(Although the production company looks very interesting if you're based in Scotland.)
Isn't that a beautiful thing?
Well, even better. I have two!
I got one for myself a few Christmases ago and my sister bought me the other one; they remain something that gives me pleasure every time I look at them.
Fair trade, cost FAR too much money but worth every penny. There's a lot of work gone into hand stitching this lovely design. I'm very fond of Kandinsky's work. I would have really liked one of the rugs too ... might start saving up for one of those.
This week saw one of the local men very busy with his tractor and rotavator in and around our little village. He came and dug over a large part of our land.
We'd originally thought we'd plant all types of things here but we're a bit short on water and will have to decide whether we want to put a well on the land before we do anything else. We may wait another year and see how we go. Without easy access to water, our crops would die anyway in the searing temperatures of July and August.
So instead, FR has been busy tidying up the 'garden' area and it's beginning to take a bit of shape.
We've discovered a nice flower area in the middle which is now sprouting purple iris, roses and has clumps of carnations that should flower before long. I've also found several patches of peppermint and I will be putting in some lavender too. There are lots of wild daisies - weeds, really - but which will have their pretty little yellow and and white flowers in bloom any moment now, so I've left them in. And we planted the little lilac tree that a friend gave me too.
Against the house, there is a Philadelphia shrub, which has the wonderful mock-orange flowers that smell delicious. There are also two other climbers that I can't identify.
This one looks a bit like elderflower to me...but the leaves are different so obviously, it's not elderflower.
What is it?
And this one is a really vigorous climber and I can only think it must be a Virginia Creeper but again, I need some positive ID from someone in the know.
|It has climbed up and over Mateo's bedroom wall in the few weeks we've been here.|
|The vines are sprouting nicely too. In another month, we should have some nice shade here - PHEW!|
|Line on Darwin!|
Yes, it's coming along.