Sunday Sevens #28 24.4.16

Sunday Sevens is a weekly blog series created by Natalie at the Threads & Bobbins blog. It gives you a chance to reflect some of the things you’ve been doing in your week through a series of seven photographs. To find out more, or to join in, pop over to her blog for more information.

**Warning – this blog post contains a lot of Med Steps related things – apologies for the repetitive nature but it’s kind of consuming my world at bit at the moment!**

My Med Steps training update

Monday morning meant an early trip up the steps and boy was it worth it, the view was absolutely stunning from the top of the Rock. Look at Spain heading off into the distance!

Time didn’t allow me to train again on Tuesday or Wednesday but the weather would have stopped me so it’s probably for the best. We did the school run on Tuesday morning to a soundtrack of thunder, Wednesday was wet too. 

Thursday was dry and bright and meant for the first time we managed…

4 times round…  

I can’t quite believe that we managed it, that final (fourth) ascent was a killer. Just in case you haven’t heard, me and a couple of other crazy ladies are currently training to take part in the Med Steps 5 Challenge next month. That means we hope to climb the Med Steps five times in the one day – see, I did say crazy. 

Why? I hear you say… Well here’s how it all came about:

 My post-Christmas hangover cure…


My secret’s out, the reason why I’m doing the Med Steps 5 Challenge is because I agreed to do it while under the influence of Christmas spirit! ;-). My Med Steps journey so far featured in an article in our local e-magazine for parents Mum on the Rock. Do check out their website or the Postcard from Gibraltar Facebook page if you want to read it. 

And now for something completely different:

In my watercolour class this week I decided to revisit my bird of paradise flowers from Easter. This photo was taken part way through, my teacher told me to loosen up my style and be a bit less detailed. I’ll put another layer of paint on top of this once it’s dry and see what happens next week.

Dressmaking class  

This skirt’s a bit tricky, I’ve got lining, panels, a waistband and an invisible zip all going on at once -arghhhh! Deep breaths, slow and steady does it…. 


Twice this week I got stuck behind two buses having to negotiate the same very narrow stretch of road. I have no idea how they achieve this feat without coming a cropper. Do you think they ask the passengers to breathe in? I wouldn’t fancy attempting it!! Hats off to the very skillful drivers. 

A quiet Saturday morning

This weekend has been very strange in our house. Our two eldest went away on Friday evening to a scout camp. We have spent the weekend with just one child in the house for the first time in over eight years. I was really looking forward to it but to be honest I’ve missed them and it felt really odd. Yes, it was nice not to have to intervene in sibling arguments and play referee on who’s turn it was to watch their choice on TV, but I’m not sure I liked it. 

I’ve felt very uneasy the whole time like I should be busy doing something… So I had a quiet post-breakfast sit down at the window looking out over the Bay and doing a spot of crochet – it’s a green stegosaurus this time ;-). It’s my second attempt at this Simply Crochet magazine pattern, I think they’re so cute.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you’ve had a good weekend. 

11 thoughts on “Sunday Sevens #28 24.4.16

  1. That first photo is so vertiginous! Four times round is pretty impressive. Well done.

    I thought your watercolour was pretty abstract. Was your teacher referring to the quite straight lines in some parts?

    Skirt is coming on well. I remember waistbands. Every time I read your sewing posts I think, ‘must take photos of things I’ve made’ and always forget. One day …

    I don’t know how you find the time to do so much.

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    1. Thanks for that – it hurt! I was standing well back from the edge when I took it!!
      My teacher was referring to my previous two attempts at painting them from my Easter Sunday Sunday Sevens (no 24)
      So it’s kind of supposed to be looser and abstract. It goes against my natural inclinations so we’ll see where it ends up!
      You should do a post on your dressmaking I find it fascinating to read and see other people’s sewing efforts.
      I guess I can find the time to do these things because I don’t have a ‘job’ other than being Mum and Gib’s so small, there’s so much opportunity right on your doorstep. I don’t like passing up an interesting opportunity. 🙂


      1. Shan’t do a post, haven’t ‘made’ anything for years, apart from some deckchair seat covers. Otherwise I’ve done alterations and repairs, more satisfying these days. I’ll post some piccies though when I take some.

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  2. What a stunning first photo and well done on your four rounds. Yep, those buses passing look interesting – I wonder how often they scrape their sides and have to be resprayed? I empathise about missing the hullabaloo of a full house of kids and can admit to feeling just the same. Good progress on all your classes this week:)

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  3. Well done on your training and your invisible zip – both very impressive 😉
    I wouldn’t fancy passing another car on that road, let alone negotiate it in a bus alongside another bus. I suppose the instructions are in the ‘Bus Driver of Gibraltar’s Manual’.


    1. Yes I think the Gibraltar bus drivers must have particular skills which aren’t required by bus drivers in other parts of the world! Some of the roads here are very narrow – clearly built before cars, vans and buses were common place!


  4. Beautiful, once again! I truly don’t know how you do those med walks. My hat is off to you! Your water color is lovely (my favorite medium), and your skirt is looking good, I remember my kids going off to camp 🙂 😦 . The buses gave me heart palpitations.

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