Sunday Sevens #177 3.3.19

Hello there, I hope you’ve had a good week! March already…. who would’ve thought that?! Here’s this week’s Sunday Sevens…

Plane spotting

Last Sunday we had a football match to watch involving one of the Little Postcards. The football pitch they play on is right next to the runway and so plane spotting is a natural side show. It always amazes me that the planes come so close to where we are. Little did we know that just 24 hours later some poor souls would get the fright of their lives as they attempted to land st Gib… if you saw the news on Monday, you’ll know exactly what I mean.

A new project

Last week I was complaining that I haven’t done any ‘fun’ crafting lately as I’ve been too busy doing other stuff. So rather than keep moaning, last Sunday night I picked up my bag of odds and ends and set about granny-square making. It’ll be s long time before I can cover a double bed with it, but it’s been fun…

Stroll at dusk

Camp Bay

On Monday evening, after the crazy winds that disrupted air travel had subsided, I headed out for a lovely evening stroll.

Mosque at Europa Point

It was lovely to see buildings which I usually only see in the daytime lit up so beautifully.

St Bernard’s Church

Dressmaking class

The sleeves are on… and they’re staying on this time!

A jazzy underpass

The decoration of this underpass close to the Alameda Gardens looks like it’s almost finished. I rather like it.

Watercolour class

Now that I’ve finished my Church ceiling painting, I fancied freesias this week at my painting class. The wild freesias are out in abundance in Gibraltar at the moment…

Bunny update…

Diamond’s been a bit naughty this week. I know he’s a bunny and bunnies like to chew stuff but I was rather miffed with his nibbling this week. The bottom of his enclosure was covered with an old Laura Ashley spotted plastic tablecloth (the type of fabric/plastic used for wipe clean aprons) it worked pretty well for keeping the floor tiles underneath clean. But bunny decided he liked to nibble holes in it. He doesn’t seem to ingest the bits of table cloth as he leaves Laura Ashley confetti all over the bottom of his cage.

Over time the tablecloth was looking rather messy and horrible, so this week I threw caution to the wind, threw away the old tablecloth and bought a brand spanking new one. It looked lovely, and lasted less than 12 hours. The tablecloth confetti is back… naughty Diamond.

Thanks for stopping by, that’s all from Sunday Sevens for this week. I hope you have a good one!

I’m linking with Natalie from Threads and Bobbins for this weekly blog series.

Sunday Sevens #91 9.7.17

And so it begins…. schools have broken up for summer here in Gibraltar and the eight week-long summer holiday is underway.

I will continue posting Sunday Sevens, the photo challenge and my summer craft challenge throughout the summer but as for any other more considered posts – well we will just have to wait and see. I see days filled with beach outings, picnics and other child friendly activities and hopefully a bit of adult relaxing too.

Here’s to summer fun!

A sunset walk

I’m pretty sure I have posted a photo like this once before after a similar evening stroll to the recycling bins – ah the glamour!  Still the view makes the task a bit more appealing :-).


Casting my vote

This year’s Gibraltar National Day marks the 50th anniversary of the referendum when Gibraltarians voted overwhelmingly to remain British. For the past month or so, there has been a special exhibition of press cuttings and Pathé news reels of the time. 

Part of the exhibition features a polling booth where you can cast your own vote in a mock second referendum. School parties have come down to see the exhibits and the children have also had the chance to vote in a childrens’ referendum. I cast my vote too!

First figs 


We have figs!! Last year our little fig tree did bear fruit but something or someone snaffled them before we got the chance to harvest any for ourselves. This year we were rewarded for our patience and we have 2 ripe fruits. There are more still to come as well!

Cake!


We have had two birthday celebrations in the Postcard household this week. One required a home made cake. It was rather tasty 😋 

Nothing to see here…


Diamond the Postcard family pet rabbit has got a new party trick.. He loves jumping up onto the sofa during his evening romps around the lounge and making me jump out of my skin. I’ll be sitting there watching telly or crocheting and bam he’s suddenly up beside me! He’s such a cheeky monkey.

Instagram milestone


This week my Instagram account reached a bit of a milestone. It now has 500+ followers. Fancy that! Thank you to everyone who’s stopped by and said hello 😊

Beautiful Europa Point

Yesterday morning I took a little stroll to the lighthouse at Europa Point. It was a gorgeous morning without a cloud in the sky. Trinity Lighthouse was looking fab with her new lick of paint and the scaffolding taken down.

Sunday Sevens is a weekly blog series featuring seven photos from the past seven days and was created by Natalie from Threads & Bobbins

Sunday Sevens #80 23.4.17

Hello there, this Sunday Sevens has come around quickly. I have had a quiet week in Postcard terms with no midweek posts, I figured that after four posts last week, you wouldn’t miss me too much! 

Schools started back here on Tuesday after just over a week off for Easter, so it’s been a bit more like normal again. We’ve had a vey mixed bag here weather wise with warm sunny days to begin with and gale force winds to end the week!

Bitten by the Med Steps

My Med Steps training hasn’t gone too well this week. On Monday afternoon I tried to repeat my two times round from last week, but failed. It was a gorgeous warm day and the heat of the sun was just too much. I got to the top in superquick time on the first lap but nearly wilted. A second attempt would have been silly. The views were lovely on the way down though…

Lent crochet update


So, finally on Easter Monday, I completed my Lent square Sixty Million Trebles blanket. The blanket will go to help Syrian refugees. 

Also this Lent I have managed to make a couple of baby blankets for Cherished Gowns, who support bereaved parents and I’m part way through another Sixty Million Trebles blanket too – this one is being worked corner to corner. I’m pretty pleased with what I’ve managed to make.



Naughty bunny

Hmmm, this bunny is in the dog house. Every evening we let Diamond out of his run for a bit of freedom in the lounge. Each day we move all hazards away from his level so that he can’t eat anything he shouldn’t. This week we failed…

In the corner where the phone and internet router live there’s a rats nest of wires, which although it annoys me, I hadn’t found a solution to. That was until Diamond chewed through the phone cable!!! I saw him go for it and in the time it took me to get off the sofa and walk less than a metre, the deed was done.

The wire has been replaced, and the incident was incentive enough for me to sort the wires out. Some electrical conduit, a hacksaw and drill later and the wires are rabbit proof! Diamond was none the worse for his evening snack.

Sunset


On Wednesday evening there was a lovely Saharan Dust enhanced sunset. The way the clouds were lying across the sun was lovely so I grabbed my camera with my big lens attached and realised I had a flat camera battery – grrr! This shot was taken on my phone, but isn’t a patch on how the camera would have captured the image. The battery is now charged and ready for the next snap…

Cruise ship season 


Now Easter has passed, cruise ship season is well and truly upon us. There have been several large ships in this week and the difference it makes when you are in town is quite dramatic. It’s great for Gibraltar’s economy, but it can make negotiating Main Street quite a slow affair!

Crochet reward


I was so determined throughout Lent to only crochet things for other people (gifts, Sixty Million Trebles and Cherished Gowns baby blankets) that I abstained from looking at all other things crochet. My monthly subscription from Little Box of Crochet remained unopened, as I knew I would be desperate to make a start on it straight away. 

On Tuesday I had the time to start my blue sky hug scarf from Little Box of Crochet, and on Thursday my monthly Simply Crochet magazine subscription appeared in my post box – oh how I enjoyed immersing myself in both!

Med Steps failure part II 


On Thursday morning I attempted the Med Steps again, but failed to even start them. The wind was so gusty as I climbed up to Jews Gate, where the Steps begin, I was almost blown off my feet. Perhaps not the best conditions to attempt scaling the side of the Rock of Gibraltar…

A more tame walk was undertaken instead. Just look at the wind whipping up the water out in the Bay! Apologies for the blurred focus – I didn’t realise that I’d focused onto the wall – doh (slaps forehead) another photography fail this week!

The stormy weather continued into Friday too. The Upper Rock was closed for safety due to high winds and we had literally hours of thunder rumbling from mid afternoon and into the evening. The first dramatic boom came just as I was heading out on the school run so I had to dash back in to pick up raincoats for us all. Thankfully the shower was light so we didn’t get soaked!

That’s all for this week, not the most inspiring edition of Sunday Sevens I’m afraid, let’s hope next week brings more good photo opportunities!

Sunday Sevens is a weekly blog series created by Natalie from Threads & Bobbins blog. It features seven (or maybe more) photos from the past seven days.

Sunday Sevens #76 26.3.17

Happy Mother’s Day to all you lovely Mums, Grandmas and everyone else too.


Here’s the gorgeous Mother’s Day window at Originarta shop which featured in my post on Upcycling recently in my Creative Gibraltar series.

Now to the rest of week’s edition of Sunday Sevens…

Cheerful blooms


I had the excuse to buy some flowers this week for somebody and thought these yellow gerberas were just lovely. Such sunny flowers!

Company at the top 


I made my first trip up the Med Steps for this week on Wednesday. It was so warm. Although it was cool to start with, once we’d climbed round to the eastern side of the Rock, it was in direct sunshine and sheltered from the wind. 

In spite of the heat, my friend and I managed it in under thirty minutes for the first time this year. We have talked about doing the Med Steps 5 Challenge again this year, but by this time last year we had done it at least twice round if not three times round in our training… I’m not sure whether we’ll (read I’ll) be ready to do 5 times round this time.

The start of another painting

There’s not much to show for this week’s watercolour class as there was a lot of planning (and quite a lot of chatting) but I have started a new painting. I have fancied having at go at trying to paint a section of the Med Steps seeing as I’m such a frequent visitor these days.

I have hundreds and hundreds of photos of the Steps, wildflowers and views on my phone that it was quite hard to make decision which one to go for. We’ll see how this one turns out….


Friday Steps


It was a beautifully clear morning on Friday, when I made a solo trip up the Steps. I had toyed with the idea of making my first ‘twice round’ trip, but alas no. There just wasn’t enough in the tank, so I headed home after the first circuit and used my time sewing! I’m working on a secret project which I can’t share yet, but I promise I will as soon as I can. 

In the meantime just check out how clear the mountains across the Strait were on Friday. There are times when you almost feel like you can reach out and touch Morocco – it’s so close and clear!

A few hours later…

We had a very heavy hailstone shower just a few hours later after lunch! The spring weather is a bit unpredictable at the moment… four seasons in one day!

Furry friend


Bunnies and crochet don’t mix, or so I learned this week. Every evening we get Diamond out to have a run around the lounge. He loves the freedom and bunny hops his way from one end to the other and tries to fit into holes he really shouldn’t be able to fit into (if the laws of physics have anything to do with it). 

One evening I was sitting with my crochet and I hadn’t realised the ball of yarn had rolled off the sofa and onto the floor. All of a sudden I felt a tugging on the other end of the yarn and I found this tinker all tangled up! He was none the worse for his ordeal, but I learned that trying to hold a fidgeting rabbit and trying to untangle him from a length of yarn at the same time is harder than you think!

That’s all for Sunday Sevens for this week, however you’re spending your day I hope you have a good one. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday Sevens is a weekly blog series created by Natalie at Threads & Bobbins blog.

Sunday Sevens #73 5.3.17

Hello and welcome to another edition of Sunday Sevens. It’s not quite turned out to be the week I expected, plans went out of the window as I nursed a sick child and two sick bunnies… so here are my seven, oh ok, eight photos from the last seven days.

Citrus blossom scents the air

The citrus trees in our patio are covered in blossom at the moment. The lemon and orange trees are laden with the beautifully scented flowers. As soon as you head out the door you can smell it. In fact if you bring your nose right up close to the screen you may even be able to smell it it’s so strong!

Sunset 

This is the lovely sunset we saw on Monday night. Monday didn’t quite pan out as I expected as I got a call from school at 10 am to go and collect a Little Postcard from school who had suddenly fallen ill. I’m pleased to report that he is completely recovered now and he only missed two days of school. It did mean that no sewing got done this week though.

Poor little bunny

We’ve had a bit of a week as far as the Postcard Bunnies are concerned (four visits to the vet in total for me!). This little chap had to have an op. I won’t go into details but as we have a boy and a girl rabbit and we don’t want to be over run with rabbit babies, Diamond needed a ‘procedure’. 

He is normally a tad crazy and bounces from one side of his cage to the other when you walk in the room. After his trip to the vet, he was a sorry little soul and didn’t move much for two days.

I’m pleased to say that he has recovered well and is due for a post op check next week. He is eating voraciously and is bouncing again. He’s back to his crazy self.

Welcome back blue skies!!


Wednesday brought us some gorgeous blue skies. I had a trip into town and took this lovely photo from the ICC multi story car park. You can just make out Morocco in the distance peaking out above the buildings in the distance.

Tranquility


On Thursday morning I felt like I’d got a bit of normality back and headed off up the Med Steps before going to my watercolour class. It was so tranquil up there. It was very cloudy but the shafts of sunlight on the sea looked magical.

Painting…


If you’ve seen the last few Sunday Sevens you’ll know that we’ve been slapping the paint about all over and been looking for our ‘inner abstract’ at watercolour class. This week we’ve been developing those abstracts into something a bit more recognizable. So here’s my flamingo and citrus blossom…

Another poor rabbit


So, since last weekend our other bunny, Snowflake who we rescued from the Alameda Gardens, has been a bit off. She hasn’t been eating her food – in fact I had to empty her bowl at the end of the day on Wednesday because she had barely touched her carrots and kale. I finally decided to take her to the vet on Thursday. It turned out after an x-ray that she had an intestinal blockage caused by eating her winter fur coat.

As we are heading into spring, she is losing some of her fur and like cats, rabbits lick themselves to make themselves presentable. Unlike cats, rabbits don’t bring up fur balls, and this one is having trouble passing said fur the only other way. She is currently having four different medicines at different times of the day and is being fed a syringe of baby food every two hours. Honestly I thought it was hard looking after sick children….Anyway I am pleased to say that we have had results, the treatment is working! 

This photo was of her at the vet on Friday. You might notice the missing patches of fur on her ears and nose. That’s from the mange she must have had when she first came to us – that’s all cleared up and her fur is slowly growing back. Check out the EasyJet tail fin going past in the background. There can’t be too many vet consulting rooms in the world with a runway at the end of the road!!

Happy post

I had a real treat yesterday morning. I had to collect two parcels from the Post Office on Friday but was too busy to open them. I knew what was inside and wanted to take my time and enjoy opening them. It was like Christmas morning unwrapping this gorgeous bundle of fabric and my February subscription to the Little Box of Crochet. 🙂 It was a grim old day weatherise yesterday, so it was a real highlight to have these before heading out in the wind and rain!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Sunday Sevens is a weekly blog series created by Natalie from Threads & Bobbins.

Sunday Sevens #66 15.01.16

Hello there, I hope your week has been good. It’s been good to get back into a routine here as school started again in Gibraltar on Monday, although just as normality was restored I was struck down with a bad cold. The photos for this week are rather underwhelming as a result and were mainly taken at home! Here goes…

Barbary partridge

The photo credit for this one goes to Mr Postcard. He went for a walk up the Med Steps on Sunday last week (I didn’t have the oomph) and on his walk he saw a Barbary Partridge. These partridges are native to Gibraltar and were reintroduced on the Upper Rock recently. You quite often see them but so far I have failed to capture one with my camera because as soon as you realise you have seen one it’s vanished into the undergrowth. Hats off to Mr Postcard for managing to be quick enough to snap this shy creature.

Orchids at golden hour

There has been very little crafting going on this week, I did make it to my first dressmaking class of the year on Tuesday but as I’m pattern drawing at the moment for my next project there aren’t any pretty pictures of fabric to share yet. Will these orchids do? They looked so pretty in the golden light just as the sun was going down.

Morning Moonlight


As I opened the front door to see Eldest off to school one morning, I was struck by the bright full moon in the sky. This was less than an hour before daylight came but it looked magical as the moonlight lit up the water of the Bay.

Pink sky in the morning 

Another moonlight in the morning photo, this time it was on Friday when I saw the pretty pink sky at sunrise. We don’t get to see the sunrise as such as we face west but you still get the gorgeous colours lighting up the sky.

Poorly bunny


I haven’t mentioned before now, but our rescue bunny, Snowflake, has been rather poorly of late. In fact at New Year we were worried we might lose her. It turned out that she had mange. Perhaps she had it when we found her, perhaps she caught it from our newest addition, Diamond (although he shows no signs) we don’t know.

While she was laid low with the mange, an X-ray revealed that she had a chest infection, plus she had an eye infection. I spent the past week giving her children’s banana flavoured antibiotics and administering eye drops and sinus massages (I kid you not) to try and get her well again.

Here she is at the vets (again) on Friday morning. She was just about to have her final mange injection. I’m pleased to say that she has completely recovered from her chest infection and eye infection and the final signs of mange should disappear in the next few weeks.

The amazing climbing bunny

 

Diamond, on the other hand has shown no signs of ill health, in fact he’s positively bouncing. It turns out he’s quite a handful. On Friday I put him into his ‘run’ in the hall to give him a bit more space. It’s made out of an old fire guard and is attached to Snowflake’s run (an old play pen). I never in my wildest dreams thought he’d be able to get out – I was wrong. 

He was discovered wandering around the lounge. He must have climbed up out of the run, went for a wander in the hall (there were poos and straw marking his route) and then went for a run about in the lounge. I’m just relieved he decided to give the wide open front door a miss.

I thought that as Snowflake is having a bit of time post injection in her cage, I’d move him into her run (it’s taller and has chicken wire around it so it’ll be harder to climb out). Wrong again. When I went to check on him later, he’d climbed out of that and back into his original run. 

He now has a lid on it, rather fetchingly made out of old oven shelves and washing line… not the most attractive thing but until we think of an alternative it will have to do… honestly he’s worse than a toddler!!

Crochet

 

By the end of the week I was feeling well enough to pick up a crochet hook again and managed to finish a project I’d been working on since before Christmas. This meant I was free to get on with something new. I’ve been looking forward to getting started on this, and it’s taking shape quickly – one of the joys of amigurumi I guess. 

The lovely book I am using for the pattern was a Christmas gift from my ‘little’ brother and I have got the perfect opportunity to make a little creature. I’m being a bit mysterious aren’t I? All will be revealed soon….

 

That’s all from Sunday Sevens this week, not the most inspiring one I know. Hopefully I’ll be back to full form next week and I’ll be able to tell you about more interesting things! Until then, I hope you have a good week and thanks for stopping by.

 

Sunday Sevens is a weekly blog series created by Natalie at Threads & Bobbins

Sunday Sevens #63 Christmas Day 25.12.16

Happy Christmas! The big day is here at last. I hope you are well and happy wherever you are reading this. I’m not sure how long I’ll last today – I was up with one super excited child until around 2am and the screams of “He’s been!” rang out at about 6:30am. I fear a post lunch nap may be in order!

Here’s my weekly look back at the past seven days…

Christmas lights 

Last Sunday evening I went out for a short drive with Eldest to take some photos of the Christmas lights around Gibraltar for my post on Wednesday. I do wonder what he thinks about his crazy mother and her wierd ways…. Still regardless of that, he was happy to tag along and put off bedtime slightly. I still love the magnificent lights at the Fire Station!

Christmas lights by Mother Nature

On Monday evening, we had this beautiful sunset. Anything we can do can be trumped by Mother Nature in a heartbeat – just stunning!

Lunch out

Tuesday lunchtime and I had a lovely meal out with a special young man plus my Mum & Dad. We had a really good meal at The Lounge in Queensway Quay and followed it with this rainbow of macarons to share – they were delicious!

Bye bye Bunny


Unexpectedly, on Wednesday morning, we lost the fluffiest member of the family. Bunny Postcard joined the family exactly 11 months ago to the day and fast became a well loved companion. She was our first non-goldfish pet and was so easy to have around. She could fairly munch her way through a fresh bag of spinach or kale and when given half the chance had a go at my IKEA seagrass storage boxes!

Bunny 🐰 will be sorely missed by us all but especially by the Little Postcards and her new friend Snowflake 🐇❄️️. As Mr Postcard said; “Prince and Bunny – 2016 has been a hard year, but they both had great hair”.

Churches at Christmas 


I have managed to go to three different churches so far this week. A succession of   Christmas services and school functions meant I got to spend three mornings getting well and truly into the Christmas spirit.

I had my first ever visit into St Joseph’s church for one of the services. I have walked past countless times without actually seeing the interior before. The roof above the altar is covered in this beautiful mural featuring saints traveling the rough seas of the Strait of Gibraltar with the Rock in the background.

Diamond Geezer!


Bunny left a big rabbit shaped hole in our family. We were all surprised by how much we missed her. Mr Postcard went Christmas shopping on Friday with Middle Postcard (who Bunny actually belonged to) and came home, not just with gifts but with this little chap.

This is Diamond. He’s the tiniest little fluff ball we ever did see. He’s a boy, so we’re not sure how that will work with Snowflake being a girl… hmm. We’ll have to be very careful. Hopefully they will become good friends – although not too good 😉. For now though, she’s acting a little bit aloof and pretending he’s not there! (Please leave entries for the caption competition in the comments 😝)

Happy Christmas!


I would like to wish you lovely people out there in cyberspace a really lovely peaceful Christmas. However you spend it, I hope it is a happy time for you.

Sunday Sevens is a weekly blog series created by Natalie at Thread & Bobbins.