Three months…

6 Oct

That’s an awfully long time to have been quiet on the blog.  Far too long! Excuses? Oh I have plenty of those! Six weeks in Spain with no Internet access (thank you Iberbanda for a spectacular cock up), then we got back to England and started ripping our own house apart…finally.



There was very little of great excitement going on in  the kitchen, partly because we don’t really have a kitchen right now and partly because I was on the “dull and boring food” diet prior to having my gall bladder removed on Monday.



So now I am reclining, not in splendour as our house looks just about as bad as it will ever get, but comfortably.  I am remembering a few days of escape to beautiful Asturias (and you can read more about a previous trip here), and dreaming of the delights I can cook and enjoy once the kitchen  is in and I’m back racing around again in my usual rude health.




I can’t promise to be back all that soon, but please do wait for me, I  miss your company!


45 Responses to “Three months…”

  1. Danny & Sue October 6, 2016 at 14:40 #

    Hope you are back on your feet very soon. Enjoy being pampered. Renovation sounds not much fun but will be worth it in the end. Take care. Have been thinking of you and wondering where you were !!

    • Chica Andaluza October 6, 2016 at 18:37 #

      Thank you Sue and Danny. It will all be worth it in the end! Hope all is well with you xx

  2. Mad Dog October 6, 2016 at 15:27 #

    Wow, I can see why cooking is daunting – you must be really looking forward to the new kitchen. It’s good to have you back and I hope you get well soon 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza October 6, 2016 at 18:38 #

      Thanks MD all is going well, but when the food I prepared in advance runs out we’ll be glad of all the dining and take away options in Bexhill!

  3. narf7 October 6, 2016 at 20:08 #

    Put your feet up and rest and hope you feel better soon Ms Chica 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza October 7, 2016 at 12:42 #

      Thanks Ms Narf! Am trying to be sensible 😀

      • narf7 October 7, 2016 at 20:24 #

        You? Sensible?! What is the world coming to! 😉

  4. Cecilia Mary Gunther October 6, 2016 at 20:53 #

    Will you stop ripping things apart and sit still for a minute – it is fairly radical to have your gall bladder removed just so you rest for a bit! Diets are good – I need one after this summer – c

    • Chica Andaluza October 7, 2016 at 12:43 #

      I’m being as good as I can. It’s probably a good thing that we have no kitchen as such as I’m itching to get back in there!

  5. themateriallady October 6, 2016 at 21:02 #

    Sorry to hear you haven’t been well – take some time to recover away from ripping houses apart though! Best wishes for your speedy recovery. x

    • Chica Andaluza October 7, 2016 at 12:43 #

      Thank you Kim…am doing a lot of knitting and reading without feeling too guilty!

  6. Diane Thorn October 6, 2016 at 22:20 #

    I’ll echo what Cecilia wrote. After a major operation years ago I went back to work far too soon and suffered the consequences of taking much longer to fully recover. Take care, Cousin, and let the Big Man take care of you.

    • Chica Andaluza October 7, 2016 at 12:45 #

      Wise words, am being sensible. I think the problem is when you start to feel better you want to take off and resume life as before. No lifting for two weeks so am taking it very gently. Big hug dear cousin xx

  7. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial October 7, 2016 at 01:48 #

    Get well soon, lovely friend. Can’t wait to see what the new kitchen looks like! xxx

    • Chica Andaluza October 7, 2016 at 12:46 #

      Thank you so much Celia…the layout can’t change much but I’ll finally have a decent hob and oven and better storage…yay! Back to baking in a couple of weeks 😀

  8. Eha October 7, 2016 at 02:07 #

    I believe it is said ‘It never rains but pours’! More than true in your case and I can imagine how absence of Internet in Spain would affect you. Hope you were able to have just a ‘keyhole’ to remove that wretched bladder and that there were no stones or in the passages . . . darn painful business! Best of luck in feeling better every day so you can begin making inroads into having the kitchen worthy of you talents 🙂 ! Warm greetings from down south . . .

    • Chica Andaluza October 7, 2016 at 12:47 #

      Yes, it’s been quite full on here…even one of the dogs is due a little op next week! Am being sensible, eating well and healthily and feeling better every day. Thank you for the good wishes 😀

  9. thecompletebook October 7, 2016 at 09:36 #

    Bugger about the surgery Tania. Wishing you a super speedy recovery and what fun renovating your home. Can’t wait to see it all.
    Have a beautiful weekend.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Chica Andaluza October 7, 2016 at 12:48 #

      Thanks so much Mandy…in a few weeks I’ll be back in my new kitchen and raring to go!

      • thecompletebook October 7, 2016 at 16:37 #

        What a day I have had! Pete home all of 12 hours AND he has booked me a trip with him to the London! I cannot believe it. Still so much to plan and finalise and visas and and and BUT I will have 2 days to play while he is busy with a conference. Think 7 & 8 or 8 & 9 November. Will confirm as soon as I know. We will be staying the Novotel London West Hotel, 1 Shortlands Hammersmith. Is that anywhere near you? I would LOVE to meet. This is all so very exciting and overwhelming! Chat soon again. xo

      • Chica Andaluza October 7, 2016 at 17:08 #

        Oh Mandy, that’s wonderful news! I’m just a couple of hours from London so you let me know when and I’ll be there…Coffee, lunch, drinks, dinner, a guided tour….you can count on me for whatever works for you! Keep me posted 😀😀

      • thecompletebook October 9, 2016 at 14:30 #

        I am beyond excited that I can barely think straight! I need to make a list of all I want to do – not sure where to start with that. This is such a wonderful and generous offer but I cannot expect you to travel a couple of hours to come and see me! xoxoxo

      • Chica Andaluza October 9, 2016 at 17:45 #

        Oh yes you can Mandy! It’s a direct train to London from where I live past beautiful scenery and there are always things I need to do back in my old home town. So…Just let me know when and I’ll be there 😀

        Tanya Russo 

      • thecompletebook October 10, 2016 at 07:57 #

        Oops, I have been spelling your name incorrectly. So sorr about that.
        Tanya, you are an agel, thank you. YAY! Can’t believe we are going to meet in a few weeks time! Will finalise and email you once I have everything sorted. Super excited! Thank you, thank you, thank you! xoxo

      • Chica Andaluza October 10, 2016 at 09:02 #

        Brilliant! And don’t worry about the spelling. My Italian and Spanish families spell it that way too as they don’t use the “y”! As my grandmother usee to say “call me what you like, just don’t call me late for dinner “! 😀

  10. chef mimi October 7, 2016 at 14:33 #

    Sorry about the surgery, but excited about your kitchen!

  11. Burhan October 7, 2016 at 15:33 #

    magnificent scenery, I want over there, 🙂

    • Genteng tanah liat February 13, 2017 at 07:52 #

      hy burhan,…
      pye kabare le
      kog gx tau ketok awakmu saiki
      lagi sibuk nopo iki?

  12. cathyandchucky October 8, 2016 at 14:27 #

    Can’t remember when I last posted something myself 😃. I’m recovering from some major surgery myself at the moment so maybe in my recovery I’ll post too. Good luck with your surgery love xo

    • Chica Andaluza October 8, 2016 at 15:10 #

      Oh no…hope it all went well and that you have a good recovery!

      • cathyandchucky October 8, 2016 at 15:30 #

        I am thanks love. Had a gastric sleeve op and am losing the weight at a breakneck speed! I had my gallbladder out around 2011 after putting up with awful pain and nausea for close on seventeen years. Best choice I ever made! You will feel so much better after your op. Take care xo

      • Chica Andaluza October 8, 2016 at 15:42 #

        Thank you, tou too x

  13. zephyrrodrigues October 9, 2016 at 00:19 #

    Olá Chica! Nice to hear from you. I hope you make a speedy recovery! Good luck with the move too. All is well with me, still at the plant nursery, Viverplanta, Olhão where the olive trees and fruits trees are growing well. 🙂

  14. kathryningrid October 10, 2016 at 04:21 #

    Welcome back, lovely Tanya! You’ve more than earned a serious break, but are of course very good to have back in our midst. More deliciousness is sure to ensue!!!
    Best regards,

  15. Tandy | Lavender and Lime October 10, 2016 at 09:50 #

    Good luck with the surgery! I shall be thinking of you

    • Chica Andaluza October 10, 2016 at 10:05 #

      Thanks Tanya…I’m a week post surgery and feeling good! The kitchen is being fitted this week so hopefully things will be getting back to relative normality soon!

  16. BANDAR KAOS KARAKTER October 14, 2016 at 04:42 #

    I was very impressed with your article, may the days ahead God always gives health to you and your family

  17. Rachel October 16, 2016 at 19:31 #

    Enjoy your (albeit forced) “take it easy” time and feel better soonest! Of *course* we’ll wait for you!

  18. Frank Fariello October 17, 2016 at 13:22 #

    Reading this two weeks later and hoping you’re well on the mend!

  19. ChgoJohn October 18, 2016 at 18:55 #

    So sorry to learn of your surgery, Tanya. I hope that, by now, you’re well on the road to recovery. IF it had to happen, I’d prefer it now before the kitchen is remodeled. I’d hate to be recuperating with a brand new kitchen just beyond my reach. There’s just no way that would work. 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza October 19, 2016 at 09:18 #

      I like that we think the same! The kitchen is progressing a little more slowly than my desire to get back in there!

  20. TBM October 31, 2016 at 10:50 #

    I recently went without internet access for quite some time thanks to our move. I hope you recover quickly and good luck with the project. Looks like a whopper.

  21. Genteng tanah liat February 13, 2017 at 07:50 #

    wow,….very inpirite,

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