Monday, February 17, 2014

just interesting

Sometimes I'm fascinated by a yarn or a pattern just for the sake of it. Like this drop stitch pattern, made up by dropped stitches and plenty of triple yarn overs producing an interesting square pattern. A beautiful variegated Noro yarn is just interesting enough with this otherwise dull knitting pattern. Honestly it wasn't all enjoyful knitting. Also still trying to convince my husband that it's a really cool mens scarf in it's beige-greyness.

Now that it's off my hands [read more about the project on Ravelry], I can finally start planning that hand knit pullover - I'm thinking one of these awesome patterns a | b | c - for my smallest.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Saturday, January 25, 2014

bit of this and that

Someone turned four and had Swedish pancake cake, as he had wished for. Like in the awesome story of Pancakes for Findus by the eminent Swedish childbook writer Sven Nordquist. Those sweet moments. The day before I had intensly embraced the fact it was his last day as three. Normally I don't dwell particularly in the past. The present is where I find myself mostly. Or maybe pondering the future. But with kids and time there's something just so inevitable. The time can't be stopped. Life and kids are constantly and mindlessly transforming into something new.

The other day I pulled out a cardigan from the closet that I had been knitting on about 6-7 years ago. Realized it was finished and fit perfectly. Think I was annoyed with the arms and had wanted to re-knit them. Glad about this new fellow in my cardigan stack. [Read more about this knitting project at ravelry.]

We have a rainy week ahead, good for the dams, and orchids that will be in bloom anytime now. I'm itching to go and admire them. In the meantime I enjoy some memories from earlier this month, such as a clamfull Ladies Miles beach. It's still half a year until we can hand trawl fresh ones there. Here is how we prepare an easy clam dish, as in an earlier blog post:
Easy Vongole
Prepare spaghetti.
Chop finely a small onion and frizzle in olive oil.
Chop finely or press a clove of garlic, add it in the pan.
Let it all frizzle until golden
Add a splash of white wine and a splash of water, half half, and bring to boil.
Season with salt, white pepper and optionally cayenne.
Add the clams and let boil for 1-2 minutes.
Taste and add more salt if necessary.
Stir in everything, clams and clam broth, to the spaghetti.

[Important note: Always throw clams that are open before cooking and those that don't open after cooking.]

Monday, January 20, 2014

Pissouri beach

Exploring more of beaches west Limassol we drove to Pissouri beach, located between Avdimou and Petra tou Romiou. On our way we passed the charming Pissouri village situated on top of a steep cliff by the sea. With it's winding roads and pretty houses, it's the kind of place where one would want to retire one day.

This tidy and pebbly beach has it's own beach promenade. A nice sequence was the handsome smiling cowboy who stopped to let kids pet and feed his beautiful horse with Carob seeds. We walked to one end of the beach, where kids found a perfect spot to play "house" in. We climbed some rocks that probably been pushed up the bottom of the sea as they where stuffed with fossilized shells.
This adventurous day had a great final with friends, ancient Greek style shadow theathre, Karagiozis, and a some nice food at Proto Kalamaki tavern at the Limassol castle square (do try their delicious chicken). A great opportunity to wear my recently finished Fall Away Cardigan the first time [more on this knit project over at Ravelry].

Petra tou Romiou

We drove to walk the popular beach by Petra tou Romiou, or Aphrodite's Rock, almost in Paphos. Not so many folks there and as usual we walked to discover what is behind next bend, and the next, and the next.

Simple chess cookies - when the boys get to choose.

Monday, January 06, 2014

limassol from a ferris wheel

Everything in Cyprus is kind of small. Small businesses. A national museum with true treasures housed in a tiny house. Can't even find an opera house. But when Christmas fair is installed in Limassol there's the hughest Ferris wheel, with great views of the mountains and the sea. We where there when only the attractions had yet opened, before Christmas holidays, and I wore my recently knit Pendulum shawl. This stripy, very wearable and soft scarf was ready just in time for the cold [more about the knit project on Ravelry].

Wishing You a great new year!

Monday, December 02, 2013

orchid hunting

After first autumn rains spiranthes spiralis is supposed to bloom during November-December. Walking in the garigue landscape at Akrotiri is always nice. Our first this season. We didn't have much rains yet though. So the expectation spotting my first ever spiranthes spiralis wasn't that high. But I found one dry tiny piece all alone and pretty.
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Afterwards we went to a Syrian restaurant in Limassol. Tasty and fun, also for kids.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

mid november

Warm lights from the paper stars in evenings.
Green tea with organic honey to mend first cold.
Pondering what this Christmas will be like?
Traditional Scandinavian with East Mediterranean components, or the reverse?
Our Santa will come on Christmas eve, that's sure.

Weather still summery.
Vitalizing promenades on beach pebbles.
Pebble throwing, who-can-land-it-on-that-rock competition.
Eating Swedish dream cookies.
Sun set accompanied by a wedding couple being photographed.
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Still haven't recovered after Google Reader went out. Miss all blog awesomeness. Would need a replacement, good for lap top and smartphone. Any experience?

Friday, November 15, 2013

memories from May

Oh, speaking of lovely friends visiting from Sweden. Searched through photos from May. K and her adorable family spent a lovely week together with us. Seems I've been too busy posting anything about it earlier.
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During this week L caught clams to make himself a vongole. Kids played. Many cozy evenings trying local wines. Trip to Kourion, to Limassol Zoo and Akrotiri Bay.
Me and K even managed to squeeze in a girls night out. Almost like the good ol' days.
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Oh, and we grilled a whole Oxtopodi, and lots of Mashmallows.
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homebound holiday

No need to travel when lovely friends from Sweden visits. Hanging out at our place. Once at "their" place too. A trip to Agros. Chill out at Limassol city beach. Trip Omodos. Sea food at Old Town Limassol. Nicely.
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Saturday, September 07, 2013

a visit to a winery

Most wineries on the island are located in the villages of Limassol known as Krasochoria, or "wine villages". In Omodos which is one of these villages are plenty of wineries. In the pittoresque village center we walked along cobblestone roads, sat at a café and enjoyed the busy athomsphere. The tourists definitely hadn't left this part of the island for the season. This day we didn't join them at the wineries outlets with wine tasting.
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The whole family had been invited to visit the big Olympus winery, by awesome Mrs Olvia Haggipavlu. The winery is owned by ETKO which is the oldest wine-making business on the island, established 1844. Lately they've been more into making boutique wines after decades of producing bulk wines to Russia, and even Sweden.

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My first impression when arriving at the winery was the beautiful scent of wine laying heavily over the area. The friendly wine maker from Greece guided us around and explained carefully the wine process. I was also impressed by the busy well functioning logistics. Trucks loaded with grapes frequently arriving, as it's harvest season. Emptied in just a blink of a moment into the crush. There where huge funky shining machines everywhere for all kinds of purposes that where definitely a joy to the eye. I also recall the laboratory with the lab coated lady, busy with colourful chemicals and liquids in pipes and bottles everywhere.
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The visits final was a tasting of their wines in different phases directly from the tanks. We tried a lovely ecologial Merlot, a nice Cabernet Sauvignon, a crisp and dry Xynisteri, a beautiful Maratheftiko and a really young Rosé from 2013 that was still sweet and fizzing. We had a fab time and truly grateful to Olvia for the opportunity to spend an afternoon with her in the midst of her big business, nonetheless filled with love.
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