Sunday, 18 February 2018

My Week in Review to the 18th February

We had a great weekend in Valencia with Dave's daughters. Our Airbnb apartment was nice with fun decor and lovely tiled floors. The sun flooded in through large windows during the day although it did get pretty cold after dark. We stayed very close to the Torres de Quart so were ideally located for lots of sightseeing as well as near to lots of good restaurants. I think we walked over twenty miles during the weekend which was useful because we ate a lot of delicious food too! All the photos on this post show Valenciano street art and sculpture of which there is something new to see around every corner!


As I didn't really have my travel blogger head on, I completely forgot to make a note of the names of any of the restaurants and cafes we loved. Oops! We managed to go through the whole stay without having a bad meal so I am tempted to state that Valenciano food is just great all round. I'm sure someone would contradict me though!


Since we returned to our campsite we did have a day's rest! We've also had several walks including a good excursion through the Albufera woods and wetlands - up to a point where the path was closed for resurfacing with no alternative route anyway! We followed other people's footprints in the sand for a while but ended up needing to turn back instead of completing our planned loop. It was still a good walk though.

 

Valentine's Day didn't get celebrated in our usual style this year despite it being our 15th together. 15!! We were kind of dined out after Valencia so I think we'll treat ourselves some time in the next few weeks instead. Our caravan water pump had packed up the night before so we spent Valentine's morning visiting a local caravan spares shop. Romance is not dead folks! The shop, of course, didn't have an exact Whale replacement for our Premium submersible pump, but the Spanish equivalent turns out to be just as good, much quieter and was considerably cheaper!


A purchase we made on Friday was a stovetop coffee maker. I've wanted one of these for absolutely ages, but wasn't really sure how they worked or which to buy. Fortunately there was one in the Valencia apartment which Gemma kindly taught me how to use. It's very simple when you know how! And now we have our own. It makes delicious coffee although stronger than I am used to so I need to be careful not to drink too much. A splitting caffeine headache is not so much fun!


In blogging news, I curated two Top Ten posts this week. First up is my regular monthly Top Ten Etsy Finds - this edition focuses on Bees and there's some really beautiful items for your perusal. Then I was invited by Etsy to create a Mother's Day Gift Guide post. I chose to select from Artisan Rainbow-featured items which was fun and I might make up more Gift Guides in this way in the future.

I've started a new feature too - a monthly Giveaway Linkup. If you're hosting any Giveaways on your own blogs, feel welcome to add their links and try your luck on everyone else's!

Here's what you might have missed on my other blogs this week. Click the images to visit the pages ...

 

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Waiting for the Barbarians
tagged: currently-reading, fiction-africa, and charity-shop-find

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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Stephanie Jane's Giveaway Linkup

It occurred to me the other day that I frequently share my giveaway posts on other people's blogs so perhaps I could offer a dedicated place here for you all to linkup your giveaways and competitions too?

So here is Stephanie Jane's Giveaway Linkup!

I think I will make this a monthly feature with a new post and InLinkz widget on the 15th of each month. That way there shouldn't be too many out of date links to plough through - I hate spotting a great giveaway and then realising I've already missed the end date! On that subject though, can we start each link with the End Date in British Format (DD/MM).

I've listed a few common abbreviations you might want to use in your titles. Comment others you need and I'll add them.
GC = Gift Card / HB = Hardback Book / INT = International /
PB = Paperback Book / WW = Worldwide

And here's all the Giveaways ...
Add yours or someone else's, enter them all, and come back and Comment if you win!


I'd love for you to grab the Linkup Button. Paste the code into your Giveaway page somewhere for everyone to see. The more people we can each bring to these pages, the more will see all our giveaways!




Instructions: Select all code above, copy it and paste it inside your blog post as HTML

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Top Ten Etsy Finds - Bees

I noticed a few days ago that three of my recent Etsy finds for my Artisan Rainbow blog have featured bees and I wondered if this could be a trend! I love bees myself - as long as I don't find myself in the midst of too many at once - such hard working insects and vital for our food supply. If you're a bee fan too, I hope you enjoy looking through this selection of delights. The creations would make fine gifts too - Mother's Day is not so far away! (And Etsy has a dedicated Mother's Day page right here!)

Click the item photos or titles to visit their Etsy pages and purchase. These are affiliate links so I would receive a small commission for any items bought - at no extra cost to yourself.

First up is the intricate Needle Felted Bumble Bee Brooch pictured above. It is made by Nosey Toes Creations in Manchester.
£12 plus shipping.
I love the bright colours and the fantastic detail.


Also needle felted is this beautifully summery Busy Bee And Hive Picture made by Poody Berty in Gloucester.
£20 plus shipping.


I love this Bee Hive Trinket Box made by The Boxden in Liverpool. It's just 8cm tall so perfect for tiny treasures.
£5 plus shipping.


This Manchester Worker Bee Cushion by P Grogan Photography in Manchester makes great use of the iconic mosaic image.
£25 plus shipping.


Add an elegant touch to note writing with these Vintage Honey Bee Letterpress Notecards made by Print For Love Of Wood in Manchester.
£8 for 5, plus shipping.

Alternatively, add a cute touch to your hairstyle with the Bee Hair Elastic Trio by Starchaser UK in Aberdeen.
£1.49 plus shipping.


This Green Felt Sewing Set of pin cushion, scissors case and tape measure box is an ideal gift for a needlewoman. It features tiny bees on two of the flowers. Made by Maggie Studio in High Wycombe.
£32 plus shipping.


Cotton Bumble Bee Napkins could grace any meal table. The design is from watercolours painted by Lucy at Bella Art Bespoke in Bury St.
£30 for 4, plus shipping.


Present small gifts in style in this sturdy Little Jute Bag handpainted by Queen Of Persia in Brighton. The bag is ideal for a pretty storage solution too.
£6.75 plus shipping.


And for my final Etsy Bee find, treat someone special to unusual art with this limited edition Bumble Bee On A Thistle print by Jen Buckley Art in Chester.
From £29.66 plus shipping.


I hope you have loved seeing all these bees as much as I loved searching them out! Don't forget to click the item photos or titles to visit their Etsy pages and make your purchases. These are affiliate links so I would receive a small commission for any items bought - at no extra cost to yourself.

Monday, 12 February 2018

My Week in Review to the 11th February

A slightly belated Week in Review post because we spent a busy weekend in Valencia with Dave's daughters. We all had a great time, walking a ridiculously long way and eating delicious food, but I'll blog properly about the visit later this week. In the post I want to catch you up with our current campsite and its local area.

We are pitched up at Camping Valencia in El Saler which is a tiny seaside town just outside Valencia. It's in the Albufera national park so there is good beach and woodland walking straight from the campsite. There is also the number 25 bus route right outside that goes straight into Valencia and a nice cycle route to the city as well. On our first evening here, we wandered over a road bridge to gaze out across the rice fields - and I spotted the flamingo street art too.

Camping Valencia is €15 per night with our ACSI card. This price includes a reasonably large pitch with electricity. The shower room is actually heated which is particularly nice as the weather is much colder up here than it was at Isla Plana! It's quiet here because there aren't many touring pitches and the 'shanty town' of permanent pitches isn't occupied at all (I don't think) at this time of year.


In the opposite direction to Valencia is El Palmar, a town of canals and paella restaurants right in the heart of the Albufera. It is easily reached by car, bicycle or that same number 25 bus route and we spent a nice sunny afternoon walking out in a large circuit from El Palmar around wide expanses of paddy fields. There are dozens of outlets in El Palmar offering boat trips too, but our being there mid-week and off-season meant most looked closed so we decided to walk. We saw dozens of herons and a few cormorants, otherwise surprisingly little in the way of wildlife.




Here's what you might have missed on my other blogs this week. Click the images to visit the pages ... and don't forget to enter all my Current Giveaways!

 

Artisan Rainbow

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Waiting for the Barbarians
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