I would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. I hope everyone finds what they are looking for in 2012.
Cya all next year
Last week we called at our post box and inside were two parcels…………
Well, I was expecting one as I had ordered a book, but what was the other one?????????????
We got home and tore off the paper wrapping and this is what we found………..
A Doggy treat bonanza!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The parcel was addressed to Lucky and friends. They even got a Christmas card, our first.
The lovely Midge (Soggibottom) had sent them all the way from England. How very kind of you Midge. Lucky, Sam and Gizzy really like these sort of surprises. Yum yums come top of the list with these three. Especially Gizzy with her pups to feed.
Thank you very much.
Now we know why she wanted to eat everyone else’s food. So on the 22nd November this little lot appeared on the scene.
Six puppies. Unfortunately one died the next day. So she has five little noisy puppies which brings us another headache. How are we going to get these little beauties a new home. There are three boys and two girls.
This morning when Gizzy went for a wee I quickly weighed them and they have all put on over an ounce.
From the pictures you can see that Sam is the father of the whitish ones, but the black ones? Not one the colour of Gizzy. She is been a good mother though.
September 27th was World Tourism Day and in Aghios Nikolaos they had a Cretan cultural exhibition around the lake. You could sample olive oil, cheeses, wines, nuts, pastries beer and raki. There was Greek music and traditional Greek dancing.
Inco had a tent with a small display of works done by foreign residents. Like us.
A good evening was had by all.
Today I made some quince and cinnamon jam. This is the biggest pan that I own and you can see that it is nearly full. There are loads of quince trees around and they are all laden with fruit, that for some reason goes unused. I picked a bag of these lovely fruit from a neighbours tree and set about making the jam. I now have 7 jars of luscious jam for our toast.
The next fruit that will be ripe are pomegranates. Pomegranate jam??????????
Watch this space.
Oh no, we were forecast for rain and thunder and yes we got it. The thunder was miles away so that was ok especially for Lucky who is terrified of it. Then we got the rain, a few spots at first then the whole thing. Mind you we need it as everything is all dried up and shrivelled.
In no time the verges will be spouting bright green everywhere. It is supposed to brighten up tomorrow, fingers crossed.
Me with my mac.
A little background first. In times gone by the Greek people used to tip their rubbish over the mountainsides. Now today this is frowned upon and is very unsightly, however it is still done. You can go along a country roads and find places where things have been fly tipped. Usually this is builders rubble. Anyway we sometimes stop to see if anything of interest has been tipped. Something we could use like wood, marble, you know things like that. If your a follower of mine you will know that my cupboard above the bathroom door was made with wood found dumped..
Anyway we went to the garden today to do some watering and on the way back we stopped at a dumping ground, just to have a look. There was some wood but not of any use, then something caught my eye buried in the rubble. We racked around a bit and found all these.
We have 5 pairs and 5 odd ones. I have cleaned up 3 of these wood shoe forms. Bet you can pick them out.
I think they have cleaned up well. I am sure we will find something useful to make with them. You never know what your gonna find and that’s why we keep looking. Does anyone have any ideas?
I also have another finish that I forgot to post the other day. This is my Baktus scarf that I knit to keep me warm in the winter it is graciously modelled by Lucky.
As you can see she is a little bit camera shy. It is so soft, I know I am gonna love wearing it. Oh! and I got the wool from one of the animal charity bazaars.
Got to go as Lucky is patiently waiting for her afternoon walk. Think she deserves one.
Yes, I have been sat at my sewing machine again. It has been too long since I did any sewing. Anyway I thought I would have a play around and this is what I came up with. It’s from Ricky Tims and is called convergence quilts.
Not sure what I will do with them yet, but I enjoyed playing around. Might make them into cushion covers, we will see.
Also I have finished up my denim throw/blanket. It has taken me ages to clip all the seams so that it would fray in the washing machine. Just sitting clipping caused a big pile of threads. It was about time that I got it done. When I had clipped all the seams I checked very patch to make sure it was done and I found 21 seams unclipped. It pays you to check very carefully. Oh! I have just thought I never took any photos of this part. Too late now!Then it went into the washing machine on a cold wash. Cor, you should have seen all the loose threads from the fraying process. I shook it in the courtyard and they went everywhere. Now you are supposed to dry it in the tumble dryer but, I don’t have a one, so onto the line it went. I washed it twice and then the washing machine didn’t pump out the water. Mmmmmh!!! PANIC!!!!
After I drained all the water off I removed the filter and guess what? Yes it was jammed packed solid with frayed threads. I gave it a quick clean out fitted it all back together and hey presto it worked (Thank Goodness or I would have been in trouble from the other half.) Still after two washes it is still casting. Might take the hoover to it so don’t look to close at the finished photo.
So sorry but this is a terrible photo
It is supposed to get frayed more every time you wash it. I am pleased with it too. This was very easy to make sewing wise, but the clipping took a long time and it was very messy and hard on the hands. It is also heavyish.
That’s all for now.
How are you all today?
Bright eyed and bushy tailed I hope.
Yesterday this was the veiw from my front gates at about 6.00 am.
Today this was the veiw at 7.00 am.
See the clouds we have had a lot of those just lately.
Anyway now for the beauties. For the last three times that this has flowered I have missed getting a picture, but today, I got them. Yay!
They open and die in just a day.
You can just see the cactus plant at the bottom of this picture. This plant puts a tremendous amount of energy in producing these large flowers and they are so delicate.
They have a very fine perfume which attracted this wasp. Think he enjoyed his visit. He looked like he was anyway.
Yesterday I went to the beach with Jude and we had a lovely time splashing about in the sea. The beach was crowded as it was a very hot day, but there was a nice cooling breeze. Wonder how many people overdid the sunbathing?
Anyway enjoy your day whatever you are doing and catch you all again soon.
These should keep us going for a while. We are still picking courgettes, tomatoes, cucumber and aubergines too. When we get the ground that the potatoes were in cleared we will be planting some beans and maybe beetroot we will see.
My voice is still missing too. It’s very quiet around here!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Never mind, anyway I have managed to do some knitting this morning and also make some tomato sauce to freeze. A woman’s work is never done even with no voice.
Enjoy your weekend everyone
Well I had it yesterday, but this morning I cannot find it. I’ve looked high and I’ve looked low. What ever am I going to do without it?
I am just not me without it, do you think I should offer a reward?????????????????
All I can say is that……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
I have lost my voice. If any of you out there in blogland happen to see it please contact me. I would love to have it back.