Sunday Sevens #195 7.7.19

First week of the school summer holidays over already! Just another 8 to go…

Saharan dust at sunset

The calm before the busy week ahead…. a Saharan dust sunset last Sunday evening.

We’re watching you!

On Monday we went to the beach – better start the holiday as we mean to go on… it was lovely! While we were there we were watching HMS Echo mapping the sea bed off the East coast of the Rock.

New pool

Gibraltar has a new /old pool. The former MOD Nuffield Pool was handed back to the Gibraltar Government a while back and was left empty and unused (which is a terrible waste). Anyway, a couple of weeks ago it was opened to the public for the first time (previously you had to have MOD connections to get in). It is utterly marvelous and I can see us making use of it a lot this summer – we went twice this week!

Gib in the news

On Thursday morning Gibraltar hit the news, a tanker containing Iranian oil and suspected of heading to Syria (in breach of EU sanctions) was seized by the Gibraltar Government with the help of the Royal Marines. We took a drive around to the Rock to see it, we spied it just off the South West coast beyond the lighthouse.

Another beach day

I’ve got this beach thing sorted I think! It takes me a few attempts to get into my stride with what to take etc. Now the Little Postcards are a bit older I can actually take the risk of looking at a book without fear of them getting into too much bother – this is a very nice development! Next week I think my crochet will have to come too…

Calentita time!

Calentita came to town on Friday night. The annual food festival takes over the main Casemates Square and Market Place (below) with food stalls, tables, musical acts and cookery demonstrations. We always get there early for a quick feed with the Little Postcards before it gets too busy later on.

Island Games

Last night, the NatWest International Island Games kicked off in Gibraltar at the new (not quite finished yet) Europa Point Sports Complex. Teams from 21 visiting islands from St Helena to Greenland, the Isle of Man to Sark arrived. Gibraltar will host them in a number of sports for the next week. Be prepared for a rather sports inspired Sunday Sevens next week!

And that brings this week’s rather busy Sunday Sevens to a close. I hope it’s been a good one for you. Until next time, bye for now!

Sunday Sevens – which features 7 photos from the last 7 days was first created by Natalie from Threads and Bobbins.

Friday photo challenge (week 22) Sunshine & May round-up

Ah sunshine, it always makes me feel better about the world (unless it’s baking hot in the middle of summer!). This picture (above) was taken yesterday morning as I walked along the east side of Gibraltar, the sun was beaming down and reflected off the sea.

Camp Bay is a popular venue for sunny summer visits, but there isn’t much shade there… I was desperately trying to seek shade by the fence to the football court on my last visit – it wasn’t working…

The sun was peeping through the leaves and branches of the trees and bushes at the Alameda Botanic Gardens when I visited this morning. It was beautiful there – especially in the dappled shade.

Sunny days almost always have lovely sunsets… bye bye sunshine!

Sunset over the Mediterranean – photo taken on the beach close to Marbella

As it’s 1st June today, we are due a round up of the Friday Photo Challenges in May, so here goes…

Week 18 – Keyhole

People got really creative on Instagram for this photo challenge, no one more so than @randallpeck in Maryland, USA. His photo of trees silhouetted agains a sunset through a key hole is truly beautiful. @alisoninandalucia’s entry featured a beautifully ornate keyhole from a door at the Alcazaba in Jerez, Spain.

Week 19 – Sky high

Sandra at Wild Daffodil linked to her amazing trip to Japan for her sky high entry. Over on Instagram again Randall Peck took a fabulous photo, his take on it was ‘sky high to a snail’ and his picture featured the view looking up the stem of a dandelion clock towards a tree beyond, it was so creative. Jan from @isisjem used a photo taken from her plane window looking across the wing to the fluffy clouds below. It was taken en-route to where else but Gibraltar? Susan B from @bluejake235’s photo took the biscuit for me though, it featured the shadow of the hot air balloon she was travelling in across what looks like desert below (the balloon ride was taken from Wadi Rum in Jordan). She must have nerves of steel – I certainly couldn’t do that.

Week 20 – Challenge

Sandra (@sandracapano) has set herself quite a challenge, her entry for this week was the knitting pattern she is inventing – a mind boggling prospect to my mind. Meanwhile Alison (@alisoninandalucia) showed a series of photos from her challenge, ten years ago, to climb a mountain in Borneo. A jet-setting challenge has been set by Susan (@bluejake235), she is aiming to visit every European capital city – so far, she’s been to 75% of them!

Week 21 – Floral

@mrsscjohnson4 shared a lovely photo of herself and a friend on a visit to RHS Rosemoor, while @bluejake235 had a picture of a rather beautiful floral arrangement from the Funchal Flower Show in Madeira, and Alison @alisoninandalucia chose the stunning gardens at the Alhambra for her taken on Floral. @hookstitchsew on the other hand went for a rather lovely piece of floral fabric, which was about to be used to cover a box.

Thanks to all of you who have joined in again with the photo challenge this month, don’t forget, if you fancy joining in too, it’s not too late to have a go. If you are on Instagram, just tag your photo with #postcardfromgibfridayphoto or put the link to your blog post in the comments below.

2018 friday photo challenge

2017 Weekly photo challenge (week 49) Dark

This was the so-called ‘super moon’ which we had in our skies on Sunday night and Monday morning this week. This was taken at Europa Point looking eastwards towards the Mediterranean. Only armed with my phone camera, it’s not the best moon photo, but it’s certainly dark!

I’m linking with Nana Cathy and Wild Daffodil for this weekly photo challenge throughout 2017.

2017 Weekly photo challenge (week 21) stationary


However you arrive in Gibraltar, be it by air, sea or road you can’t help but see the huge tankers and container ships moored out in the Mediterranean and in the Bay of Gibraltar. 

On our first ever visit to Gib, when we came to look for somewhere to live, I was struck by these huge ships just sitting there going nowhere. I asked the estate agent (who was showing us around) what they were doing there. She explained that they were parked in a kind of stacking system waiting to be called into port to load or unload their cargo.

Whenever I look out of our front windows I can see several of these large ships moored out in the Bay. The ones closest to Gibraltar are bunkering, in other words being resupplied with food, fuel and other things ready for their onward journeys. The only days when the Bay is quiet are Christmas Day and over Easter.

I’m linking with Wild Daffodil and Nana Cathy for this weekly photo challenge throughout 2017.

Rocksy & Gib’s Med Steps Adventure

Do you remember Rocksy & Gib the mascots of the Gibraltar Crochet Collective? Last week, when the sun was shining they ran off and left the balls of yarn and hooks behind for a Med Steps adventure… do you want to see what they got up to?

It was hard work climbing up the hill to the start of the Med Steps. First pit stop was to admire one of the new signs which have appeared recently… This spot is 160 metres above sea level and this is just the beginning of the trail.

Ahh, time for a breather before the real work begins. So lovely to the feel the sunshine on your back after what feels like weeks of grey, damp and windy weather. These two posed for photos in the sun… admiring the view.

First climb completed and Gib soaked up a few rays at the entrance to the Twin Caves. Rocksy looked completely composed … not even a spot of perspiration yet! Next up… more steps and then the tunnel. Surely everyone who climbs this trail has their picture taken here by the sign? Not Rocksy, she was powering on through to the next bit!

Ahh, now that’s what you call a VIEW!

Knowing what lay ahead of them, Gib and Rocksy took a few moments to chill before attempting the final climb to the summit…

Here goes… these steps weren’t built for little crochet ape legs were they?

Phew, collecting themselves for the next mega step ahead….

Slowly but surely…

What more steps??

Holy Moly, I can see the top! But there’s a heck of a lot of steps to get up there!!

Did we really climb all that way up??

Time for another breather before the final push! What a great view of the Mediterranean…

They didn’t get very far before the next pit stop… Gib was looking a bit overwhelmed. Little did they know that they weren’t alone…

Literally seconds later, look who was sitting in exactly the same spot!

Better not monkey around any more then (sorry couldn’t help myself), last few steps and they were at the summit!

Phew – made it! That’s enough adventuring for one day… back home now for a cup of tea and some crochet!

If you are interested in joining the Gibraltar Crochet Collective, please check out our Facebook page for details of our next get-together. Beginners are welcome as well as experienced crocheters.

Our current project is a blanket for the Sixty Million Trebles project, the project aims to raise awareness about the plight of refugees worldwide. Today’s the first day of Lent, how about making a crochet square each day of Lent to help us make as many blankets as possible? (It’s far more pleasurable than giving up chocolate don’t you think?😉)

If you want to find out more about the Med Steps you can read all about it in my post: The Med Steps: a few facts & figures

And for some Med Steps inspired crochet you might like this: Wild flowers of the Med Steps.

A stroll around Gibraltar No. 20 : Catalan Bay beach

Last Sunday was such a beautiful day we just had to get out and soak up a few rays. We aren’t huge beach-goers during the summertime but we do like a nice walk along the sand off season. One of the benefits of beach visits in winter is that it’s usually very quiet!

Unlike my other ‘strolls’ this one doesn’t have much text, I shall let the photos speak for themselves…





We spotted the large waves were crashing onto the rocks at the far end of the beach so we went to have a closer look…



We got a bit close…

Quick! Get out of the way!

I think we gave the folk watching from the road a laugh as we jumped out of the way. I almost went backwards over a rock but I managed to right myself and I think I carried it off with panache 😉

We do know how lucky we are to have this on our doorstep… very lucky indeed.