Banana Bread-Pre-cooking before house guests arrive, I’m going bananas. The banana bread is baked, sliced and in the freezer. This time I added chocolate chips and chopped almonds to the banana mix instead of the usual walnut chunks and halved glace cherries. Both are delicious at any meal time or snack time.
Banana, peanut cheesecake ice-cream-This easy ice cream contains no cream. It uses mashed bananas which can be already frozen and over ripe. Peanut butter, honey and broken digestive biscuits are stirred in. Mmmmm.
A banana tree in flower
Here in Cyprus, the farmers grow a small sweet variety of bananas.
Travelling along the north-west coast of the small island of Cyprus, things haven’t changed much. The coast is beautiful, the hills of Paphos forest are rugged and the sentry posts are isolated. A couple of towns and original villages remain stubbornly unchanged.
The town of Pomos below
Arriving at one of the remote crossing points before the border with South/Northern Cyprus, a small rustic beach bar seems a good idea in the forty-one-degree heat. On entering, an extended family and a pair of middle-aged men occupy two of the many old wooden tables under the trees. As we approach a table overlooking the sea, we’re told it is reserved and we notice the reserved sign. On perusing the old menu, we notice a whole cooked fish like sea bass etc, costs twice the usual amount. In this time warp, maybe visitors are discouraged or just tolerated.
Having finished our cold drinks, we return back along the well-surfaced road winding through the steep-sided hills. Moufflon, the national emblem of Cyprus, and goats graze undisturbed.
We Great Danes, Stellar and Venus, love to be wet. Before food, he drops Venus in the long thingy. I jump in too. He throws squelchy thingys. “Fetch bone.” So we swim to them. They smile when we pick them out of the water and swim back to him. We don’t want to give them back. They’re ours! He takes them out of our teeth. Off we go again. Up and down, up and down.
The things we do for food.
Place it in a sunny spot and bougainvillea will reward you with its flowering bracts. Make it into whatever form you prefer.
Plain Area-Allow the bougainvillea to cascade. Plant it with a contrasting climber for interest.
Bougainvillea and blue morning glory decorate a plain corner.
Arch-Weave the long branches into an arch. To make an arbour, allow the front branches to hang down from the arch.
A shady arbour
Container-Stunt the growth of the plant in a pot. Make it into a standard by removing all lower branches. It becomes more manageable. When the flowering bracts fade, cut off about half of each branch and it will bloom again.
The trimmed plant with a purple passion flower below.
Sometimes all we need is quiet and time to let our thoughts run. We can recharge our emotional and creative strength this way. We can be inspired without spending money. A beach may have other visitors but if you choose one away from tourism, you can find peace.
A Northumberland beach, UK
A country area may be filled with traffic along the major routes. Turn off and find beauty. The view below was beside a local farm.
The rolling hills of Northumberland, UK.
A small park in the middle of a city can give us a sense of wellbeing. A bench under a tree or a group of attractive plants can raise our spirits.
Frequently, as I look out of the window early in the morning, I see this frail elderly man. In most weather conditions, he walks in a hunched and slow manner. Always, his dog is on a lead and close to him. I wondered where he went.
The elderly man leads his dog to the field.
Eventually, I saw him on the large mown grass field. He had let his dog sniff and stroll.
Leaving the field
I was touched by the fact that, generally, he leads his dog on the way to the park. When he is tired, his dog leads him back. I see a relationship of mutual trust, loyalty and companionship.