We are in the last month of the year now and it always makes me reflect over the past year. Hasn't it flown by! I found this image last week and thought it was quite appropriate:I do thank everyone for sharing their smiles on Annie's blog A Stitch In Time, and we will continue to do so in the new year, God willing.
A card through my letterbox always makes me smile. This one arrived recently from the Ukraine. It is the Shrine of the Holy Dormition, one of the largest orthodox shrines of Ukraine which was added to the World Heritage List in 1990.
The stamps are colourful and have heraldic images on them.
And this lovely lady with her bicycle comes to me from Russia. It was sent to me by Inna, who tells me her hobby is scrapbooking. She did a photo album for her son, and she tells me she now does 'custom work for others'.So what have we been up to this week. Well, the weather got better from Tuesday onwards, so I have been catching up on my washing. Body warmers and work jumpers for hubby and other thick stuff that needs a good sunny day to dry.
I have just found some money in the washing machine! Notes! Must have come out of hubby's pockets. I found a 20 eur note, a 5 eur note and a 1 euro coin. Well I never! So now they are drying by the window in the sun. They don't seem to be damaged at all.
On Saturday we went to our Spanish/English conversation group 'Intercambio'. The people that run it have gone back to the UK for a few months and have asked me to be the key holder (and lead). We had a good session on Saturday. The theme was 'Christmas traditions'. Weended up talking about food a lot so next week we will continue the food theme and we are going to bring some treats. I promised to bring some mince pies. But of course mince meat is not something we can buy here, so I have to make my own. My daughter-in-law has a food blog (Gourmet Mum)and she has a recipe on there. (This is her photo)
It is without suet as that is another thing I don't know how to get hold of (although I'm sure they have it here as most people slaughter a pig around this time of year).
I had a go this week and this is what mine looks like:
I realised I had forgotten the apple, so here is the mixture with the apple. It is now maturing nicely in the brandy and I hope that I can use it on Saturday.
This we also went to get more fire wood. The last lot we bought were root type wood. We liked that very much as it was dry and burnt slowly, so we need very little. We thought we'd get some more before the supplier runs out.
Sure enough the yard was much emptier so it was good we came. Hubby put the trailer behind the car (they can deliver, but we prefer to get our own) and the owner gave him permission to load.We pay by the cubic meter. The chap calculates the size of the trailer. I can't remember exactly how big our trailer is but we pay 50 euros for a trailer load.
We had our first frost yesterday, and in the day when the sun doesn't shine, it gets mighty cold.
So that was my week and my smiles. I will leave you with some funnies as usual.
Have a wonderful weekend and a very good week ahead.
PS If you haven't spent money on a bargain on Black Friday, here is one last bargain for you:Translation: 'Black Friday 50% off Adidas trainers, plus free nail clippers'. (Bargain!)