Monday, 4 July 2011

a holiday, a dream comes true and asbo dog excels herself.........

  

So much to catch up on, so apologies for a very picture heavy post. First of all, our "honeymoon". A honeymoon with two children in tow, we wouldn't have had it any other way. We ventured further than our usual west Wales haunt, left the dog with Mum, packed up the car and headed 1000 miles through Europe.......to.........here........

...........Venice, one of the most beautiful, vibrant and atmospheric places I've ever visited. There was so much to see, to eat, drink and just absorb. We wandered for hours, picnicked in squares, drank coffee and ate cakes, people watched, crossed so many bridges we lost count, and we all loved it.



Venice is one of those places that is just as you imagined it would be, we lost ourselves down endless alleyways, watched gondolas gliding by (at 100 euros, out of the question!), and admired the water taxi ranks..............


Balconies laden with geraniums were everywhere..............


We wandered far off the beaten track and found ourselves virtually alone.............


On our final day we stayed until the evening drew to a close, catching the last ferry out and enjoying Venice without the crowds, we ate seafood in a fantastic little restaurant, scoffed the famous Venetian ice cream and bought naff souvenirs.



We had the most wonderful time, and that was only one third of our epic journey, the rest of the hols were spent in Switzerland and Belgium. After a particularly busy year it was fantastic to spend so much time together on a holiday that I hope will stay in the childrens memories for ever, I know it will in mine.

Doglet was very well catered for whilst we were gone, Mum has fallen for her wily charms. She soon settled into having us around again, and is very pleased with her new collar.......


 She spends rather a lot of time in the garden and the view from the summerhouse is like this........



Today she decided that she no longer needed her muzzle........so she ate it, along with her daily diet of pencils, tissues, shoes and to top it all she finished her feast today with a piece of toddler poo that we'd fished out of the paddling pool.........YEUCH!!


Hmmmmmm..........

Other exciting news...............a few months ago I spent a very frustrating couple of hours trying to buy tickets for Take That, without any success. Having given up hope of seeing them imagine my excitement when my fab friend Liz announced that her sister had won us two tickets and we'd be going to see them in Birmingham in less than two weeks. What an amazing night, the most fantastic stage show, great dancers, fabulous atmosphere, and to top it off The Pet Shop Boys were the warm-up act. Liz and I couldn't really believe we were actually there, we had the best night. I know they're not to everybody's taste but it was one of the best nights I've ever had........




So, life's good. Today I turned 41, my thirties are well and truly behind me and the next phase of our life as a family will soon begin as Jack starts secondary school.

More exciting news in my next post..............

16 comments:

Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage said...

What lovely pictures, especially of the doglet who eats everything, and I think that is not an understatement. Everything.


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SWEET MARY said...

It doesn't really matter what doglet does when she entrances you with those eyes.

VintageVicki said...

Those picture of Venice are lovely - I was watching a programme about there the other week - its on my long-term to visit list now :)

charl said...

your honeymoon sounds so lovely how gorgeous that you could all spend it together!
lovely to have you back..looking forward to hearing more!
im v jelous about take that having wanted to see them since i was 13 and still never getting there!!!

charl

Hollace said...

Happy Birthday. Your trip sounds delightful--don't forget how wonderful it was!

prettyshabby said...

Happy (belated) birthday to you lovely lsdy! My sister is obsessed with venice..and now i can see why..what a fab and interesting place it looks but cor i didnt realise gondola rides were that expensive, crikey!
love the naughty dawgs innocent look-and her lovely spotty collar! x

bellaboo said...

We've got a dog like that!! :0)

bibbitybob said...

I'm a bit late, but happy Birthday! x

Jem said...

I so miss having a dog around the house, they really make a place feel like home - even the nutty ones! :-)

Your Venice pictures are beautiful - it's somewhere I've always wanted to go so it's lovely to live vicariously! 100 Euros for a Gondola seems pretty steep though, I wouldn't have wanted to fork out that much either!! It looks like you had the most wonderful time :-)

Jem xXx

Gingham and Flowers said...

Love the photos of Venice. It looks absolutely wonderful. We too drove to Italy on our honeymoon (to lake Como) and I'm sure people think we're a little mad when I tell them as it was so far. They always question why we didn't just fly. But like you, that was only a part of the trip and we also had nights in Switzerland on the way there and Austria and Munich on the way back with our first and last nights being in our beloved Belgium. So it's nice to read about someone doing something similar. The memories of ours will stay with us for ever as I'm sure they will for you and your children. Very jealous of you seeing Take That. Would love to see them some time.

Amanda said...

My first visit to your lovely blog.
The workshop, Venice how perfect.

We too have a new addition to the family a cute Labrador puppy.
Actually Poppy is my 'little girl' having been the only female in the house for over 30 years, it's my turn to play.

Sampson and Lorrie said...

Thank you for the doggy story. She sounds very silly. My five year old can't stop laughing about the doggy poo....:)

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mysweetiepiepie vintage said...

Hi,

I used to live in Venice and you've described it perfectly, glad you enjoyed it.

I've pinned one of your fabulous photos here:

http://pinterest.com/pin/191332684141821998/

Cheers!

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