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:
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|
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!|
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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