Simple Spring/Easter Ideas To Try

Ugh those black sticky insects from the big twig are on the floor. Great Danes Venus and me, Stellar, don’t like them. She sprayed that bubbly stuff from the kitchen on them. She put the big twig on the table. The little eggs sway when the door opens.

Bubble wrap keeps the twig in place. Attach a loop of  thread  to each egg with strong glue.

Bubble wrap keeps the twig in place. Attach a loop of thread to each egg with strong glue.


I like the smell of the bread in the hot thing. They put that orange stuff on it for breakfast.
Cinnamon and mixed spice Easter bread tastes good with home made marmalade.

Cinnamon and mixed spice Easter bread tastes good with home made marmalade.


She made a cake and put more eggs around it. They must be very hungry.
A Simnel cake with one small egg for each disciple but not Judas.

A Simnel cake with one small egg for each disciple but not Judas.

Come Fly With Me

Airports are exciting, boring, tempting, tedious, crowded, lonely, confusing.

At the airport, red faced crying babies, demanding hungry children, patient tired parents, frail slow moving passengers, young fliers in tight clothes. People watching me watching them.

On board my tablet comes to the rescue. No pointy elbows. I lose myself in a good story, water, sleep, hand sanitiser. Maybe a magazine, light reading or serious articles.

Landed, waiting, my case out first or last?

Happy greetings: kisses, hugs, relief.

Comfy clothes and shoes make the moving about easier.

Comfy clothes and shoes make the moving about easier.

Want To Be Private? Try This Hedge.

A cheap way to have privacy is to plant a hedge. Choose plants that will like your type of soil (acid or alkaline), aspect (sunny or shady) and climate. Callistemon suits a hot, Mediterranean climate. It makes an evergreen hedge which has red (bottlebrush) flowers in spring or autumn. It can be left to grow naturally with long swaying branches or be cut to form a hedge. As each young tree grows, the side branches join up with those of the other trees. Trimming the hedge about every six weeks develops its shape. About two months before flowering, leave the hedge to develop the flowers. Birds might be nesting in it at this time too.

The cheerful bottlebrush flowers

The cheerful bottlebrush flowers

Why We Great Danes Want To Live Forever

We Great Danes loved our puppy porridge. It was soft , warm and we ate it quickly. Then, at ten weeks old, our new people gave us some soft meat. Mmm, raw chicken mince! Venus, my sister didn’t like the plants they gave us. She only liked the meat. They didn’t give her anything else. She got used to it. We both liked the yogurt and banana-yummy. They put funny round things in too. One is white and the other is golden and round. It smells of fish. We love our food!

We're not allowed in the kitchen but we creep in!

We’re not allowed in the kitchen but we creep in!

Me-Danes live from 7-about 10 years of age. With good diet and some exercise (too much exercise damages their spindly legs), we hope our Danes will live long lives. The BARF (Bones And Raw Food) diet has been their only food. Their breakfast of raw chicken carcass cleans their teeth and provides calcium. I wouldn’t like my hand to get in the way of their jaws! Cooked chicken bones can break up in the stomach and cause problems. Their other meal is scoffed in seconds. Their daily tablets are glucosamine for healthy joints and cod liver oil for a healthy brain and coat. Maybe I need some too!

We love our chopped salad-tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, celery and peppers.

We love our chopped salad-tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, celery and peppers.

How To Do What Your Mother Likes #mothers

A Special Day for your mother? Give her what she likes.
If she wants to watch a sports match on television, let her.
If she wants to have a tea cake and a cup of tea, let her.
She might want to stay at home and eat the things she likes. Join her and forget about going out.
Try outings to the cinema, park, museum, theatre, ballet, garden centre, shopping, gardens, country house or castle.

Inverary Castle, Scotland

Inverary Castle, Scotland

Try meals at a restaurant, bar/pub, hotel or a take away.
Try gifts like a hamper, pot plant, a picture, flowers, a scarf, gloves, perfume, jewellery, knitwear or slippers.
Grandchildren can make cards, drawings and craft items.

Flowers/Painting

Flowers/Painting


Discuss your plans with her first and prevent disappointment. Save your money and your time.
My mother and mother in law loved joining the family for a special meal at our home.

Try These Ideas For A Dinner Party

Oh he’s putting the good stuff on the wooden table. He’s wiping everything first. He wants the hard mats, she wants the soft ones. Who cares? Me, Stellar, and Venus (Great Danes) are excited as we’ll meet their friends. They only let us come in when they eat dessert. She carries the food. I don’t know why she doesn’t let us say hello at the table or watch her in the kitchen.

Red, maroon or pink hard and soft mats

Red, maroon or pink hard and soft mats


She’s been in the kitchen using the noisy thing a lot. She gets the very smelly plants from pots outside. One has big leaves and the other has small ones. She uses lots of leaves. I can smell creamy cheese and yogurt. I have yogurt in my food every day. I can hear that white sandy stuff going into a bowl. She’s putting it all in bags. She opens the silver door. There they go into that very cold box.
Greek and Italian Basil

Greek and Italian Basil


Me- Basil ice cream is quick and easy to make. It can go with so many things. The walnut tart I made was a tasty partner for it.

What To Do With Useful Plant, Fennel

Fennel gives you so much. It grows up and dies down each year only to grow again even bigger next year. It unfolds with delicate fern like foliage, robust purple/green buds, frothy yellow/green flowers and plentiful seeds.

The foliage makes is pretty for flower arrangements. Also it’s useful for food garnishes and distinctive herb flavouring, especially for fish.

New shoots appearing

New shoots appearing


It’s buds are dramatic for a stark flower arrangement.
The dramatic bud

The dramatic bud


The airy flowers add colour to a garden.
Fennel Flowers

Fennel Flowers


The seeds can be collected, dried and used as an aromatic flavouring for dishes.
The bulb type of fennel can be cut one inch/several centimetres above the soil and used in salads and recipes.
The plant can be dried and used for flower arrangements. I sprayed our dried fennel chocolate brown and mixed it with fresh flowers for a themed wedding.
Here in Cyprus, fennel grows during spring and dies down in summer. It grows wild all over the island. It likes warmth and well drained soil with a regular watering.