Sunday Sevens #84 21.5.17

Hello everyone, I hope you have had a good week, it’s been a crazy busy one for me with endless to-do lists and jobs but somehow we made it through and I think almost all the jobs got done (which is a minor miracle). 

Here’s this week’s Sunday Sevens (it’s Sunday Tens this week actually but never mind!):

A Sunday stroll


Last Sunday my legs were a little achey from the exertions of the Med Steps 5 the day before, but we went for a bit of a walk nonetheless. We found ourselves in the Alameda Botanical Gardens, which was just stunning in the spring sunshine.

We also had the rare opportunity to walk in the middle of Europa Road, as rather large crane was being removed from the site of a very big house which has been built. Normally it’s quite busy with traffic along here, but on Sunday it was so peaceful.

Beautiful balcony


This has got to be my favourite balcony in Gibraltar (apart from our own). It always looks so lovely. It looked stunning in the Monday morning sunshine.

Dress finished!


At last my princess line, lined dress with sleeves is complete! It’s been a long slog, but I got there in the end. Next project at my dressmaking class is a blouse!! With loads of buttons eek 😬 and a collar! Holy Moly! I may get that finished by Christmas 2018?!

Sad news and a crochet escape

At the beginning of last week, the crochet world heard the sad news that Jenny, the 19-year-old daughter of Little Box of Crochet founder, Amanda Bloom had died. Jenny had been living with cancer and was taken to the hearts of many of us as we contributed squares to her ‘blanket of hugs‘ late last summer. 

The outpouring of love and support for Amanda and the Little Box of Crochet team has been huge online and I hope it goes someway to helping her and those close to her now and in the future.

On Wednesday, I began a new Little Box of Crochet project, designed by Lucy at Attic24 and including rainbow colours. I think we all need hope in our lives and to me that’s what a rainbow means.

Making bias binding 

I have never attempted to make my own bias binding before, but I had a go on Thursday for a secret project I’m working on. I had been putting it off, but really there was no need. It was pretty easy – apart from the bit when I kept scalding my fingers and thumb with the steam from the iron while I tried to fold and press the edges at the same time! 

Cake anyone?

Our church held a cake stall on Main Street yesterday to raise funds for Christian Aid week. People were incredibly generous, so if you bought a cake, a second hand book or made a donation, thank you! Your money will go to help those who need it most.

While on the stall, we were treated to a march past by the usual Saturday historical reenactment:


Later, the Royal Anglian Regiment marched by with a band to celebrate their newly awarded freedom of the city.

It was quite a sight to see.

We headed home before the classic car rally drove up Main Street… it was a busy day in Gibraltar yesterday (and I didn’t even mention the Convent Garden Paty or Museum Open Day!!).

Sunday Sevens is a weekly blog series created by Natalie from Threads & Bobbins. It features seven (ten in this case) photos from the last seven days, if you would like to join in with your blog, pop over the Natalie’s website to find out more.

Sunday Sevens #70 12.2.17

It’s been a busy old week for me so this week’s Sunday Sevens is a little bit longer than usual and may have more than seven photos…

I hope you had a good week!

Sunny weather

Oh hello there Mr Deep Blue Sky, how lovely to see you again!! What a gorgeous day Monday was, and what a gorgeous balcony – one of my favourites in Gibraltar.

Dressmaking class


I learned a valuable lesson this week at my sewing class… not to to run before I can walk. There I was merrily cutting out the fabric for my new dress… then when I pinned it together to begin sewing my seams… shock… horror: two sections were 4cm too short! I’d misdrawn my pattern pieces last week -eek!

I had to add an extra bit to the bottoms of the two pieces and hopefully you won’t see the joins within the hem. Whoops!

Another beautiful sunset


Tuesday evening brought us the most beautiful sunset…

It was too lovely for just one picture I thought …

Sunset inspired watercolour class


In my watercolour class this week our teacher got us to break out of our comfort zones and go abstract. Inspired by the lovely sunset this week I picked similar colours and slapped a bit of paint about. It was loads of fun and I ended up with some feathery bird like shapes. We’re going to add to them next week… I wonder what we’ll end up with!

Parsons Lodge


I ended up down by the sea at Camp Bay on two consecutive mornings, Thursday and Friday. The weather was beautiful, a bit cold but gloriously sunny on Thursday.


But on Friday… it was looking a bit grim! What a difference a day makes…

#freeheartfriday


Later on Friday I took a walk down Main Street and spotted these lovely hearts pinned to the trees. They were left for passers-by to take as part of the Free Heart Friday free art project. 

What a fab thing to do – I hope they brought hope and joy to anyone who needed it.

Gib Talks


Yesterday Gib Talks returned for a day of short inspirational talks on a whole range of subjects. To find out more about it, have a look at my post from yesterday.

On my hook this week


This little chap was on my crochet hook this week. The little amigurumi zebra has gone to his new home so I can share this. I hope his new owner will like him 😊
Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a great week ahead.
Sunday Sevens is a weekly blog series created by Natalie at Threads & Bobbins

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!