Sunday Sevens #33 29.5.16

Hello there, I do hope you’ve had a good week. It’s been a great one here, busy as usual, here goes…

Big blue

The week started with a belting Monday morning. It was glorious, as you can see there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. I popped out for a quick walk/ jog/ limp along and found myself in Rosia, by Parson’s Lodge and at Camp Bay. It was truly beautiful. It’s at times like this I remember just how lucky I am to live here. 

Not wishing to burst this bubble of loveliness, but within an hour of taking these pictures the clouds had rolled in and the wind was gusting. I guess I was very fortunate to enjoy the best of the day!

Spring Visual Arts Competition

The Spring Visual Arts Competition was officially opened on Tuesday. It’s a chance for anyone to enter their art works and see them hung on the walls of the Gustavo Bacarisas Gallery in Casemates Square. The categories included; Painting, Drawing, Prints & Digital Painting,  Sculpture, Photography, Video and Installation.  

In all 145 entries were considered for the big prize which was won by Alan Perez for his very moving installation (in the bottom left above). Called Shame on Europe history repeats itself, it featured photos of the European refugee crisis projected onto a huge pile of suitcases roped together. 

Natural colour combinations

On Wednesday I took a walk to a different part of the Upper Rock Nature Reserve To visit Devil’s Gap Battery. (The walk features in my latest Stroll around Gibraltar) On the way up to the footpath the nasturtiums were beautiful. I spotted this clump with the tiny purple flowers between the vibrant orangey yellow. You can’t beat that for a colour combination.

Med Steps

I just can’t keep away from them can I? I went back up the steps on Thursday morning. It was another beautiful, warm, late spring morning and I really enjoyed the walk. Every time I go up at the moment I seem to notice new flowers and plants. As one type of plant dies off it’s replaced by another stunner. I spotted these lovely flowering cacti this week. They’re like a huge version of what my Mum has in a pot in her front porch at home!

Dressmaking class

The time has finally arrived (on my dressmaking course) for me to design my own skirt. I have two very special family weddings coming up next year, so I figured I may as well make my skirt a bit special so I can wear it for those. (Plus, one wedding is on my side of the family, the other on Mr Postcard’s so no one will know I’m wearing the same outfit twice 😉 shhh! It’s our little secret)

I’ve decided upon a fifties style of skirt and am hoping to make a top in the same fabric when I learn all about tops next year so it should look like a dress…. No pressure!

At last!

I love agapanthus. I have tried unsuccessfully to grow them for years, both at our last home in the north of England and here in Gibraltar. I reckon I’ve tried at least 4 times since we’ve been living on the Rock. You’d think living here with this climate I might be able to manage it. Well at long last, after many false starts I have a healthy specimen and she’s looking beautiful on our balcony. I think she knew it was Chelsea Flower Show this week and thought she’d better make an effort! 😉


This week I have been crocheting little amigurumi dinosaurs again. (The pattern for them is in Simply Crochet Magazine Issue21) I just can’t help it, they’re so addictive. I have had requests from the smallest Postcards for two and I’ve made a third as a gift for a young man I know. I love the crochet part, can you tell that the sewing together is my least favourite part? I’ll share a finished picture of them next week. 

Thank you so much for stopping by, until next time have a lovely bank holiday weekend! 

Sunday Sevens is a weekly blog series featuring seven photos from the last seven days. It was devised by Nat at Threads & Bobbins blog. Pop over to her blog to find out more if you fancy joining in!

A stroll around Gibraltar No 4: Gardens 

  Convent Garden fountain

Space is at a premium here in Gibraltar so very few people are lucky enough to have gardens. Nevertheless, it would appear that for many, lack of space is not a problem for would-be gardeners. Whichever road or street you go down, you will find keen green-fingered Gibraltar residents making the most of the space we’ve got.   

 St Jago’s

Whether it’s a window box, a row of pots outside the front door or a verdant balcony or roof terrace, those of us who love plants will NOT be beaten! 

 Upper Town

Gibraltar has it’s own Horticultural Society – did you know that? It’s been running for over sixty years. It was founded by Lady MacMillan, the then Governor’s wife back in 1953. Two flower shows are held each year with categories including; balconies, patios, courtyards, terraces, gardens, schools, corridors and estates. So no matter how much or how little space you’ve got, you can still have a go – even if it’s a single geranium plant in a pot. 

 Upper Town

It would seem that the British love affair with gardening persists even in these sunbaked and at times, rather unforgiving climes. There’s a Facebook page for Gibraltar home gardeners which boasts nearly 300 members and is a forum for gardeners to share hints and tips as well as sharing pictures of their horticultural successes and failures. 

 Upper Town

Sourcing plants isn’t too much of a problem here thankfully as there is a (small) garden centre – possibly the smallest in the world! The supermarkets here also stock some plants, although we have found to our cost that a few of them are a bit too ‘British’ for the Gibraltar climate and haven’t necessarily done too well here like hydrangeas and raspberries. 

 Garrison Library garden

We are also lucky enough to have a few garden centres situated a short drive away in Spain, so if we can’t find what we’re looking for here, we don’t  have too far to go to get new stock. 

 Europa Point Lighthouse keepers cottage gardens

Also, in my experience, I have found Gibraltar’s gardeners very generous in parting with their plants. In the last year I’ve been gifted nasturtiums and two types of lily. I have also bought a few plants from the Convent Garden at it’s annual garden party. 

 Upper Town

For some people, of course, their gardens can’t be on ground level and a roof terrace is their only outside space. 

 Town centre roof terrace 

One of the greatest upheavals of moving to Gibraltar (apart from leaving friends and family) was leaving my garden. I was a keen gardener and an avid watcher of Gardener’s World. I attended Gardener’s World Live at the NEC in Birmingham twice and made a wonderful trip to the Chelsea Flower Show. We may not have a beautiful display of bulbs in Spring, a lush green lawn in Summer or a beautiful show in Autumn with our Acers in our old front garden, but in Gibraltar we can embrace a different form of gardening. 

 South District

One plant which has always failed for me after at least half a dozen attempts, both in the UK and here in Gibraltar is agapanthus. I would just love to have some in our patio and lust after these beauties in the Governor’s own back garden:   

 Convent Garden

We have, however, had great success with our geraniums and pelargoniums which we inherited when we moved into our place. I was, at first, filled with trepidation about becoming custodians of such mature plants, but  so far, we’ve succeeded :-), we haven’t lost one yet! They grow so big here as they don’t lie dormant long in the winter like they do back at home (or indeed get killed by frost), as long as they are regularly dead headed and have a bit of plant food every now and again, they give us a wonderful show. They look their absolute best at sunset after a sunny day as the just seem to glow!

  I do hope you’ve enjoyed this short stroll around Gibraltar’s ‘gardens’, please call in again soon as I’ll be heading out for another stroll next week!