Honey, I'm home

We had the best holiday ever. I missed my baby but had phone or text chats with him most days but otherwise it was great. I think it was better that normal because the house finally starts to feel like home, because we had work to do at the house and this suits us as we all get a bit stressy when there is no work to do (weird but true, especially for Fahed & Ahdel. We did lots of things we enjoyed but noticed we are also started to become a part of the local community. When our neighbour couldn't start her motorbike (she still has a donkey which she rides when he daughter isn't there to give her a lift on the bike)then she came to us for help. Other neighbours asked if they could gather our carobs and other crops, next door parked their donkey under our trees for a few days, another guy arranged for our water meter to be fitted even though we accidentally stood him up the evening before (our Greek apparently needs some practice).

This week was back to normal except that i seem to be exhausted and not interested in my work. Hopefully that it just first week back problems as having energy and enjoying work are pretty fundamenal to me. To go with the new year feeling (new educational year??)I am planning a major spring clean. I am taking Laura one time advice and going for a room at a time, then beating the family into submission until they keep it nice - it's possible that might not have been included in Laura's advice but I am sure that's what she meant.

Just before hols we made a couple of jars of pickled chillies. On Sunday we opened the jar and they were so good that we have finished the lot already. I have bought a further 2 kilo of fresh chillies at the Asian supermarket today for pickling. Also bought a kilo of small cucumbers to try something pickling new. Lastly i bought a kilo of small aubergines which are stuffed with garlic and pickled for ultimate anti social but yummy accompaniment to food. Sadly the aubergines I bought we too big so I will cook them instead and try to buy some smaller ones for a pickling session next week.

Tomorrow I will have energy for housekeeping and pickling, really I will.


  1. Hi Lizzie, welcome back! How lovely that you feel part of the community now.

    Have fun with the 'spring clean'!

    PS. The subliminal message in all my organising/de-cluttering posts is: train your family! I'm glad you noticed it :-) :-)

  2. Glad to hear the holiday was a success. Do you plan to live there permenantly one day? Will you get a donkey too? I had a carob tree in the yard when I was a kid. I always wanted to know how to make carob out of the pods.

  3. Thank you.
    Haha, I was listening, honest Laura.

    We are wanderers I think Daizy, some months here, some months there and some somewhere else. I like the fact that the house is there for the kids and when they have families too.


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