Autumn
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Well, autumn arrived in Spolí in grand style. Wild winter, flying leaves, rain tapping on the windowsill and a sudden drop of temperatures! Yesterday we had lovely, sunny and relatively warm Indian Summer - now it is over. And I caught a cold and now I keep sneezing and have runny nose and I know that as usual, it will change into a bad cough which will last for weeks. I am not happy but it is nothing I should moan over. I have a pot with ginger tea made of fresh ginger, lemon and honey - hey! but it IS potent!
I did go out with Rocky and then I made fire in the stove and it still breathes the warmth, mmmmmm!!!
I am going to have a hot shower, another mug of tea and then - hop to my bed!
Good night/morning to you, my friends!
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Anicka and Krystof in Spolí!
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I am really so glad they could be here in our last warm and sunny days! We spent the time mostly outside, in the garden or in the forest. Marta was so excited, she loves mushrooming and here she could enjoy her hobby very much. Anicka loves mushrooms as well and very quicky she learnt which mushrooms were edible. She also knows how to behave in the forest. Her little brother though was not happy in the forest, only the bilberries could appease him - and these he loves! Yes, there are still bilberries, mostly overipe but still good. We all ate them in plenty, the small mouths coloured and fingers and also clothes.
Marta took about 10kg pf mushrooms home, we had to run from the forest, lovely mushrooms are everywhere and she had to take off her jacket and put the mushrooms there because our baskets were full!
Both children like visting Rocky´s house too, they actually occupied his kennel and his sofa.:-)
And Anickka quicky learnt how to make the right pose when I took a picture - she is a born actress, little monkey. And look at Krystof - he is so sweet but at the moment he will not leave his "mami" but he does come to give his "bába" a wet kiss.
I had busy but lovely days!






Unexpected visit
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Marta (my daughter) and both the children are in Spolí! Originally she wanted to come next week. I was quite busy to prepare everything but I was really very glad that she changed her plans! Because this year we have only a four day Indian summer beginning with Wednesday and ending with Saturday.Then it will be cold and rainy and generally very nasty. Now both the children spent the afternoon in the garden, running with Rocky and enjoying the swing I had hanged on a thick branch. Tomorrow we want to go mushrooming and Anicka wants to go the our small playground and walk Rocky and...Oh, we are so busy!
I am cooking at the moment, I don´t want to waste time tomorrow.
Of course, the only one who is not happy with the visitos is Ollie. His daily rituals are broken and Krystof chases him - how scandalous! LOL

Good things
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I am a happy owner of a fully functional tiled stove! The reconstruction was successful and the heating works nicely. You have to load the stove with firewood intensively for an hour until the tiles absorb the heat. Then you need only to keep the fire according to the conditions. I wanted to see the results and I kept feeding the stove for two hours, the second hour only with one piece of wood in, say, 15-20 minutes. Then I stopped. And the stove is still HOT and radiating pleasant warmth!
So the investment (it was expensive!) is worth the price. Well...I will need lots of firewood and I have already asked my son to come.
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Finally!
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The stove is ready! Today the man finished this work of art - and we did a short trial too. Everything worked but I have to wait with real heating until all the material dries.
I spent almost four hours cleaning but I had time to walk Rocky too. However I haven´t taken any pictures of the completed stove today. I will do it tomorrow.
In the meantime, I have some mushrooms pictures! I met these in the pastures:
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Busy days
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I have been so busy recently. Firstly, my ceramic stove is still under construction, with the central room of my house full of small debris (the biggest portion was removed) but there is dust and splashes of special mixture for this work...and dust outside too because the man has to saw the heat-resistent desks into suitable pieces. I do hope that today he will finish the work. I am really really looking forward to cleaning! And then, when all is settled and the mixture hard, there will be the first time to to try the stove. I do hope thi investment will be worthwhile!

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Generous forest
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About 70 minutes spent in a nearby forest - and like yesterday, I had delicious mushrooms in the basket, full belly of billberries and full big pocket of cranberries. Plus a lovely company of  pine trees, mosss buns and generally the most beautiful, cathedral-like place.
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My "retro" son
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My son moderates one day of an International Cycling Competition which has its start in Třeboň. There is a programme for everyone, fun competitions and shows in the style of the 1930s. That´s why Jirka is "retro". I LOVE it!
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Naarmamo day 31
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Well, it seems that I managed to get through this event on my own here on LJ. Thank you all, my dears, for your comments. My special thanks to reapermumreapermum, entropy_house, vilakins and others who instructed me how to deal with a DW uploader  - and in vain because the main problem is in re-sizing the photos. :-)
I have the last picture, a seaberry twig - a symbol of ending summer and oncoming autumn, also a symbol of health and endurance. Cheers to you, my friends! (Yes, a have a glass of wine!)

Naarmamo day 30
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Finally, here is that unhappy rosehip - finished. :-)

Now I have realised that it looks like an amphora:-)

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