(Noting what’s fresh & local to know what I can grow & when and a record of fresh pickings from our garden to improve future planting plans, manage gluts better etc)
From the store: …
- Raštan (spring greens)
- New potatoes
- White cabbage
From the garden: … Just herbs I’m afraid. The mint is now romping away…
Sowing & Planting
(Building a record of what I need to prepare for next in the garden)
Have sown loads of veg seeds:
- runner beans
- 6 different types of salad greens (endive, brazilian lettuce, cos, local lettuce, raddichio, cut & come again – mix of reds & oak lettuces)
And some more flowers & herbs:
- sweet peas
It’s day 5 and already the lettuces are going mad; most of the sweetcorn have sprouted; the first runner bean is poking through and some of the pepper seeds are showing green growth.
Baking & Making
(A chance to reflect on the culinary success & failures of the month & sharing crafty moments)
Awesome meaty soup. I bought some nice svijnska vrat sa kostima (pork with bones) and when I cut it up into chunks for the freezer I decided to remove the bones. Hating to chuck anything away these days (!) I just bunged the bones into a pan with a few herbs and veg I had to hand and left it to simmer away. I strained it and blended it and even I was impressed with the tasty thick soup I had made. It’s gone in the freezer but I’m already looking forward to it with dumplings!
I made some lovely pressies for my Mum, my sister and my dear friend – beautiful verses framed with my pressed flowers – and managed to wrap them all up and cart them off to the UK without taking a single photo! Doh!
(Love sharing the books I’m into)
Clare Morrall’s book, Astonishing Splashes of Colour, impressed me. It moved me to a greater understanding of a difficult subject.
I have been trying to read ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’ by Zora Neal Hurston but haven’t got beyond the first few pages. I thought it would keep me entertained whilst waiting in airports and on the plane journeys but the lure of newspapers and in-flight magazines was too strong. I had no time to read whilst in the UK and since we’ve been back it’s the old routine of working until we drop so my head barely touches the pillow before I’m asleep!
What’s the vibe?
(This month’s gut reaction)
Warm. Sunny. Fresh. Hopeful. Alive. Just looking at these fresh green leaves and blue sky makes me feel renewed…
It’s been a busy lambing season here… Laura & Tony became a Mummy & Daddy to Amber Sophia Browne; Oscar (finally) joined Elena to make Cecile & Marjan very happy parents and Miki & Nina & Luka welcomed baby Tara into their family.
(Trying to listen to some new tunes every month)
Failed to make headway into new sounds. Have been mellowing out with old faves including Juliet Turner.
Another busy month on the fun stuff front mostly revolving around celebrating Steve’s 50 glorious years on this planet…
First was the pre-birthday warm-up, Monte style, for both Steve and Maja whose 40th we would miss due to being in the UK. We hosted it at Topla and billed it as a Cocktail Party with a Twist – cocktail dress plus extra body parts! We installed a full on cocktail bar in our lounge (complete with fridge!); had a load of cocktail recipes as posters on the wall; fairy lights everywhere and plenty of dancing space. Steve made himself a tail resembling a cock and some strange glasses for his ironic ‘Cocktail Glasses’ look:
There was lots of fun stuff in the UK… hanging out with the MHF mob; shopping!!!; meeting Grandson Jack:
And of course the big party (see this post for full story):
(Bizarre & extraordinary happenings? This is Montenegro)
Only here in Monte will our friendly mechanic phone at 21.45 on a Sunday to say he’s found a second hand steering arm (saved us 100 euros) for the Fiesta and all the necessary bearings. Dragolub the magician mechanic we are thining of you as you mourn the loss of your father.
One Green Thing
(One more step along my green journey)
Re-used old egg boxes as planters for half my seeds (for plants with shallow roots, like herbs and lettuces and flowers). I can plant the entire box and it will biodegrade.
(Charting the weather for us and our garden)
Spring has sprung and it’s mostly warm and sunny. Apparently it was gorgeous weather whilst we were away and even on our return it’s remained good – the odd cloudy, rainy day is welcome to keep the garden watered and stop our baby seedlings from frazzling.
The campsite is dry. Too dry now probably! The clay has turned from runny to rock hard…
And in Topla… the sun is streaming through the glass, the stone tiles are warm to walk on and its the best time to be living in this space.