Hola from Spain!
It seems as though winter has now arrived in the UK, but this week my blog comes to you from a little town called Sabillinas (about 30 minutes drive west along the coast from Marbella) as I am filming a few episodes of the new series of A Place in the Sun. There are some great bargains to be snapped up on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain and it’s really interesting investigating what’s currently on offer. Some of the properties are as much as 50% cheaper than they were back in 2007, however it now seems as though (much like the UK housing market), things are starting to pick up.
The Costa del Sol is famous for its golf courses and we’ve had a lot of fun driving around in the golf buggies when we’ve been filming on them.
The new series will on Channel 4 start next year.
After returning from a fantastic, relaxing holiday in Barbados, I had just two days in the UK before flying out to Spain. During my two days at home, after getting over the jet lag, Alex and I put together the furniture for the nursery (well, it was just a cot and a changing unit), which took us over 6 hours to build! Yes, you read that correctly, 6 hours… remember I said you need a degree for all this baby stuff! Having renovated 9 houses over the years, I’d like to think I’m pretty good at DIY but there were so many bits to put together the changing unit with drawers that it seemed to take forever. Nevertheless it looks fantastic and I can’t wait for you all to see what it looks like when we have a little photo shoot at home when the little one arrives.
We also took delivery of our pram! We decided to invest in two, which is going to make our lives a lot easier – one will be shared between both mine and Alex’s parents and the other one will be used by Alex and myself. We’ve chosen the Quinny Buzz (www.quinny.com) for our parents – it has a forward and rearward facing reclinable seat and at the touch of a button it unfolds automatically within seconds thanks to the unique patented gas spring . Hopefully it should be extremely easy for them. We are planning to use the ‘Out n About’ Nipper 360 single (www.outnabout.com) for us. It is lightweight, comes with a great bag for travelling, it has changeable wheels for different terrains, as well as a sun canopy and a UV cover which will also keep mosquitos out; all of which will be essential when filming abroad next year. The great thing about both of these prams is that they come with adapters so that the car seat can just be clipped in for ease. I was fortunate enough to have a little ‘pram lesson’ from Marie David from Out n About and I suggested that lessons should be offered as an option to everyone. I’m sure many new parents would appreciate it!
After speaking with a few people, it seems that getting two prams is a common thing to do and apparently the Maclaren is a popular pushchair for when people go abroad, so that is another option to look into further down the line.
I’m now 32 weeks pregnant and I really cant believe how quickly time has gone. As well as occasional heart burn that I suffer with, I sometimes get an acid taste in my mouth. I’ve also started to get cramp in my calves at random times of the day. Apparently there is no explanation for this, which isn’t particularly helpful. One thing for sure is that it is not pleasant at all! Filming in the sunshine is absolutely lovely but it is hard work and it’s definitely not a holiday – although, saying that, it is pretty nice in between filming breaks that I get to dip my feet in swimming pools at apartment complexes – it eases the cramp! It’s pretty tricky getting a decent night’s sleep in different hotel beds though when you are pregnant but a good tip is to ask for extra pillows to help support your back.
This weekend Alex is flying out to Spain to see me for our first wedding anniversary and I can’t wait. Next week I will be filming in Granada so my next blog post will be from there.
I hope you all have a lovely rest of the week. Don’t forget to leave your comments about my blog below…