Sunday 26 October 2008

Well, that was the quickest week of the year !

Why do your holidays go so fast ? I'm back now from my week in the sun and it's feckin freezing here! We had a brilliant time. We didn't do much, just relaxed really, I did some AS level marking and EBD wrote some essays but mainly we just enjoyed not being at school. We were extremely lucky as the weather was gorgeous, around 25 every day but on Wednesday we did have a cloud for about 10 minutes, so I suffered too !
Our week contained lots of sunbathing (that would be me, my kids don't like to sunbathe, if I hadn't given birth to them, I'd seriously doubt they were mine)
Lots of swimming (that would be them, I didn't even go in the pool)
We visited the farmers market as we always do, and bought our stash of fruit and our yummy cashew, pistachio and honey and sesame peanuts as is our want.
We went out to eat a lot ! That will be why there are no photos of the sunbathing, I fear the world is not ready for my fatness in a bikini, but if I'm in my own garden I will happily inflict no end of nakedness on my poor children in my attempt at an all over tan.
We also spent lots of time with our beautiful friends who live next door to us in Turkey, the can't live without them, Keith and Heather, who have retired and are living their dream in the sunshine. They are a real inspiration to me, this is an uber happy second relationship for them and they just enjoy being, they've a real zest for life, game to try anything, myself and the kids love them to bits and not just for the treats and the rides on their quad bike !

On Beautiful baby Daughter's birthday, our lovely friends Keith and Heather treated BBD to a portrait after dinner and my little poser just loved it !

We also went go karting, my children scared the bejaysus outta me, they go really, really, fast. I, myself am a very careful and considerate, stick to the speed limit kinda gal.

Eldest beautiful Daughter couldn't understand my reluctance to let her drive my car when she turns 17 in March !

Please brace yourself for several gratuitous shots of my family, I just can't help myself, they're just too beautiful.

We just spent time together and they had a week of full fat Mummying without the distractions of school, marking, lesson prep, mates, myspace and ok I admit, blogging to get in the way. That was special, I know there won't be that many holidays left with all three of them. I do hope that the villa can be passed on and that they bring their own children there and recreate the lovely low key, relaxing, laughter packed holidays that I am fortunate enough to have with them.

I pretty much adore everything about my villa and my holidays there but for me one of THE best bits about it is this...
Every day around 6.30pm I have pink o'clock and as the beautiful children were getting showered I sat on the terrace, had a glass of the pink stuff and my cashew nuts in my special wee bowl (anal, who me ?) and watched the beautiful sunset over Babadag mountain, shown above and pink o'clock, shown below.


Anonymous said...

I am sooooo jealous right now! You are a very, very lucky girl. I'm glad you had such a wonderful holiday...but I'm also glad you're back. I missed you!

DJ Kirkby said...

'Pink o clock' lol, love it. Really great photos, post as many as you like, it made me forget about the drizzling rain for a few moments.

Laura said...

Welcome back! Great photo's, people having fun is always good too see :O)

Shirley said...

You know what's really odd? I missed you while you were away, and we've never even met! :)

I'm so glad you had such a good time. The pictures are heart-warming. One burning question: How could your husband even *look* at someone else when he had you and your kids?? I don't care what flaws you might have, the man is daft!

Squirmy Popple said...

I'm so jealous! Nothing but rain, wind and more rain here for the past week.

DAB said...

Welcome back to the land of Doom and Gloom :O. Pics/family and of course you look great. Love the "Pink o Clock" ritual very much indeed. TFx

Anonymous said...

Fatness, my arse!!

Looks like you had il splendido time, can we borrow it in Feb please, lol ;)

The photos are gorgeous, can't wait to catch up xx

ME said...

The pics are great, glad you had an awesome time!

scrappysue said...

gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! everything in that post is GORGEOUS!!!

TheOnlineStylist said...

So glad you had a great time! And I am the same - except mine is Red O clock with a bowl of those salty covered things that look like popcorn kernals (perhaps they are?) that you only get in Spain!

Nota Bene said...

You lazy tike....not once in the pool...shame on you! Bet you read a library of books tho' !Looks fab...we waved as promised...

FOXY1969 said...

I am extremely envious that you manage to get quality time like that, when I take my boys away, the youngest sits in the internet cafe all day and the oldest is just constantly in the wants!
I am going to try and send them on holiday with their Dad next time lol
Glad you had a fantastic time. missed ya though x x x

Anonymous said...

I *finally* got you added to my feed reader so I can stalk you at my leisure ;o)
Gorgeous pictures!! I'm horribly jealous. Our holiday seems like such a long time ago now.

Working Mum said...

Truly beautiful! How lucky you are to have such a beautiful family and a beautiful place to enjoy them.

Now, pink o'clock? Sounds like an idea I need to adopt!

*~*Cece*~* said...

You've got such a beautiful family! Looks like tons of fun!

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

What a lovely holiday and what a gorgeous family you are! And pink o'clock sounds just like my cup of tea! M :-)

Mean Mom said...

Lovely photos! Sorry you've come back to such awful weather, but at least you've got the memory of the sunshine. Glad you had a good time.

auntiegwen said...

Lisa - thanks for missing me, I'll have to take my laptop next time and post when I'm away

DJ - cheers me dear, can you believe it was snowing here yesterday, and me wi a suntan tae, no fair !

Lolly - we try, pink o clock helps !

Shirley - thanks honey, but as I explained in my email, I was a terrible wife, not one of my finer career choices ! x

Katie - I hope it improves for this weekend, I want to see Glasmental in all it's autumnal splendour

TF - thanking you kindly for the compliment but nothing highlights the ageing process quite like beautiful fresh faced daughters !

Sixy - what's mine is yours, you know that, I'm off for a facial this morning courtesy of your lovely bday gift, yes I know it was months ago, proscastination thy name is gwen !

Craze - I tell myself carpe Diem, they really will be gone soon, I'm trying to put more effort into my Mummying

Sue - thanks muchly, nothing like as artistic as your good self though

That Girl - I've said it before but you always recognize one of your own kind, you are indeed my kinda gal, I love the red stuff and popcorny stuff too

NB - I am ashamed to say I very rarely ever get in that pool, I wish I'd gone to the beach with you tho, fab pics, not one of my offspring will go to the beach and I love it, poor me...

Foxy - I think I'll have to share them for holidays too, hope you're ok xx

Penelope - sadly mine does too, due to the snow, whit's that aw aboot ? (TM Edge)

WM - I try and remind myself of that, when they're bickering or a big feck off bill for a pool repair etc comes in !

Cece - they scrub up well, not too shabby looking at all ! We did have a good time

Margot - You'd be very welcome to join me at any pink o'clock, my dear x

Mean Mom - I know, I've got a suntan and it's snowing !!!

Helena said...

Oh Gwen - what a wonderful time you all had. The pictures are a joy to view. You're very blessed indeed.

Oh, and you should see me in a bikini, missus! Not the prettiest sight, I can tell you! You'd have looked stunning in yours!

Mom/Mum said...

great pics ag - klooks like you had a wonderful time.

auntiegwen said...

lena - I've had a lot of angst over the last couple of years but I'm trying to be a better person and as for the bikini I truly didn't !!! but Eldest Beautiful Daughter did.

mom/mum - I'm trying to enjoy each holiday with them as if it's my last as I'm never sure if Eldest Beautiful Daughter will come with us, she's of an age now, you see