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Friday, 14 April 2017

Five on Friday

Happy Good Friday Everyone!
I am sure the internet will be awash with people talking about all things Easter so I will be the odd one out and talk about entirely different subjects, here are five things we've been up to recently

1. Furry Friends
Our Spanish neighbours own what I can only assume is half the worlds population of cats. On a good night when you look outside there will be around 20 cats milling around at any given time. They say that not all of the cats are actually theirs and claim that most of them just show up for food but either way there are a lot of cats. As animal lovers it doesn't bother us either way, we get all the benefits of having furry friends de facto :) This beautiful girl is called Patchola and has pretty much taken up residence with us recently, here she is sitting in our egg collecting basket:

Patchola
Another result of there being so many cats is the inevitability of kittens. At the moment there are two cats that are carrying kittens that we know of, another two have just given birth. Here you can see Aurora falling in love with one of the newborns so no doubt we will end up adopting one of these kittens at some point.

Aurora and the kitten
2. Foraging
It's the time of year when the hills are alive (no bursting in to song please!) so we've been keeping our eyes peeled along the trails we hike and harvesting a few herbs here and there.
Freshly Picked Wild Thyme
The mountains are the biggest herb cupboard you could ever hope for and the harsh growing conditions up here produce some of the most amazing flavours and fragrances in the herbs.
We've been using some ourselves and others we have been using as part of my new holistic approach to the chicken keeping, which I'll do a blog post about soon. Here are some of the most common herbs we've been stumbling across in abundance:

Thyme, Curry Plant and Rosemary fresh as they come!

3. Playing Around
We work so hard around here so I think it's important to ensure that we have an equal amount of play time, specifically doing things that don't involve modern "entertainment" and electronics. We had great fun the other day playing with clay and making little thumb pots and sausage pots which we will hopefully be painting at some point over Easter.

Play with Clay
I've also been encouraging Logan to climb trees. I did it almost constantly as a child and despite falling a fair few times (usually when I climbed too high and the branch snapped) I lived to tell the tale. I don't think it is particularly dangerous, I am very much a believer that young children should have dirty hands, grazed knees and be climbing trees. I think the evidence below speaks for itself.

Exibit A: One happy child in its natural habitat

4. Food and Drink
Carly is an excellent cook and we always have such good food that it is usually a disappointment when we eat out because they rarely match the standard of what we have at home! I see so many people convinced that you cant eat well as a vegetarian it really makes me giggle, this is an Indian feast we had as a family the other day, completely vegetarian and with a couple of tweaks could even be vegan
Vegetarian Indian Feast
We never go hungry in this house! When I posted this photo on facebook one of our friends was so surprised at how good it looked he has told me he is going to try to do one veggie day a week now, which is how we started on this slippery slope to going fully veggie. To stop me rambling on about the food side of things, here's a photo of some naughty but nice Mojito's that we've been making at home recently:

Home Made Mojitos
5. Feathered Friends and Foes
My fifth and final topic is a cracker! You probably already know we keep chickens and also recently added two new Bantam Hens to our flock. They've settled in without any problems and the kids absolutely love spending time with their feathered friends.

3 of our original flock
I had to pop in to the feed store to stock up on layers mix, and the place we use also sells chickens, birds and various parrots etc. Now despite me telling the children on numerous occasions that DO NOT PUT YOUR FINGERS IN THE CAGE PARROTS BITE, so of course this time I put my finger in the cage, this handsome chap must have been laughing for the rest of the day as he bit me hard, lets just say it drew blood and the kids thought it was hilarious that Daddy was stupid enough to put his finger in with the parrot!

The cheeky chap that got me good and proper
Fair play to him, if I was cooped up in a cage I'd bit people to amuse myself too, I have no hard feelings and even considered buying the cheeky chappy because I think he's a character!

Thank you all so much for joining in with Five on Friday, I apologies for being late this week with getting round to commenting on everyones blogs, We hope you all have a fantastic Easter

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38 comments

  1. I agree with you that kids should be dirty and even fall (a little bit) from a tree, lol ! My son was one who climbed and was worse than a bag of fleas, my grandson doesn't like to be dirty and hates to climb and all sports ! That makes me laugh. The poor poor cats, if nobody spays them then it will become a catastrophe ! I have 4 cats and they are all spayed. I know in Spain they don't care very much about animals. We have vet students here who catch the cats, spay them and set them free again. I mean the wild cats.

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    1. They definitely have a totally different view of animal welfare here that's for sure

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  2. we lost our cat to a RTA this week we live in the bog end of nowhere with maybe a dozen vehicles passing a day , it was his last life as this was the third time hed been knocked down . Other half insists there will be no more pets , but having looked round I found we are not eligible to rehome a cat because we cant meet some of the strange criteria they want to rehome , letter from vets £50 , letter from landlords , its the council not a chance . income details and at least a £50 donation . So if you could just stuff a kitten in a jiffy bag in a few weeks time once were over the worst of the grieving ?

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    1. Around here they are only too happy to give kittens away because there are so many of them that are unwanted!

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  3. I'm glad you let your kids be kids......that's part of growing up! Here in the States it's reached a ridiculous level of "keeping them safe". I'm sure the next phase is not allowing them outside at all!!
    The food looks fantastic! I've been exploring Deborah Madison's "Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone" and also YouTubes by Madhurasrecipes. Wonderful stuff!

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    1. Thug Kitchen is great if you don't mind the constant swearing in it

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  4. I love your random five. I'm great believer of letting kids be kids and they need to be able to take risks. At least you showed them a perfect example with the parrot! 😊 The kittens at so cute and I'm not surprised you will end up adopting one.
    The wild herbs look fantastic. We've been foraging for wild garlic, I missed the opportunity last year.
    Could you be persuaded to post the occasional vegetarian recipe? The meal looks delicious.
    Have a wonderful weekend. X

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    1. I will definitely post some Veggie recipes up soon since you've requested it :)

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  5. Well I managed to avoid bursting into "... with the Sound of Music" only to be tripped up immediately by Wild Mountain Thyme! I shall blame you when I'm still singing it at bedtime!

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    1. Damh the Bard is excellent! I still get caught off guard when other people have actually heard of him thought, we saw him play at a Pagan Federation Conference once :)

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  6. Lovely Five on Friday. Love the herbs so readily available. Glad Logan is having fun climbing trees. My brother is the closest to me in age (we're only 16 months apart) so I grew up playing with him and we always used to climb trees in a big wood near us. I didn't realise until later that there weren't that many trees there, just seemed like it to us. We had a great time doing all sorts of outdoor stuff. We were gone for hours. Seems like now nobody does that anymore!

    Happy Five on Friday! No Easter post for me either lol

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    1. I think half of the problem, which is a crying shame, is that it isn't safe to let kids roam free away from home these days :(

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  7. The cats look very healthy despite there being so many of them. It is a shame they are not spayed as the females must always be pregnant. I agree children should be outdoors, climbing, exploring the world and getting dirty. It makes me sad seeing children constantly glued to elecronic games and reluctant to go out. Sorry to laugh at the parrot story! Why do we do that? Tell the children not to do something and then do it ourselves!

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    1. It's almost like the overwhelming urge I get every time I see a wet paint sign....."hmmm but is it STILL wet?....." Invariably yes it is and I just got it all over myself!

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  8. Kids and kittens just go together. With all those cats, they should keep some of the varmints away. Children should be outside -- it's the best way to grow up. I giggled when I read your Parrot story. I remember my Daddy saying several times -- "don't do what I do/did"! Fun post -- I'll have a mojito! Happy Friday!

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    1. I can happily say I haven't seen a single rodent in the 6 months + that we've lived here :)

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  9. Loved your five today. Love all the cats. There is an island of feral cats somewhere near Japan (I think?) that I would love to visit some day. Couldn't make it through reading about the hills without a song! One of my favorite things about my current job is how they believe very much in the importance of kids being outside as much as possible. Hope you have a wonderful Friday and a great Easter weekend!

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    1. I know a few people that would love to live on an island full of cats!

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  10. Wonderful post, Tricky! I love growing herbs and plan to have a full herb garden this year. Your find of wild thyme is wonderful! We have to worry about the deer eating everything so I have to erect fencing whenever I plan anything, and that's hard on me. But, it's important. And next year I hope to get a greenhouse. Anyway, I wouldn't want all those cats around! I love animals but they attack and kill the songbirds which we enjoy watching. Still, we have been cat owners in the past....just like keeping them indoors. Your children are precious! Love their names, too. The foods look absolutely scrumptious!

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    1. I've heard that deer won't jump in to an area if they can't see what is on the other side so it may work out cheaper for you to use lower fencing with some sort of screening on it so they can't see inside?

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  11. Fantastic Five today! The wild herbs are outstanding and your veggie meal looks awesome (of course, I am a vegetarian, so you don't have to convince me!) I was also a tree climber and so were my children. :D

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    1. sounds like you would fit in a treat here with us Marcie :)

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  12. Always love seeing kids in trees and in creeks. We are way too civilized these days and take the fun out of childhood so I'm sending a "well done you!" your way.

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  13. The "play with clay" reminds me my childhood. I played a lot with clay. that was one of my favorite time pass.

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    1. We used to play with clay a lot as kids but we were so poor that we used to take a bucket down to the streams and dig it out of the banks with an old spoon!

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  14. I really enjoyed to read your post, Tricky! The young children should learn to climb trees, they should make their own experiences playing in the nature.
    Have a nice weekend!
    Loretta

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    1. I think the next stage is finding somewhere appropriate to build a tree house :)

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  15. What a great feast! It all looks delicious and shows that you don't need meat really doesn't it. I am so pleased to see children playing out and about and getting into things, it is good for us all I think! Hope you are having a great easter!

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    1. Thanks Amy hope your Easter was fantastic :)

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  16. We just took five cats to the vet to have them spayed yesterday. Four more to go and then we won't have any females who can present us with kittens, at least not until the next feral cat comes out of the forest. We have about twenty cats , but since we live way out in the forest, nobody sees them or cares. We have two indoor cats, and the rest live in the barn or the plant room, or under the porch, or where ever suits them. My dogs live outside, and my ferrets live inside. We are a multi-species collective.

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    1. there is resilience in diversity!

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  17. Love your Five on Friday! I am almost wishing I could be a child again, growing up with you guys. We have a free range approach to our children's education/life, it works well, giving them a sense of ownership (of their own lives), happiness and it also teaches them that taking risks is part of being human. Climbing trees is good fun, not just for the kids. Although these days I am struggling a bit, being in my late forties, overweight and all! I noticed today that our favourite climbing tree in the botanic garden has been felled, such a shame. I had forgotten that chicken egg colour is dependent on their breed (you showed us the Bantams eggs in your last post). I haven't seen a white egg in about 20 years. I am a bit of a part time vegetarian, I cannot resist bacon and a good sausage. Curries I prefer vegetarian, egg curry being my favourite. Apologies for being a bit random here. Hope you have another mojito or two this weekend!

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    1. It warms my heart when people say things like that, makes me think we must be doing it right :)
      Never apologies for randomness, all the best things (and people!) are spontaneous!

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  18. Hi
    I love your blog. Do you mind me asking the region that you live in Spain?
    My mother used to live in Orgiva, southern Spain.

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    1. Aww thank you!
      We live about an hour outside of Alicante :)

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  19. Yes I can see how you have happy, healthy kids and a growing collection of kittens!
    It looks idyllic, thanks for a little peep into your week.
    Wren x

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