The month in which…
… we hosted a ‘Go Green Yourself’ event, including a tour of the eco faciltities and the organic garden:
2 local artisans set up displays of their products during the event too:
… Annie came to stay! It was a pleasure to have her with us again and she was such a fantastic help in what turned out to be a hectic month. Her arrival coincided with Hayley’s birthday and between us girls we cooked up a fabulous Thai feast that any restaurant would be proud of:
I managed 1 morning on the beach with Annie and my first swim of the season but sadly was too busy for much socialising off-site whilst she was with us. Here’s a rare moment of us relaxing together:
… we got not just one but 2 tables made, sanded and varnished!
…we finally got the massage tent permanently set up – the platforms resting on concrete pillars, the chipboard platforms covered with plastic and then vinyl covering to make them water-proof and comfortable to walk on. It’s been a favourite spot for our current guests, Philipp and Franziska to do their yoga and exercise routines…
… we had volunteers from the US, from Turkey, from Canada and from Australia join us. Here’s some pics of them in action:
… we ran our first proper Art Week! Click this link for details…
It culminated in an Art Exhibition and Summer Solstice Party however the weather was not on our side. The art had to be hurriedly brought inside and although we did manage to BBQ & eat al fresco, we had to decamp to the kitchen and put the bottle windows in pronto, as the rain started lashing down and a huge electrical storm raged all night. The weather put most people off but our loyal close friends stuck by us. The evening was made particularly special by the appearance of Jura and his cajon. Jura volunteered with us 4 years ago when he came to visit from Novi Sad. He now lives & works in Montenegro so we invited him to the party and to see the changes on the campsite. He made the 3.5 hour bus ride despite the crap weather and it was SO great to see him again. He got everyone drumming and dancing!!
… The garden flourished:
The flowers look & smell amazing and the sweet peas have been a particular triumph so far this year. Sadly I don’t have a picture of them in situ but here’s some from the daily harvest:
… I found the simplest & most effective way of sprouting beans (here’s the link to the tutorial) and we’ve been enjoying freshly sprouted moong (or mung?) beans all month.
… Business started to pick up. We’ve had some super guests from the UK, Wales (via Nigeria), Germany, Austria, Belgium, Holland, Hungary, New Zealand, Russia & Turkey visit this month. Here’s a few of them at the first Full Monte feast on the new table!
… the weather remain unsettled! There have been more storms and rainy days than we’d like this June and the task of running & covering everything up at the campsite is getting tedious. Still it has alleviated the watering task! And provided the right circumstances for some reading time. I’ve read Marvin L Zimmerman’s book this month:
A romping good read but clumsily written and the premise a bit too weak & wacky for me. I started to read Sebastian Faulks’ ‘The Fatal Englishman’ which documents the lifes of 3 Englishmen who had amazing promise but died young. I got as far as reading about Christopher Wood, a famous painter apparently and decided that non-fiction was not for me right now. I’m currently devouring ‘This Far, No Further’ by John Wessel and loving it!!!
… Steve & I celebrated 16 wonderful years of marriage! Here’s what we used to look like!!!
And for those of you concerned about Daisy – she’s on the mend and SO much better! BIG sigh of relief. Now she’s on tablets for a further 5 months and we’ll get her blood tests at the end of that time to see how well the disease has been suppressed.