Needles & Cats Eyes

One day last week.





I went to Gibraltar for my first of 7 sessions of acupuncture Samantha !Β  The same day each week …


… which entails a lot of difficult travelling from my home in the mountains of southern Spain to Gibraltar and back again.


The cats and I live in those mountains (arrowed)

Spain Considers Gibraltar Border Fee...GIBRALTAR - AUGUST 08:  The peninsular of Gibraltar on August 8, 2013 in Gibraltar. David Cameron has spoken with his Spanish counterpart, Mariano Rajoy, and Mr Rajoy has offered to 'reduce measures' at the Gibraltar border. Tensions between the British and Spanish governments have been raised on issues surrounding the sovereignty of Gibraltar. An increase in Spanish border crossing checks between the Rock and mainland Spain, leading to lengthy queues, is widely considered to be a retaliatory move for the construction of an artificial reef in British waters, which it is claimed has had a negative impact on Spanish fishing vessels in the area.  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Spain Considers Gibraltar Border Fee…GIBRALTAR – AUGUST 08: The peninsular of Gibraltar on August 8, 2013 in Gibraltar. David Cameron has spoken with his Spanish counterpart, Mariano Rajoy, and Mr Rajoy has offered to ‘reduce measures’ at the Gibraltar border. Tensions between the British and Spanish governments have been raised on issues surrounding the sovereignty of Gibraltar. An increase in Spanish border crossing checks between the Rock and mainland Spain, leading to lengthy queues, is widely considered to be a retaliatory move for the construction of an artificial reef in British waters, which it is claimed has had a negative impact on Spanish fishing vessels in the area. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Last week a friend took me to Gibraltar in her car.Β  The traffic queue to the border was horrendous. The last mile took one hour mainly due to the road across the runway being closed as there were aircraft landing.


I eventually arrived half an hour late.


Next week I will be taking a train, taxi and bus instead of going by car.Β  That should make a good post !








I spent 2 hours with the very pretty, professional, kind and caring young lady.Β  Most of the time she was reviewing my medical history followed by a half an hour with twelve needles in me.Β  I was okay with it.Β  What I did realise is that I have been missing the feminine energies of hugs and touch for a very, very long time.Β  Something I will have to rectifyΒ  πŸ˜€


Then I went for lunch with my friend here in Casement Square







If I lived in 1800 I would have had melons instead of a huge veggy burger for lunch.



Meanwhile, back in my home.













Do you like to be touched and hugged ?


Ralph xox ❀



This is scary.Β  If you are a WP European EU blogger you must by EU law notify your readers that WP uses cookies on your blog.Β  If you don’t, you face a hefty fine.Β  There is a new WP DashboardΒ  “EU Cookie Law Banner”Β  widget which does the work for you.Β  I have checked “dark” and “scroll”.Β Β  Click on the picture for more info.


The cats and the images of me are mine.Β  I do not take credit for the rest as they are not mine and never will be.

129 Comments on “Needles & Cats Eyes

    • Hi Ann πŸ˜€ I realised early on when researching acupuncture in this area that communication is probably more important than the needle initially. I chose the lady in Gibraltar because we both speak the same language and there should be no confusion …… hopefully !
      My kitties say hi to you Ann.
      A worthy hug. Ralph xox ❀

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    • I totally agree with you about Gibraltar and the change of scenery once a week. Have a great week YC. Ralph πŸ˜€

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    • Vielen Dank fΓΌr den Link Wolfgang. Haben eine tolle Woche. Ralph πŸ˜€


    • Yay ! Thanks Tony. I’m so pleased that you had fun. Your posts must take forever to do. Ralph πŸ˜€

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  1. That Gibraltar is mighty pretty! But, by the time you get there, you wouldn’t have tourism on your mind. I sure hope the acupuncture (and contact) does you a whole lot of good.

    You have some mighty nice friends who take you to all sorts of places! It’ll be interesting to see how long the next trip will take. The cats may have longer for sleeping time.

    Take care, Ralphie-o. (Yes, I miss hugs, also, by the way.) oxo ❀

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    • I agree. Tourism is not a priority. What I didn’t say in this post, as it would have gone on forever, was that the car broke down in the multi-storey car park. Her husband and son drove all the way from my village and half fixed it enough for us to get back home.
      I think we all need hugs and cuddles. The world would be a better place for having them. Here, have a hugug Yvonne. Ralph xox ❀


    • Yes it is AoS. I agree with you. Packed with tourists this time of year though. Ralph xox ❀

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  2. Of course, I love hugs, Ralph. Big hugs to you! What a horrendous mile that must have been and then to have a bunch of needles stuck in you. I hope it wasn’t painful. The little town there looks so picturesque. Very nice! Hope you are feeling well. πŸ™‚ Hi to the kitties!

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    • Awww ! Thanks for the big hugs from you Amy. Keep them coming πŸ˜€
      I felt the needles go in, but while they were in I felt nothing.
      The kitties say hi back to you my friend.
      Ralph xox ❀


    • I thought so Georgia. Here are some happy hugs for you my friend. Ralph xox ❀


  3. Thanks for showing the photo of Gibraltar. I have friends who live part time here in Ottawa, Canada and part time in Spain and Morocco so they travel back and forth between the two often. Hope the acupuncture works for you! Hugs to you!

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    • Wow ! Your friends do get around Bev. In the Gibraltar photo with the runway you can see the Atlas mountains of Morocco in the distance on the horizon.
      I really hope the treatment works too.
      Hugs back. Ralph xox ❀


  4. Flash Cats & the Continental Kid sounds like an old american rock’n roll band… πŸ˜€

    Gibraltar is very fascinating – Wonder about those two lazy cats of yours if they couldn’t do the job – with needles in their jaws and feet.? πŸ˜€

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    • Rock on Drake ! πŸ˜€
      Hah ! Sonic got me with a claw on the inside of my right leg last night. Ouch ! Little rascal ! (not you πŸ˜€ ) Ralph πŸ˜€

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  5. Your such a sweetheart of a guy Ralph. You deserve lots of hugs. 🌺

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  6. I hope this acupuncture will help, I believe it is one of the best remedies for many things. Question about this cookie business Ralph please…. where do you have it on your blog? I wanted to see what it looks like. ? Hugs Ute

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    • Hi Ute πŸ˜€ I hope the acupuncture works too. Fingers crossed.

      The widget is in Dashboard/Appearances/Widgets

      The widget doesn’t show up on your sidebar. A banner shows up at the bottom of the screen. I have mine set for a dark colour and scroll, which means the reader has the choice to accept or when the reader starts to scroll down the page the banner disappears. Hugs. Ralph xox ❀



      • Well done Ute.
        That’s weird. It works when I go on my blog. There is something somewhere that if you click accept it doesn’t show up to you again for 30 days. WP !!!

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  7. Wishing you the best with acupuncture! I have no idea about the EU cookies law and have no clue how to put cookies on my WP blog – thanks for the info Ralph! Talking about cookies, some cookies in the Netherlands are delicious πŸ˜‰

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    • Thanks Indah. I hope the treatment works.
      You don’t put cookies on your blog. WP and its affiliates have automatically placed cookies on your blog. The problem is that the EU Cookie Law blames the blogger not the corporation for not notifying the reader that your blog has cookies. You get punished by a fine of thousands of euros, not WP ! By using the widget you tell the reader that you have cookies. (My reply to Ute’s comment may help you).
      I should Google “EU Cookie Law” if I was you. Quite a stink over it !
      Save me some of your tasty Netherlands’ cookies my friend as they sound great ! Ralph xox ❀


      • Thanks so much for the info Rob! I have no clue about the fines..but yup, now I have the widget installed! We have too many cookies nowadays from every websites πŸ˜€ – I will save the cookies for you…but you will get them when visiting my blog for sure πŸ˜‰

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      • Yay, it works on your blog Indah. Well done ! I got a cookie πŸ˜€
        Who is Rob ? A secret friend ? lol πŸ˜‰ ❀


      • Ohhh I am so embarrassed, my apology Ralph – I think it was my auto correct did that – gosh I should turn it off! I am so sorry!!

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      • lol. No problem Indah. I enjoyed being someone else for a moment πŸ˜€ ❀


  8. Acupuncture in Gibraltar! Now, that’s a fabulous adventure, despite the delays. hope the treatment helps. I love acupuncture.

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    • Acupuncture in Gibraltar. Could be a PG movie title Julie πŸ˜€
      I love acupuncture. Could be a bumper sticker πŸ˜€
      Thanks for your hope my friend. Big hug. Ralph xox ❀


  9. Can’t wait for planes, trains, and automobiles sequel! Hope all your meridians are doing well. 8)

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  10. Good luck with the acupuncture. I hope it helps. Strange that road across the runway. You would think they’d put it in a tunnel underneath. Obviously an overpass wouldn’t work.

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    • Thank you LB πŸ˜€
      I have no idea why the road is like it is. Maybe they’ll use the runway as a motorway soon πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox ❀


  11. Oh, S&S, we do so hope the needles will help your s. Granny had needles for a period of time too and she was flabbergasted that some of them really hurt. Well, I came to bring a little light, a purrsonelly Pawkiss and a double healing Pawkiss for your s πŸ™‚ ❀ ❀

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    • A wonderful comment Binky. I have been practising to become an acupuncturist. Last night I put a claw in my slave’s leg. He’s not happy. I have to practice though. Love Sonic. Samantha and him who shall be nameless send love to both of you xox ❀ ❀ ❀

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      • MOL…That’s amazing, Sonic. You’re going to be a catupuncterist. Your Dad s will be so purroud of you…in time πŸ˜€ Pawkisses πŸ™‚ ❀

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  12. I likee as always, Ralph. I didn’t realize cats were useful as emergency flashlights! My goodness. I hope the relief of the acupuncture is worth the pain of the trip!

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  13. Well, Ralph. I hope you manage to get yourself some well deserved feminine-type hugs. That would surely make you feel better. I could send you some, but it’s a bit of hit and miss from this dtstance. Hope the acupuncture works – it’s a long way to travel if it doesn’t help at all.
    Great post – loved the fabulous photos and the wonderful dialogue between your cats. Every household should have cats, in case of power cuts. πŸ˜€

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    • Thanks for the long distance almost hugs Millie. Yes, it is a long way to travel once a week and I do hope the treatment works.
      And thanks for your great comment my friend. Ralph xox ❀


  14. So, acupuncture it is! Do you feel anything better?
    I had no idea Gibraltar was British! Huh! Well, Casement square looks lovely! Enjoy your lunches there, melons or not! “lol”
    Ralph, I love being hugged! Touched …. big depends!
    BTW Your cats are on the right track to environmental conservation, they should be commended … right after they rip up a blanket, and fur up your computer.
    Take care, and don’t worry about those scary cookies. We can remove them… or snack on them should my figure allow.
    Much love to you!
    xoxo ❀ ❀

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    • I don’t know if I feel better Resa, but I did have some very strange sensations when I got home that evening. See what happens this week πŸ˜€
      Good ! I am sending you lots of hugs and touches your way my friend πŸ˜€
      lol. That’s my cats !!
      Snack away Resa as you’ve got my cookie now.
      Love and hugs back.
      Ralph xox ❀


  15. unbelievably funny! only you could take a long travel with delays and create an entertaining post. Thanks!

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    • Yay ! Thanks for your kind words Roxie. I do these picture posts for you, you know, because your work is reading and you need to have a bit of play sometimes πŸ˜€ Ralph xox ❀


  16. What a journey! Lol as always Ralph. And I’m thinking all you need is a woman’s touch to get your on your healing journey! Seriously, I hope the acupuncture helps, I know it does me. Lol that cats are hilariousssssssssss! xo ❀

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  17. Hi Ralph: This post was delightful. It is clear that your kitty’s are up to no good but their need to slumber supersedes their mischievous nature. Those feline’s are stunning. Sharing this post now!! πŸ˜‰

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    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment ladies and I am so pleased that you enjoyed the cats. Ralph xox ❀


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    • Yes, it was quite an adventure dear Nancy. The cats ? I don’t think so as it will be hard enough on my own this week πŸ˜€ Ralph xox ❀

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  19. ouch! sorry you had to go so far just to be stabbed and poked. glad you had a little touch of joy out of it.

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  20. Hope the acupuncture works, Ralph. That’s a long way to travel to have a few needles stuck in your skin. 😯 While the Ralph’s away, the cats will play. πŸ˜€

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    • I really do hope it works Sylvia. I want my hands back to the way they were ! Spain is weird in not recognising other countries’ qualifications. My acupuncturist lives in Spain but can’t work here. Gibraltar is okay for her to work, so she has to commute quite a distance to work.. I have a friend here who is a Spanish speaking UK qualified caregiver who also can’t work legally in Spain.
      Oh, the cats do play while I’m away πŸ˜€ Ralph xox ❀

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  21. Thank you for liking my five recent posts and for the update about your acupuncture treatments. I hope they work for you too. Your cat comics make me laugh. My cats’ eyes glow like that too, but I usually see the glow at night, which is somewhat scary. My cats also like to nap in the afternoon, and sometimes they cover their eyes with their paws. πŸ™‚

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    • Hi Arlene πŸ˜€ You are welcome ! I hope the treatments work too. Your cats are also so funny. I have never seen my two cover their eyes with their paws. Maybe yours are practising their glow. Have a lovely weekend my friend. Ralph xox ❀

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      • Maybe my cats are the only weird ones who cover their eyes this way. They usually don’t cover both eyes with both paws. They usually try to use a paw to cover the eye exposed to light. They also sometimes roll around into a few other sleeping positions that make me laugh. I hope you have a wonderful weekend too, Ralph. πŸ™‚

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  22. My friend – forgive me but, as beneficial as it hopefully is to health and well-being, acupuncture does not struck me as substitute for ‘touch and hug’! I am firm believe in healing properties of big, warm, sincere human hug! So sending you some! Along with touch of envy for those marvellous scenery you are surrounded with!

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    • Hi Daniela πŸ˜€
      I am in total agreement with you. Touching and hugging is a great way to heal.
      Have a lovely new week my dear friend.
      Ralph xox ❀

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  23. Fingers crossed that the acupuncture works for you, Ralph. Thanks for the info on the EU cookies – do they sell them in large boxes or just small packets? xox

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    • Thanks Lottie. I hope it works too ! Sorry, out of cookies. I ate them all πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox ❀


  24. Just trying to catch up with my blog friends but I lost you – i blame the follow / unfollow on the top LHS which is easy to catch on a touch screen. Got you back now – phew. So you’ve made it to Gibraltar which is good. I hope the acupuncture helps but the travelling sounds challenging. This week I’m going to try to keep up with the posts I follow… Good to check in and catch up with you and of course Sonic and Samantha πŸ˜€ TTS

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    • I am so pleased to see you back here TTS. Don’t worry. I have accidentally unfollowed blogs myself or WP went funny. Travelling here can be difficult and I hope the acupuncture works too. Take care TTS. Ralph xox ❀

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  25. I have no doubt those cats are actually thinking those things and talking amongst themselves having to deal with the likes of you, Ralph! πŸ˜‰ I hope everything works out for you though. Wishing you well as always.

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    • My cats really do talk Loving. They are constantly meow, meow, meow. Typical Spanish ! Never stop talking ! I hope it all works out too my friend. Big hug. Ralph xox ❀


  26. I bet the acupuncture session was a nice relief after having to get through traffic to get there.
    The place where you had lunch looks like a nice place.
    The hat looks good on you – kinda’ stylish! πŸ™‚
    As for touch & hugs – That’s what I’m all about.
    I love HUGS!
    xx Saludos y ABRAZOS xx

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    • Mega thanks for all your compliments my friend. I love to be touched and hugged as well. My cats are a great substitute as I am alone. Boohoo πŸ˜₯ Love & hugs coming your way RoSy. Ralph xox ❀

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  27. Great images as usual, and the little-furry-ones look well!
    Thank you for the info on the ‘cookies’ I’ll have to read it, because I wonder if you need it, if you’re only on holiday in Europe, but still posting? πŸ˜€ xox ❀

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    • Thank you for your lovely comment Julie.
      I should think if you are not a resident in the EU you won’t need the cookie banner on your blog.
      Happy Sunday ! Ralph xox ❀

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      • you’re welcome! Thank you for confirming that Ralph, although there are days I would like to be a UK resident still……only this morning, I was saying; how much I miss the changing seasons. ❀ πŸ™‚

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      • I’m in Perth, but I was born in Exeter, and spent several years living in London, mainly Twickenham & Richmond….it’s the green spaces I miss πŸ˜€

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      • Wow ! Perth is a long way from the UK. Although you miss the green spaces I bet there are great things in Perth like the beaches πŸ˜€ ❀

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      • The beaches are lovely but Perth changed so much, when I was overseas. I’ve more-or-less spent my life on elastic, twanging between Perth & the UK. πŸ˜€ ❀

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      • It’s amazing how quickly cities change, especially the centres and the suburbs.
        I’ll keep my ears open in case I hear you twang over my home on your way to the UK Julie πŸ˜€ ❀

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      • As long as you don’t place a large mosquito net overhead, could you imagine me; hitting it, then bouncing back……lol πŸ˜€ ❀

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      • My mother always tells me i fly on a broomstick, could you image how much faster, I’d fly’ if I had mossie nets placed at appropriate points on the globe…….hehe hehe πŸ˜€

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  28. Oooh yes I love to be hugged ………… one of favorite reality games and the cats are in complete control of your hous, how cute are they πŸ™‚ ! What a traffic to go there and I agree that nect time it would be better to go there by train. I”m happy that you do the acupuncture, it should be very good for your body ! Wish you a beautiful evening for tonight and say ciao to your lovely furries πŸ™‚ ! Xxx

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    • Hi Serach πŸ˜€ I’m going for acupuncture in Gibraltar once a week and tomorrow is my 5th session with her. There is a slight improvement, but I could do with a lot more to make me right. Have a lovely evening my friend. Ralph xox ❀


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