Well,first of all, after dropping off my lovely family at the airport to spend a week with FR's brother in Mallorca, I pootled off, with a sense of absolute freedom, to IKEA - which is just a stone's throw from Malaga airport.
I bought some storage boxes for my new bedroom shelves - more of which later as they're not finished yet - some new chopping boards, a watering can, some new plates and candles. That's all. Good start, I thought.
Now on day four, I've managed to do all the backlog of washing and ironing; I've REALLY cleaned the kitchen, the lounge and the bathroom but haven't had the energy to tackle the bedrooms yet. I've diligently watered all the plants, including the potatoes - heaven help me if they take a turn whilst FR's away - early morning and late evening. Darwin and I have been for some lovely walks and I'll be doing my usual teaching during the week - I still have a few classes in the mornings, for which I am truly grateful. And I've had total freedom in my choice of viewing on the new TV - and oh, I did enjoy 'Sense and Sensibility' again!
But is it sod's law that a particularly breezy moment on Saturday afternoon managed to bring down the wire that held the curtain awning above the kitchen door, the green awning that is strung outside Mateo's room AND the shady awning that acts as our summer carport? Sod's law indeed as there is no way I have the strength or the height to fix any of them back again. I have managed to take down the curtain awning and have pinned the green one to the ground with stones so that it doesn't flap about and take off but I can't do much about the carport shade - that will have to wait. Til FR gets back, of course.
What I have really been enjoying is cooking and preparing food just for myself and have discovered a particularly summery and delicious salad - baby spinach leaves, beetroot and orange segments, sprinkled with a lemon and ginger couscous. Today, I think it will be fresh tuna and asparagus with a little more of the couscous...
I have thrown caution and good taste to the wind too and spent the week wandering around inside and outside the house in a bikini. FR certainly wouldn't mind if I did it all the time but foolishly, I feel very self-conscious and always have but I'm glad to say I've found it a very liberating experience. It's possible that rather flabby and baggy skin looks marginally better in a lightly tanned state but I will not post photos for you to judge this statement. For someone who really believes that body image is all wrong these days, I struggle to be honest with myself and to 'walk the talk'. And I've been thinking about this recently... possibly more about being honest with oneself in a future post...(lots of 'puntos suspensivos' in this post hence the title. Shame on me that I could only think what these were in Spanish, not English. I mean, does anyone ever stop to call these things 'ellipsis' or 'suspension points' - or do you think 'dot dot dot' when you put them?)
And this week, I remembered to buy some batteries for my camera. Hope I've managed to capture the peace and quiet and the sense of being completely relaxed in these photos...
|Breakfast, lunch and dinner under the vine...|
|...which is coming along rather nicely after the initial frost scare!|
|New plates from IKEA. And local, organic tomatoes...|
|Always somewhere close...|
|My favourite salad. And olive oil from our friend, Paco.|
|Breakfast, Andalucian-style. |
OK, I have to tell you that the olives are not the local ones for which this area is particularly noted throughout Spain but are in fact a delightful recent find in our local Lidl! They are Kalamata olives from Greece - the one thing I have really missed since living here. I bought almost the whole stock! Making my mouth water just to look.
|Long, long walks in the countryside and the evening sunshine...|
What do you like doing in those precious moments of peace and quiet when the only person you have to please is yourself?