Learning The Ropes #RiojaVlog Uno


Wilma and I had an entire morning’s entertainment planned for you; fire-eaters, jugglers, the works, but the weather was so vile this morning, we had to abandon filming. I was hoping to give you a quick guided tour of the house and building work but the flood lights had been taken up to the roof space where the builders were working and the ground floor was plunged in to darkness. Better to hang on and wait for a bright day.

Bear with me while I get the hang of this. I’ve got lots of ideas and would love to put them in to video format so you can get a better idea of where we live, and what we do, all of course backed up by a jolly running commentary. Just think of the places we can go! the things we can do when I get this show on the road. You can sit on the sofa with a nice cup of tea and a plate of custard creams, while I slog up a mountainside, huffing and puffing, Β puce in the face whilst extolling the virtues of life in Andalucia.

If you are wondering about my wonky eye and scars, well they are the result of a run-in with an oak tree when I was seventeen. The car I was driving skidded out of control on an icy road and I went full pelt through the windscreen. I still have pieces of Renault 5 windscreen embedded in my cheek. The NHS did a wonderful job putting me back together and to this day I thank my lucky stars that I’m here to tell the tale.

Your Iberian correspondent hopes to post again soon, and next time Colin will have his debut. He was loathe to get his feet wet this morning so stayed at home on the sofa. See you soon or, hasta pronto as we say in Spain.

 

 

 

 

 

42 thoughts on “Learning The Ropes #RiojaVlog Uno

    1. Thanks Rod πŸ™‚ I wasn’t planning on using this clip (because of not being able to film inside the house) but Pete said he thought it was ok so yes, it’s a start! I loved Wilma’s running commentary in the background, she wasn’t happy being tied up in the car, nor to the bench. Initially I was holding her lead while I was recording and nearly dropped my phone so I was a bit distracted – they do say you should never work with children or dogs πŸ˜‰

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    1. Aww, poor Bonnie, she probably wondered what the hell was going on! Wilma was pretty non plussed about being dragged out on such a miserable day. She’s now curled up beside me on the sofa dreaming her doggy dreams xxx

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  1. I keep thinking about videos but so far, other than some just showing the computer screen, I haven’t tried anything else. It does give a good idea of the place, even on that weather and love your dog’s commentary. Hope to see more when the weather is better!

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    1. I understand what you mean, Olga. What I’m aiming to achieve is little video clips of life here. It will take time to find my feet but hopefully in a week or so, I’ll be a dab hand at it!!! Haha!
      Maybe you could make your videos from a bookshop? Or record interviews with other authors? πŸ™‚

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    1. Excellent! Well, you’ll get a really good chance to have a nosey at our life here – the good, the bad and the ugly πŸ˜‰ that was Wilma and her whining, she’s not been in the car much and I’m starting to take her out in it more as she’s going to be doing a lot of trips to and fro AlcalΓ‘ La Real as we will be spending more time at the house getting it ready for the grand opening in the spring. Glad you enjoyed, Gerard and I’ll be posting another one soon πŸ™‚

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  2. You did it, girlfriend. I love it and you look terrific! Especially fond of the invisible castle on the hill. Can’t wait for your next installment when you will magically make it reappear! There is no going back now, you are on your way to vlogging stardom xoxo

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    1. Haha! You’ve already guessed my next trick! Damn, now I’m going to have to up the ante and rope in a few unicorns and knights on white chargers to make it even more special πŸ˜‰ I’m glad you enjoyed it sis and thanks as always for your wonderful moral support! Every wannabe vlogger needs a soul sister like you xoxo

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    1. Wilma’s whining! Yes, she wasn’t that thrilled about taking part. She doesn’t like hanging about, too much to do, too many smells and things to sniff out πŸ™‚ it’s a start, Amit. Hopefully the next will have a slicker ending – learning as I go xxx

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  3. Aaah shucks. Just when it was getting good and the vid ended. Wish I had the nerve to vlog but maybe one of these days.

    Wilma is such a pretty dog and I didn’t mind her whimpering at all. Made me feel “right at home.”

    Anyhow, you are looking great and fit. Keep up the good work with the diet. You’ll need plenty of strength when it’s moving time and grand opening.

    Take care. My son is coming along very well except he does not like to listen to me or his girlfriend. Does not like his back brace.

    Later dear friend,
    Yvonne xox

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    1. I’ve been thinking about you a lot. In fact I was thinking about Danny when I wrote about my car accident – he’s dong so well Yvonne, I’m not surprised he doesn’t like the back brace. It must feel like torture being constrained.
      Sorry about the unsatisfactory ending. These little blips will get ironed out. Practice makes perfect! Or that’s the idea! Xxxx

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      1. You mention a scar but I have yet to detect one on your face. Incredible luck saved you life and my son’s but I attribute it to a higher power. Yes, he is doing very well and he is blessed and so am I and, eternally grateful and, thankful. Hope I’m not repeating myself here too much.

        About the blip at the end. Never mind about those. The folks that love you don’t really care. We are happy to get little snips of you here and there. I really do miss your writing though- very much!

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      2. Yvonne, I think about you and Danny often. It could have been so much worse. I know you have a long way yet to go with his recovery but from what you say, he’s getting feistier by the day! And that must be a good sign?
        My scars have never bothered me but people do sometimes ask (especially children!) the deepest is by my mouth and looks like a crease which then goes under by chin, along my jaw and up to my ear. My ear and eyelid had to be stitched back on, hence the wonky-ness and I have a slightly lumpy forehead. Considering the impact and force, I am extraordinarily lucky to be here. My accident happened the same evening that John Lennon got shot 😦
        Big hugs to you and please send Danny my best wishes xoxo

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      3. I will tell him for sure. I have spoken about you many times to both my kiddos.

        Danny is impoving. He and his GF are staying on a friend’s ranch and she only has to drive about 15 miles to school where she teaches bi-lingual. I saw him today (Sat) and he continues to be stronger and his speech is improving even without therapy. He seems happy on the ranch. There is a cook and house keeper and a lovely place to be. Chickens, horses, donkey, a pet hog named gus. 5 dogs, barn cats, cattle and his friend let him bring his lab Daisy who is the dog in the post that I did about me not blogging for awhile. I have a brief respite this week-end so I am able to do some commenting. xoxo

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  4. So now I get to finally find out if the voice matches my imagination.It did, so well done for your imitation.I’m looking forward to seeing the house and what progress had been made. More importantly to see how long there is to go before you’re living and working there.
    Wishing you every success,
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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    1. Phew! The voice fits!! Well we are coming on in leaps and bounds with the house and hopefully work will be finished end of April. The fun part starts soon – electrics, plastering, tiling etc. Kitting out the studio is a headache – we’re going to have to find some more money from somewhere to buy the presses and screens. Despite everything we remain upbeat and positive! Mega hugs to you, dear David xxxxxxx

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    1. Oh my lovely Space Helmet! It died a death in Bali, never recovered from Pete using it in the pool – it was one of my favourite props! The hat I’m wearing is a birthday gift from a girlfriend. I call it my thinking cap – I’m hoping that by wearing it, it will give me some good ideas xxx

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  5. Hi Lottie. You’ve lived (and still do) in such fascinating places. I think the videos are a wonderful addition to your delightful narratives! It’s lovely to hear your voice. it’s bitterly cold here the past few days (and the projected weekend), but the sun came out just now. So sending you sunshine super hugs! πŸ™‚

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    1. You are such a sunny girl! Thank you, Teagan. The horrid weather here, has got horrid-er and horrid-er but Spring is only a few weeks away and that’s a very nice thought πŸ™‚ Colin and I sang an Elvis song yesterday as his vlog debut – not sure yet if we are going to use it but watch this space. Big, Spanish hugs to you! Xox

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  6. It was a treat to hear you speaking and delightful to see you. And Wilma too. Maybe next time Colin will join the act. Shame it was so short, but it’s a good start and the more you do the easier and smoother it will be. I am curious to see the conditions you are dealing with and what progress has happened.

    I didn’t notice a scar until mentioned. I didn’t notice the caterpillar either, so I must not be very observant. Anyway, we all have a collection of character upon our visage…part of the beauty of life, I think. πŸ™‚

    And if I may be improper for a moment…that selfie in the upper corner. Yes, ma’am. πŸ˜‰

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    1. You flatterer, you!! thank goodness caterpillar has toned down now πŸ™‚ I started making vlog numero dos yesterday while out on a walk but it was impossible in the rain. I kept getting drips hanging off the end of my nose and the dogs looked so miserable! Colin is itching to get in on the act, don’t worry Steve, he’ll be playing a star role in the next video πŸ˜‰ Hopefully I shall get something recorded and up on here by the end of the week.

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