We started our journey in Madurai, the oldest city in Tamil Nadu also known as the Athens of the East. And then on to a lovely traditional wedding in Trichy, Tiruchirapalli, the city of Rock Fort and Temples and then relax at Kodaikanal before heading down to Ramanathapuram and Rameshwaram, the birth place of Rama and all the way to the Land's End at Dhanushkodi.
I joined my good friend Tomas to cook a very traditional Czech Christmas meal together. It was quite an undertaking and turned out delicious.
We've made a few road trips around the US. There's a lot to see here and a lot of distance to cover. Here are some of our trips on the east coast.
Panama's carnival celebration in Panama City are supposed to be the second largest in the world. Enjoyed this big party with fantastic street food, dozens of stages and loud music blaring at every corner.
Canada has some of the most beautiful sceneries and landscapes. I hope to drive across to the West coast some day but till then here's a glimpse of Toronto and beyond.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
We had been discussing the raised bed to grow fresh organic vegetables for a while. Initially I was to do a bit of carpentry and build the wooden box. But after studying different lumber, it made more sense to get something which wouldn't rot or pollute. So we settled for a modular raised bed kit which let us focus on other aspects; Deciding on the location and more importantly the choice of vegetables that we'd grow.
Below you'll find a weekly update with the progress of our vegetable garden.
Week 10: We've had a lot of rain! Our tomatoes took the hit due to the limited space between them. Too much trapped moisture led to over a dozen damaged tomatoes. We had no option but to trim the plants. There are still quite a few tomatoes and hopefully the quick trim will help. I've started sampling the peas and they are just delicious! The cucumbers have grown well these last two weeks and we have a couple of them almost ready.
|Tenth week: Too much rain, our tomatoes take a hit|
Week 9: Our peppers, tomatoes, peas and cucumbers are growing steadily. We have a lot of
Nasturtiums as well. Our salad is thinning down. We now have just enough for salad twice a week.
|Ninth week: Peppers, Tomatoes, Peas and Cucumbers|
Week 8: A joy to see our first tomatoes, peas and cucumbers. Our Nasturtiums flowered and we had them in a salad. We've had some severe thunderstorms but luckily minor damage. I can only wonder if our initial mistake of planting the tomatoes very close to each other might be a blessing in disguise. Time will tell..
|Eight week: The first on the scene|
Week 7: The slugs seem to be the worst for our vegetable patch. We've researched some organic sprays but have decided against it. So far they seem to be content with the salad and there's plenty to go around. Our radish is almost done and three new rows planted.
|Seventh week: Some of our visitors|
Week 6: Our tomato plants are clearly the highlight of the raised bed. It's a bit of a squeeze for them and hopefully that wont affect their produce. Rather than a foot apart, I think they need to be two feet from each other. The rest of our vegetables are growing steadily and we await the results. For now we have abundant salad, radish and two varieties of spinach.
|Sixth week: Too close for comfort.|
Week 5: We have visitors to our vegetable patch. Snails and slugs and what looks like a squirrel. Good thing we spotted them early and I was able to relocate them to the grass. There's been very minor damage and I can safely say there's enough for dinner tonight and the weekend BBQ.
|Fifth week: Dealing with pests|
Week 4: We now have plenty of salad and quite a lot of radish for the week. It's such a difference eating fresh salad straight from the garden. We have removed the green house frame and put in some supports for tomatoes.
|Fourth week: Our Salad is ready to eat|
Week 3: Our salad has been growing well and so have the radish
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
We built our tumbler compost bin from a simple garbage can. Composting reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and is actually better for your plants providing rich nutrients and structure to the soil.
|Setting up our compost bin|
|37: Black Forest|
|36: Chocolate potato cake|
|35: Chocolate Hruškovice cake|
|34: Austrian Sachertorte|
|34: Strawberry and cream cake|
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Sunday, June 29, 2014
|Trout fishing at the local fish pond|
|Catching the five pound rainbow trout|