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Friday, 29 August 2008

In Fiestas

This year we have been invited to join a peña for the fiestas in the village where the girlies go to school. This should be much more fun than just going along ourselves. We have 3 dinners and one lunch to do, so here are some pics of what we got up to

Friday - Ofrenda de las Flores and Dinner afterwards

Saturday - Desfile - Fancy Dress Parade and Dinner again

Sunday - Paella in the park for lunch, Procession and Firework Display and another Dinner

Friday, 22 August 2008

Here We Go Gathering Nuts ...............

This year we have a real bumper crop of almonds, so are busy collecting them in. Only enough for us, friends and family, unfortunately. I can see why they are so expensive to buy, as they are very labour intensive! So, here we go from flower to table in pictures.......

Delicious Honey Roast Almonds to finish. I'm have about another kilo of shelled almonds, and I will be roasting and salting and also trying a new sweet and sour recipe. The remainder, will be stored in their shells, until I have found some more enthusiasm!

Saturday, 16 August 2008

What a haul

The garden is really coming along well at the moment. We are overrun with tomatoes and I just can't pick them fast enough.

This is what I collected the other evening. The courgettes and aubergines are delicious done on the griddle and the aficoses are far tastier than the cuccumbers, which were quite bitter. The lettuces too were a bit of a disaster, quite bitter tasting, so next time I will be looking for a variety with a lighter coloured leaf, an iceberg or something like that. I must also stagger the plantings a bit better as well next year, as we are currently eating tomatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Here are two of my most favourite recently taken photographs. The first one was taken for my 365 days project for Flickr, and is probably my favourite of those I have taken so far. I must put an infrared remote on my wish list! The 2nd, was my first attempt at a cut out in Photoshop, and I am really pleased with it :o). The shoes belonged to Lynda and to me they are everything that she was bright, colourful and fun. So I took this for posterity, before the girlies trash them "dressing up".

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Appearing Live in a Plaza near You....

Well, I've been so busy this past week with dancing every night I've just not had a chance to update. I have also started to do flickrs 365 Days project, which means taking a self portrait every day for a whole year. This is going quite well so far, but most of the pictures, are being taken late evening, as I have been forgetting, or too busy during the day.

The dance show was a great success and such good fun. It is such a clever concept, the way that 10 days prior, nobody could dance a step, and at the end we mount a production that gets applause!

The garden is a big success at the moment, I am giving away tomatoes and the melons are sweet and juicy. The lettuces were a bit of a disaster, as they were quite bitter varieties and the girlies weren't too keen, so next time I will have to try another variety. Some of the cuccumbers, were also bitter, but the aficoses are gorgeous. The onions are red, and although not very big yet, are tasty. Need to start thinking about what to plant for the winter now. Brocoli, beans and cauliflower I think. Here are some of the photos of our stage production. There are some more pictures here