Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Literally Stranded

Well, if you follow me on Twitter or are a Facebook friend, you´ll already know. Thanks to the cold spell in the UK we are literally stranded in Lanzarote. Which is kind of weird, it being all hot and sunny, it´s hard to imagine that the reason for our extended and involuntary second week here is in fact snow and ice in Scotland.

As this is also a very busy time at work indeed, I´ve got a feeling that even on our return, which hopefully will be very soon, blogging will have to step back just a little bit. I´m amazed that I actually managed a fortnight away from this screen. What I miss most is that I wasn´t able to keep up with my favourite blogs, except for a couple which I just have to read. Reassuring that I´m not addicted to blogging just yet.

What I miss most is that I never brought my knitting needles, I didn´t think I´d need them for a week´s holiday, now it´s two weeks and the one book I brought is read and all the other books I can find bore me endlessly. It´s a funny old world, I love to travel, I love Spain, but in spite of having been brought up in a family where beach holidays were an annual event (well, from when I was seven or so), I never liked them, and still don´t. I´ve always been one who enjoyed discovering new places as a backpack tourist, or staying in new cities until I knew them like the palm of my hand. Even as a child, the annual trip to the Spanish seaside always felt long, boring and a bit pointless.

So we trail between beach, pool, restaurant, cafe, another beach, another cafe, my dad´s appartment and ours, endlessly, in a different and not exactly inspiring routine. Cubling enjoys this beyond words, and there´s joy to be had from her sense of wonder. She draws on wet sand, digs holes, asks neverending questions of why where what, chases waves and splashes in the "wee pool". It´s a delight to watch her. At the same time, all I want just now is to cuddle up at home, get the heating on and a proper cup of tea from my favourite mug, and enjoy a few rows of knitting, a few lines of blogging, and getting my teeth into the very challenging piece of work that lies ahead of me.

Yet still, I´m willing to enjoy this unforseen and unwanted time in a special place as much as I can. And I can´t wait to share some of the best moments with you once the going rate for internet access is less forbidding and I can upload some of the photos I took.

9 comments:

Hot Cross Mum said...

Jeez - I thought being stranded at my in-laws for 4 days was drastic. I know exactly how it feels to be displaced - even if you are somewhere warm and sunny, you just want to be at home. Fingers crossed you get back soon. :)

TheMadHouse said...

Oh how I would like to swap places with you. I am so over all this snow!!

Heather said...

I wouldn't mind a couple of weeks out there. It was -32C here a couple of days ago!

Brit in Bosnia / Fraught Mummy said...

The wee pool. I'm hoping this is Scottish rather than a reference to the potty training (how is it going by the way?)

Metropolitan Mum said...

Why do I only get stranded at places like Darmstadt? xxx MM

Mwa said...

I want some heat!!!

rosiescribble said...

You are much better off there in the sun, although I suppose at the end of the day there is no place like home (and regular internet access). Enjoy it while you can, it's freezing here and I'm longing for the beach, any beach!

cartside said...

well, we're home. Coughing and sneazing like mad (excuse me? How did that happen?). I still feel a cheat to be complaining about escaping the big freeze but still...
Oh yes, the wee pool. She is a wee lass, so it's the Scottish "wee" (the other one is most definitely "pipi" in our house), but I can't pretend that the wee pool didn't get a bit of wee and might now even be called a wee wee pool.

Potty training has been abandoned. Of sorts. It's all rather complicated. And I prefer not to think about it too much.

The Woman who Can said...

So glad you've made it back safely. Now you can get all up to date again!
Tina x

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