Yep, we are now in the time of the year when we wait for the winter sports to begin and we have not had enough snow for that so we walk and we catch up on other stuff that seems to get shelved till we have time to do it. We decided to go a little further afield on the mountain bikes in November and it was very interesting, firstly because the scenery was amazing in the hills and around the reservoir near Nove Bystrica and secondly when I took a corner a bit quickly and it was covered with ice, whoops!! my fleece took most of the impact but it was still painful, the good comes with the bad eh! Here are a couple of pictures including one of some bee hives that were in the hills and up on stilts to keep them away from the bears…..
The last picture was taken in the woods near here, such wicked colours, we see this every autumn but never get used to or tired of it and talking of colour, Maria successfully grew peppers this year and although we had to bring them in to ripen due to early frosts they were very impressive.
What is even better is the fact that Maria managed to make my favourite cold dish Pork Ham and Egg Pie, you cannot buy anything remotely like it over here but now we make our own, we have also made sausages and for anyone thinking about doing it, buy a sausage filler, it is so easy with one of these, we bought a hand machine, it makes life very easy and the sausages are the business. On the subject of food we are now down to two ewes again as the rams are in the freezer, the meat will feed us for quite a while and we know where it comes from and what it was fed on, purely organic. Here is a picture of the shepherdess one of her cats and her flock getting the last of the grass, the cats follow Maria everywhere these days.
For those interested in photgraphy and computers I have just moved from Adobe Lightroom which I have used since the first beta version to a new piece of software because since version 6 of LR I and many others have had loads of agro and Adobe seem bent on making us all go to a cloud system, no thanks you Adobe for me its time for change. The new software I am using is Capture One Pro 9 by Phase One and although I am having to learn afresh it is pretty amazing especially if you work with RAW files which is its speciality, I will let you know how I am getting on in a few months time. Last but not least we had a beautiful walk in the snow on the mountains last week and although not sunny it was really something being above the lower clouds.
Well that is it, I probably will not write anymore this year so to all my readers have a glorious Christmas and a Healthy Happy New Year.