Opened the curtains to find November has arrived accompanied by blue skies and sunshine. Still so warm and so different from November in the UK. It's 25/26C during the day and still about 20C at night. Gorgeous weather. November is my birthday month and I've often lamented the hideous misty, wet weather that normally accompanies it. Not here!
So today Habibi and his friend arrived to plant all the new trees and shrubs and have a really good "go" at our garden. We left them to hacking at a very overgrown hedge behind the pool terrace and headed off to one of the nearby Sunday markets at Pine Bay Village (head past Escape Beach and it's on the left). It's very much a car boot sale type of market with mostly second hand stuff but there are some arts and crafts stalls as well. I found a blue glass bottle to add to my collection and a few other bits and bobs.
Then down to Mr Pound to get some supplies for a project of mine. I have been buying some natural yoghurt in large glass bowls and I had the idea to turn them into candle holders. So I wanted some glass balls, stones, marbles and some glue on jewels and decorations. Found everything there and all cheaply.
Back at the house Habibi and his friend were doing an amazing job planting all the new trees and shrubs, moving wrongly planted things and putting soil along the pool terrace edge between the paving stones and the stone wall. He's now planted all along there with a mix of geraniums and climbers which will look great. We are so delighted to have found him. Already the gardens are looking so much better. Next year we hope to have pickable fruit and a lot more colour around the borders! The rate things grow here, the bougainvillea should soon be huge and blowsy.
Bob spent the afternoon refurbing the woodburning oven and it looks spick and span again. I made the candle holders and was quite pleased with them. They're rather funky and bejewelled, oriental. Something from next to nothing anyway!
Tonight we watched Strictly recorded from last night. Bob made Brandy Sours which went down very nicely.