|Not my hand but it is beginning to look similar|
And on the subject of things getting trapped... We are having a move around with the curtains and so I decided to take down a pair in our bedroom which are full length and get caught behind the dressing table and replace them with a shorter pair and put the long ones into wash. When I got them down one of the curtains had a small mark on the inside which looked like a spider had got inside and made a nest and left a stain. On closer inspection I could see that it was something a little larger than that and as I held it up to the light I could see the outline of something between the lining and the curtain. It was a crispy shrew. One of the cats must have brought it in, let it go and it shot up the curtain - got so far and either died from shock, injury or suffocated. Bloody cats just aren't doing their jobs properly that is all I can say. This is not the first time we have had a dead rodent in our bedroom but at least this time it was not so horrific as rat-gate and the maggots.
John was for some reason up and about at 6.00 this morning - coffee'd up and reading the paper so I decided it really was time to tackle the garden so that I could do some severe haircutting and there would still be enough nice weather for the plants to put on some new growth and prepare themselves for the winter. It was also time to evict the wasps from the Morning Glory. There were now only a handful of wasps left keeping guard over the mouldy leaf inside. I wasn't planning on investigating but I have a sneaky feeling that the Queen was no longer there or had died and these few wasps were just carrying on regardless because they didn't know what else to do. I managed to cut down the old plant with them still inside and lobbed it over the wall so they are probably still there clinging to that leaf thinking they are protecting their leader. These little wasps really posed no great threat unlike the ma-hoo-sive hornet that John gave a severe cuffing to and which then fell into the empty pool and which two days later was still alive. These are nasty - nasty enough that if you get stung you are advised to go to hospital and just the sort of thing the cats will try and play with. This had to go.
|Before the haircut|
|After the haircut|
If anyone is down in the Tomb of the Kings area can I recommend that they go down to the Elysium Hotel and check out the Christmas decorations - maybe leave it a couple of days because they are only half way through putting them up. Mum and I needed to call in today and were just blown away by how beautiful the hotel is looking. I only had my phone with me so apologise for the photographs but I hope it gives some idea as to how they are going to look. This really is a first class hotel in every sense. It is so beautiful and the staff are so friendly - when I went to organise for my Mum and Dad to stay earlier in the year (thanks to Jane and John who paid for the visit) I dealt with a woman called Liza who could not have been more helpful and I saw her again today and she greeted us like old friends.
On our way home we called in to see Elena and Bassam as I had picked something up for Elena in Paphos. I know that she is miffed that she didn't get onto the basket weaving course but there was no need to sabotage me this morning by feeding me large glasses of red wine on an empty stomach so I am nursing a baggy head today before going off to class!!
John and Boo Boo watched the TV - I snoozed my way through an episode of something or other - no idea what!