The month in which…
… we made huge progress with the ongoing project of re-building stone walls, when volunteers Tom & Jerome arrived for a week with motivation & muscle!
… we had a few guests but hardly any and most of them were from Belgium!
We waved goodbye to Graham at the beginning of the month. He was with us for 2 weeks and was such good company – not just for us, but also for Daisy:
… my school friends came to stay for a long weekend! Becky has visited us before with her hubby & kids but this time she came with Paula. We 3 have known each other for 30+ years and probably haven’t spent a weekend together since schooldays! It was great fun and the weirdest thing was none of us have really changed. The girls narrowly missed a bit of grey and drizzly weather so the first night the temperatures had dropped a lot. Good excuse for a fire!
The next day was bright & sunny – perfect for a boat trip to Zanjice!
Becky & Paula went away laden with gifts for the family! After lunch, a few beers & some sunbathing it was time to whizz back to Herceg Novi. We had a couple of hours to rest and change before heading into town to meet up with my girlfriends here and enjoy delicious food & wine at Portofino… and lots of giggles. We 3 headed back to the Topla house for the night and sat up til the early hours drinking, reminiscing and swapping stories of the intervening 30 years.
The next day, their last full day before leaving, we did a road trip round the bay – swimming at Perast, a walk around Kotor, an ice cream and window shopping in Porto Montenegro, Tivat and back to Herceg Novi for burger, chips and beer. Here we are posing on the trusty Transit:
… the weather was GORGEOUS! Hot and sunny, but not stifling. In between volunteers, friends and the last of our guests we had a few days relaxing in the sunshine:
The downside of the continued amazing weather was that the garden needed a lot of water and at the same time the water in our tank got very low. The pool in the stream that we pump from was also very depleted so we could only pump once a day. Inevitably the weather finally broke and the rain that had been eluding us for 2+ months came all in one, long, wet, miserable day on 24th September when we made the final dash from the campsite with the last of our stuff. Timing, eh?
… we hosted some very memorable volunteers!
… we emptied the grease trap in our grey water system. It had not been cleaned for 4 years:
… both Steve and I read some good books. Steve actually finished 3 books this month: Mr Phillips (reviewed here last month), Atonement (reviewed here last August) and a Mavis Cheek book which he found mildly amusing. I struggled my way through my first Cormac McCarthy book, on Jim’s recommendation:
… Annie came for her second visit of the season. She was a great help on the campsite, as ever, loading the van & packing stuff up. She was my excuse for a morning on the beach here and there:
and Daisy was delighted to have her back for their walks to the church every afternoon. As well as helping out with all the packing & unpacking and washing and cleaning involved in the move from the camp back to the house, we enjoyed some fun stuff together too:
… Jelena gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Lana and Nikola became a proud Daddy:
… the garden started to struggle in the continuing hot temperatures. With closure imminent, it was time to start pulling veg. I picked 2kgs of green tomatoes & made chutney.
The chillies cropped really well and I have 2 big bags of red and green chillies in the freezer now. And despite it being too hot for lettuce, the rest of the salad greens continued to delight – fresh rocket, sorrel, chard and parsley made salads extra tasty:
… we returned the campsite to nature again and really enjoyed the comforts of our lovely house: tea made in seconds with the electric kettle; toast and chips (no toasters & deep fat fryers at the off-grid campsite!), vegging out to movies on our luxurious leather sofas, sleeping in our big bed (such a welcome contrast to being cramped in the caravan!) and of course, our stunning view: