Thursday, 31 August 2017

WIN: A stay at Turnberry and play the new King Robert the Bruce course

WIN: A stay at Turnberry and play the new King Robert the Bruce course: Fancy winning a one-night stay at the Turnberry Hotel with a round of golf on the brand new King Robert the Bruce course thrown in?

The Places I want to go

  • The Caribbean
  • Italy
  • Cuba
  • Med Cruise
  • Iceland
  • Denmark
  • Bruge
  • Switzerland
  • Australia
  • Hong Kong
  • Thailand
  • Peru
  • Brazil
  • Florida
  • New England
  • Chicago
  • Washington
  • Goa
  • Norway
  • Moscow
  • Paris
  • Cadbury World
  • Benidorm
  • Bora Bora
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What did you want to be when you grew up?

G has some homework to do this weekend. She has to decide what she wants to do when she grows up. Her list currently looks like this:

  • beauty technician
  • nail artist
  • hair dresser
My list when I was 11 looked more like this:
  • Journalist
  • Pathologist
  • Writer
  • Architect
What did you want to be when you grew up? 

Top 10 Oscar Winning Films

I thought I would take a look back over previous Academy Award winning best films of all time.

Here are my top 10:

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - 1975
  • The Silence of the Lambs - 1991
  • The Hurt Locker - 2009
  • Million Dollar Baby - 2004
  • The English Patient - 1996
  • Argo - 2012
  • American Beauty - 1999
  • Braveheart - 1995
  • A Beautiful Mind - 2001
  • No Country for Old Men - 2007
You can see my movie reviews here

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It isn't just about the scales you know

I get a bit obsessed with the scales when I am trying to lose weight. Perfectly understandable, but then I have to remember that its not just about the scales. There are lots of other ways to measure the changes I am making to my body as I progress.

Such as:

  • my clothes getting bigger
  • my belly getting smaller
  • my face getting more shape
  • cheekbones reappearance
  • more energy
  • feeling stronger
  • seeing muscle tone
  • feeling my legs tighten
  • seeing my arms get leaner
  • being able to do a full push up
  • getting into a smaller clothes size
  • sleeping better
  • better endurance
  • clothes fitting properly
  • changing the clothes I wear
  • feeling healthier
  • losing inches
  • thinner fingers
  • smaller feet! 
These things are so important. I need to remember that these things matter as much as if not more than the number on the scales. 

More for my wishlist

Here are my new wishlist items:
  • Sleepeezee mattress
  • Spin bike
  • Weight set
  • Cross trainer
And here is the rest of the (very long) list: 
  • City Break
  • Loft conversion
  • Velux windows
  • Degree course
  • Suitcase
  • 4 man tent 
  • Apartment in Gran Canaria 
  • Apple TV 
  • Backless dress 
  • Ballet pumps 
  • Barbour Jacket 
  • Barefoot Sandals 
  • Bathroom 
  • Beach bag 
  • Bedding 
  • Bicycle 
  • Bikini 
  • Black Ugg Boots 
  • Body butter 
  • Campervan 
  • Caravan 
  • Carpet 
  • Chaise longue 
  • Champagne 
  • Chanel No 5 EDP 
  • Chanel tote 
  • Clarins Eau Dynamiste body lotion and body wash 
  • Clarins treatment 
  • Coco Mademoiselle EDP 
  • Colouring fine point pens 
  • Comedian tickets / show 
  • Converse 
  • Corset 
  • Cottage break 
  • Courvoissier 
  • Crystal glasses 
  • Cuddly Toy 
  • Curtains - made to measure
  • Designer Watch 
  • Digital photo frame 
  • Dining Table 
  • Dress 
  • Egg Chair 
  • Elemis Cellular Recovery Capsules 
  • Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm 
  • Elemis treatment 
  • Faux fur jacket 
  • Festival tickets 
  • Garden statues 
  • Gas BBQ 
  • Gig tickets 
  • Great red lipstick 
  • Grieb and Benzinger watch 
  • Handbag 
  • hardbound notebook 
  • Hobbit house 
  • Holiday 
  • Hot Tub 
  • House extension 
  • Hunter Wellies 
  • J'adore EDP 
  • Jaguar 
  • Jeans 
  • Jodhpurs 
  • Land Rover 
  • Lawnmower 
  • Light fittings throughout 
  • Lingerie 
  • Luggage 
  • Lulu Guiness suitcase 
  • Macbook Air or Macbook Pro 
  • Manolo Blahniks 
  • Motorbike 
  • Motorhome 
  • New Kitchen 
  • Nutribullet 
  • NYC Trip 
  • Pandora charms 
  • Patio Heater 
  • Pearl necklace 
  • Pedicure 
  • Picnic Basket 
  • Pinot Grigio 
  • PJ's 
  • Plastering work 
  • Pop up tent 
  • Posh shower wash 
  • Range Cooker 
  • Range Rover 
  • Rattan furniture set 
  • Riding Boots 
  • Shoes 
  • Shower unit 
  • Slippers 
  • Solar lights 
  • Spa Break 
  • Spa facial 
  • Sport tops - Size M or 12/14 
  • Spray tan 
  • Stationery 
  • Stone bench 
  • Storm Lanterns 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Superdry fitted jumpers - hip length 
  • Swarovski Jewellery 
  • Tartan skirt 
  • Tefal Toast N Egg 
  • Treadmill 
  • Trip to Australia 
  • Tumble drier 
  • TV - curved
  • Veneers 
  • Vespa 
  • Vintage luxury chair 
  • Weekend away 
  • Wellies rack 
  • West end show 
  • Whiskey 
  • White suit jacket 
  • Wine Fridge 
  • Winter coat 
  • Yankee Candle 
  • Yo Sushi voucher/meal
  • Silver cutlery
  • Microwave
  • Cosmetic treatment
  • Expensive shampoo and conditioner
  • Wrought iron radiators
  • Diamond jewellery
  • Board games
  • Double Oven 
  • Roll top bath 
  • Electric shower 
  • Shower cubicle 
  • Sink drainer 
  • Kettle tap 
  • Slim Dishwasher 
  • Towel Radiator 
  • Underfloor heating 
  • Spa massage
  • Gold / Copper kitchen utensils
  • Copper saucepans
  • LED projector mobile
  • Water Feature
  • Table lamp
  • Floor lamp
  • Art - canvas
  • Gym bag and towel
  • Sink unit and drainer
  • Induction hob
  • New toilet and sink
  • Bathroom tiles
  • Kitchen tiles
  • Kitchen units
  • American fridge freezer
  • Flip flops
  • Wine rack
  • Craft Stuff
  • Dinner Set
  • Funky Socks
  • Honeymoon
  • Wedding Dress
  • Mitsubishi Barbarian
  • Nissan Navara
  • Wine subscription
  • 3D printer
  • Silk shirts
  • Tunic dress
  • Fire Stick
  • Bali Beach Beds
  • Solar charger
  • Dog bed
  • Dog toys
  • Beach towels
  • Sewing machine
  • Good scissors
  • Cami set
  • Playsuit
  • Inflatable drinks holder
  • Bling jewelled bikini
  • Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Hair Mist
  • Coco Mademoiselle Velvet Body Oil
  • Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Body Cream
  • Coco Mademoiselle Foaming Shower Gel
  • Chanel Le Lift Eye Cream
  • Segway

Learning Spanish - this week's learning

This week's learning:

  • dinner - cena
  • fifty - cincuenta
  • mother - madre


and here is the rest:
  • fish - pescado
  • reservation - reserva
  • when - cuando
  • chair - silla
  • nose - nariz
  • pasta - pastas
  • kiss - beso
  • smile - sonreír
  • onion - cebolla
  • friend - amigo
  • thunder - trueno
  • why - por qué
  • thigh - muslo
  • donkey - burro
  • warm - calentar
  • drink - bebida
  • what - qué
  • lemon - limón
  • garlic - ajo
  • forty - cuarenta
  • tree - árbol
  • teeth - dientes
  • father - padre
  • suncream - crema solar
  • milk chocolate - chocolate con leche
  • crazy - loca
  • girl - niña
  • happy - contento
  • steak - filete
  • sunburn - bronceado
  • horse - cabello
  • cough - tos 
  • head - cabeza
  • Summer - el verano
  • February - febrero
  • Pillow - almohada
  • Nine - nueve
  • Eyes - ojos
  • June - junio
  • key - llaves
  • dunes - dunas
  • home - casa
  • Stomach - estómago
  • Jump - saltar
  • May - mayo
  • October - octubre
  • Thirsty - sediento
  • Leg - pierna
  • Breakfast - desayuno
  • Six - seis
  • Hungry - hambriento
  • Moon - luna
  • Rice - arroz
  • Vegetarian - vegetariano
  • I don't know - no lo sé
  • Butter - mantequilla
  • Seven - siete
  • July - julio
  • Tired - cansado
  • Speak - hablar
  • Mirror - espejo
  • Small - pequeña
  • Amazing - asombroso
  • Sunglasses - gafas de sol 
  • Toilet - inodoro
  • Excuse me - disculpe
  • Tasty - sabroso
  • Mountain - montaña
  • How far is - que tan lejos esta
  • Waves - olas
  • Sandwich - emparedado
  • Roof - techo
  • Blanket - cobija
  • Eight - ocho
  • Forgot - olvidó
  • Woman - mujer
  • Night - noche
  • Another - otro
  • September - septiembre
  • Hands - manos
  • Flight - vuelo
  • Laugh - risa
  • Sing - canta
  • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
  • Spoon - cuchara
  • Black - negro
  • Bread - pan de molde
  • April - abril
  • Five - cinco
  • Sand - arena
  • Hot - caliente
  • Ear - oreja
  • Dark - oscuro
  • Like - me gusta
  • Sick - enfermo
  • Spicy - picante
  • Kettle - tetera
  • Flowers - flores
  • Sunbathe - tomar el sol
  • Feet - pies
  • December - diciembre
  • Cake - pastel
  • Fireworks - fuegos articiales
  • Rain - lluvia
  • Dress - el vestido
  • Year - año
  • Door - puerta
  • My name is - me llamo
  • Cooking - cocina
  • Four - cuatro
  • August - agosto
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Back - espalda
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Three - tres
  • Dog - perro
  • January - enero
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Brown - marrón
  • Two - dos
  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

YourHome - Competition - Win a Hayter lawnmower

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The Advantages of Being Slim


  1. being able to wear anything
  2. enjoying getting ready to go out
  3. not being too hot and sweaty in hot weather
  4. looking good in a bikini
  5. not needing to cover up through embarassment
  6. more confidence
  7. clothes shopping a pleasure, not an endurance test
  8. wearing shorts
  9. toned back
  10. going braless and not tripping over! 
  11. not dreading the scales
  12. being able to go for a meal when I want
  13. being able to have a glass of wine guilt free
  14. having a photo taken 
  15. being more stylish
  16. feeling attractive
  17. cheekbones!
  18. no double chin
  19. no muffin top
  20. abs
  21. toned thighs
  22. slim arms no bingo wings
  23. comfier when flying 
  24. brave enough to go on water park or slides
  25. not worrying about being harpooned ! 
  26. not looking like pilsbury
  27. no rolls of fat when I sit down 
  28. looking like I should be at the gym when I am there
  29. owning clothes that fit properly
  30. owning a great pair of jeans

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Things to do in August


  • Summer BBQ
  • catch some rays
  • barefoot walks
  • Catch a festival - V is this month
  • Enjoy the flowers - agapanthus bloom this month
  • Go for afternoon tea and cakes
  • School hol activities
  • Enjoy some lie ins 
  • Go to a theme park
  • Pack a picnic
  • Go paddling
  • Get your shorts on 
  • Rock the flip flops
  • Eat al fresco
  • Pick some flowers
  • Eat cake outdoors
  • Take the radio outside
  • Visit the seaside and make sandcastles
  • Get an ice cream from the ice cream van
  • Go to an outdoors cinema
  • Visit the parks
  • Play tennis
  • Go on a treasure hunt
  • Camp out in your garden
  • Visit a farm
  • Make your own tapas

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

38 Words of the Week

Gregarious
Symbiosis
Incongruous
Lascivious
Negociant
Propitious
Commodious
Veneration
Pulchritudinous
10 Pusillanimous
11 Countervail
12 Esemplastic
13 Churrigueresque
14 Inanity
15 Anachronism
16 Portmanteau
17 Requiescence
18 Phosphorescence
19 Sycophant
20 Obsequious
21 Gasconade
22 Convivial
23 Archetype
24 Pastiche
25 Disquietude
26 Rapacity
27 Metamorphose
28 Auspicious
29 Salacious
30 Chicanery
31 Byzantine
32 Capricious
33 Peregrination
34 Assemblage
35 Indecorous
36 Perturbation
37 Jettison
38 Lambaste

New Word of the Week - Lambaste

Lambaste

  • verb (used with object), lambasted, lambasting. Informal.

  • to beat or whip severely.

  • to reprimand or berate harshly; censure; excoriate.

  • to assault violently : beat, whip

  • to attack verbally : censure critics lambasted his performance

definitions derived from merriam webster and dictionary.com

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

My Wedding - The Playlist so far :)

Stereophonics - Dakota
Mike Posner - Pill in Ibiza
ACDC - Thunderstruck
Robbie Williams - Bodies
Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop the Feeling
Cake by the Ocean - DNCE
U2 - With or Without You
Everyday - Rod, A$AP Rocky
Example - Whisky
ABC - The Look of Love
Adele - Someone Like You
Alicia Keys and Jay Z - Empire State of Mind
Arctic Monkeys - Look Good on the Dancefloor
Avicii - Addicted to You
Woman in Love - Barbra Streisand
Everybody needs somebody - blues brothers
Bon Jovi - Livin on a Prayer
Bon Jovi - Bed of Roses
Bon Jovi - Blaze of Glory
Bruno Mars - Locked out of heaven
Bruno Mars - 24K magic
Calvin Harris - Feel so Close
Calvin Harris - Drinkin from the bottle
The Chainsmokers - dont let me down
Coldplay and the chainsmokers - something just like this
The Charlatans - The Only One I know
Charli XCX - break the rules
Chase & Status and Plan B - End Credits
Chris Brown - Beautiful People
Coldplay - Magic
The Cranberries - Linger
Robbie Williams - Love my life
Take That - Rule the World
Dizzee Rascal - Bonkers
Ed Sheeran - Shape of You
Ed sheeran - Castle on the Hill
Ed Sheeran - sing
Ed Sheeran - Bloodstream
Elbow - One Day like this
Robbie Williams - Angels
Kodaline - Honestly
Kodaline - High Hopes
Kaiser Chiefs - Coming Home
The Pogues - Fairytale of New York
Elton John  - I Want Love
Fatboy Slim - Weapon of Choice
Fatboy Slim - Right Here, Right Now
Fatboy Slim - Praise You

My wedding - the long and growing to do list!

To do list
  • viewings 
  • colour scheme 
  • dress 
  • venue 
  • registrar 
  • groom suit 
  • accomodation 
  • menu 
  • music 
  • first dance 
  • nails 
  • hair 
  • diet 
  • make up 
  • teeth whitening 
  • botox 
  • fillers for scars 
  • facials 
  • waxing 
  • feet 
  • shoes 
  • underwear 
  • flowers 
  • table settings 
  • invites 
  • date 
  • photography 
  • cake 
  • honeymoon 

Monday, 28 August 2017

Weigh in disaster looms:(

So I weigh in on Monday. Oh. My. God!! I know its going to be bad, but bad doesn't even come close. I cannot keep doing this to myself.

I start to feel good about my body, my weight, then I relax, eat, drink and be far too merry, resulting in feeling like I do right now. I feel fat, out of shape, bloated and over indulged. I feel ugly and ashamed and embarassed. 2 stones I have gained, and a few pounds.

My clothes either don't fit, or look horrendous. My underwear digs in and makes unsightly bulges. When I sit down, I look like sodding Pilsbury!! So, it stops. For good.

This is the last diet I shall ever start again. I mean of course, I shall have to lose the holiday weight, the Christmas weight etc.. in the future, but I am sick to the back teeth of going back to the starting point by going totally OTT. If I gain half a stone, then I should rein it in and get it off. No, me I gain half a stone then keep on at it, gaining and gaining.

Enough.Again. Restart!!

Sunday, 27 August 2017

120 days until Christmas :)

I admit it. I am that person that never grows up when it comes to the guy in red. Yes, I mean Santa, Father Christmas, good ole St Nic.

This is why I wanted to share how close it is to his annual visit - just 120 days to go!! Ace!!! Hope you are excited now I have made you aware of the countdown. I sure am!

I love it. The preparing, the planning, the buying, the wrapping, the eating, the laughing, the family, the fun and occasionally the tears, all part of it. I truly love it. Are you looking forward to it? :)

Friday, 25 August 2017

What I'm Watching This Week


  • Celeb Big Brother. Playing catch up having been on holiday, so only up to last Thursday's but already its bonkers. Sarah Harding cannot take her drink, Karthik is possibly the maddest housemate yet - rapping his nominations. Funniest bit - Derek and the ghost Malcolm. Gutter Marissa has gone - she was cool. Great stuff. 

  • Corrie. Wow - kidnappings, stabbings, the Cabin robbed in broad daylight - danger on those cobbles this week. Loving the Leanne and Steve engagement - funny as. Chesney is lovely, but he's actually quite annoying me at the moment. Mary is becoming one of the best characters ever. Eva's revenge plan is on course - good on her. Aidan - a woman scorned - be very afraid. Not happy with Rita though - bad call that. 

  • Ray Donovan. Well into series 2 now and its so gripping. The acting in this is so good, you forget you are watching TV you get so into it. Such a clever plot line - you don't see where its heading at all. From speaking dolphins, to boxing matches, adultery, murder - it has everything. Great drama. 

  • Emmerdale. Best soap relationship ever - Cain Dingle and Harriet the vicar! But then Moira gets her hair stuck, and hero Cain rescues her and she plants one on him. Well - that's just not cricket you know! Loving the Dale at the moment - especially as Emma seems to be well on the way to being found out. At last! 

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Learning Spanish - this week's learning

This week's learning:

  • fish - pescado
  • reservation - reserva
  • when - cuando


and here is the rest:

  • chair - silla
  • nose - nariz
  • pasta - pastas
  • kiss - beso
  • smile - sonreír
  • onion - cebolla
  • friend - amigo
  • thunder - trueno
  • why - por qué
  • thigh - muslo
  • donkey - burro
  • warm - calentar
  • drink - bebida
  • what - qué
  • lemon - limón
  • garlic - ajo
  • forty - cuarenta
  • tree - árbol
  • teeth - dientes
  • father - padre
  • suncream - crema solar
  • milk chocolate - chocolate con leche
  • crazy - loca
  • girl - niña
  • happy - contento
  • steak - filete
  • sunburn - bronceado
  • horse - cabello
  • cough - tos 
  • head - cabeza
  • Summer - el verano
  • February - febrero
  • Pillow - almohada
  • Nine - nueve
  • Eyes - ojos
  • June - junio
  • key - llaves
  • dunes - dunas
  • home - casa
  • Stomach - estómago
  • Jump - saltar
  • May - mayo
  • October - octubre
  • Thirsty - sediento
  • Leg - pierna
  • Breakfast - desayuno
  • Six - seis
  • Hungry - hambriento
  • Moon - luna
  • Rice - arroz
  • Vegetarian - vegetariano
  • I don't know - no lo sé
  • Butter - mantequilla
  • Seven - siete
  • July - julio
  • Tired - cansado
  • Speak - hablar
  • Mirror - espejo
  • Small - pequeña
  • Amazing - asombroso
  • Sunglasses - gafas de sol 
  • Toilet - inodoro
  • Excuse me - disculpe
  • Tasty - sabroso
  • Mountain - montaña
  • How far is - que tan lejos esta
  • Waves - olas
  • Sandwich - emparedado
  • Roof - techo
  • Blanket - cobija
  • Eight - ocho
  • Forgot - olvidó
  • Woman - mujer
  • Night - noche
  • Another - otro
  • September - septiembre
  • Hands - manos
  • Flight - vuelo
  • Laugh - risa
  • Sing - canta
  • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
  • Spoon - cuchara
  • Black - negro
  • Bread - pan de molde
  • April - abril
  • Five - cinco
  • Sand - arena
  • Hot - caliente
  • Ear - oreja
  • Dark - oscuro
  • Like - me gusta
  • Sick - enfermo
  • Spicy - picante
  • Kettle - tetera
  • Flowers - flores
  • Sunbathe - tomar el sol
  • Feet - pies
  • December - diciembre
  • Cake - pastel
  • Fireworks - fuegos articiales
  • Rain - lluvia
  • Dress - el vestido
  • Year - año
  • Door - puerta
  • My name is - me llamo
  • Cooking - cocina
  • Four - cuatro
  • August - agosto
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Back - espalda
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Three - tres
  • Dog - perro
  • January - enero
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Brown - marrón
  • Two - dos
  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

I have a book in me

Its a thing I have always known, ever since I was young enough to remember - I have a book in me.

Now, I don't know what this book might be about at this point. I have always been a fan of the macabre, but I don't know that it fits my writing appetite.

I do like a crime thriller and the forensic type novels but again, I don't have the technical knowledge to talk about the police internal processes or the morgue or path labs. I do however, have a flair for the suspense, a penchant for the mystery. So may that could be it?

Sometimes I have a little flight of fantasy and imagine a book written about my life. I lead a full life, for sure, but is it captivating enough to be made into a book? Mmm, I doubt it!!

I sometimes wonder whether I had lived somewhere else, some place warm and affluent, whether I could have flexed my creative muscle a little more.

But I am who I am and I am where I am. I have a book in me. That much I know. :)

Monday, 21 August 2017

126 sleeps'til Christmas!!

It is 126 sleeps until Christmas!!

3002 hours

180163 minutes

10809821 seconds

125 days, 2 hours, 43 mins, 22 seconds!!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

All time Top 10 films


Number 1: Shawshank Redemption
Number 2: Goodfellas
Number 3: The Shining
Number 4: Basic Instinct
Number 5: The Green Mile
Number 6: Jaws
Number 7: Heat
Number 8: The English Patient
Number 9: Casino
Number 10: The Hurt Locker

Learning Spanish - this week's learning

This week's learning:

  • chair - silla
  • nose - nariz
  • pasta - pastas

and here is the rest:
  • kiss - beso
  • smile - sonreír
  • onion - cebolla
  • friend - amigo
  • thunder - trueno
  • why - por qué
  • thigh - muslo
  • donkey - burro
  • warm - calentar
  • drink - bebida
  • what - qué
  • lemon - limón
  • garlic - ajo
  • forty - cuarenta
  • tree - árbol
  • teeth - dientes
  • father - padre
  • suncream - crema solar
  • milk chocolate - chocolate con leche
  • crazy - loca
  • girl - niña
  • happy - contento
  • steak - filete
  • sunburn - bronceado
  • horse - cabello
  • cough - tos 
  • head - cabeza
  • Summer - el verano
  • February - febrero
  • Pillow - almohada
  • Nine - nueve
  • Eyes - ojos
  • June - junio
  • key - llaves
  • dunes - dunas
  • home - casa
  • Stomach - estómago
  • Jump - saltar
  • May - mayo
  • October - octubre
  • Thirsty - sediento
  • Leg - pierna
  • Breakfast - desayuno
  • Six - seis
  • Hungry - hambriento
  • Moon - luna
  • Rice - arroz
  • Vegetarian - vegetariano
  • I don't know - no lo sé
  • Butter - mantequilla
  • Seven - siete
  • July - julio
  • Tired - cansado
  • Speak - hablar
  • Mirror - espejo
  • Small - pequeña
  • Amazing - asombroso
  • Sunglasses - gafas de sol 
  • Toilet - inodoro
  • Excuse me - disculpe
  • Tasty - sabroso
  • Mountain - montaña
  • How far is - que tan lejos esta
  • Waves - olas
  • Sandwich - emparedado
  • Roof - techo
  • Blanket - cobija
  • Eight - ocho
  • Forgot - olvidó
  • Woman - mujer
  • Night - noche
  • Another - otro
  • September - septiembre
  • Hands - manos
  • Flight - vuelo
  • Laugh - risa
  • Sing - canta
  • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
  • Spoon - cuchara
  • Black - negro
  • Bread - pan de molde
  • April - abril
  • Five - cinco
  • Sand - arena
  • Hot - caliente
  • Ear - oreja
  • Dark - oscuro
  • Like - me gusta
  • Sick - enfermo
  • Spicy - picante
  • Kettle - tetera
  • Flowers - flores
  • Sunbathe - tomar el sol
  • Feet - pies
  • December - diciembre
  • Cake - pastel
  • Fireworks - fuegos articiales
  • Rain - lluvia
  • Dress - el vestido
  • Year - año
  • Door - puerta
  • My name is - me llamo
  • Cooking - cocina
  • Four - cuatro
  • August - agosto
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Back - espalda
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Three - tres
  • Dog - perro
  • January - enero
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Brown - marrón
  • Two - dos
  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Can't beat fresh - I love a farm shop

A couple of weeks past, we stumbled upon a farm shop not too far from us. It was fabulous!! 

They had all these different stir fries - Piri Piri, BBQ - you name it. Totally fresh and using fresh spices. 


We tried a couple and they tasted fabulous!! 


They had all these jams, marmalades and pickles. I was in my element!! 


Not to mention, the best value, quality meat I've seen in a while. The other half was beside himself, being quite the caveman when it comes to red meat. 

It was just so fresh, so good quality. You just don;t find this very often. I was impressed. We shall be back there!! 

Great Drama's

Drama

ARGO
Captain Phillips
Chasing Mavericks
Flight
HIDE AWAY
Hitchcock
Silver Lining Playbook
The Life of Pi

Word of the Week - Jettison

  • to get rid of as superfluous or encumbering : omit or forgo as part of a plan or as the result of some other decisionmust be prepared to jettison many romantic notions — Christopher Catling
  • to drop (cargo) to lighten a ship's load in time of distress
  • to drop from an aircraft or spacecraft in flight
  • throw or drop (something) from an aircraft or ship.
    • "six aircraft jettisoned their loads in the sea"
  • the action of jettisoning something."the jettison lever"

definition derived from Merriam Webster

Monday, 14 August 2017

Diet and exercise rewards

Reward list
  • Haircut
  • Nails done 
  • Facial
  • Spa massage
  • Spa body treatment
  • Spray tan
  • Belly button piercing
  • Pedicure
  • Swarovski bracelet
  • Pandora charm
  • Eyebrow wax
  • Waxing

My Top 10 Shark Films

  • Jaws
  • Deep Blue Sea
  • The Shallows
  • Jaws 2
  • The Reef
  • Open Water
  • Bait
  • Shark Night
  • Jaws 3
  • Malibu Shark Attack

My retro single of the week - The Killers - Mr Brightside

This week I have chosen the fantastic 'Mr Brightside' from the Killers as my retro single of the week.

'Mr Brightside' was the debut single from The Killers. It was the first single from their debut album 'Hot Fuss' which was released in 2004.

The album smashed to the top of the UK album charts, and this single peaked at number 10 in the UK singles chart.

This is such a brilliant song. I haven't heard it for some time now, but its one of those songs that still sounds distinct, recognisable and fresh. Its a song that also won lots of acclaim and recognition - its won awards for the best song of the decade, best track and been recognised by XFM, NME, various radio and TV to name but a few. Yes, its that good.

'Mr Brightside' is a rock song. It kicks straight in with that distinctive piano/keyboard tinkling that continues through it. The guitars kick in, then the drums and builds as Flowers vocals come in with the fabulous lyrics "coming out of my cage, and I've been doing just fine".

The video, well one of 2 videos this being the official one, is all ladies made up like madams a la Moulin Rouge style. They dance whilst the men look on, including Brandon who is watching whilst singing. Clearly this song is about being unfaithful, as this plays out with none other than Eric Roberts starring as the other man, whilst the lady flirts about between him and Flowers.

Apparently the song is based around an unfaithful ex of Flowers. The lyrics continue "It started out with a kiss, how did it end up like this". My particular favourite is the line "jealousy, turning saints into the sea, swimming through sick lullabies, choking on your alibis". Its just so clever, and he sings it with such force, such angst, it just sweeps you up.

This song truly put The Killers on the map. For a debut single, its just perfect, and I don't believe it could have been bettered. It still sounds absolutely amazing.

I suggest you go and take a listen to this, and play it loud as its just about as good as it gets this one. Let me know if you enjoyed it, and happy listening. :)

You can find more singles of the week, retro music and loads more over at My Music page - just click here. Happy listening :)

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Stumbled upon inspiration

I was just browsing through some tweets, when I found this quote "If you're not coming across any failures or setbacks in your life, then you're not working towards success". My gosh never a wiser word spoken!!

I have derailed quite spectacularly, so this inspired me immensely. 

Tomorrow is another day. :)

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

I'm on the beach now (probably)

Just checking in to remind you I'm away on my hols and probably will be on a beach right about now.

What are you up to? Is the weather nice? :)

Monday, 7 August 2017

Gran Canaria 2015 - LBD!!

Gran Canaria 2015 was fabulous. The weather was amazing. I took with me a new little black dress and here it is on its very first outing:


Gran Canaria can get quite chilly in the evening sometimes - just being a windy place rather then temperature wise, so this was perfect for the climate. It was also very forgiving mid holiday after some over indulgence!!

Sunday, 6 August 2017

The world is your Swimming Pool

You've heard the phrase - The World is Your Oyster right? You've no doubt heard the world is your ocean? Well, lets be realistic for a moment shall we?

Unless you are a billionaire, entrepeneur, with a private jet, loads of time and loads of people (minions) around you to deal with the day to day stuff, then you probably don't have the whole ocean.

Its like this. When you are born, you have all the opportunities in front of you. Some people are born to be athletes, or brain surgeons, or astronauts. Those are the few. They have the whole ocean to explore. For most people, we are either restricted from such achievements physically or academically, or have no desire to spend our entire lives working for greatness.

No, for most of us, the world is our swimming pool. We can still have a good old travel, swim in any direction, and have a lot of space, to find ourselves, to be successful. Some of us may have a pool more the size of a sea, if we push ourselves that is.

Why is this? Well, when you were a child someone probably told you once that you weren't very good at something - maybe spelling, or running - choose your option. You were probably also told you were good at something - you may well have been. However, just think how much those views that were imposed upon you shaped who you became?

Were you actually good at tennis, or did your parents want you to play? Were you actually good at English, or did your teacher just want you to try harder? Were you no good at netball, or was it just that other people were a bit better than you, or that you just needed time to learn?

Who knows how our lives are changed by such nonsense, based on pure opinion. Its as if someone sees you swimming along, doing alright by yourself, and drops a big dollop of unpleasantness in front of you. So you don't swim that way anymore, you go a different way.

Don't get me wrong - there are absolutely genuine examples where kids shine and excel with natural ability. But that isn't most of us. So we forge ahead, bolstered by what we are told we are good at, held back by fear of what we think we can't do.

So our ocean of opportunity shrinks. It becomes a sea, then it gets landlocked and before we know it, we have a pool. Some people have just a puddle as so many people throw stuff in their way, they can barely move. But most of us get left with a pool.

So I say this - if you are so hemmed in by what other people think of you, or think you should do, or shouldn't do, then get the cleaners in. Get that rubbish cleaned our of your pool!! Give yourself control back. If you only have a puddle to paddle in, you need to. The world is your swimming pool, but it could still be a big one!!:)

Gran Canaria 2014 - LBD

First trip to Gran Canaria, and I fell in love. What a place! Beautiful beaches, lovely food, friendly people. It was the start of something wonderful.

Here is me in the obligatory LBD:


Why do I put on weight when it makes me miserable? :(

I'm miserable when I gain weight. There, I said it. I'm a real grump when I feel sluggish and bloated and unhealthy. You might therefore, and quite rightly, ask why I have done this to myself. A very good question.

Lets consider that for a moment shall we? I have done this to myself because food tastes great. Well, fattening food does, fast food does, snack food does. Lettuce does not. That's the truth of it. So my first considered response is I have done this because I love food.

I could leave it there, simples. Alas, its not so simple. Nothing ever is it? No, not simple at all, far from it.

The truth of the matter, for me, is this. I do love food, yes, first answer is true enough. Its the self control over how much, how often and what that is the problem. You can still love food and be slim. Plenty of people are.

My problem is that I am either in control or I am not. I am either on a diet or I am not. I never, repeat never, consider healthy eating to by my lifestyle. I'm on a calorie controlled diet, going to a diet club (insert practically everyone at some point in my life), pointing, food optimising, portion controlling, cutting out carbs - whatever diet, its a diet.

When I stop noticing what I eat, I eat what and when I want. I always go mad, no discipline in sight. The result? Massive weight gain. Which is horrendous for my appearance, my confidence, my ability to fit in my clothes and now I am bloody miserable.

I need to get a grip. I keep saying "diet starts tomorrow", but to quote the cliche - tomorrow never comes. I need to replace tomorrow with now, today.

I wonder to myself how I can even consider stuffing food down my chops when it makes me feel this way, its like something takes over me. All I can do at this point is diet. Nothing else for it.

The issue is finding a way when this weight is off again, of not doing this to myself again!! Solve that puzzle and I've cracked it. Right now, I'm (not so little) Miss Grumpy!! :(

My retro single of the week - The Killers - Mr Brightside

This week I have chosen the fantastic 'Mr Brightside' from the Killers as my retro single of the week.

'Mr Brightside' was the debut single from The Killers. It was the first single from their debut album 'Hot Fuss' which was released in 2004.

The album smashed to the top of the UK album charts, and this single peaked at number 10 in the UK singles chart.

This is such a brilliant song. I haven't heard it for some time now, but its one of those songs that still sounds distinct, recognisable and fresh. Its a song that also won lots of acclaim and recognition - its won awards for the best song of the decade, best track and been recognised by XFM, NME, various radio and TV to name but a few. Yes, its that good.

'Mr Brightside' is a rock song. It kicks straight in with that distinctive piano/keyboard tinkling that continues through it. The guitars kick in, then the drums and builds as Flowers vocals come in with the fabulous lyrics "coming out of my cage, and I've been doing just fine".

The video, well one of 2 videos this being the official one, is all ladies made up like madams a la Moulin Rouge style. They dance whilst the men look on, including Brandon who is watching whilst singing. Clearly this song is about being unfaithful, as this plays out with none other than Eric Roberts starring as the other man, whilst the lady flirts about between him and Flowers.

Apparently the song is based around an unfaithful ex of Flowers. The lyrics continue "It started out with a kiss, how did it end up like this". My particular favourite is the line "jealousy, turning saints into the sea, swimming through sick lullabies, choking on your alibis". Its just so clever, and he sings it with such force, such angst, it just sweeps you up.

This song truly put The Killers on the map. For a debut single, its just perfect, and I don't believe it could have been bettered. It still sounds absolutely amazing.

I suggest you go and take a listen to this, and play it loud as its just about as good as it gets this one. Let me know if you enjoyed it, and happy listening. :)

You can find more singles of the week, retro music and loads more over at My Music page - just click here. Happy listening :)

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Best Afternoon Movies to Watch

  • Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • The Full Monty
  • Jurassic Park (any or all of them!)
  • Harry Potter (first 4, the later ones better for evening)
  • Notting Hill
  • Ghostbusters (either)
  • Superman 1,2 or 3 originals
  • Bridget Jones - the first one
  • Pretty Woman
  • The Truman Show

Friday, 4 August 2017

My retro single of the week - The Killers - Mr Brightside

This week I have chosen the fantastic 'Mr Brightside' from the Killers as my retro single of the week.

'Mr Brightside' was the debut single from The Killers. It was the first single from their debut album 'Hot Fuss' which was released in 2004.

The album smashed to the top of the UK album charts, and this single peaked at number 10 in the UK singles chart.

This is such a brilliant song. I haven't heard it for some time now, but its one of those songs that still sounds distinct, recognisable and fresh. Its a song that also won lots of acclaim and recognition - its won awards for the best song of the decade, best track and been recognised by XFM, NME, various radio and TV to name but a few. Yes, its that good.

'Mr Brightside' is a rock song. It kicks straight in with that distinctive piano/keyboard tinkling that continues through it. The guitars kick in, then the drums and builds as Flowers vocals come in with the fabulous lyrics "coming out of my cage, and I've been doing just fine".

The video, well one of 2 videos this being the official one, is all ladies made up like madams a la Moulin Rouge style. They dance whilst the men look on, including Brandon who is watching whilst singing. Clearly this song is about being unfaithful, as this plays out with none other than Eric Roberts starring as the other man, whilst the lady flirts about between him and Flowers.

Apparently the song is based around an unfaithful ex of Flowers. The lyrics continue "It started out with a kiss, how did it end up like this". My particular favourite is the line "jealousy, turning saints into the sea, swimming through sick lullabies, choking on your alibis". Its just so clever, and he sings it with such force, such angst, it just sweeps you up.

This song truly put The Killers on the map. For a debut single, its just perfect, and I don't believe it could have been bettered. It still sounds absolutely amazing.

I suggest you go and take a listen to this, and play it loud as its just about as good as it gets this one. Let me know if you enjoyed it, and happy listening. :)

You can find more singles of the week, retro music and loads more over at My Music page - just click here. Happy listening :)

Top 10 Songs from 1976

  • Candi Staton - Young Hearts
  • Chicago - If You Leave Me Now
  • Abba - Dancing Queen
  • Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Bellamy Brothers - Let Your Love Flow
  • Bryan Ferry - Let's Stick Together
  • Elton John & Kiki Dee - Don't Go Breaking My Heart
  • Rod Stewart - Sailing
  • Barry White - You See The Trouble With Me
  • Billy Ocean - Love Really Hurts Without You 

Learning Spanish - this week's learning

This week's learning:
  • kiss - beso
  • smile - sonreír
  • onion - cebolla
and here is the rest:
  • friend - amigo
  • thunder - trueno
  • why - por qué
  • thigh - muslo
  • donkey - burro
  • warm - calentar
  • drink - bebida
  • what - qué
  • lemon - limón
  • garlic - ajo
  • forty - cuarenta
  • tree - árbol
  • teeth - dientes
  • father - padre
  • suncream - crema solar
  • milk chocolate - chocolate con leche
  • crazy - loca
  • girl - niña
  • happy - contento
  • steak - filete
  • sunburn - bronceado
  • horse - cabello
  • cough - tos 
  • head - cabeza
  • Summer - el verano
  • February - febrero
  • Pillow - almohada
  • Nine - nueve
  • Eyes - ojos
  • June - junio
  • key - llaves
  • dunes - dunas
  • home - casa
  • Stomach - estómago
  • Jump - saltar
  • May - mayo
  • October - octubre
  • Thirsty - sediento
  • Leg - pierna
  • Breakfast - desayuno
  • Six - seis
  • Hungry - hambriento
  • Moon - luna
  • Rice - arroz
  • Vegetarian - vegetariano
  • I don't know - no lo sé
  • Butter - mantequilla
  • Seven - siete
  • July - julio
  • Tired - cansado
  • Speak - hablar
  • Mirror - espejo
  • Small - pequeña
  • Amazing - asombroso
  • Sunglasses - gafas de sol 
  • Toilet - inodoro
  • Excuse me - disculpe
  • Tasty - sabroso
  • Mountain - montaña
  • How far is - que tan lejos esta
  • Waves - olas
  • Sandwich - emparedado
  • Roof - techo
  • Blanket - cobija
  • Eight - ocho
  • Forgot - olvidó
  • Woman - mujer
  • Night - noche
  • Another - otro
  • September - septiembre
  • Hands - manos
  • Flight - vuelo
  • Laugh - risa
  • Sing - canta
  • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
  • Spoon - cuchara
  • Black - negro
  • Bread - pan de molde
  • April - abril
  • Five - cinco
  • Sand - arena
  • Hot - caliente
  • Ear - oreja
  • Dark - oscuro
  • Like - me gusta
  • Sick - enfermo
  • Spicy - picante
  • Kettle - tetera
  • Flowers - flores
  • Sunbathe - tomar el sol
  • Feet - pies
  • December - diciembre
  • Cake - pastel
  • Fireworks - fuegos articiales
  • Rain - lluvia
  • Dress - el vestido
  • Year - año
  • Door - puerta
  • My name is - me llamo
  • Cooking - cocina
  • Four - cuatro
  • August - agosto
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Back - espalda
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Three - tres
  • Dog - perro
  • January - enero
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Brown - marrón
  • Two - dos
  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Learning Spanish - this week's learning

This week's learning:
  • friend - amigo
  • thunder - trueno
  • why - por qué

and here is the rest:
  • thigh - muslo
  • donkey - burro
  • warm - calentar
  • drink - bebida
  • what - qué
  • lemon - limón
  • garlic - ajo
  • forty - cuarenta
  • tree - árbol
  • teeth - dientes
  • father - padre
  • suncream - crema solar
  • milk chocolate - chocolate con leche
  • crazy - loca
  • girl - niña
  • happy - contento
  • steak - filete
  • sunburn - bronceado
  • horse - cabello
  • cough - tos 
  • head - cabeza
  • Summer - el verano
  • February - febrero
  • Pillow - almohada
  • Nine - nueve
  • Eyes - ojos
  • June - junio
  • key - llaves
  • dunes - dunas
  • home - casa
  • Stomach - estómago
  • Jump - saltar
  • May - mayo
  • October - octubre
  • Thirsty - sediento
  • Leg - pierna
  • Breakfast - desayuno
  • Six - seis
  • Hungry - hambriento
  • Moon - luna
  • Rice - arroz
  • Vegetarian - vegetariano
  • I don't know - no lo sé
  • Butter - mantequilla
  • Seven - siete
  • July - julio
  • Tired - cansado
  • Speak - hablar
  • Mirror - espejo
  • Small - pequeña
  • Amazing - asombroso
  • Sunglasses - gafas de sol 
  • Toilet - inodoro
  • Excuse me - disculpe
  • Tasty - sabroso
  • Mountain - montaña
  • How far is - que tan lejos esta
  • Waves - olas
  • Sandwich - emparedado
  • Roof - techo
  • Blanket - cobija
  • Eight - ocho
  • Forgot - olvidó
  • Woman - mujer
  • Night - noche
  • Another - otro
  • September - septiembre
  • Hands - manos
  • Flight - vuelo
  • Laugh - risa
  • Sing - canta
  • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
  • Spoon - cuchara
  • Black - negro
  • Bread - pan de molde
  • April - abril
  • Five - cinco
  • Sand - arena
  • Hot - caliente
  • Ear - oreja
  • Dark - oscuro
  • Like - me gusta
  • Sick - enfermo
  • Spicy - picante
  • Kettle - tetera
  • Flowers - flores
  • Sunbathe - tomar el sol
  • Feet - pies
  • December - diciembre
  • Cake - pastel
  • Fireworks - fuegos articiales
  • Rain - lluvia
  • Dress - el vestido
  • Year - año
  • Door - puerta
  • My name is - me llamo
  • Cooking - cocina
  • Four - cuatro
  • August - agosto
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Back - espalda
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Three - tres
  • Dog - perro
  • January - enero
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Brown - marrón
  • Two - dos
  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

Top 10 Running Songs




  • The Prodigy - Breathe
  • Survivor - Eye of the Tiger
  • Missy Elliott - Get Your Freak On
  • The Maccabees - Pelican
  • Duke Dumont - The Giver
  • Foo Fighters - The Pretender
  • Placebo - Nancy Boy
  • Rudimental - Not Giving In
  • Vance Joy - Riptide
  • Indiana - Solo Dancing
  • My Travels in Gran Canaria - 2016


    So 2016 saw us once more in the very wonderful Gran Canaria. I love having a glass of wine as the sun gets low in the sky as you get the most beautiful light - so romantic.


    It began at the airport with Boofle and of course the obligatory pint! Never is it the time other than holidays when its like 8am!



    Our hotel was right next to the beach and the lighthouse, and at night the pool was lit up and beautiful. 


    It may not look hot, but its so deceptive. It can be cloudy and dull one minute, then blistering hot the next. I love the variation in how it makes the sea look. Some days it looks murky grey, then it looks crystal blue. 



    I loved our holiday. We had so many laughs and hugs and of course selfies! Has to be done.


    This was our first time in GC not all inclusive. Breakfast was included but not lunch and evening. So we sampled the food - wow. 



    Tapas is a huge thing in GC. So many choices! So we tried a few - spanish potatoes, bruschetta, croquettes - absolutely gorgeous.


    The beach is beautiful. The weather makes such a difference. In the morning its usually a bit cloudy, then the sun tends to burn through making it bright white and blue. Then storms come and go. Wonderful place.



    GC is just the best - my favourite place in the world. 

    Wednesday, 2 August 2017

    My retro single of the week - Mr Brightside - The Killers

    This week I have chosen the fantastic 'Mr Brightside' from the Killers as my retro single of the week.

    'Mr Brightside' was the debut single from The Killers. It was the first single from their debut album 'Hot Fuss' which was released in 2004.

    The album smashed to the top of the UK album charts, and this single peaked at number 10 in the UK singles chart.

    This is such a brilliant song. I haven't heard it for some time now, but its one of those songs that still sounds distinct, recognisable and fresh. Its a song that also won lots of acclaim and recognition - its won awards for the best song of the decade, best track and been recognised by XFM, NME, various radio and TV to name but a few. Yes, its that good.

    'Mr Brightside' is a rock song. It kicks straight in with that distinctive piano/keyboard tinkling that continues through it. The guitars kick in, then the drums and builds as Flowers vocals come in with the fabulous lyrics "coming out of my cage, and I've been doing just fine".

    The video, well one of 2 videos this being the official one, is all ladies made up like madams a la Moulin Rouge style. They dance whilst the men look on, including Brandon who is watching whilst singing. Clearly this song is about being unfaithful, as this plays out with none other than Eric Roberts starring as the other man, whilst the lady flirts about between him and Flowers.

    Apparently the song is based around an unfaithful ex of Flowers. The lyrics continue "It started out with a kiss, how did it end up like this". My particular favourite is the line "jealousy, turning saints into the sea, swimming through sick lullabies, choking on your alibis". Its just so clever, and he sings it with such force, such angst, it just sweeps you up.

    This song truly put The Killers on the map. For a debut single, its just perfect, and I don't believe it could have been bettered. It still sounds absolutely amazing.

    I suggest you go and take a listen to this, and play it loud as its just about as good as it gets this one. Let me know if you enjoyed it, and happy listening. :)

    You can find more singles of the week, retro music and loads more over at My Music page - just click here. Happy listening :)