Wednesday, 7 July 2010

The Gallery - Holidays

This is my entry for the Gallery at Sticky Fingers. This week's prompt is Holidays. I struggled a bit with this one, because we haven't really had many holidays as a family because money has been short. In fact, as a family with all four of us, we have only been on one proper family holiday. We've been on short breaks as a family and as a couple, and we took Monkey away to Spain a couple of times when he was a baby but this holiday, in January 2009, was the only time we've been away together on a family holiday.

We went to the Algarve - Albufeira, to be more precise. There was an ulterior motive in our choice - my in-laws had gone there for 8 weeks and going there meant we have built-in babysitters. We stayed a complex that is partly timeshare so got subjected to the hard sell a bit, but all in all, it was great, apart from the children waking too early most days. The inlaws took them off our hands pretty much every other day, and even allowed us to do a day trip to Seville, a place I'd always wanted to visit, without them in tow. It was freezing there though - quite ironic when it is the hottest city in mainland Europe!

Whilst we were on holiday, it was my birthday. We went out for lunch as a family and then we went for a walk on the beach with the inlaws. The kids made me this cake. Do you like it?

(And yes, they got help with the writing - they are clever but not that clever!)

14 comments:

  1. Yummy cake!

    What was Seville like (apart from being cold)? We were thinking about it for an Autumn city break.

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  2. Oh this is fab! How 'romantic' if you see what I mean! They look so pleased with htemsleves to!

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  3. What a fantastic cake. So sweet. x

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  4. Oh what a lovely cake :) such a sweet thing to do

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  5. Ha ha what a great pic and a great cake too. What did it taste like though? ;-)

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  6. Gorgeous cake! I suspect it was a bit crunchy!

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  7. Oh, wow! Thanks for all the comments.

    Trish, I thought Seville was lovely. I wish we had been there longer because 6 hours is a length of time that is difficult to work out what to do with, specially when you don't have accommodation to go back to! I suspect autumn would be fab as it will still be warm but it won't be baking like it is around now.

    HUN, lol, you'll be surprised to learn I didn't sample it. :-D I'm guessing it was crunchy, like Christine said!

    The other thing that strikes me about this pic is my two look so young but it was only 18 months ago. Monkey is definitely a big rough, tough schoolboy now (with bruises to match) and Missy Woo is very much the Madame. ;)

    (Oh and no-one has yet spotted the typo on the cake writing... was not me, can't remember who did that!)

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  8. ahhh - look how pleased they are with their creation!

    SO cute!

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  9. Love the cake, might have to use that idea for future birthday messages from my little'un to the Grandparents!

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  10. That is GORGEOUS and they look so cute standing beside it :) Jen

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  11. Love how happy they look to have made you a cake! Glad to hear they did make you sample any!!

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  12. Thanks Kerry, Emma, Jen and WDYDTM for all the lovely comments. That was the nicest part of the day that day as I remember it being quite chilly/windy when we were in town but the sun came out later. I seem to remember it was a lovely sunset that day.

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