Do you have a dress you rarely wear? Has your skin or size changed and you want to cover up a little?
Make your old dress new again.
Change the top.
The original top
Cut off a band of material from the bottom of the dress. Cut it in half, hem it and add the unstructured sleeves to the dress.
Hem the bottom of the new length dress. This one was floor length and is now just below the knee.
The new length dress
Occasionally when we look out to sea, a waterspout occurs. They die out at sea.
The waterspout is spent.
However, occasionally the waterspout continues on to land. The waterspout becomes a tornado. A friend lost her window shutters and satellite dish. Her home was in the line of the small tornado. This was bad luck as it was not long after she had moved into the house. At the last minute, she remembered to take cover.
A waterspout approaching land
We great danes, Stellar and Venus, love people. We wag our tails when they walk through the door and bound up to welcome them. They say, “Away.” We try to rub our mouths on their clothes just before they go out. They say, “Away.” We bark at sounds to protect them. They say, “No.” We digest our food well so they hear our trumpet sounds when we lie under the garden table as they eat. They say, “Away.” In the evening we are quiet and they open more windows and doors. They say, “Oh no, not another one.”
Stellar and Venus patrolling the garden
When the guests have gone, They say, “Good girls.” We are quieter. They say, “Good girls.” We bring soft things to fetch. They say, “Good girls.” We have lots more pats from he and she. They say, “Good girls.” We sleeeeeep. They say, “Open the window”.
We don’t know why she opens the window. It wakes us up.
Try cacti or succulents, Both types of plant require little water as they store it in their flesh.
Aloe Vera sap is good for skin problems
Once a year they produce pretty flowers. Keep cacti and succulents in dry, frost free conditions.
A cactus in flower
The house martins with their short fan-shaped tails, dip and dive over our pool. They skim its length scooping up insects. They fly under the beamed roof of our first-floor terrace so fast, that they misread the glass sliding doors. A sharp turn at the last minute prevents them from damaging themselves. They soar high again in seconds. They fly singly, in pairs or loose groups.
The compact House Martin
House Martins in the nest
It’s the time of year when they return to their deep mud nests to improve or rebuild them. They make them under the eaves of buildings. They pop in and out to feed their chirruping young fledglings.
The mother returns to the nest
The birds are too quick for me so the lovely pictures are not mine.
Do you love celebrating a special occasion with a party? Maybe you don’t want to fuss on the day or you don’t want to pay for caterers or a meal. This is what I do for a large party. We had about 60 guests.
Cooked seafood pie ready for wrapping
I decide on a simple dish that people like. It can be re-heated so I cooked it in advance. I double, triple, quadruple or multiply the recipe according to the approximate number of people invited/coming. I make slight changes to the recipe to add variation. This time I used cooked seasoned minced meat for the base and mashed potatoes for the top. Some mince I curried. To some seasoned mashed potato I added grainy mustard, to some I added parsley and to some I added grated cheddar cheese. Others I left plain. For the vegetarians, I fried chopped onions and celery and made this into a simple white sauce, (you could use a packet). I added some cubed salmon and white fish and cooked this for a few minutes only. I stirred in raw prawns and removed this from the heat. This I topped with seasoned parsley mashed potato. I wrapped the small potato pies in tin foil and placed them in the freezer.
Thawing the pies
The night before I removed the pies for thawing. The next day I removed the foil from the semi-thawed small pies and returned them to their original serving dishes. The large pies I placed in the cold oven to continue thawing.
Pudding? I made sugar free coconut and chocolate ice-cream. I placed a scoopful of ice-cream in cup cake cases (four) and froze them.
Chocolate and coconut (sugar free) ice cream.
Before the party, I reheated the pies. I placed half in a food warmer after re-heating in the oven. The big ones remained warm in the oven after re-heating.
Ice creams were offered frozen in their cases after all the pies were eaten.
We great danes, Stellar and Venus, see big birds fly over us. They drink from the noisy water thingy. It’s wrong. It’s not their garden. The birds don’t care. They go coo coo, coo coo.
Only a small bird drinks from the fountain for now.
Me-I like the soothing sound of pigeons. The grey and white birds visit us from their owner’s shed. Every year a couple make a nest in one of our pine trees and raise one fledgling. Too many can be a nuisance. That’s when I spray WD40 on the balcony. They don’t like the fish smell and keep away.