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Hello one and all.

Well here we are, 4 weeks down the line and Tony has lost 11lbs and me….I guess everyone needs a fat friend and I suppose I must be his!  No, not doing too bad really – I refuse to weigh myself nowadays, not only could I not take any disappointment but had a few “issues” years ago so tend not to go on scales anymore.  Managed to get my jeans on without doing some sort of yoga position on the bed to pull up the zip so that has to be an improvement!  I’ve even got to the point where I haven’t even wanted to touch the sweets that I know are still in the cupboard.  I like to know they are there for emergencies though!

January has been fairly quiet here.  Still very few people around despite the fact that we have had some really lovely weather for this time of the year.  Even managed to sit out in the sun for a few hours in and out.  One family have arrived and they are staying for a month.  Appears that they live in Brittany normally (ex-pats from the UK) but have hired an apartment here for just £380 for the month including all bills.  Can’t be bad really and they don’t have to worry about how much electricity they use for the heating! The lady even ventured into the swimming pool…I did warn her it was far too cold but she still went in!  Don’t think I have ever seen anyone get out quite as quick as she did though.

Samantha is doing really well (touch wood).  She is still very tired but I think that is just as much to do with the fact that she is coping with quite a demanding job and organising moving house and renting out her flat too! They are off to New York for a few days soon which was planned before she became pregnant.  I’m sure they will have a wonderful time.  I remember going when it was my 40th birthday and it was fabulous.  I would love to go again with Tony. He did the New York Marathon years ago….no intention of doing that one though, just a gentle stroll around the shops would do for me!

For those that I haven’t told, Samantha and Ben are having a baby BOY!  So excited about it and can’t wait to see the little one when he is born…..imagine me a Grandmother! Just seems so unreal doesn’t it that your own children are going to be parents. My other daughter Colette will be 29 this month too…..time flies by so fast.  I miss her very much but I know that she is happy with her boyfriend and that is what is important really.  Who knows, one day she may want her Mum again.

Spent yesterday out with friends looking for a dog.  Their own little one passed away 6 months ago and like so many other people they decided they wouldn’t get another one…and then, hey presto changed their minds!  We went to one rescue centre and it was simply heartbreaking.  Mother and pup found running along the street which had obviously been thrown out.  Three beautiful spaniels simply thrown over the wall of the kennels and two beautiful little souls that some rotten british couple left in a flat with instructions to the neighbours to feed the dogs while they were away.  Guess what, they never returned!  Why and how can people be so cruel?  We even had one in the paper this week here where the bin men found a small black dog in the bin.  If the man hadn’t been alert you can imagine what would have happened.  Its not the first time this has happened either.  Disgusting….if I could get my hands on those people…..

Anyway, today our friends went to see a little yorkie cross that is being fostered along with her 8 puppies by a very kind lady.  They took to each other and they will collect little Tilly in a few weeks time when she has finished feeding the pups!  They are even tempted to have one of the pups too!




I just love a happy ending!

We are off to Mojacar in February just for one night. We wanted to go out for Valentines Day but the price of meals here for that night seem to have gone through the roof so I looked on the internet and found a deal at a hotel where for 57 euros we have a room for the night in a Spa hotel with inside swimming pool and half board!  Bargain!  Why is it that on “special” nights, restaurants really seem to try to sting you!  No wonder so many places here are closing down.

Today had to send my passport off for renewal.  My god the price!  160 euros plus 29 euros for it to be sent and checked to the British consulate in Madrid!  I did just consider coming back to the uk for a quick flight and getting it changed but in the end I think it would have cost more.  You wouldn’t mind but they never even check the thing when I come back over here!  It is much harder to get in and out of the UK than it is to come back into Spain….don’t think I have ever shown my passport when I arrive at Alicante airport!  They never stamp them nowadays either do they!  What a difference 10 years makes too…….my passport photo is UGH!  I look so so old!  I’m sure it was the light!!!!

I discovered Twitter this week……I’m following everyone and their mother at the moment! I think its quite fun but don’t think I could become obsessed with it as some people obviously are.  Sometimes nowadays I am at a loss what to look at on the laptop.  I tend to just go between the local forum and, of course, my good friends on Carers UK. Don’t know what I would have done with them over the last couple of years.  I really wish there was more that could be done to help so many of them who really struggle to get through each day.  I still stalk them even though I am no longer a carer – I know 3 dogs and 1 husband doesn’t really count as caring but they won’t get rid of me that easy!

Have you been watching the Fat Gypsy Wedding on Channel 4?  Couldn’t believe that wedding dress last week.  Even made Jordan’s (don’t get me started on her!) dress look pathetic! Its on again in a mo and I will be glued to it!

Well folks time to take up position for those Gypsies that are going to be on the screen real soon.  Sorry this post isn’t too long….not much happening at the moment but I’m sure that will change as the hoards return for the sunshine!

Much love to you all…and thanks for popping in!

Bell x

An Animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language”

Martin Buber



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