Joining in with TheBoyAndMe and her linky 365 Project A Photo A Day, Every Day, For A Year! We’ve been in Spain for a week so I’ve saved up a few weeks to post together! Project 365 – Week 9-11 Days 54 – 74 .
Week 9 – Sunday 23rd – Day 54
Monday 24th – Day 55
My trust old Sony compact camera has finally given up the ghost – or should I say, given up on focussing! Gutted, but with our trip to Spain to celebrate Mum’s birthday coming up later in the week, I needed to act fast. I’d earned a few pennies so upgraded to this Nikon Coolpix Bridge camera – now to practice! Monkey struggled with overtiredness today. Took 20 minutes to get him on the pool for his swimming lesson and he had the biggest meltdown at bedtime 🙁
Tuesday 25th – Day 56
Every morning when Monkey wakes up he comes into my room clutching his beloved Teddy and friends. He’s still half asleep and crashes out on my bed as I get ready. Love this moment, before the chaos of the day begins.
Wednesday 26 – Day 57
Getting organised for the holiday including some things to try out for the blog with Granny and Gramps! I really wanted a chill out evening on Thursday night, so got as much pre-packing done as possible, as we needed to up really early Friday morning.
Thursday 27th – Day 58
Friday 28th – Day 59
Now that’s more like it! We arrived at Malaga to sunshine. Sadly by the time we got to my parents it was rather overcast and very windy!
Saturday 1st March – Day 60
Well we’ve brought the English weather with us! It’s raining, windy and cold. But after a tiring day travelling, it’s good to just spend a day with Granny and Gramps. Monkey was so pleased to be with them, sharing Daddy P’s steam train magazine. Gramps grew up in a house that backed on to the railway so he was sharing his steam train memories with Monkey, it was wonderful.
Week 10 – Sunday 2nd – Day 61
We headed out for the day to visit El Chorro and the Dam at Presa Conde de Guadalhorce. But on the way we passed the village of Teba. I’ve been to the Castillo there are number of times over the years, the views are amazing but with no safety barriers at the window openings it’s not a place to take a 4 year Monkey yet. The weather still wasn’t playing fair, but not raining!
Monday 3rd – Day 62
We caught the local coach to Sevilla for the day. One of my favourite cities, it’s flat and really walkable for old and young alike. Loads to keep everyone amused. I hadn’t been back since Monkey arrived on the scene, so it was lovely to show him the sights. By lunchtime the sun came out up to 21 degrees, the coats were off and the sunglasses were on!
Tuesday 4th – Day 63
Happy 70th Birthday Mum! We decamped to Ronda for the day, one of Mum’s favourite places. It’s rather high up, so always colder than other places, 8 degrees – ouch! We had a wonderful birthday lunch at the Parador de Ronda, overlooking the gorge. The staff treated us to complimentary Cava when they realised we were celebrating a special birthday. It was a lovely touch. Monkey decided on a buffet lunch of various cheeses with olives and breads while we were treated to a wonderful gourmet meal. Everyone was happy.
Wednesday 5th – Day 64
The local villages and towns were all gearing up for Carnival time, Mum and Dad’s local village centre had coloured streamers hanging from all the lamp posts. We had a lazy day, and went tractor spotting around the village, much to Monkey’s delight. The John Deere agent has done a very good job in this part of Andalucia!
Thursday 6th – Day 65
A glorious sunny day, perfect bug hunting weather. So off we set for a 2 hour walk in the countryside with Guru Gramps leading the way. Monkey loved it.
Friday 7th – Day 66
Saturday 8th – Day 67
A lazy day at home, Monkey just wanted to play with his toys, he’d missed them. Suited me as I had a mountain of washing to do. I just love this photograph, it looks like his reflection is wearing a wheelie bin lid as a hat!
Sunday 9th – Day 68
The weather was glorious, so we headed off to our favourite haunt, Blenheim Palace with Daddy P. We decided to visit the formal gardens for a change, as we rarely go that side of the Palace these days. It was lovely, and we visited our ‘NCT picnic tree’, regular blog readers will know we spent practically every Monday from 3 months old under that tree with our buddies – special memories 🙂
Monday 10th – Day 69
Monkey had been sent a Policeman dressing up outfit to review. He’s really chuffed as it goes with his Police Bike. Monkey’s swimming lesson went well once we’d finally convinced him to go in the pool.
Tuesday 11th – Day 70
You can’t keep Monkey away from a train set for long! Granny had bought him a Big Jigs set in Spain that he played with when we were there. But he couldn’t wait to get his set out. I’d bought him an ELC Crane a while ago in the sales, and had been keeping it aside. He finally got to play with it, it’s really rather good, in no time he’d found his Big Jigs Mine set out too and was going from one crane to another – happy chappie.
Wednesday 12th – Day 71
Thursday 13th – Day 72
Monkey was planning ahead, and deciding what he’d take to school for Show and Tell. We’ve moved on from tractor, tractor, tractor, combine, tractor to a crop sprayer! You can see the theme. Nothing if not obsessed.
Friday 14th – Day 73
We had an Orchard Toys afternoon, I pulled back the kitchen table and we made up the On the Farm, Giant Town and Giant Road jigsaws. Monkey was in his element, it wasn’t long until his toy tractors joined in the fun. I had my first swimming lesson in 20 years, I blew bubbles in the water for the first time in my life!
Saturday 15th – Day 74
I have a really good relationship with my ex-MIL, and Monkey has known her all his life. He absolute adores her, and we spend a day with her once a month. Today was our day to see Special Sheba, and Monkey spent the afternoon in her back garden. Her rockery became a quarry, and her old dumpers and bulldozers set to work. Another afternoon of construction, with a break to fill up her various bird tables with food for the birds.