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Sunday, 21 August 2016


As I write this post we have returned from our Summer holiday in Valencia. We had a wonderful three and a half weeks, which we shared with both family and friends. We've come back relaxed, and a little bit sad (not helped by the grey skies and rain) 

We've enjoyed the continual sunshine, being outside eating, swimming and relaxing. We'll miss going out as a family late in the evening, eating lovely food and taking in the atmosphere, but we also know how lucky we are to be returning to such a beautiful part of England. 

Truly blue blue sky

Fun on the beach 

Eating and drinking late into the evening 

Visiting the Ivam Modern Art Gallery 

Having fun with friends

The City Of Arts & Sciences 

Adios we're going home.

Friday, 5 August 2016


One of the only times we visit Valencia during the day and endure the pulsating heat is to visit the food market in Valencia which opens from 7am - 3pm. We start off with churro's and chocolate a big favourite of mine. Thin hot doughnuts dipped into warm thick chocolate, they also do a gorgeous freshly squeezed Valencian orange juice.

The building is a shrine to all things edible, and even the building is stunning.

Plenty of olives to choose from

Pimenton used in a lot of Spanish cooking 

Dried fruits and nuts

Varieties of snails

Plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables 


Live eels

Even though we are an island with many fishing ports, you never see a selection of fish like this in the UK.

As the temperature reaches a staggering 36 degrees we head back to the house and a dip in the pool 

Tuesday, 2 August 2016


We left for our holiday in Valencia on Sunday and decided to take the overnight ferry this year instead of flying from Gatwick. 
We left the rain and grey skies, and headed for the ferry at Plymouth. Although we are lucky enough to live in a beautiful part of the world, it seems that the Summers are becoming more and more like this.

The girls hadn't been on a ferry before, so were a bit apprehensive, I gave them their sea sickness tablets and we headed for the restaurant for dinner.

Leaving Plymouth 

out on deck England a distant dot.

We'd all had a good nights sleep in our cabin and woke up refreshed and ready for the drive through Spain.

While having breakfast on board we were treated to a display from the dolphins.

We arrived in Santander at around 12 and after travelling for around seven hours on open toll roads through Bilbao, Logrono, Zarragoza and Tureul we arrived at our destination Valencia in time to jump in the pool and cool off in the evening sunshine. Let the holiday begin!

Sunday, 24 July 2016


The week came to an end with a milestone for Bella. Seven years at primary school have come to an end and both her and Mabel were breaking up for Summer. The weather was perfect and the Year 6 leavers headed for the open air Lido.

Back for lunch at the Strand Cafe

Mabel and her friends heading for the beach.

The weather was so beautiful most of the school had headed down to the beach too.

Mabel and her friends little brother Monty.

chips for the children and plenty of prosecco for the Mums

in a few days time we'll be heading off to Valencia to make the most of the Summer for a relaxing well deserved break. We've had a great start!