We’re back Up Our Mountain!

Yes, we’re back! Not quite from outer space, but it’s been a long time. It was a long and horrible journey and we arrived late last night. I just wanted to say a quick “hello” to you all, show you one little snap of the kitchen (not quite finished, but nearly there) taken the night before we left.

Forgot to take the protective film off the chimney hood, so it's ot such a funky colour really..oh yes, and we haven't painted the picture rail yet either...
Forgot to take the protective film off the chimney hood, so it’s not such a funky colour really…and the over the counter lights need to be connected…oh yes, and we haven’t painted the picture rail yet either…

We managed to have a little housewarming party for Big Man’s Birthday and to say a proper hello and thank you to all our lovely new Bexhill friends and neighbours.

Toli's Birthday 2013 (29)

Toli's Birthday 2013 (63)

I’m very, very behind on posting, reading and commenting but we now have months and months of catching up, relaxing, cooking, sewing, eating and vegetable growing to look forward to, so once I’ve caught my breath….I’ll be back properly!  Thanks for all your kind words of support over the last few months and for sticking with me.  What good pals you all are, I need to organise another little party….


71 thoughts on “We’re back Up Our Mountain!

  1. Nice to see you back in Spain. I bet your garden will be a full time job for the next month 😉
    Well done on all that building work too – lots of hard work has gone into that kitchen!

  2. Jajaja…ti ho scritto proprio oggi…Me lo sentivo che saresti arrivata!

    Que bella cocina( me encantan los azulejos!) ,toda blanca y con el piso de madera….
    Como me gusta a mi!
    Os felicito!

  3. Ahhhh, you have run the long race and at last are back home on your mountain! May there be days of soaking sun, smelling earth, eating fresh, laughing hard and sleeping sweet! And sewing and gardening and cooking and loving and all the rest! Have a wonderful summer Tanya! (The nearly finished kitchen looks Wonderful!)

    1. It’s a good space to work in and we’re so pleased we decided to move it so that we now have a smaller bedroom but a kitchen we can eat in and enjoy the garden view! It is good though to be back up the mountain!

  4. Can’t wait to read about everything that you and The Big Man get up to now that you have time to rest and relax a bit :). Hopefully Spain gives you a glorious season of gorgeousness with the ideal conditions to garden, grow, relax and enjoy your lives…you have certainly earned that rest this year! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Narf…we’re very tired right now but knowing us we’ll be buzzing around next week enjoying planting the veggies and getting ready for the summer!

      1. Enjoy your processes and just ease on back into your mountain time…a few good bottles of red should help the transition… and remember “manana” is your new ethos! 😉

      2. “MANANA!” with a bottle of red in one hand and a plate of something gorgeous in the other and The Big Man singing something to you in Spanish…LOVE IT! 🙂

  5. I came awake this morning hearing a distant sigh of relief. Was it you, Tanya, or Big Man? or both? Now take it easy for at least a week. Those “things to do” will still be there when you are ready.

    1. Now it seems we have two homes, so we’re going from one place we love to another. I just wish we could invent a magical speedy transporter for us, the car and the pups!

  6. Take a deep breath, look up at the mountain, count your ‘free’ time ahead in the summer warmth and enjoy . . . yes, the kitchen did turn out well 🙂 !

    1. I have just been walking round the garden doing just that! And we’re happy with the kitchen, and gave it a good test run with iour little party 🙂

    1. Thank you, I really don’t like that long motorway trip 😦 Very pleased with the kitchen but it’s also nice to be back in my Spanish kitchen for a while now!

  7. Wow, would you look at that exquisite kitchen! Just too stunning for words Tanya.
    Welcome home. 🙂 Looking forward to having you back again, when you are ready,
    Have a beautiful week ahead.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  8. Oh thank god you are home and have left soggy england for a while, the new kitchen looks fab, the gathering even fabber!…now to the garden, you must be desperate to get your plants in! and where are your chickens?.. c

    1. Sadly Spain is just as soggy as England right now, although sunshine is not far away! We had a horrible mountain cat break into our chickens about 10 days ago (just before we left) along with those of many of our neighbours and it was literally carnage. Our poor chickies, out of a flock of nearly 30, we now have 6 hens and 2 cockerels. They seem ok though and are enjoying the scraps we have for them and are laying well. I know it’s the law of nature, but we did so much to protect them whilst also letting them free range during the day….such a shame.

  9. Welcome home! I bet it feels wonderful to be back on the mountain. Now do take some time to catch your breath. You both deserve a little R&R.
    What a fantastic looking kitchen! You guys worked hard and it shows. You both should be very proud.

    1. Thanks John – we are completely shattered but currently finding it hard to slow down (especially as there are some urgent DIY jobs here to be addressed!) but we are so happy to be back…from one lovely place to another, we are blessed 🙂

  10. Yaay you made it! Being crap I didn’t get round to dropping you an email before you left to thank you and Big Man for such a lovely party! I was wondering how long it went on….. 🙂
    And now I’m looking forward to spending the summer vicariously through you in Spain 🙂

    1. Don’t you worry – it was a lovely day wasn’t it?! We carried on for a few hours more, all huddled in the kitchen (as you do at all the best parties!). We broke into the Crème de Mures last night – fabulous. We’ll bring you some olive oil over next time 🙂

  11. Welcome back Tanya! Looking forward to reading about your growing & cooking, we missed you! Hoping this strange weather passes soon, oh & I love the white “brick” tiles in the kitchen. I want those *pouts* 😉

    1. Thanks Natalie – can’t believe the weather here for the end of May, most strange! I was pleased with the tiles and the decision to use a dark grout instead of a matching one was very last minute and I was so pleased with the way they turned out…

  12. Welcome! Bienvenida y enhorabuena! the kitchen looks fab, and I am sure you are all happy to be back in your little mountain! Can’t wait to see your future posts!

  13. What a good job you’ve made of the kitchen.

    It should warm up (and dry up) here, later in the week. The weather is so weird at the moment. Welcome back to Spain.

    BTW your posts aren’t appearing in my Reader any more 😦

    1. Strange about the posts not appearing – wordpress does do funny things sometimes! Looks like today may well be the start of the warmer weather, fingers crossed 🙂

  14. It must be really nice to be home, I bet?! I always breathe a huge sigh of relief as soon as I step through my front door after being away somewhere!

  15. Superb! Your commenter San Fermo is oh so right! Welcome home to the mountain. I hope the renos and catching-up adventures aren’t too overwhelming and will lead to a peaceful, restful time back in Spain–and that, in turn, will lead to a much sweeter time back in the UK as well, now that you’ve accomplished so much *there*!

    1. Sometimes we get a bit overwhelmed by things and need to take a step back – I think this was one of those moments and in the great scheme of things, what had to be done was nothing compared to the major works we had been doing. Thank goodness we got it all into perspective!

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