Just a leek, mushrooms and cream cheese make a delicious filling.
Pancakes after cooking
Sometimes just a quick visit to the kitchen is enough to make a tasty dish. Pancakes are popular at any time of year. Just fry a chopped leek and some chopped mushrooms. Once tender, remove them from the heat and stir in a tub of cream cheese. Season and spread a large spoonful of the mixture in the middle of a prepared pancake (bought or made) that is folded in half. Roll up and place each one in a buttered a dish. Left over filling can be placed around the edge of the dish. Heat in the microwave for about five minutes or the oven for longer.
Sometimes we need to share a special meal together and enjoy the romantic feeling. Champagne and fish are light and can be delicious.
Brrr, We great danes, Stellar and Venus want to hide away. For a warm place, it’s been very cold here. I hear them talking. They say it’s three something outside. We run around sniffing where the cats have been in the garden but soon we want to come inside to be warm. The scared cat comes and sits on the mat by the front door. Here we can’t reach it. Ants and toads hid while it was cold. We are alone and have enjoyed long sleeps under woolly covers.
The whip snake moves fast up a tree-trunk like a corkscrew..
Me-We have been here in Cyprus for a long time but I did once see a snake in our garden. Shh don’t tell friends and relatives or they may not wish to visit us again! It was returning and slithering rapidly along by a wall in the woody, doggy section of our garden that is covered in leaves. To get there, there was only one way. The snake must have moved along through our trees. The thought of a snake above me is slightly unnerving. At least it was a non-poisonous brown whipsnake, not the venomous viper. Whipsnakes move fast like whips. Now all is safe as they’re hibernating. What to do when the weather warms up? We have removed the leaf litter mulch and lightly thinned the trees. The tall shady beautiful Ficus and Araucaria trees remain.
We great danes, Stellar and Venus love our night-time crates. They’re warm and snugly and just for us. We hear sounds of birds when we wake. One of them keeps going. The same sounds. Over and over again. It’s ok. We see them fly over us in the day time. I wish we could catch them but we can only bark.
This black francolin is hidden in evergreen variegated Pittosporium.
Me-Each morning a repetitive cry rises from the trees. It has five notes. It continues for a couple of hours. It signifies the early, rainy months of each year. What is it? The black francolin is about the size of a chicken. In spring, it calls for a mate, sometimes all day when the breeding season arrives. It’s plaintive call repeats itself. It doesn’t give up. It’s black and grey belly plumage doesn’t stand out when flying over our house in flocks but once it has found a mate it sticks with her. Persistence and constancy win. Maybe such a humble creature is a good role model for humans.
Brr it’s cold in winter. We’re used to hot fur, a big shiny thing above the garden all day and lying on the stone floor inside or outside. Now we don’t feel a warm cuddle all around us. We want to lie in a sun’s ray. We look for one. Ah there’s a ray on the bit by the big smelly room. I lie in it. It goes through the window. Venus lies in it. Now it feels better.
Stellar stands in the sun beam outside while Venus catches the sun’s rays inside.
Those curtains are faded, old fashioned, scruffy or boring. What can you do?
Try machine dyeing them a darker shade or the same shade again. Use two boxes of dye per curtain.
If you are prepared to pay a little more, then cover them with new light-weight, ready-made un-lined curtains.
Buy the same colour.
This light-weight striped maroon curtain hangs over the original lined maroon curtain.
Try a paler or darker version.
The new grey light-weight curtain hangs over the old blue lined curtain.
Use a block of another coloured curtain to place in the middle of each curtain side or use a toning pattern.
Striped beige and brown light-weight curtains hang over the old lined beige curtains.
I buy two light-weight curtains per side, unless the window is narrow. Alternate the loops of the new curtains with the loops of the old ones. End each side of the old curtain with a loop from the light weight curtain. They will cover the curtains completely. However, the fullness and light blocking of the old curtains will remain.
Children like to watch a story, especially if it’s silly. The pantomime includes humour and the actors often swap roles so women dress up as men and the other way around. In the United Kingdom families watch these shows. The best we have seen was simple. There were only three actors who played several parts. There was no theatre or stage, just a little set. The actors performed in a small area with the children sitting in front of them. They sang present day pop songs so the children could join in and dance or move about if they wished. Some parents sat on the floor with their children and joined in the fun. The relaxed atmosphere was perfect. The children are enraptured. These afternoon performances took place on a car ferry that was sailing from Newcastle to Amsterdam in the evening. The generous ship’s buffet lunch provided for adults…