Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sunburn and a Mad Granny

Yesterday, finally, the weather had decided it would act a bit more Spanish-like and the sun came out to play. I was rather enjoying sitting up on our terrace doing the easy sudoku in the local Catalunya Chronicle British newspaper. Nestled in between a few dead plants (it's been a harsh winter) and the oversized satellite dish needed to keep me up to date with such important world events such as Americas Next Top Model and Celebrity Big Brother, I managed to find a decent enough sized suntrap to get some much needed Vitamin D into these old bones.

Sadly my little haven of tranquility was short-lived as I had to go and pick Joseph up from School - children eh, who'd have 'em! Waiting outside the school gates I seemed to be drawing attention from one of the local battleaxes, sorry, grannys. Quim's iaia (catalan for granny, pronounced yaya) seemed to be quite tickled at me for some reason. After looking left and right behind me to see if I was indeed the source of her amusement, she came over and pinched my cheeks and laughed, overly loudly I thought, and declared that my cheeks were very red, the colour of Little Mara's coat. No shit lady, perhaps they might be less red if you let go of them! She repeated this a few times, whilst still pinching my cheeks I might add, to ensure that I had fully understood her and probably to garner attention from the rest of her gang of equally frightening iaias. 'Mira, mira' she called out to her crew, 'Look, look, this chica's cheeks are so red', to which the assembled mob all laughed and nodded their agreement as my cheeks turned even more scarlet out of sheer embarrassment. I mumbled something in appalling Spanish about sitting in the sun and was relieved when Joseph came out of school to rescue me from the scene. The mad fruitbat was still chuckling to herself about 'las mejillas rojas' when I passed her putting her grandson Quim into her car.



As soon as we got home I rushed into the bathroom to see that my cheeks were indeed a little bit rosy, and very tingly from the severe granny pinching they'd received, but not to the point that I felt deserved such a public outburst. I slathered on some factor 20 on my cheeks and vowed to check my face before venturing out of the house next time. I woke up this morning to find that one side of my neck has been sunburnt into a lovely hue of scarlet, crapping myself that I would again come under the scrutiny of the collective of iaias, I wrapped up in a scarf to do the morning school run. If it's nice again later today I think I might tackle the medium sudoku indoors...








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25 comments:

  1. God I am so jealous, a terrace and sun and sunburn, oh I wish, even if it did involve some mad fruitbats! Humm let me see, UK, February, sitting in office at work, check outside my window, rain but thsnkfully no mad Granny's! Although I do have one of them to look forwards to this afternoon as they are coming down from the grim North for 4 days, however my mum's just a mad Granny as I think senility had already set in x hope the school run goes well later today

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  2. ooh, i think you did well not to poke her in her silly mad granny eye!

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  3. Bruja ! I am not sure how its spelt.. yes get the sunscreen on but you also need some sunlight. Villagers are the same the world over, my neighbour amazes me ( drives me fucking mental too) they seem to lack social graces .. I am so jealous of you in the warmth.. will do my sunshine blog after this weeks xxx

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  4. Oh I am now envious of your sun trap.

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  5. Is her grandson really called "Quim"? Is it just me who realises what that is English slang for?

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  6. SuperLittleMen - hope you have fun with your mad granny, it's not so grim up north.

    Heather - I'm far too much of a coward, iaia's are fierce.

    WildernessChic - villagers do seems to be a bit batty, the sunshine has gone again though so no need for jealousy.

    TheMadHouse - sadly today is cloudy, actually that's probably a good thing given my red neck.

    Trish - Quim is pronounced Kim, I don't know what the English slang is, you need to enlighten me... Seriously!

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  7. Suggest you buy yourself one of those lazy Susan things (you know the roundy thing in the centre of the table in Chinese Restaurants) you could put it on the balcony and swiz yourself round and round....you might get sick, especially if you insist on continuing with suduko, but you'd have a nice even tan....
    Lou

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  8. Thank you for a giggle, although think you did well to keep your cool with the mad Granny! Very jealous of your sunshine, very grey and miserable here!

    Im glad i wasn't the only one sniggering at the thought of her grandson being called Quim!! Think you need to google it VBC!

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  9. LOL, very funny!! Poor you! Reminds me of when I got awfully sunburnt ( or was it windburn) in Brighton. Everyone thought it was hilarious!

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  10. That has made me chuckle, how embarrassing!! Mad old bints........ xx Hope your redness evens out so you don't attract more scrutiny ;o) Xx

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  11. If I must enlighten you, quim is a very old English word(Victorian or earlier)for ladies' parts!!
    Tell the old Grandma that little gem when she next pinches you.

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  12. Lou - the Lazy Susan sounds like a good idea, wonder if I can buy one big enough...

    Di - I must be a real prude, I've never heard that word before, daren't google it!

    MWA - What sun indeed, it seems to have gone again.

    Dymphna - I get caught every year, I think because it's February or March or whenever then it can't possibly burn me.

    Stressheadmummy - I think it will fade before I get my next bout of sunburn. BTW, you are going to have to tell me who you are as it's doing my head intrying to guess. Send me a message on facebook.

    Trish - ah I see, thank you. I hope the poor lad never goes to the UK on holiday.

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  13. LOL ! Your escapades in spain and your unique way of relating them always make me chuckle!

    Was hot all week here too. Now it is poring! Just in time for the jewish Purim holiday (kind of dress up like halloween)

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  14. Oh dear, those iaia's sound a bit scary.

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  15. Sunshine - how lovely. We saw the sun as well today, for all of an hour, but enough for me to get the sunglasses on! You're gonna be the center of attention now, better get out the SPF 35 !!

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  16. What an old hag. You couldn't send us some of that Spanish sun could you...it's bloody horrible here at the moment!

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  17. Sun? Sunburn? Remind me what that is?!

    oh dear i just googled Quim...poor child!

    x

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  18. People become very 'pass remarkable' when they hit a certain age. Once, in my 20s, I was in a cafe in Lyme Regis with some girlfriends and an old lady on the table opposite tut-tutted loudly at everything we said or did, even at what we ordered from the bloody menu. I then walked past to go the toilet and she sniped, 'Too thin!'
    You realise I only told this story to reveal to all and sundry that I was ONCE THIN. Did you all get that part?

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  19. My best friend goes bright red at the slightest amount of sun - hope you managed to enjoy your suduko inside

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  20. The sun! Oh THE SUN!! Please pass some this way!! I've had enough of this cold, wet and miserable weather. Why oh why did I leave Malaysia???

    Next time granny comes along, pinch her cheeks first and announce how cute she is. See how she likes that! X

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  21. LMFAO Quim???????

    thats brilliant :)

    I am imagining you on that suntrap!! im very jealous.

    xx

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  22. What a fruit bat! It must be all that sun making her a bit mad

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  23. Thank you for sharing that lovely post! I will hold the image of you being accosted by a mad fruitbat granny for life. A little bit of sunshine has just peeped out from behind a very dark cloud and brightened my day.

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