Welcome, come on in it is lovely  to see youthe fires are lit  the cushions are plumped up and  we have  the coffee and tea on  the go  and the cakes and sweets are all set out. Paul  and  his guests  are all here  and they are enjoying  the warmth , food and drinks. We  have  tea  and coffee  from all over  the world not to mention all our cakes  and muffins  and  as Paul  calls  them sweets! Every single  one  is  calorie  free! Plus of course  we now have spirits  and liquors  to warm the coldest of  you.

It is  lovely  to see  you  all here today I  really  did  miss you all last  week! I hope  you all enjoyed Paul’s  post  over at  Marks place last Sunday! I was away in Spain, hubby  and I and our  two older lads. We stayed at  a nice place  and  we had plenty  of  good times  but I am afraid  my  heart  was not wholly in  it ! I did not want  to be abroad for Christmas. Our  youngest  son, his  wife  and  the Newbie  went to our daughter in law’s parents. ….

Anyway  here are some photos  of  the beautiful area  we stayed at.

Sun  Sea and wine

Sun Sea and wine


Restaurant  where  we had Christmas Dinner

Restaurant where we had Christmas Dinner

Looking  down to  the valley

Looking down to the valley

Afternoon Sun

Afternoon Sun

restaurant view

restaurant view

yes  we did have coffee

yes we did have coffee

trip to the mountains

trip to the mountains

Mountain Village

Mountain Village

Well we returned to freezing  weather  and I can  tell you it was quiet a shock!

Now  If We  Were having  Coffee: I would ask you how  your  Christmas  and New Celebrations went? Do  you celebrate  Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or  do you, like the Spanish Celebrate on the 6th January , the Epiphany, when the three kings arrive.

We had a lovely meal out Lunchtime on Christmas Eve.  In the evening though we found everything  was shut and the streets were empty as everyone  goes  home early  for what they call “Family  Meal”, so we went into the town square  and  looked  at  the  amazing  Nativity scene!  I did make a video   but have have put an older one  that I found on youtube   it  was taken in the daytime, mine was taken at  night and not as professional  so I have spared  you my video and a feeling of sea sickness! 🙂

Would  you like some cake? Did  you enjoy the video  it was beautiful at  night!  But  the video I  put up  shows  you much  more!

If  we were having coffee:  I would  ask  you  why  horrible  things happen in this  world. Paul mention  the Phu Family, Mr Phu  shot all of  his family  at three different  locations, why  was  this allowed to happen, especially  as  the man was known to have mental problems  and had  attacked  his wife previously! Well just before  Christmas, 24th December , Glasgow  was shocked  and stunned  when an out-of-control lorry careered along a packed pavement in George Square – which was packed with Christmas shoppers and families enjoying the annual festive carnival.  Read  more  here .

This  is so  sad so many lives touched.

If we were having coffee:  I would  offer  you more coffee and cake  and maybe  a liqueur coffee I think I would like an Irish  coffee

Irish Coffee



This Month January  is  Just Jot  It  January   run  by  LindaGHill  Well I am always up  for  challenge and I have done JusJoJan  before  and survived  so I am doing it again this  month/year. It  means I  must  jot out  a post  every day  of this month!……………….. eek! It is  a twofold blessing  not only  do  have to use  my grey matter I  get  to meet  lots of  new bloggers! I  hope  some of  them will come and join us  at our Sunday morning  get together’s.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  I would say  lets  go and see what Paul’s  guest are up to lets  all mix  and have fun.  I would ask you if you would  like
another  cuppa, or  another cake . !   If we were having Coffee  Original idea  from  http://parttimemonster.wordpress.com/

29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. 1EarthUnited
    Jan 04, 2015 @ 05:36:12

    Happy New Year Willow. Thanks so much for sharing u’r Nativity scene with us, glorious! Here’s to praying for a more peaceful 2015. Blessings everyone.


  2. Paul
    Jan 04, 2015 @ 05:41:17

    Hi Willow! Welcome back! That sounds like a wonderful trip that you had to Spain. The nativity scene is beautiful. I’m glad you had a relaxing vacation to recharge for the coming year. The pictures are excellent. Thank you for being our eyes in Spain.

    The tragedy in Scotland is heartbreaking. It sounds from the description like the driver had a medical issue, pehaps a heart attack or the like. We had a terrible crash here last year where a bus driver fell unconscious while driving a full loaded double decker at rush hour. The bus hit a train at a crossing and many were killed. Thankfully the train was at the crossing first, so the bus lost it’s front end only. If the bus had been hit in the center many more would have died.

    I worked in commercial transportation for many years and our rules here are very strict requiring regular medicals and laws that demand that doctors remove commercial lisences if there is an issue. Companies are required to have safety officers a part of whose job it is to monitor the mental and physical health of the employees. We also have mandatory random drug and alcohol testing. Still, though, medical emergencies while driving occur occassionally. It is inevitable with so many vehicles on the road. And the results are sometimes horrific. My prayers go out to all who were invovled and their families and friends.

    Thanks for today’s post Willow -it was very interesting.


    • willowdot21
      Jan 04, 2015 @ 09:25:07

      Hi Paul, yes Spain was different and it is always good to be home.
      As far as I know we have tight health and safety rules and regulations over here in the UK for drivers of HG vehicles and such. I cannot state with as much knowledge as you but rules over here are usually draconian. That is not to say things do not slip through the net. Either way it was a terrible tragedy and though not on the scale of the train/ bus accident you mentioned to those involved it must seem huge.
      It is good to be home thank you for the welcome back. 🙂


  3. tesscol
    Jan 04, 2015 @ 11:04:55

    If I was making any rules for justjotjanuary I would say nil disperandum……despair and despondency are NOT allowed. Positivity and hope shall reign…….do your best to Let it go……..


  4. tesscol
    Jan 04, 2015 @ 12:17:30

    Big sister has spoken with much love


  5. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Jan 04, 2015 @ 13:25:34

    Lovely having coffee with you again, Willow.
    Thank you for sharing the nativity model video. I really enjoyed it.
    What a time. Joy for some and tragedy for others. Heartbreaking, isn’t it.
    Glad to be back to ‘normal’ time. 🙂


  6. 1jaded1
    Jan 04, 2015 @ 13:44:04

    Hi Willow. I don’t know why horrible things happen. i look at the joy of new year celebration and wish it was infectious all day, every day, to everyone.


    • willowdot21
      Jan 04, 2015 @ 14:01:49

      I wish there was more true joy and Happiness in the world. Talking about the joy of New Year and Christmas sadly I find that all false and commersially induced. Call me a synic xxx


      • 1jaded1
        Jan 04, 2015 @ 14:32:31

        You are a realist, just like me. I’ve read your previous posts. I don’t know the circumstances, but a day on calendar doesn’t make it go away.

      • willowdot21
        Jan 04, 2015 @ 14:38:27

        No you are so right all the hype just gets me down. Ignore me my views are tainted by my personal circumstances right now. 😉

  7. Johnny Ojanpera
    Jan 04, 2015 @ 17:43:18

    That looks like a wonderful place to visit, Willow! Today we are sweeping (and scrubbing) the holidays away to prepare for the new year ahead. I hope yours is going well so far! 🙂


  8. socialbridge
    Jan 05, 2015 @ 09:14:56

    Willow, can’t imagine Christmas in Spain but the photos are very appealing.


  9. LindaGHill
    Jan 05, 2015 @ 19:35:43

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful vacation with us! So glad you had a nice time. 🙂


  10. bearspawprint
    Jan 05, 2015 @ 20:36:38



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