Plot Twist!

I was hoping – convinced rather – that this post would be full of joy and happiness, telling you how the sale of Avocado Cottage was going through and that shortly I’d be grabbing the cash and moving onto the next stage of my life’s journey.

Avocado Cottage – FOR SALE

But it hasn’t worked out like that…

The buyers have disappeared.  Yes, quite literally.  Here’s what happened:  Angele, the buyer, an Antiguan who lives in Canada, said they’d be in Antigua in June to go ahead with the sale.  I asked if she could be sending details so that … Read the rest »

Lunch Date

I had a rather lovely lunch date today with an interesting, intelligent woman who was very good company. Yes; I took myself out to lunch. Because I’m worth it.

I’ve had a very wobbly couple of weeks. Now, I know compared to people who were mixed up in the Isis suicide bombing in Manchester I have nothing at all to complain about. But, sometimes, as much as you try to stay positive, every little thing irritates and those little things attract more little things and before you know it you’ve got a whole pile – a hillside – of little … Read the rest »

Practising Gratitude in the Dark

I’m writing this, off-line to be uploaded later, by the light of a hurricane lamp, in my underwear with rivulets of sweat running down my face, arms, neck, back and chest. Forgive the graphic image, especially if you’re having your breakfast or dinner while reading this. As you’ve probably gathered there’s a power cut; it’s the fourth in as many days. Two of them were short, just ten or fifteen minutes, but the one which started late on Tuesday afternoon lasted for four hours and so far this one has been three and a half. I rang the APUA so-called … Read the rest »

Hastings Rocks

This post has nothing to do with the coastal town. It. Does. Not. Rather, it is about – and to the letter I might add – the unlikely sex symbol Superintendent Ted Hastings, leader of AC12 in the BBC’s terribly good series Line of Duty, which ended on Sunday night.

The amazing Adrian Dunbar as Superintendent Ted Hastings

When I first saw it, halfway through Series Two, I didn’t like him much because with his once-red-now-grey hair, rather large nose and certain awkwardness, he looked like the ex-Principal of the sixth form college where I once had the misfortune of … Read the rest »

Bubbly on Arrival

A very welcome glass of bubbly at VC Bird International Airport

On the night she won the French Open in 2015, her 20th Gran Slam Singles title, the incredible Serena Williams celebrated by having a Chinese takeaway and then watching the Little Mermaid on her laptop in bed. Now not many people know that! I only do because I watched the documentary “Serena” on my flight back to Antigua. And have you heard the news? She is apparently twenty weeks pregnant. Which means she won the Australian Open back in January without dropping a set while pregnant! I flew back … Read the rest »

Island Girls

Surrounded by Sunbeams

What a wonderful week it was when the Daughter settled into her new life on Ibiza. This photo was taken at Cala Conta on a beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon. We’d had a lovely weekend exploring all corners and coasts of the White Island as the Daughter refreshed her knowledge of the place where she spent her early childhood; where she’s chosen to settle down.

I was full of admiration for her, the way she hit the ground running, starting her new job just fifteen hours after our plane touched down. She’s taken to it all like a … Read the rest »

Private Jet? Almost!

What a difference thirty years made! Regular readers will remember my post from last year- The Great Escape – http://www.elainespires.co.uk/journal/2016/06/the-great-escape/ in which I shared what happened on 18th June 1986 when I left Ibiza with my four-year-old.

In that post I explained we had one battered, loaned suitcase containing a change of clothes for the Daughter and a clean pair of knickers for myself.

Yesterday, we came back.

The Daughter with our six pieces of luggage of which only the small red one was mine.

The Daughter is moving back to her roots and I came along to help. As … Read the rest »

Ginger Is My New Chocolate

Oh, yes!
If ginger were a man I’d want to marry him and have his babies! I am hopelessly, madly, deeply, drunkenly in luuurve with ginger; with the look of it, the feel of it, the taste of it and the smell of it. I find myself sneaking a peek at it and then reaching out to touch it and then inhaling its rich, uniqueness. I add it to just about everything – especially smoothies: banana, papaya, coconut water and ginger. Heaven in a glass! This could be the end of my lifelong love affair with chocolate…

It’s been a … Read the rest »

Ev’ry Little Ting

The photo doesn't do it justice

The photo doesn’t do it justice

It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster week; certainly one that’s sped by. I mean, how can today be 4th February 2017? What happened to January? And Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday?

I psyched myself up for my dentist’s visit on Wednesday morning but I needn’t have worried. I didn’t feel a thing and recovered amazingly well – no bleeding, no pain once the anaesthetic wore off, no need to take any painkillers. Magic! And I know that this speedy recovery is down to my little yellow pills. 🙂

I’m suffering with … Read the rest »

In Pain!

Ouch!   Ouch!  Ouch!  Ouch!  Ouch!

I’ve had toothache for several days; one of the big ones right at the back 🙁 and it’s sending a throbbing pain all up my jaw.  Oh, woe is me!!   I have a pain-threshold that is about minus fifteen on a scale of one to ten, so I’ve been taking loads of pain-killers resulting in me floating through the week and seeing the world through a haze.  Finally, this morning I went along to see the dentist only for her to tell me she couldn’t extract it as it’s infected. 😭😭😭 So it’s a week … Read the rest »