Thursday, April 19, 2018

Walking with Lucy.....

I'm sorry that there are no dolls in today's post but hope you'll enjoy some photos from my walking over the last few days.  The weather has been beautiful since last Saturday and walking has been a real pleasure...until I developed a really heavy cold, so haven't walked today.  Typical me, I'm fine all through the wet winter and then as soon as the sun finally comes out so I develop a cold!!  Oh well!

Saturday I took this photo of the mountains behind us, you can see snow on the top, so it must have been pretty chilly overnight, but it was gone again by Sunday morning!!


On Sunday I walked quite late in the day and on the final part we walked along the beach, the sunset was really pretty.....


Lucy loves walking on the beach as long as we don't go too close to the sea, she really does not 'do' water!!!  But give her a smelly old dead fish to roll in and she's in her element!!!


"Who? Me?"


Wednesday Lucy and I walked up to the Torre de Jaral which is located above the sea on the edge of the cliff, I've mentioned it several times here on my blog and shared photos.  You can see it here on the cliff in the distance being caught by the setting sun on our previous night's walk....



The Mediterranean was particularly calm and beautiful, and there were lots of fishing boats going about their business....


 

This bush was full to bursting with bumble bees!  There were hundreds of them, and the noise was quite amazing!  




And not far away, high in the campo, there are some hives that have been set up, I have no idea who owns them, but I suspect the honey from these bees will be particularly tasty as there are so many different wild flowers from which they can collect their pollen!


I don't know if you can see this but the water here is so incredibly clear that you can see all the rocks beneath the surface, they really shimmer in the sunlight....I really do need to take my proper camera out walking with me but am always worried that 1) it'll be too much to carry and 2) it might get lost or damaged!  



 Lucy loves to sniff EVERYTHING, here she is amongst the wild flowers.....




Further on I could see what I thought were unusual looking bright red flowers in the distance, they seemed to follow the path that we had to take...however, on closer inspection, I saw that they were in fact tomatoes!  With a few aubergines, courgettes and cucumbers thrown in for good measure!  At first I thought perhaps there'd been an accident and a vehicle carrying them had tipped over or something, but it turns out they're fruits that are 'past their best' and cannot be sold, so they're thrown down for the local goats!!!  I'm sure they enjoy them very much!



Lucy certainly found them interesting......

 


Further along I spotted these beautiful poppies growing around the bottom of a particularly vicious looking cactus!




And these pretty little purple flowers..... 


On the way back along the beach, I spotted this rather large fellow sitting on a rock sunning himself, I have no idea what type of bird he is and this is the best photo I could get with my iPhone on zoom, so not great.....I'm thinking he is a Cormorant from looking him up on Google......


I've not seen him around before but the usual birds are about, we have a lot of Hoopoes, Swallows, blackbirds, masses of our local green parrots (Monks Parakeets and Quakers) and this week I actually saw a very pretty Rosella parrot, which was probably someone's escaped pet.  I tried to catch him but he was obviously not wanting to be caught, but I've not seen him since.  He looked just like this one.....(not my photo)....


And to finish with our final lap of our walk......looking west with Malaga in the very far distance....


And east towards Torre del Mar......


 
Well that's all I have time for as it's quite late and I need my beauty sleep, LOL!!!  So I wish you all a very good night/day, depending on where you are.  Thank you for visiting.

Big hugs, Sharon xx

Sunday, April 15, 2018

A Little Bit of Sewing....

Just a short post today!

Last week I did a bit of sewing for the Boneka Tuesday's Child sized dolls.  These dolls are designed by Dianna Effner and are all vinyl with five joints.  They are also almost exactly the same size as the Yosd sized BJDs so I have a lot of patterns that I can use!

I made these two outfits for a friend and they are winging their way to the UK as I type.  Sorry for the poor quality photos, they were taken on my iphone.




However, before the outfits left I tried them on my two Fairyland Little Fees, and despite the Little Fees being slightly slimmer in the torso, I think the fit is good on them too :)



The girls actually look a bit sad that I wouldn't let them keep the new clothes, don't they!  I guess I'd better get sewing and make them something new.....as if they haven't got enough clothes already!!!!

Apart from that, a couple of new BJDs are in the pipeline but that's for another post.

I hope you've all had a lovely weekend and that the weather is good where you are, and hope the week ahead is even better!

Big hugs
Sharon xx



Friday, March 30, 2018

This and That.....

I've had a busy couple of weeks so my blog has had to take a back seat, but finally I had a little bit of dolly time and took the opportunity to change the clothes on a few girls as well as the wig on another.

Firstly Chloe my tanned Fairyland Mini Fee got a change of clothes and wig.  The great thing with this doll is she fits clothing made for the Ellowyne dolls by Robert Tonner, so here she is wearing the cutest jacket from his company, trousers from Elfdoll and a crop top which I've had for ages.  Her lovely Mary Jane shoes are custom made by a lady here in Spain.




Sam, my tiny Elfdoll Hana Angel with her replacement Jerry Berry body, changed into her torn jeans, a long tee shirt and her special cable knitted beanie....



Gala, my Milky Tan Adori by Harucasting, received a very cute gift of a Chihuahua teeshirt from my dear friend Sue in the UK, and she's been dying to show it off to you!  Unfortunately it was a bit chilly so she had to put her coat on to go outside and have her photos taken but hopefully soon she'll be able to wear it with her shorts and sandals!




Scarlett, my customised Kidz n Cats Alice, got to go out to the Bio Parc in Fuengirola last week, so here are a few photos of her enjoying the aquarium and the sunshine there....although it was quite cold, so she was dressed for the weather!




Leone, my Zwergnase Junior Violet, went for a walk by the lake in La Viñuela, it was a lovely day, one of the first really sunny days we've had recently....the lake is looking a bit fuller after all the rain too, although it's still very low unfortunately.




The lake definitely looks beautiful though.....


In other news, I have continued with my morning walks, although we've had some very changeable weather recently so I've made good use of the treadmill and weights at the gym.  Here are some photos from my walks....despite rain and high winds, we have also had some beautiful sunshine, so there are definite signs of spring around here!!

El Torre de Jarral....is a watch tower which sits high on the cliff overlooking the coastal road and the beach below.  It is believed to be from the  13th to 14th centuriesI often walk up to the tower and have shown close up photos of it in the past,  but on this occasion I walked inland so that I could get a good view of it from a similar height....according to my fitness watch, the climb up to the base of the tower is the equivalent of walking up about 25+ flights of stairs!




Due to all the rain, one of my routes now has a stream running along the track which me and Lucy, my Miniature Pinscher, have to jump over a few times.....it is quite fast running, crystal clear water and approx one metre wide in places and several centimetres deep!



I spotted this rainbow a few days ago....


And some very threatening looking grey clouds!


Finally some beautiful blue skies!  These two photos were taken in the olive groves high above the coast, it was peaceful and warm, with just the sound of the birds for company.....


The sea is just visible through the olive trees....


Signs of spring!  The first poppies that I've seen this year....





And loads of daisies everywhere!



Well I hope you've enjoyed seeing some of my photos! 

Thank you for visiting!

 I wish you all a very Happy Easter, or  Feliz Pascua as they say here in Spain.  

Big hugs Sharon xx