Patchwork Baglets!

So, for those of you who don’t know, my alter ego is the bag lady, as I make leather handbags down in my workshop which is in our under build.
As you go down the steps you’re met with the rather strong whiff of leather, and sometimes very strong contact glue!
As I’ve been doing this for a while now,  I have built up rather a lot of scraps of leather where I have cut out the best bits but they’re still too big to throw away.  So, after some thought I have tried out a patchwork front panel to my baglets.

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This will help me to use up loads of scraps,  and although us a little more work for me,  will clear up the workshop and make more Baglets! As you can see, I’ve been through about 1/4 of my scraps and have a rather huge amount to get cutting out!

So, when we head off for our next tour in our motor home Mr Ben,  I shall be taking some with me to keep me busy while Bruce is busy fishing!

Back to work!

So we’re now back in the swing of things and Bruce has 4 gigs this weekend.  Thursday’s was in Calpe at a small bar called Tres Palmeras. It was heaving with Ex pats and Spanish celebrating St. George’s day.

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Friday saw him on the new stage at Quo Vadis in Javea, and this evening is a new bar called The Venue, then we’re off up the mountain to the German restaurant Coll de rates tomorrow lunchtime for the last one!
Talk about hectic! – Last night we eventually got to bed around 3am,  very rock and roll!
So this evenings reward is chips! Hand cut thin and crispy – scrummy!

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Tortosa – final bit.

Totally forgot to tell you all about our last day, well,  morning really…. us girlies managed to drag the boys to the market which thankfully for them wasn’t that big but have the added bonus of being right near the first cafe that we’d found. So breakfast was consumed in the cafe before we checked out of the hotel and went to explore the Deltebre.

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It’s quite wierd as in the middle of nowhere you gave a sudden glut of boat trips and ceramic shops to tempt the spending dosh out of the pockets of holiday makers.

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But we resisted temptation and made our way back home with a relaxing drive back and much snoozing!

Tortosa – day 2

Today is the day for fishing! So after a buffet breakfast in the hotel ~ cost 7€ per person~ but worth every penny as it was breakfast and lunch for all of us as we may have sneaked sone extra bread, cheese and ham out, not to mention the cakes, fruit and yoghurt! Obviously this is only because we’re not sure how many cafés there are along the river!!

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So we found a local spot near Xerta where we left the lads to set up, while Deb and I explored the village for a coffee, spying some lovely street art and fabulous doors on the walk around.

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We then made our way back to the river where the lads had caught 2 fish and 2 eels.

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Once they’d had enough we then eventually navigated the way back to Tortosa and up to the Parador hotel which has amazing views over the town.

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On the evening we had nibbles in our room and Jim did an amazing trick with a bag of crisps!
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Then we went back to the same restaurant, where Jim had a huge hamster!
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Long weekend in Tortosa

Friday morning we were all packed up and ready to roll, picking up Jim & Deb on the way we made it to Tortosa which is on the river Ebro.

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We found the hotel easily, and went on an explore around the town for some lunch – sneaky portion of holiday chips and a Bocadillo – oh, and a holiday shandy as it was very hot!

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We all wandered around the town, taking in the display of models that they use in the local fiestas – mostly with huge heads made from glass fibre and some up to 3m tall. Deb and I particularly liked the horses that you hung from your shoulders and then trotted around with!

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An exciting part of the afternoon was Jim going for a haircut in a local morrocan barbers for only 5€! We did get a touch concerned about the cut throat razor that came out…. but all turned out ok.

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Then it was back to the hotel via the back streets and some cloisters for luxurious baths (can’t afford the water at home!!), before heading back to town for a Chinese.

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Sadly the restaurant that we had visited before gas dipped dramatically in quality,  and although we had 3 courses for 7.50€, they were all served at different times to the other people on the table. So I had my spring roll about 5 minutes before the last had their salads and before Deb had her u belly hot soup. Second course was rice…which although we asked for it to be served with the main, came 10 minute’s before, so got eaten, then the mains came in stages as well.
Possibly the most bizarre meal ever….with minging vinegar disguised as wine…..Needless to say that we didn’t leave a tip!!

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Preparing for the off…. Fishing!

Today we’re preparing… we’re off fishing with our very good friends Jim & Deb Hurst. He’s a fellow singer/amazing carpenter (Mutleys dog door!) and she is just a total nutter/excellent gardener – we all get on very well and have decided to take the plunge and are heading up the coast to Tortosa on the river Ebro so that the blokes can get in a spot of fishing, and us girlies can take in the local sights, shops, coffee, cake and vino! You get the idea! So here we are at the local Jalon Valley bodega stocking up with some white wine.

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It’s great, as Bruce is busy looking for where to fish, Jim is sorting out all the tackle…. meanwhile here in Orba while we’re packing ready for the off tomorrow, suddenly out of nowhere the heavens have opened, and a small thunderstorm with really huge rain drops is busy filling our pool!

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Mr Muppet is not impressed as he just doesn’t ‘do’ rain, or wet floor… loves the beach as you know by now, but he’d rather sit there with his legs crossed than venture out and get wet. He’s been checked over by the local vet this week as he went a bit weird on Saturday evening. So he gave him a full check up, and a couple of X rays and 108€ later we find out that he has arthritis in both hips, and he has 2 vertebrae which have very little disc inbetween where they are squashed due to his age (13!).  So…. not too much madness and jumping around now for him, although try telling him that when he’s 13 years going on 13 weeks! He’s on tablets for inflammation and painkiller which seem to agree with him, although barr the incident on Saturday night you really can’t see any evidence of him being in pain at all.  tough old Pup! Yesterday as part of the Fishing Trip prep we met up with Jim, Deb and Jims Mum, Sandra – who has come over from the UK to dog sit for all the pooches and garden tend for Deb. Us girlies had a date with a few (ok, quite a lot) of cakes at the local Bar Citrus for one of their monthly cream teas – which are awesome!   Then in the evening we pootled over to the chinese in Pego for a meal. Has to be done!

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Funky Baglet success!

Just busy recovering from a huge weekend for my business Funky Designs, at the Homes, Gardens & Lifestyle Show, at the La Sella Golf Marriott Hotel. I had amazing support from Bruce, who was my Roadie, Lighting Technician and Sales Assistant for the two day fair. We had to set up the basis of the stand on Thursday, so in with the boxes, bags, table cloths, and other display décor…..all the things that go into providing an eye catching display are normally unnoticed, but all take time.
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Then on Friday morning it was a very early start, and in with the amazing LED lights, (supplied by wonderful friend Jim), run off our old motorhome 12v battery, providing a bright and sparkly touch to the Funky Baglets.

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Putting the stock out always takes a lot longer than you would imagine, but we were ready for doors opening at 10am to the public. There was a lot to see at the Show, including celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson, and antiques specialist Mark Stacey, who both passed around the floor looking at the stands, so Bruce took a couple of photos.

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We met a lot of regular Baglet devotees, and lots of new people were introduced to them and ‘adopted’ them to take them home! I always think of my leather bags like puppies – as I make each one they all seem to have personalities, so it’s important to rehome them to loving people. I do find that like puppies, you know when it’s the right Baglet, and I did nearly have Baglet Wars on the stand as one woman quickly snapped up a Baglet that another woman wanted to buy…. But as I make each one unique, then there is no way I can repeat them, which is part of why they are so special.

All in all a very, very good couple of days. Totally exhausting, but worth the hard work leading up to it. Normally I do the small craft markets, but think now I will concentrate more on the larger events, as its easier in the long run. We did have fun, with Bruce regularly heading off in search of goodies to nibble on, cake samples, plates of scrummy Serrano Jamon, samples from the Costa Cook Off in the gardens and also from the local BBQ shop with succulent Iberican Pork. He managed to snaffle so much food and drink (samples of sherry, and mojitos) that our sandwiches were more or less untouched both days!

Then at the end of play on Saturday, we packed up the stand, and went home, to then head back out again to Jim & Debs as they were cooking for us to allow us to chill down after the hectiness! I must admit that I was so chilled out I went in my one-sie! And we had a lovely evening, eating scrummy and very garlic laden oven baked Camembert, loaded potato skins, salad, and more cheese, followed by light as air chocolate mousse, and baby lemon meringue style pies.

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