Casa Rosales

Casa Rosales

Sunday, 13 April 2014

A day in pictures

Sometimes, it's not necessary to say much.

Growing apace

And a very happy dog...

All the little pots have a potential apple tree growing in them....
also, there are strawberries, a hazelnut tree and a monkey puzzle tree.
Hopefully!

Three of our eight new hens...



Four of them in their new home.



This is Daisy, I believe....


My garden has sprouted a host of iris.

And this year, I know this is pear blossom!


In the garden enjoying a bottle of bubbly and great craic with my friend, Sam.
(Will miss you beyond words when you return to Scotland.)

Out for a walk with the girls....

And Ruy of course, who found a beautiful lizard....






One for the album....

No, Jasmin is not looking at a mobile phone!

Chicken herding...


How some days can be...pretty well perfect.

29 comments:

  1. ...and why not? These are the sort do days which leave great memories. X

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    1. I hope so, Gaynor. It really felt as though it was a lovely memory in the making. Ax

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  2. Helen Devries13 April 2014 17:19

    So was Pippin taking the group photograph?
    By the look of his paws he still has some growing to do...

    That's a happy day for your friend to look back on too when she leaves Spain - I trust not for ever.

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    1. It was FR taking the photo, Helen - Pippin was absolutely crashed out after being run rings round by the diminutive but tireless Charlie....and yes, I think he's still got to grow into his paws.

      I do hope she won't be leaving forever but we know they'll be back for holidays when they can. And I intend a visit to Bonnie Scotland before too long!
      Axxx

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  3. Hens and a puppy - a fun combination, Annie. :-) This is a lovely post and a super memory of a happy day with your friends. I had to look twice to recognise Mateo - he's a young man now!

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    1. I don't think I'd leave Pippin in charge of the hens just yet, Perpetua, but he's showing good self-control...when we yell at him! It was a lovely day - and yes, Mateo is not a little boy any more, not by a long way.
      Axxx

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    2. When you do let me know. It would be lovely to catch up.

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  4. What a gorgeous day, Annie - and a wonderful photo for the album (or at least, to be saved for future reference - albums seem to have gone by the board now digital technology has taken over!) I have a feeling that Pippin is going to be huge; pity, in a way, that he's not a collie - he could be trained to herd the hens for you!
    You do have a lovely family - but may we have a picture of FR sometime, please, to complete the 'set'?
    Blessings.

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    1. It was such a lovely day, Helva, and yes, the digital album is what we refer to now - let's hope there won't be a dreadful crash and we lose them all....
      And it is the general consensus that Pippin is going to outgrow his name! I don't think I will leave the shepherding to him though...even if he has a look of the German type.
      And FR is pretty camera shy and I always seem to catch him with a dreaded fag in his mouth, so I don't post those!! One day....
      Axxx

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  5. Pippin is really growing into a big dog quickly. How exciting to have your own hens, no more buying eggs for you, just wander outside and pick up a clutch and make a delicious Spanish omelette - lovely.

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    1. I'm adjusting to Pip's size and he's calming down into a lovely dog now, at 4 months old, and I have high hopes for the future family pet.
      The hens are a great addition and yes, the eggs are wonderful collected still warm...and how could we do anything other than make a perfect Spanish tortilla (con patata, of course).
      Axxx

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  6. This post is so full of contentment and happiness - and chickens! You have achieved my dream.
    Have a lovely Easter, with your home-grown eggs!

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    1. After a shaky start to the year, Nilly, for one reason or the other, our spirits have been rising with the sun since the beginning of Spring. And although it was probably the last time for us to get together with Sam and family whilst they are still Spanish residents, it was a perfectly lovely day and one we will remember. Hopefully, they'll be back to visit whenever they can...
      And yes, this year, it won't be chocolate eggs (although I might just be persuaded to make some for my children) but home-grown ones!! How eggciting!
      Axxx

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  7. You're right. Sometimes photos are all that's required, and these are lovely happy ones. My goodness Pippin is really growing isn't he? I'd still like to have chickens, but I don't think it wise with all my dogs...who have no self-control I'm afraid.

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    1. Pippin has turned a huge corner recently, Ayak, and is showing that he's going to be a lovely and good dog. The first few months were dominated by him growing so much that I don't think his brain could cope with any instructions! Now, he is starting to be responsive and is wonderful out on a walk. And good with the chickens..so far!
      Axxx

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  8. Hello Annie,

    What joy to be surrounded by family and friends, the sun shining and all being well with the world. Yes, this is the stuff of which wonderful memories are made, spirits lifted and hearts filled with love.

    We love the look of your chicken and do envy you the supply of fresh eggs which is such a different taste experience from any eggs bought, however freshly laid they may be advertised as being. However, our own experiences with chicken were fraught. We were definitely not made out for it and although we loved the look of our Black Rock hens they caused us no end of trouble. Your russet beauties will, we are sure, be better behaved!

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    1. Thank you Jane and Lance - we all enjoyed the day so much. The weather at this time of year can be just so perfect - not too hot and yet full of what is to come. And we had such a full moon last night, it felt bright all night.

      Our chickens are not integrating well and I know now where the phrase 'pecking order' comes from - but the eggs are wonderful and the tortilla I made today had a completely different taste and colour!
      I hope ours will be happy and productive - my unsentimental Spanish husband will have them in a pot otherwise!!
      Axxx

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  9. Your children have grown so much since I started following your blog - Mine is now in her twenties and I don't notice time moving on - but yours look so much older that the 24 months the calendar tells me have passed.

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    1. You are quite right, B2B. Mateo has altered the most in the past couple of years. Romy is tall for her age and looking quite grown up - and Ruy at 12, is still 'preparing' to shoot up as he's a bit fed up that his 10 year old sister is almost as tall as he is! It will happen any time soon....I am still noticing the little changes on a daily basis.
      Axxx

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  10. Oh the sunshine and your house and garden are just meant to be seen together. It all looks so wonderful. I'm sure you had a fabulous time with Sam, I do hope she is able to get back to see you often. I'm sure Romy is sad too. lets hope everything works out for them. I'm glad Pippin is settling into his own skin a little more.... and maybe, one day he can be in charge of chicken herding. Are there any foxes around? or other anti chicken creatures ?
    Looking forward to a whole summer of fabulous blue sky photos, and hoping as much contented posting as possible. Lots of love Jxxxx

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    1. It's been a particularly lovely week - weather wise - and the garden and our lives outside the house have changed gear completely. FR has been really busy again making vegetable patches and planting onions and of course, chicken farming!
      I'm not thinking about Sam going, although it's so close that I will have to face up to it very soon. I hadn't expected to find such a good friend here so it feels doubly cruel that she's going. Romy will miss Jasmine and Izzy - they play so well together and in a totally different way to Spanish children. They spent Sunday morning setting treasure hunts for each other...
      There will be anti-chicken creatures around but they are quite safe in the outhouse and as yet Pippin cannot take charge!
      Semana Santa is upon us but as yet, I haven't been to any of the processions...maybe later in the week, although it always rains on Semana Santa....
      Axxx

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  11. That does look like a perfect day : ) Particularly the chicken herding, trampolining and finding a lizard! It was lovely to read about the planting of extra fruit trees in your last post - it's such a joy to gorge on as much fresh fruit as possible.

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    1. And lovely to hear from you too, Hita and I love how you summed up our happy day!

      The tree planting is an ongoing task and I hope later this year we might have some of our fruit to pick! Exciting. Axxx

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  12. This is just the start of a wonderful summer... I hope!
    Sx

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    1. I hope so, Ms S. The sad thing is that our lovely friends won't be here to enjoy it with us...I am struggling with this fact. Axxx

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  13. Perfect in every day, Annie. It will be exciting to watch everything, including kids, grow through the months ahead

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    1. Yes, and thank you, Penny, it really does seem to be the growing season! I will be posting how it goes. Axxx

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  14. The best days with best friends ... nothing much beats them!

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