|broadbeans (fava) growing in the garden in January...|
One of the very best things about living in Corfu is the mild winters. The climate allows for a year round growing season.
In November T planted broadbeans (aka fava beans), and cauliflower, onions and chard, as well as parsley, parsnips and beets. (The first year we lived here we made the mistake of planting them in the spring, of course the poor things bolted and died long before they matured or else they just stayed in the ground hiding from the really hot summer sun.)
This month he'll plant potatoes and garlic. I am really looking forward to that harvest in the spring time. Nature always gives us something marvelous to look forward to.
We are also looking forward to our planned vacation at the end of February. (Yes we ARE odd.) We are joining my brother-in-law and his delightful wife on a trip to Turkey!!
The timing worked out perfectly all of us. My brother-in-law has a birthday on the last day of February and of course, it's our anniversary on the first of March... so we'll have a double celebration! As his business is landscaping, the timing is geared for his "slow" time. But it works out perfectly for us as we have always preferred to travel "off season".
There are so many things to see and do in Turkey and our fortnight visit will, of course, only scratch the surface... still it will be nice to see some favorite places again and share them with family.
We have all booked our flights but I am still hammering out, via the internet, our details of where to stay, how we're getting from point A to point B (and where point B is exactly...) as well as trying to discover "moderately priced" domestic Turkish travel that doesn't include expensive airline tickets and taxi rides nor leave us exclusively at the mercy of hostels and no star hotels. (It would be nice to be making this trip as a much younger person!!)
For sure we'll spend some time in Istanbul and then we'll be getting ourselves to Izmir. Somewhere in there we'll probably rent a car (tho NOT in Istanbul!) and try and visit some of our favorite places with Izmir as the jumping off point.
Meanwhile, we got lucky with the timing and a good friend (who knows the house and its foibles AND can deal with them!) will be staying in our house taking care of Balou -who can't come with us- and our friend fortunately also knows how to "herd" our cats without losing his mind. All in all, a win-win situation!
We will also be having house guests before we go...
- The previous "father" of Balou will be visiting for about a week in January
- and a young friend who will be working in Italy will come and stay for a visit on the January-February cusp.
This feels like the best way to start out the new year... looking forward to travel and friends while at the same time grounding yourself in your own back yard. (or "ground", as it were...)
There are other nefarious happy things in the future, which I will no doubt share as we get closer to the timing of it all but for now 2011 is looking pretty good! So again, I say "Happy Birthday, 2011!"