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Our harvest & preparing for winter…


Our harvest! ©copyright2014owpp

Our harvest!
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Today it started to freeze… I had to quickly bring in the last green tomatoes to go on riping indoors & try to protect the plants by wrapping them up with thin plastic sheets.
Without knowing if I was doing the right thing I cut the leaves & put them around the root to keep the heat assuming the plants needed all their energy to stay alive.
As we have many gardeners out there I’d like to ask if I did the right thing or did I weaken them by taking it off & is plastic enough to stop them from freezing as I have no place for the portable greenhouses suggested by other bloggers?
Here are photos of our “garden” & of our seeds drying system 😉

Our "garden" ready (?) for winter ©copyright2014owpp

Our “garden” ready (?) for winter
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Our leek seeds drying system ©copyright2014owpp

Our leek seeds drying system
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Oregano leaves drying too ©copyright2014owpp

Oregano leaves drying too
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And onion seeds...set for next year! ©copyright2014owpp

And onion seeds…set for next year!
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A Heartwarming Story of Perseverance


Hi everyone! It’s good to be back with an amazingly inspiring story found on https://goodtimestories.wordpress.com/2014/11/29/a-heartwarming-story-of-perserverence/
it just left me speechless, so much so that I think you’d best watch it to understand why I have a hard time putting into words my admiration for this tremendously courageous soul teaching us a lesson of perseverance “par excellence” (translate…the best of a kind)

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‘E:60’ – Catching Kayla
Published on 20 Nov 2014
Tom Rinaldi tells the remarkable story of Kayla Montgomery — who, despite being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, has become one of the best young distance runners in the country.

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Thank you’s & taking a small break!


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I’ll be taking a break from posting for two weeks to come back with the oomph for more!
My appreciation goes to all my followers, for the time they take to like & comment,
without you this blog wouldn’t have been possible.
When I think of the moment I published my first post & got my first like shortly after…
the feeling was indescribable, I couldn’t believe that someone was out there seeing my
first painting “The lioness” in my “Hello world” first page.
See…
https://oawritingspoemspaintings.wordpress.com/2012/09/06/hello-world/

Thank you!

The sequel of our rabbits


This is Flappy! ©copyright2014owpp

This is Flappy!
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About two years ago our children begged us for a rabbit which I adamantly refused because life experience taught me it would inevitably all fall on me, the cleaning, feeding, joy & pain… Then recently, I caved in on the condition that it wouldn’t, I guess we never learn 😉
(we had two hamsters more than twenty years ago see…https://oawritingspoemspaintings.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/our-hamsters-burial/ an essay I wrote for a writing course)
So, we looked on the internet (big mistake there!) & went on a drive to buy a two month old Albino buck which was taken away from its mother, without us understanding the consequence (second mistake!) we loved him on sight & called him Flappy because of what we thought were his floppy ears, that’s how oblivious we were… total newbies!
Five days later after taking a big place in our home, Flappy broke our heart & died for what seemed, no apparent reason, until I worked hours on the internet to collect as much information as possible in order to understand the why’s that kept turning in our head & found out that private breeders have a high mortality rate & that two months old is still too young to separate from the mother if we were told the truth about its age!
After respectfully parting from him we went to look, this time in a shop, for one that would fill the huge gap Flappy had created in such a short tract & found a four month old doe (we made sure of that too) that was not with its mother, meaning old enough to be adopted by us without dying on us.
I fell for Kwaki (the name our kids insisted upon) for her big eyes & beautiful fur & came home with the hope that everyone would love her as much as I already did… which happened to some quicker than others but she quickly won over 😉
Kwaki is nearly four months with us now & soon eight months of age, we’ve learnt everything we could over rabbits, to the last detail, she’s a cheeky, healthy one with a load of character, keeps us on our toes, there is a pile of cleaning up after, that mostly falls on me, I’ve built her “castles” from free supermarket boxes(yes, she munches her way through them!) but we adore her 🙂
Nevertheless every time we see photos of our Flappy we still have this slight squeeze & miss that white bundle of fur…

Here are some photos of the two I hope you’ll enjoy!

Passing from one to another... ©copyright2014owpp

Passing from one to another…
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Close to our hearts ©copyright2014owpp

Close to our hearts
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Fitting in the cup of our hand ©copyright2014owpp

Fitting in the cup of our hand
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Then comes tiny Kwaki... ©copyright2014owpp

Then comes tiny Kwaki…
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Growing fast munching her way through ;) ©copyright2014owpp

Growing fast munching her way through 😉
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My architecture skills! ©copyright2014owpp

My architecture skills!
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Kwaki "helping" me out :) ©copyright2014owpp

Kwaki “helping” me out 🙂
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Training her to stand...for carrot peel ©copyright2014owpp

Training her to stand…for carrot peel
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Learning to pose, knowing she's irresistible! ©copyright2014owpp

Learning to pose, knowing she’s irresistible!
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DIY Build an Earthship Home! | Getoffmoney.com


I find this video most fascinating & went on looking at the full documentary which would take too much space here but you can look it up with the tittle “Garbage Warrior ALL ABOUT EARTHSHIPS – Full Length Documentary” on YouTube.
What fascinated me most beside the fact that the whole subject is mind boggling, is that at a point he said something very wise I quote “I missed the freedom to fail” (referring to the time he got his license as architect taken away & they didn’t allow him to build his projects because of some building law requirements) for me as for many others I imagine, failure is something you’d rather avoid surely not miss or invite in your life, that got me thinking…

He truly believed not being able to fail stopped him achieving his goals in life, that was so human & refreshing to hear.
I don’t think I’ll ever see after that failing as I saw it before, I think you’ll understand what I mean when you’ll hear it in its context.

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Build an Earthship Home
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Treasure hunting for the crown’s jewels


The crown's jewels ©copyright2014owpp

The crown’s jewels
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To me, the sea, mountains & its creatures living on premises are the crown’s jewels & when we go out there, I like hunting with my loved ones bringing back a testimony to share with all of you the extraordinary every day miracles of a planet we tend to take for granted because we have it & see it on a daily basis.
I’ve got a collection of seventeen photos which I carefully selected including some of the every day occurrence to put you in the ambiance of the unusually sunny, windless shores two days ago!
I hope you’ll enjoy this post too 🙂

View at the end of stone-path   ©copyright2014owpp

View at the end of stone-path
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Focusing on the small but living... ©copyright2014owpp

Focusing on the small but living…
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More... ©copyright2014owpp

More…
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And even closer ©copyright2014owpp

And even closer
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Waves"playing"around the stones ©copyright2014owpp

Waves”playing”around the stones
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Body & texture... ©copyright2014owpp

Body & texture…
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Nearly caught by high tide :) ©copyright2014owpp

Nearly caught by high tide 🙂
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Other sea members finding a niche ©copyright2014owpp

Other sea members finding a niche
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Isn't that a comfortable home? ©copyright2014owpp

Isn’t that a comfortable home?
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Last shot of a perfect view before hitting the sand :) ©copyright2014owpp

Last shot of a perfect view before hitting the sand 🙂
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Heart-shaped jewel ©copyright2014owpp

Heart-shaped jewel
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Simplicity of the moment... ©copyright2014owpp

Simplicity of the moment…
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Passerby's doing the same ©copyright2014owpp

Passerby’s doing the same
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High tide catching up ©copyright2014owpp

High tide catching up
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Another story unfolds... ©copyright2014owpp

Another story unfolds…
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Last but NEVER least :) ©copyright2014owpp

Last but NEVER least 🙂
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For the very first time… A day at my work


My work material ©copyright2014owpp

My work material
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I invite you today for the first time to see me at work!
Just a few photos to give you an idea about how & what
happened yesterday…

Taking care of the millimeters... ©copyright2014owpp

Taking care of the millimeters…
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Refining shadows & reflections ©copyright2014owpp

Refining shadows & reflections
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And enjoying every moment :) ©copyright2014owpp

And enjoying every moment 🙂
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