My Friend Is Mud !

Many of you will remember my escapades in Israel in July.

Before I left Spain my local friend Hilda asked, begged, ordered me to bring back some Dead Sea mud for her beautification. How could I say no ?


David & Hilda’s lovely home in Spain.



Many months passed. David, her husband, wrote a few posts …..


…… but nothing from Hilda concerning her mud treatment.



Last night and today my Inbox filled with emails and photos of of her beauty treatment.


This is how Hilda normally looks with David and Manny (a teddy-bear blogger from California) …….


……. and in her kitchen.



Sit down, for this is what happened in her own words.


Hi Ralph,

I have finally got to use the mud spa treatment that you kindly brought for me on your recent holiday, so i thought I’d share the experience with you as I suspect you may use it for your next blog !

Around 6 pm i set about the task. I read the instructions only to find that it was not to be used on your face. Recently however a friend of mine gave me a gift of a Estee lauder face treatment, so I decided I would use this for my face and the mud spa for my body.

I made sure that our bedroom was nice and warm, closed the shutters and having put the mask on my face opened the packet of mud. What a mess if only I’d known i would have gone and hid in the garden somewhere. I spread it all over ( I’ve deleted that photo that David took), and when I looked around the bathroom it was splattered everywhere. Our tiles are mosaic with white grouting.

To cut a long story short I left it on my body for 20 minutes and washed it off. The shower tray looked like the road in our village following the flood…silt !
I then consequently spent over and hour scrubbing. Towels are in the washing machine as is the shower curtain, face cloth.
My hands smell of bleach from scrubbing…was it worth it………well my skin does feel nice and soft I have to say.

I’m now going to pour myself a glass of wine and relax ! 2.5 hours later !!

I’m sure if you do a blog you can adapt my version of this. I’ll send the photo’s individually, there is three.

Hope all goes well tomorrow

Hilda x


Hi Ralph,

Well I am reminded of what happened last night !

On waking up this morning i find i have black underneath my finger nails, and there’s still mud debris in the white grouting in the bathroom. Lumps of mud also on the shiny chrome towel radiator, and the cream walls

Oh and to top it all, you know that we have no door to our en-suite, just an arch way leading through, well my nice crisp clean bed linen has mud splatters all over…another wash load !

Was it worth it ???????????

Think my day will be spent wearing rubber gloves, a bottle of bleach and scrubbing brush in hand. Oh and washing and ironing. Hope your day is better than mine !

Was it worth it !!!!!!!!!

Hope your appt went ok at the hospital

Hilda x


Ralph – I forgot to add that three bathrooms were used in the process !

Hilda x


What would you do to get on my blog ?


Ralph xox ❀


So funny ! Thank you Hilda for letting me use your story here ❀

There are no Google Search pictures in this post. So sue me ! Which one of you is called Sue ?

73 Comments on “My Friend Is Mud !

  1. What would I do to get on your blog?
    Certainly not what Hilda did, Ralph; I have enough washing to do as it is!!! πŸ˜‰
    Here’s hoping Hilda’s grouting comes clean, and her fingernails return to normal.
    Are you feeling a little dejected, Ralph? Are you thinking that one good turn doesn’t necessarily deserve another? These questions, and more, will probably surface when next a lovely neighbour asks for a favour! πŸ˜€

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      • #Georgia
        Wow ! Everyone’s washing ! And I haven’t even got a washing machine !
        Here you go. You may borrow my thinking cap. Ralph xox ❀


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    • #Carolyn
      Well you could dance on my laptop ! I’m glad you keep away from mud. Doesn’t go well with laptops πŸ˜‰
      Dejected ? No ! I am waiting in anticipation for a lovely neighbour’s favour πŸ˜‰
      Ralph xox ❀


      • Hahar, Ralph. Yes, dancing on your Laptop sounds wonderful; though I think we’ll have to settle for an imaginary Waltz… Oh, it looks soooo good! πŸ˜‰
        Hilda was such a good sport to join in such fun. Well done to you, Hilda!

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  2. That is a cool story. I am still curious about this is worth it???? She seemed to be doing a good job making sure her face did not mud on.

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    • Hello YC πŸ˜€ I am in total agreement. Was it worth it ? I have not seen Hilda since her mud experience and I didn’t see any of her mud flow down the road passing my house thank heavens ! Ralph πŸ˜€


  3. Is that a challenge? I have to think on that one!

    The things we do for beauty LOL πŸ™‚

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    • Hello Not πŸ˜€ Of course it is a challenge ! Bring it on ! Yes. The things women do for beauty ! Ralph xox ❀



  4. Oh, mon Dieu, I can’t stop laughing. Any good that mud bath/pack did must be well and truly undone by all the subsequent work it created. Hilda definitely should have gone out to the garden to do that. Think of the entertainment it would have afforded for her neighbours.

    Thanks for your kind offer, I’m not that desperate to get on your blog. There may be some other brave souls who will step up to the plate.

    (Fount of so much wisdom, I’m frustrated [no, not that way]. How in heck do you achieve the strike through on your blog? The program I used is no longer available, and I’m wary of just any old program online).

    Cheers, chappy! oxo πŸ™‚ ❀

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    • Hi Yvonne πŸ˜€

      I couldn’t stop laughing as well. Hilda is such a sport to let me post her muddled day !

      Strike through ? I have two ideas what you mean.>>>>

      1. Page Separator. There are thousands if you Google Search pictures of them.

      2. Say something funny on a post with a line through it. I use my dashboard all the time to draft a post. Click on the abc with the line through it. Write your words. Then unclick it and carry on writing as normal.

      Ralph xox ❀

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      • Grazie, amico! I swear when I looked at the Add New Post page yesterday, there was no abc with the line through it. I’ll have to lay off the kickapoo joy juice during the day, I guess. Cheers! oxo ❀

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    • Hello Sylvia πŸ˜€ Hilda is happy that it’s over with I am sure. You can leave your shower cap here. I’ll put it in the Bluefish Way museum my friend πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox >>>>>



  5. Hilarious, Hilda. I don’t think I’d take a mud bath to get on Ralph’s blog. I might send my teddy bear, Manny over to his house, though! πŸ™‚ Lots of love to all of you. πŸ™‚ Marsha πŸ™‚

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    • Hello Marsha πŸ˜€ Nope ! Mud in my blog is a bad idea ! So when is Manny coming ? He hasn’t written a post for ages. Maybe I can help ? Love back to you all. Ralph xox ❀


    • Hi Beth πŸ˜€ I agree and I’m so glad Hilda shared her experience. Ralph xox ❀


  6. Hilda’s skin looks radiant! This mud is completely out of the question for me, though. I don’t like housework. _Resa xo πŸ™‚

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    • Hello Resa πŸ˜€ I am sure Hilda will be pleased to read your comment my friend. Hey, how about a mud gown ? I should think only a week’s housework would clean up the mess πŸ˜‰ Perhaps not ! Ralph xox ❀


  7. This is sooo funny, but I’d like to know if it worked. If it did , I woulg go straight to a Beauty Point round here and buy that mud πŸ˜‰

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    • Hello Stefy πŸ˜€ Of course it works ! *fingers crossed behind my back* I can just imagine you in a wheelbarrow of it in your front room πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox ❀


  8. Glorious Hilda, What fun, she is a sport…. well I guess lots of scrubbing later…. she will think about it twice what to ask for when you go on holidays….Sure she looks ten years younger now… Please give her my regards!

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    • Hello Ute πŸ˜€ Hilda is reading these comments, but I will pass yours on in case she’s missed it. David asked me to buy an original Roman coin while there. $300 for a coin like a 1p ? No way ! Ralph xox ❀

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  9. Aye, Ralpha, the things folks will do. They might even send yah a hammie. How could you do that to poor Hilda!! Seriously a brill post my friend. xxxx

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    • Hey Shey πŸ˜€ A hammie ? That would make my cats’ day. So better not ! Yes, how could I do that to poor Hilda ? Easy ! I wonder what I have lined up for you my friend ? Hugs. Ralph xox ❀

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      • I haven’t worked it out yet. I’ll have to consult my hammie advisors found in your blog πŸ˜‰ They are great at brain-storming !

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  10. Personally I think Hilda should have got some other ladies in and done a spot of mud wrestling. I’m sure the boys would have LOVED it! It sounds like a little of this magic mud goes a very looooong way!! xxx


    • Hello Lottie πŸ˜€ What a great idea ! It’s a shame Hilda didn’t think of that ! Yes, that mud does go a long way. Has Hilda’s mud tsunami reached you yet ? πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox ❀

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  11. Hm. Doesn’t seem very relaxing.
    I once did an improvised mud bath in the great outdoors in Utah. It was wonderful and certainly a lot less work!

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    • Hello SDHD πŸ˜€ I agree. Going wild seems to be the best way to be muddified πŸ˜‰ Glad you had a great time. Ralph xox ❀

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    • Hello Pam πŸ˜€ I would lend you my iron if I had one πŸ˜‰ Have a lovely day. Ralph xox ❀


    • Hello Rene πŸ˜€ Hilda was brilliant in letting me post her beauty treatment fiasco. Here’s mud in your eye my friend πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox ❀


    • Hi Debby πŸ˜€ Messy indeed ! I don’t think she will ask me for mud again. Ralph xox ❀


  12. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ ooh my I was LOL when reading this. You are so kind bringing back the mud – gosh ..maybe she should using her pool instead of her bathroom πŸ˜€
    BTW, she is a beautiful lady already – I don’t think she needs any more mud for her skins πŸ™‚


    • Hi Indah πŸ˜€ I agree. It was funny for us ! Outside would have been so much cleaner for her house and she doesn’t really need the mud anyway. Ralph xox ❀


  13. Hi Ralph, Exceptional post, plastic surgeries and mud ,an olive oil all in the name of staying young and beautiful,AT THE END TIME ALWAYS WIN. Regards.Jalal

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    • Hi Jalal πŸ˜€ It’s so true that time always wins. For some women it’s an expensive way to reach that point. Ralph πŸ˜€

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  14. So funny. And the lesson of the story? The mud should stay where it belongs, at the Dead Sea!!


    • Hi Heila πŸ˜€ After reading Hilda’s story of mud plastering I am inclined to agree with you my friend. Ralph xox ❀


  15. Wow! A workout spa. Like confetti on New Years that you keep finding bits of during the year. πŸ™‚
    Did you ever find Sue? 8)

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    • Hi Katie πŸ˜€ Yes. Quite a workout for Hilda. I like your idea of mud confetti, but I don’t think it would go down too well at weddings.
      Nope ! No Sue, or Jane, or Ka…. πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox ❀

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  16. Sunt pe-aici, nu v-am uitat,
    Pe suflet v-am sărutat
    Somn uΘ™or, stimaΘ›i amici
    Și mai mari dar Θ™i mai mici,
    Somn uΘ™or, din partea mea!

    I’m on here, I have not forgotten,
    On soul I kissed
    Sleep well, dear friends
    And higher and lower
    Sleep well, my part!

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    • Hello Ileana πŸ˜€ That is very sweet of you to send me these. Thank you. Have a lovely day. Ralph xox ❀


  17. Oh, I started my morning by coming over to your site (thank you for finding me at roughwighting) and am laughing at 5:50 in the morning, Boston time. And that doesn’t happen that often (I laugh often, but not at 6 in the morning). But a good sport Hilda is. Mud sport. Ha. Very funny, real story. I’m following you – so glad we’re connected in the blogging world.

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    • Hello Pam πŸ˜€
      Laughing at 6am must have been a great start for your day. I do love your comment and your follow !
      We are probably more connected than you know. I was born on the Isle of Wight, England. My first 11 years in a little hamlet Gatcombe just south of Newport. Then straight into a boarding school in Ryde, after which I disappeared into the outside world, returning to Bembridge for 12 years before coming to Spain 13 years ago. So us Caulkheads must stick together πŸ˜‰
      Have a lovely day. Ralph xox ❀

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  18. I can honestly say Ralph, that I have never fancied slathering myself in mud…..your post has definitely not changed my mind! I reckon tiz a big con πŸ™‚

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    • Hi Wendy πŸ˜€ Don’t tell Hilda but I’m inclined to agree with you. She was a great sport though. Ralph xox ❀

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  19. OMG- funny. Great pics, as well. hilda definitely has a sense of humor and it sounds like the mud treatment provided relaxation- albeit the massive mud clean up efforts required.

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    • Hi Diahann πŸ˜€ What a brilliant comment. I am sure Hilda will be thrilled to read this from you my friend. Ralph xox ❀


    • Hi Karen πŸ˜€ She was brilliant wasn’t she ? Thank you so much for your comment. Ralph xox ❀

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  20. Life is so much better when you have got awesome friends like her ! Awesome post, thanks for putting a smile on my face ❀ πŸ™‚


  21. I would have found it wonderful to cover me with mod but when I think about all the dirt and the time spending to clean I’ll repeat the same words like Hilda did ; Was it worth it ?? Hilda was totally right and I love the pictures !! πŸ™‚

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    • Hi Serach πŸ˜€ I totally agree. Was it worth it ? The best thing is to keep the mud by the Dead Sea for people to play with it there. Much cleaner than home ! πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox ❀


    • Hello Tanveer πŸ˜€ How right you are. Hilda just wanted a little bit more than her personal quota and paid for it by two days of cleaning πŸ˜€ Ralph xox ❀

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