Gekos And Ways To Prevent Mosquitos

We Great Danes see tiny ones. We want to catch them. It’s hard. They move on the walls and up there as well as down. They’re so fast. We smell them under the wood things that go squeak when she goes into another place.

Maybe this is where the mosquitos enter.

Maybe this is where the mosquitos enter.


Me-Our geko visitors keep mosquitos away. I grow basil near outside doors as they don’t like the smell. On a hot summer evening we spray lemon (citronella) on our skin. This works well. Of course there are the can sprays and plug- ins too plus mosquito nets and fans. Shutting window and doors helps although fresh breezes are then kept out.
In a wash basin so I'll have to rescue this one.

In a wash basin so I’ll have to rescue this one.

Had Lots Of Birthdays? Try This!

A partner’s birthday looms. Sinking feeling. What do I buy this time? Suggestions. Ask. Not impressed. Tells me to give a surprise. Cost? Gives me the price. I look up online. Good birthday presents. Some original ideas. Don’t think they would be appreciated. IDEA-ASK OTHERS. Someone suggests a brilliant idea which we used rarely. No present, just a local night away with buffet dinner and buffet breakfast included in the price. Research on-line- the place, availability, cost. Now check. No surprise as no sulks wanted on the special day. Birthday person loves the idea and is happy to go ahead! Two brains are better than one so don’t be afraid to ask someone!

What can we put inside?

What can we put inside?

Uhum, are they going away? We Great Danes don’t mind. As long as they leave us peanut butter filled bones. Who will wake us up? Ah, Peter in the place by our trees. We like him. He pats us through the fence.

Are these for us, or just me?

Are these for us, or just me?

How To Keep Your Dog Well Behaved

We Great Danes, Stellar and Venus, like to look after them. When I hear a dog bark, a pigeon, a zzz thing, a nee no nee no nee no, people, I bark. My bark is big like me! Why? I dunno. Maybe I want to help him and her. Venus doesn’t hear much but she barks when a thingy’s moving. We do this lots. He and she look at us. They look cross.

Can we jump?

Can we jump?

Me-When we chose our dogs we wanted qualities like being good with children. However Great Danes are excitable. They bark at sounds. However we can control this a little by distracting them or making them lie down. Lately, the barking has increased. The other day our pet food shop had one sac of dog biscuit (we add a little to their bones and raw food diet, BARF) for working dogs who need plenty of fuel for their activities. Our dogs are older now and only walk or swim once a day. They are not working dogs. The result of the new dog biscuit meant Stellar and Venus became extra “fussy”. They barked and wandered around as if looking for something. Of course they don’t need extra energy.

What's under the bush?

What’s under the bush?

Danes should have three ribs showing to keep their weight correct. So I vary the amount of their biscuit. I removed the working dog biscuit from Stellar’s food. Her barking has almost gone. Venus is still eating the biscuit so she is still “fussing”. Hopefully, the pet shop has sacs of our usual dog biscuit again!

How We Can Be Positive Like Dogs

Oh, it’s the first food time today for us Great Danes! Just a quick wee under the high things while he gets the smelly stuff-mmm yum. Now she rubs that thingy on us-feels good! A short lie down in our comfy boxes. Ah, now we’re out running through herbs. Smells of cats where he and she sit. Quick, a run up the rocky bits to look for something furry! Inside on to our soft snugly beds. We get up for more pats from her-aah.

I'm sitting as well as I can.

I’m sitting as well as I can.

I'm good at sitting.

I’m good at sitting.

Me-Wake up to Cyprus morning sunshine. Enjoy a swim while it’s cool. A cleansing shower. A breakfast of various flavours and textures A choice of activities and hobbies. In our own lives, let’s live for the moment when we can.
We can find something to like on the school run/way to work-the chatter of the children, attractive plants, interesting buildings, familiar sounds and faces. There’s always something to appreciate wherever we are, at work, at home, shopping, whatever. When in a rush and due to our wish to succeed in any way, whether it be just to arrive on time or to aim for a high standard, things can pass us by. We can train ourselves to be more mindful of the present and so improve our wellbeing.

We love our rescue friend.

We love our rescue friend.

Let’s be simple like dogs!

Simple Pot Decorating With Broken China-Don’t Throw It At Your Partner!

He sounds loud. He shouts at something. I don’t like it. I’m Stellar, a Great Dane and I’m scared. She looks at me and she says it’s alright. I get up. My head hangs down. I go where it’s quiet.

I hear a crash outside. More smashing. I keep away. Venus, my sister, hears only a little, so Venus goes and looks. She’s banging things on the ground. She throws a bag on the ground. Smash. She throws it again. She looks inside the bag. Is she cross too, like him?

Smash some crockery when you're feeling cross!

Smash some crockery when you’re feeling cross!


Me-Break your old or broken plates etc in a shop bag. Grout the small pieces of china on to a pot with a rough surface. For outdoor use, make sure your grout is frost resistant. Fill up the gaps between the “mosaic” pieces with more grout. Paint the pot to match. Maybe you will feel better then!
Irregular Mosaics

Irregular Mosaics


They're quiet now-sh!

They’re quiet now-sh!

Meet The Monster

It’s late and dark outside. We Great Danes are lying in our day beds. Venus makes rrr sounds from her face. She says I do it but it’s her now. There’s a light thing on and she and he are looking at the big box. We Great Danes see a big black thingy. It moves fast above us. It goes flutter, flutter. It goes everywhere fast. Maybe it wants to get out. I should jump on it but it’s too late. I’m sleepy. She gets up and turns off the shiny thing. Something goes click and the bright things are on outside. The flutters stop. She says its gone. The big shiny things go off and inside the small one comes on. She sits down and they look at the box.

It flew around the room.

It flew around the room.


The next morning someone tells me to see the monster under their bedroom curtain. Oh perhaps it’s the giant moth from last night. It flew up the stairs. I can see its colours now. It looks like military camouflage with some purple. As I pick it up it doesn’t move. It’s about the width of my palm. Oh no, I hope it’s alive. I drop it from a balcony on to a garden plant. A few minutes later in the front garden, I can’t see it where I dropped it. I hope it’s ok. Inside again, I’m on the other side of the house. There’s a big moth shadow on the other side of the muslin curtains. Perhaps it’s the same moth. Gently, I take it off the curtain and release it into the back garden from the high terrace. It flies away fast. It shoots upwards and to the left. It seems to know where it’s going. It’s an Oleander Hawk-Moth. Their larvae feed on pink, white and cream oleanders, maybe ours. I hope it was ok. I love them but others aren’t so interested!
The Monster

The beautiful Oleander Hawk Moth

The beautiful Oleander Hawk Moth

Our Garden Palm Tree-Recycling!

It’s getting hot and we Great Danes, Stellar and Venus, watch the small dark thingys fall from the spiky tree. They go click, click. She got it before we came. They had labra sort of dogs then. They’re under our tall thin trees. I look at the grass which grows from the dark things. I don’t want to eat it. There’s better stuff to eat out here.

It's bigger than our house!

It’s bigger than our house!


They call, Stellar, Venus and we have to go away from the tree. A man goes up. He goes up high. I hear saw, saw. A big bit falls down, then more and more. They put them along the fence. Why won’t they let us out to run after cats? The long bits are sharp so we stay away.
One large leaf falls on to the pile.

One large leaf falls on to the pile.


Me-This palm type has no dates or coconuts. Fourteen years ago we planted it as a garden feature when it was a metre tall. I chose it because the strong fan like leaves stand up well to heavy winds. Sometimes our palm tree is trimmed by a brave man. He climbs up the trunk without a ladder. He places a rope around the tree and just a strip of wood to stand on. We use the reddish-brown trunk leaf bases to burn on the fire in winter. The leaf stems have sharp teeth along them so beware!
Seedlings-big and small

Seedlings-big and small


I remove the round black sprouting palm seeds from the soil. Perhaps I keep one in a pot where it has self sown. As the small shrub grows I cut away the lower browning leaves.
A self sown palm

A self sown palm