Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Shabby Roses Giveaway


I have just entered this giveaway. Hurry if you want to take part in it as the winner will be picked on the 3rd May.  Just click on the button on my sidebar and like magic you will be transported there. Please tell Jenny that I sent you.  Go on take a look.


Tuesday, 28 April 2009


A while ago I posted this photo of a plant that they eat here and asked if you knew what it was.


It is  papoulis and it is eaten uncooked in vinegar and salt. Lovely. Sorry about this photo, its a bit blurry



This is my Zig-zag cushion finished. 


And this is what it looks like sewn up


This is the back. I might put a small flower in the centre just to finish it off.


I decided to put this lovely crochet rose on the front.


Remember the walnut tree?  If you look at the centre of the photo you can see the tiny walnuts forming. The lovely bronze tinge that the young leaves had is disappearing.


And this is a week on. Just look at the nuts growing. I do like walnuts but this tree is so big in our small garden.


See it's massive.

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Flowers Around the Village of Vrisses


I like to take my camera with me when taking Lucky for her walks as you never know what you may come across. Like this beautiful flower. I have never seen one of these before, have you?SV202362

It turns out to be a member of the Muscari family (Grape Hyacinth)


This small Cyclamen was tucked away against a stone wall, I nearly missed it.



This Poppy, well look at the vivid colour, just lovely.



Then there is this Wisteria, just growing amongst another bush.


Not sure of the name of these. They close up in the evening and open again in the sunshine. So pretty.



These Figs are doing well. Have you ever tasted a fig straight off the tree. Gorgeous, but beware don't eat too many.


Same Fig tree but look what is growing amongst it. These Arum Lilies are so lovely.


And this lovely wild Dog Rose.

I find new things everyday. The locals must wonder what I am doing with a camera in my hand all the time but I am frightened that I miss something. Wouldn't you be?

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Happy Easter


Wishing everyone a HAPPY EASTER. Hope you all have a lovely holiday.


I would also thank you all for dropping by my blog from time to time and leaving me your lovely comments. They are very much appreciated.

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Crochet update

This how I have progressed on my zig-zag cushion.SV202312
There is still a lot to do but I am pleased with my progress. I have done 27 rows, only another 19 to go. The colours are more vibrant that the photo really shows, it does have a bit more zing to it.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Caught in the Act.

This morning had a lot of promise as been a good day


I even put out my washing!! Big mistake. We had very very heavy rain with thunder and lightening again. The weather has been quite unsettled these last few days.

However caught these two enjoying the early morning sun. I just happened to catch them in the act.



They have long snouts, don't know what they are though.

p.s You never guess they were still at it this morning.

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Nuts to you!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well I mean walnuts and almonds.

The almond trees flowered a while ago, but you should see the size of the almond nuts now.


This was the tree in flower. Photo taken 04/02/2009

And look at it now


See the two fruits, they grow like peaches. When they are ripe the fruit case bursts open and the nuts are revealed


The walnut trees are just starting to sprout their new leaves and flowers.


The leaves have a lovely bronze tinge to them. Can you see the flowers. They are just greenish, nothing stunning.

In another few weeks I will post another photo on their progress.

I Have Given In To Temptation

Oh dear! I have done it now. All these months and I have resisted the temptation and then yesterday, yes, yesterday I finally gave in.

I hunted through my craft stuff until I found my two boxes with knitting needles and crochet hooks. It was nice getting acquainted with them again. Feeling them in my hands. Got out some wool and then there was no stopping me. Sorted my pattern out and off I went.

The pattern I chose is for a zig-zag cushion. I have made it before but many many years ago. Thinking about it I don't think I want to go there. Can it be really be that long ago? Suppose it can!

I sat down and did my chain of 214 then the next row was setting the pattern, so far so good. The first pattern row seemed to be going fine then I got myself in a twist, literally. I untwisted myself and got back on track. Can't remember it been this difficult the last time. Anyway did another row and it didn't look right. My peaks and troughs were a bit off. Oh bother. (that's been polite). Out it all came and I started again. Chain 214, fine. Set the pattern row, fine and the first row of the pattern, fine.

Success !!!!!!!!!!

Now there will be no stopping me.

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