your parents - especially on holiday making happy memories.

Great news to hear.

Paula x x x

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