Monday, 8 September 2014

Back from bloggy break

It seems like ages that I wrote to say I was having a short bloggy break - this went on for rather a tad longer than I thought. Anyway its lovely to be back and I really have missed you all and your lovely blogs. To be honest, having been away for so long, when I did attempt to get back a couple of weeks ago - I experienced a form of writer's block. Just couldn't put pen to paper (or in this case fingers to keys). Anyway I'm raring to go now.

Just a short resume of the last couple of months to keep you updated:

We treated ourselves to a Mediterranean cruise to celebrate both John's retirement in February and my (last September's) Graduation from Uni. It was a holiday of a life-time and we thoroughly enjoyed both the relaxation on board …..

watching the gorgeous sunsets...

taking in a few tipples...

in our stateroom...

and by the pool...
(well it has to be done, doesn't it)

….and enjoying many excursions to some fabulous places. Starting in Istanbul in the Grand Hotel Hyatt for two nights we then embarked on our cruise ship the Aegean Odyssey and commenced cruising towards Greece and it's Islands, Dubrovnik, Italy and finishing in romantic Venice. More another time.
I also celebrated my birthday on board too

Last weekend we spent a long weekend in Lymington in Hampshire 
where we were able to hop over to the Isle of Wight for an afternoon. 

Several campervan trips and days out have taken up most of our time this summer - which we've enjoyed tremendously as well as catching up with friends and spending lovely days with our grandchildren. All in all a good couple of months.

Now though, Autumn is on its way - my absolute favourite time of the year. Sunny days (mostly) and chilly evenings as well as the evenings drawing in and watching Autumn favourites on the TV - Downton Abbey, Strictly Come Dancing - ooh it doesn't get better than this. I don't change - ever the romantic dreamer!!

See you soon


  1. Hello Patricia,

    What a wonderful summer you have had. Your photographs are lovely and capture so many magical moments. You look to be having the times of your lives. How well you deserve this!

    We look forward to hearing more of your travel tales. Such fabulous places to have visited, each with their own charm and excitements.

    And, how wonderful to be back at home once more and to settle into the autumn with all those wonderful summer memories to keep you warm!

  2. Nice to see you back. My, what a grand time you have had!

  3. Welcome back! Yes, I know about the blog-block!

    Glad you had such a super time, now what do you have planned for the autumn? Lxx

  4. Welcome back to blogland, Patricia! It sounds like you had a fabulous summer, and I'm looking forward to hearing more about your big cruise holiday. What a great experience! The rest of your summer sounds wonderful too - time spent camping, and with friends and family. It's just the way life should be.

  5. Sounds like you had some great adventures over the summer! Welcome back to blogging!

  6. Nice to see you back, Patricia. It looks as if you have had an amazing time:)

  7. Lovely to see you back it looks as if you have had a wonderful summer. Your holiday of a life time looks an amazing experience you visited some fabulous places. Sarah x

  8. What an amazing summer you've had, Patricia, as shown by your super photos. I know all about that irritating blogger's block too, but now you've broken it I look forward to lots of lovely autumn posts. -)

  9. Welcome back, your summer sounds just idyllic. We so love cruising too, isn't it lovely to just unpack and then everything else is just done for you - and they even bring a new place to your front door every day or so! We're off again next month for a belated birthday celebration too - also to some of the same destinations as you, it's a beautiful part of the world, isn't it?
    Happy Thursday! Xx

  10. Hi Patricia, You have been missed, but it is wonderful to see your holiday photos and to know that you have been having a grand old time. It makes my heart sing to see people enjoying life:) I'm also hooked on Downton Abbey . . . love that show.
    It is nice to have you back in blog-land!
    Your blogging sister,
    Connie :)

  11. Looks like you had a wonderful time Patricia.Ive never been on a cruise and to be honest am a little scared at the thought but I have friends who have and they say once youve been on one you will want to go again and again!

  12. Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday Patricia!!! What a place to celebrate. Good for you both. I too have had a break from blogging. I just felt like I had little to say but I really have lots I have not shared so it was all between my ears so to speak. I have decided to try and get back into blogging for myself. It is nice for DH and I to look back on and that is why we should blog...isn't it?

    Big birthday hugs from Holland,

  13. Lovely to see you back in blog land Patricia, your holiday sounds wonderful, I'm looking forward to hearing more from you xx

  14. What a wonderful Summer you've had, celebrating in style!

    1. I meant to say Welcome back! but pressed publish too soon!!

  15. What delightful times we both have had over the past 2 months, Patricia. And we just missed each other in Venice! Seeing your photos I now know exactly where you were, and it is the most gorgeous of cities, isn't it. The cruise certainly looks delightful, and it would be great to see both Turkey and Greece. You are enjoying retirement, you two!

  16. I am playing catch up with reading blogs and looks like you had a super holiday!
    belated birthday wishes too xxx


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