Tuesday 31st January 2023

I woke up being sick, went back to bed! I am allergic to MSG, which I believe is banned in the UK but often used abroad in very spicy food, which we had the previous night.  By lunchtime I decided we were on holiday and so I must make the effort and have a shower and get up. I tried. As soon as I got in the shower I could feel my head going (it makes me pass out), just got back to the bed in time before I went  and as I came round was sick all over the end of the bed. Poor Mal who can’t stand people  being sick, had to clear it all. I just collapsed in a heap in bed again.

I know Mal always worries when I am like this so wouldn’t leave me. So, neither of us ate all day. He did dash out and got some bottled water, that was it.

Monday 30th January 2023

We had our breakfast and then our rep came. We remember him from last time. We decided to book a trip to Gozo. Yes we have been before but it was many years ago.

It was sunny, for a change so we went and sat by the pool in the sun. No one was swimming, in fact most people had all their day clothes on. When it got too chilly we went to Cafe Maroc and ordered two Italian coffees and sat and played cards. The waiter brought us two more without us asking and I think they were more Amaretto than coffee.

The main restaurant we found very depressing and dark, like a canteen.

so booked for one of the speciality restaurants, Tagine.

The surroundings were much improved but we didn’t think much of the food.

The sad part about all of this was because the “canteen” was so dreary, we asked if we could go to their sister hotel, next door, where we stayed last time we visited, far superior but we were told no!

Sunday 29th January 2023

The rain stopped briefly so after breakfast we went for a long walk along St Paul’s Bay. We know the area well as we stayed at their sister hotel next door previously.

In the afternoon we decided to go back to the room to have a nap. Mal forgot to put a “Do not disturb” sign on the door and I woke with one of the cleaners cleaning by my side of the bed!! Mal shooed him out but we couldn’t stop laughing. Mal said he “thought ” he had put the sign on the door. Ah well, at least we had our clothes on!

We went for dinner in the evening, plenty of fish which I love and a few drinks afterwards but their gin and tonics are 3/4 gin with a splash of tonic. You wouldn’t want to many of those! We did sleep well though!

Saturday 28th January 2023

We packed the car up and of course Ellie and all her things for her holiday with Lou and Rhys. Rhys drove us to the airport. We booked the lounge there and quite frankly that was a bit hopeless. A lot of the food they said they would have there they had “run out of” and even the fresh water!! We asked them and they took ages even refilling the water.

The flight to Malta took us just under three hours.  It was heavy rain when we arrived. We had transport waiting for us to the hotel, just us so that was really quick.

We had an enormous room overlooking the pool.

So, unpacked and then went into dinner, plenty of fish on the menu. We tried the entertainment, bingo followed by a singer and then  the storm started! We finished the night with two “Special coffees”in Cafe Maroc. Not sure what was in them but we slept very well!!

Friday 27th January 2023

We took Ellie to Minnis Bay so she could have a good run. Yes she did. I think the wind got in her ears and she ran and ran. It may have been to keep warm as there was a bitter wind down there. It was COLD!! A good thing I leave scarves, hats and gloves in the car, just in case we need them.

There weren’t many people on the beach, no surprise there.

In the afternoon I went to have my hair cut in Deal.

Back home and we packed for a week in Malta.

Thought for the Day – “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”

Thursday 26th January 2023

I was psyching myself up to having two teeth out today. We took Ellie out for an early morning walk. I didn’t take my phone with me and when I returned home there was a message from the surgery to say that Juliette had phoned in sick and so they had to cancel my appointment. Let’s say I was HAPPY!! I know I have another appointment later on in February but for now relief!

The man from Octopus also came to sort out our smart meter. We have only waited  two years! At least now it is done.

Thought for the Day – “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” ~ Maya Angelou