As many of you know I have been redecorating my flat. I’ve been very ‘jiggy’ with the paint brush, gone ‘bonkers’ with the bleach and now I have a lot of clean white bare walls that need some decoration. I’ve been thinking long and hard about what to put on them and finally I have decided that I want my flat to honor the heritage of Málaga. Specifically old Málaga signage.
I want this one, Cosmopolita Bar, to be my first, and then I have my eye on the Cine Astoria sign in my square. So, your job is to tell me how this is possible. Please comment on this site with one of 2 options: 1) STEAL IT JANETTE, 2) BUY IT JANETTE. In addition, please tell me how your option is possible, for example, if I have to steal it do I need to wear protective clothing and a face mask ( I love dressing up), or maybe a police uniform would be better?!
Come on!!!! Operation ‘Mission might be Impossible’ has started. Get typing……and please remember I hate the word IMPOSSIBLE. I like, yes we can!!
Jack William is a very proud boy as he is no longer 5 and three quarters. He told me, through Skype, with ‘ants in his pants: I AM 6 TODAY AUNTY NETTY.
He, excitedly, told me that is favourite present was a Mario game. Mario is a strange looking little man with a moustache who can do some amazing ninja moves. He then performed a few karate kicks, fell off the sofa and burst into a fit of giggles. How brilliant it must be to be 6!
I said goodbye to my nephews and started to sing Happy Birthday, however I don’t think Jack William was impressed as he hung up!
Thanks to blogger Miguel, I found out what yesterday’s holiday was all about. So, I decided to jump on the ‘ protection’ band wagon and had a ‘juice-athon’ with my friend. We spent the afternoon getting ‘jiggy’ with fruit. We washed, we peeled, we sliced, we diced, we put it all in a blender and just like magic, out came some delicious tasting juice.
My heart is fully protected for another week, and the local greengrocer is very happy with his profits.
Come on, you know you want to try and make some juices and practice your English at the same time. It’s Friday – get fruity!!!
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Truth be told, I have no idea what this local holiday is all about. Is it religious? Is it political? Is it cultural? Or, is it simply an excuse to have a day off work to have some fun?
Regardless of the reason, it’s great to take time out of your daily routine in order to celebrate. My favourite family celebration is our annual croquet competition. The majority of my family take this event very seriously, however my brother and I usually drink one too many and spend most of the time rolling around the lawn laughing.
Why can’t I say what I mean? Usually this is because you don’t know, or can’t recall the vocabulary. British people are famous for talking about the weather, however in my opinion Spanish people also talk about the weather a lot. So, here are some words that will help you talk about the weather. Which ones do you know already? Which ones are new to you?
What’s your favourite weather? Mine is boiling, as it gives me a reason to drink chilled beer and eat ice-cream. However, I also adore Autumn when the leaves are changing colour and the mornings are bright and breezy.
Finally, do you agree with the following quote?
Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it. –Robert Frost
In order to improve my Spanish vocabulary I subscribe to Dictionary.Com Every morning a little email drops in my inbox and teaches me something new.
Sometimes the words are just plain bonkers, for example, when would I need the Spanish word for Monkey Puzzle Tree? However, most of the time they are very helpful. So, today’s word was: To Get Married (casarse) This has made me think of some English expressions and vocabulary connected to the complicated ‘thing’ of: romantic relationships.
Here are Janette’s 13 steps to walking up the aisle of the church and saying: ‘REALLY!’
1. To meet someone ( Hello, you’re gorgeous)
2. To get on well withsomeone ( Great, we have a lot of things in common)
3. To ask someone out on a date ( Would you like to go on a date with me?)
4. To date and become a girlfriend or boyfriend or boyfriend and boyfriend, or girlfriend and girlfriend (This is very complicated!!!!)
5. To fall in love ( This is even more complicated)
6. To ask someone for their hand in marriage ( More complicated!?!)
7. To get engaged with someone and become a fiancee or a fiance ( Would you like to get married?)
8. To argue (Why do we have to invite your ex boyfriend to the wedding?)
9. To fall out ( Oh no!!)
10.To make up ( Brilliant!!)
11.To get married and be the bride and the groom ( I do)
12.To be just married, and become the wife and the husband the husband and the husband, the wife and the wife
13. To go on honeymoon
Gosh, dating is very exhausting. I’m going to dump my boyfriend and buy a new Nano!!
Yesterday I was talking about the sense of smell and my eyes lit up when a client talked about the smell of freshly brewing coffee. This is one of the smells I adore the most. I also like the smell of cut grass, toast, and orange marmalade.
What are your favourite smells? Perfume, flowers, chocolate…?
The word smell is used in a lot of British Idioms and expressions, for example:
smell fishy: means to seem suspicious. This new contract smells fishy
smell to high heaven: means to smell very bad. That chicken farm smells to high heaven.
I woke up this morning to the sounds of a tile cutter, a pneumatic drill and a construction worker shouting. I have decided that after enduring 10 months of this, I CAN’T STAND any of these sounds. However, in the end I hope it will be worth it and that Plaza de La Merced will be one of the most visited squares in Malaga. I am also pleased to see that Mr Picasso is back admiring the view. Last week he was also wearing a construction uniform. Impressive!
What sounds ‘can’t you stand‘? What sounds ‘get on your nerves‘? What sounds do you ‘dislike’?
Headlines are the titles of news articles. They give you an idea about the content of the article, and hopefully encourage you to read the article in full. Reading headlines is an enjoyable method for improving vocabulary and in particular expressions.
This headline refers to my beloved football team: Leeds United. Do you think I am having a great weekend, or do you think I am down in the dumps?
Food Glorious Food I hate cooking, but I love to eat. I also like sharing information about great restaurants.
Has anyone tried the food at La Tapita in the historical center of Malaga? Well, if not, I would advise you to go. As a vegetarian I have to say I’m bored, bored, bored of Spanish omelettes, honeyed aubergines and a few tomatoes and onions mixed together with too much olive oil. So I was over the moon to have lots of vegetarian options at La Tapita.
I need to write a review and shout from the rooftops: ‘Go to La Tapita, you will not regret it’. It’s cheap as chips, especially if you have the ‘daily offer’, and I had a brilliant time chatting with the owner.