Monday, 29 June 2009

Todays Harvest

We are now getting a stead supply of courgettes, patty pans and purple podded beans.
You can't beat the taste of home grown produce. Soon we will have green peppers and aubergines. The strawberries seem to have finished fruiting for the moment but I see there are some more flowers coming. Oh goody goody.

I have been working a 7 day week for the last 5 to 6 weeks and today I had a day off. I planned to do loads of things, but my get up and go seems to have got up and gone. I have caught up on some sleep though. Think I needed the rest.

I will be having some more days off too as my sister and her husband are coming over to see us on the 9th July. I am really looking forward to it aswell. The last time I saw them was October last year.

Catch you all soon.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Out and about in Vrisses.

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I know its been a while since I posted but now that I am back to work things are a bit hectic. So this post is not going to have many words.

These photos are from the village that we live in.

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Will try to post some more very soon.

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Garden news

 

Well its been a while since I mentioned my garden.  Things have been growing well. I have beans, courgettes, tomatoes, aubergines and peppers.

 

This is my aubergine. I didn't grow it from seed, bought it from a plant shop in Neapoli.

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I also bought these tomato plants.  They are growing funny, only one tomato seems to be growing on a truss. Not quite sure why that is.

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Some very yummy strawberries.

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Some lovely beans growing up some branches. Didn't have any canes, but they are not bothered. they will use anything.

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Some bell peppers

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These are summer squash.

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A patty pan squash. I grew the yellow one last year and used it like courgettes. Below are my courgette plants. Two different varieties.

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Got to mention these again.

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The walnuts are still growing strong. Think we will have a good harvest.

So all in all everything is growing well and I am looking forward to eating our own veggies again. There is something about home-grown food. It tastes better and you know what went into it. No pesticides to worry about.

Friday, 12 June 2009

Not one but TWO beautiful little girls

Today I had my first ever hold of twins.

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This is me with Zephie and Aura. Just 4 weeks old. They are so cute.

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This is Zephie, she didn't want to wake up.

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And this is Aura saying no photos please.

They belong to my boss, Marco and Carissa.

Will definitely be going back for another cuddle.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

June flowers

 

The flowers are still blooming away here in Crete, even though it's very hot and dry. The plant below grew very quickly from nothing to quite a large plant in about three weeks. It has small thorns on the stem too.

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The last photo is a pelargonium that belongs to my next door neighbour. It has such a rich colour it looks like velvet, beautiful.

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Must dash now got to go to work. Catch you all later.

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Flaming June

 

Well it's June and the weather is heating up somewhat. But, where are all the tourists? Looks like the recession has taken hold here too.SV202643

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These photo's where taken about 18.00 on Thursday. However Thursday is a change over day.

The photos are of a side street, the main street is busier, but there again not as busy as it normally is. Looks like its going to be a bad year.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Panic Stations.

 

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Yesterday while at work my hubby rang to say that when he was taking Lucky for a walk she got frightened by a pick-up and had run away in panic. That was two hours ago and she was still not home.

My hubby is working nights and needed to go to bed for some sleep but he was worried sick about her.

There was nothing I could do but worry about her until my shift was finished. I got back home about 21.30 and she still was not home.  Ian had not slept at all. He took the car and went down to Limnes, where we used to live to see if she had found her way there.

I stood outside the gate praying for her return. All sorts of things were going through my head. The dogs down the road kept barking, they normally only bark when someone goes by. If Lucky was about she would hear them and know which way was home.

Ian came back from Limnes. Nothing. He stood outside the gate and whistled on her and called here name. The neighbours dogs where still barking, then in the distance we heard a small bark. It was coming from the olive groves above us. We took the torches and went along the top road calling her name, we could hear her barking up amongst the trees.

Ian had to climb up the steep slope in amongst the olive trees. She was barking more now which helped him locate her. There she was trapped by a fence. Ian found an opening and coaxed her to come to the gap, which see eventually did and he got hold of her and carried her down to the road where I was waiting.

Was she pleased to see us. When we got her home she drank loads of water and was ravenous. She had been missing for about five hours. The other dogs must have known she was up there and kept barking. They stopped soon after we got home.

If you read my blog you will know that she was a stray that we took in and she was named Lucky because, she was lucky to find us. She has changed from a terrified thing into a lovely pet. We would not know what to do without her now. She is so funny and has become a big part of our lives. We are so relieved to have her back home safe and sound.

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