It's been a little quiet on the blogging front for me as last week Mr V and I were in Spain, fleeing the poor excuse for spring we've had this year. We fled in search of sunshine but actually found the weather in Andalusia was also a little on the unusually cool side. Cool enough during the day to be able to wear long trousers (usually unheard of in May!), and chilly enough at night to need warm knitwear to snuggle into when the wind picked up.
Spring in Andalusia is a very picturesque time to come. Although the sunflowers are not out yet there are wild flowers all over the country side. The jacaranda trees in the town are also in full bloom and leave the streets and plazas sprinkled with their lilac flowers. The abundance of flowers certainly gets you in the mood to don your most outrageous florals for an outing. This is one of my latest floral indulgences, a silky pyjama style trouser in an oriental floral print.
The other reason I went to Spain was to celebrate my birthday with one of my dearest friends Miss C, who I met while studying flamenco out here ten years ago. Also a flamenco dancer, she and I were born a day apart on different sides of the globe and so are the same age. We have many personality traits and values in common and finding her was like finding a long lost sister. Over the years we've managed to celebrate our birthdays together several times but not for the last two. So it was nice to be able to do it again this year. We decided to celebrate with lunch in Puerto de Santa Maria.
Where we had our favourite tipple - tinto con limon. That's red wine with lemon Fanta - it sounds disgusting but it's actually really, really good!!
Puerto de Santa Maria has wonderful fish restaurants and tapas bars where you can eat extremely well without breaking the bank.
We took a walk around the town to burn off lunch but promptly replaced the calories with some rather delicious sorbet and ice cream from a local Italian ice cream shop. On the way we found some rather wonderful ochre yellow buildings.
One was a local flamenco club but the other one was the local motorcycle enthusiasts club! Can you imagine your local biker hangout decked out like this?? In flamboyant yellow with little red flowering geraniums?
See if you can spot Mr V amongst the paintwork with his camouflage jumper!
Then we went for sun downer cocktails at a local bar overlooking the sea. I'm not going to lie - facing another birthday felt a bit tough for Miss C and I this year and these colourful concoctions went some way to drowning our sorrows!
We did find reasons to be cheerful though. Miss C and I have seen each other through our thirties, through good times and bad, and so we raised a toast here to celebrate our intention of doing exactly the same through our forties.
There'll be more Spanish posts to come! In the meantime I'm linking up to Patti's Visible Monday over at Not Yet Dead Style. I'll also be participating in "How I Wear My Florals" hosted by Jill at Everything Just So and Adrienne of The Rich Life On a Budget.
Floral Print Trousers: Zara; White t-shirts layered up: Cos; Blue Cardigan: Cos; Sequin Flip-flops: Zara (old); Bag: Michael by Michael Kors