Today I noticed that I now have 100 followers of my blog. I'm amazed that people would want to continue to read something that really started out two and a half years ago as more of a personal journal.
I did keep a written diary in a pile of exercise books when I first moved here in 1998, but unfortunately these were lost during one of our many moves.
A very big thankyou to all my followers. Your loyalty makes me very happy and I always look forward to your comments and words of encouragement.
It's taken from father-in-law's land just outside the village, looking towards the hill where our house is situated.
The little black mis-shapen circle marks our house (I don't know how I managed to mark the photo, but once I had, I couldn't change it or make it neater, so it will have to stay like this!)
Today is the first day of Kurban Bayram which I wrote about a couple of years ago HERE. So to avoid witnessing the slaughter of sheep, I've remained in the house all day, while Mr A continues the never-ending work on the garden.
Feeling restless, I decided to move the furniture in the bedroom around...AGAIN! I often move the bed to a different spot but today, for the first time since we moved here almost 3 years ago, I wanted to move the wardrobe to the opposite wall. This meant removing suitcases from the top and emptying the contents, which ended up in the sitting room.
As usual I got stuck...wedged into corners..several times, simply because I don't plan properly. I just go at it like a bull in a china shop. But eventually I managed to get everything moved and the room looks much bigger as I've discarded a fair amount of rubbish. Not to mention huge piles of dust from under the wardrobe. So it's now spotless and spacious and I am content.
The rest of today was taken up with baking pastry. Two quiches, jam tarts and a chicken pie. And I've peeled some small onions and left to soak in salted water, ready for pickling tomorrow....my second batch since last week. I love pickled onions!
Mr A brought home some sharon fruit yesterday. I've never had them before and I tried one. It was awful. I've been googling sharon fruit and there seem to be different types, one of which is very astringent...clearly the ones I have. I felt like the enamel had been stripped from my teeth.
So I am wondering if anyone has any interesting recipes for these fruit....other than jam? Please let me know.