Sunday, 25 November 2018

A rainy week at Isla Cristina + a new Kirsty McGee #Kickstarter

I'm linking up with The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Reviewer.

We've spent this week at Camper Park Playas De Luz which is just outside Isla Cristina in Andalusia. The campsite only opened in August of this year and consists of a two tiered gravelled plateau overlooking marshlands. Dave chose it for its proximity to a via verde which runs directly alongside the campsite entrance. We thought we would be able to cycle for quite a distance in two directions to explore the area. Unfortunately torrential rain on our first night followed by more rain on pretty much every other day has rendered the via verde more a canal so not ideal for cycling! We've had a few walks - tiptoeing along its edges! - though and cycled into Isla Cristina for shopping and sightseeing. The older part of town is pretty and quaint. I loved a seated statue of a man reading (couldn't spot a sculptor's name).


I was put off by the state of the litter- and glass-strewn cycle path over the bridge into town - and having to push my bike back with a puncture one time. Even by Spanish standards, the roadway looked uncared for. Once into town it was ok though and the red painted cycle route around the edge of town is nice to ride along.

We actually shopped at a Lidl too! Having been quite rude about them in the past because I couldn't ever find food there that I wanted to eat, I discovered this week that Spanish Lidls at least have improved drastically over the last few years! They had organic fresh fruit and vegetables, plus a good range of preprepared vegetarian foods. I had thought vegetarian and vegan food would be much more difficult to find in Spain, but in the supermarkets at least it's been as easy as in France and the UK.

For music fans amongst us,

There's A New Kirsty McGee Album On Kickstarter!!

Get pledging! I love Kirsty's music and she needs £5500 or the album won't happen. Pleeez join me?!



In bookish news I am currently (finally?) getting into the Christmas spirit by reading Christmas At Black Cherry Retreat by Angela Britnell. I got a copy as part of it's Rachel's Random Resources blog tour - Rachel gets some great books on her tours. Take a look and sign up your blog if you haven't already!


Giveaways closing soon
28th Nov: Anthony Spaeth books giveaway at Dab Of Darkness
29th Nov: An Unpromised Land by Leon Gettler audiobook giveaway at Dab Of Darkness
See all giveaways and free books in my Giveaway Linkup

On my blogs this week were:

Stephanie Jane
2019 New Release Challenge sign-up post

Literary Flits
The Bees by Laline Paull review
Divided We Stand by Rachel McLean spotlight
Hildegard of Bingen by Honey Meconi review
Sweet Days Of Discipline by Fleur Jaeggy review
Becoming Someone by Anne Goodwin review
The Dragon and the Lumberjack by S W Ellenwood spotlight + excerpt
The Girl And The Rat by Jari Jarvela review

Artisan Rainbow
Westie #Scottie Dog Tree Decoration by Cherish Handmade
House Number Sign by Sol Pixie Dust
Ceramic Daisy #Flower by JG Ceramic Gifts
Stained Glass #Mistletoe by Mayfly Mosaics
#Kawaii #Penguin Key Charm by Claytive Designs
#Snowman Toilet Roll Cover by Tilly Knits Shop
Upcycled Book Apple Ornament by Creaton Crafts

Airing Out
Campsite - Playas De Luz - Isla Cristina - Andalusia - Spain



Stained Glass #Mistletoe by Mayfly Mosaics

Upcycled Book Apple Ornament by Creaton Crafts

18 comments:

  1. The picture of the apple ornament looks good. Have a good one ahead as well.

    Gayathri @ Elgee Writes

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    1. Thank you Gayathri :-)
      I love Creaton's book ornaments!

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  2. I love glass stained holiday decor. I went to a craft fair a couple years ago and bought a glass stained Christmas tree and it's one of my favorite holiday decorations.

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    1. Your tree sounds beautiful :-)
      We don't have anything Christmassy with us in our motorhome so I might just have to pick up a trinket or two!

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  3. It's great that you were able to find some food that you liked while you were there.

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    1. Vegetarianism seems to have made significant inroads into Spanish supermarkets in the last year!

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  4. Oooh! The park looks so beautiful! Glad you had a fun time!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays and Cover Spotlight!

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  5. Sorry about the rain. I’ve spent way too many camping trips reading in my tent or trailer because it’s too cold and wet to go outside. Those buildings look pretty. I’m glad you were able to find some good food. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. It's drier now we're in Portugal thank goodness! We can get enough rain staying home in the UK!

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  6. Hopefully the rain settles down for you! And Christmas at Black Cherry Retreat looks so cozy and, well, Christmasy haha! Hope it's good.

    Glad to hear there's been an improvement in vegan/ vegetarian options as well.

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    1. Christmas At Black Cherry Retreat did take a while to actually get to Christmas! It takes in Halloween and Thanksgiving on the way

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  7. Sorry about the rain, but the photos you took are beautiful! And oh, so this is the Kickstarter you mentioned. Her music sounds really nice!

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  8. Your photos are lovely and I agree that the statue of the man reading is fantastic. It is a shame that the roads are so filled with trash. I am sorry about your bike's tire. I really enjoy hearing all about your travels.

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    1. I love getting to see so many beautiful places - just wish others folks would use litter bins more!!

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  9. I love your photos. I'm happy to see you are having time to read during your travels. Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. Absolutely! I love to travel two paths simultaneously - in person and in a book!

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