Christmas baking goes on
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Yesterday it was for the first time in my life when I braided a "vánočka" from 4parts for a base, then three and finally two. My friend Marcela advised me and I did it - rather clumsy in comparison with my experienced friend, but it is the beginning! I am sure the taste is good, the structure fluffy - well, it was only a proof for a "real" Christmas braided "vánočka" - sorry, I have no idea how to call it. (Vánočka is derived from Vánoce which is Christmas in Czech). Look:

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Adam V. Michna of Otradovice (1600-1676) The Czech Lute For your pleasure.
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Cold!
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1st December here is at the sign of real winter! Not only the night temperature dropped below minus 4°C but  it still keeps below minus1°C and obviously it will stay there or go lower. As bluewolf458 wrote, Arctic weather has arrived - only sooner than we would wish to.
There is some snow from yesterday, the water in our little lake has started freezing over. Flocks of tits, sparrows and two nuthatches occupy my three feeders. 5 kg sunflower seeds are gone. The birdies are so hungry and keep eating frantically, so I suppose the winter will be really severe. Also Ollie has a very thick fur and Rocky thicker that usual.
It is pleasant to go out though, no sleet and mud like yesterday. I am going in the afternoon with Rocky - I have already been early in the morning. Rocky returns back dry and happy.
Next week they promise higher temperature but with rain - not good for driving!
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Christmas cakes!
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There are two kinds of Christmas cakes that must be done long before: honeybreds and Linz cakes. Otherwise they won´t get soft and remain hard like glass.
Well, my honeybreads are readym waiting for decorating, which needs really a relaxed atmosphere, time and patience ( a glass of red wine and nice music work for me).
But today I baked the Linz cakes (in Czech, "linecké koláčky"), one of the most favourite Christmas cakes for most people. You must make them in matching pairs because they will be joined with a good homemade jam. Which needs...patiency, time and a glass of red wine.LOL

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Fish harvest!
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On Saturday morning two remaining lakes were harvested. The weather was cold, windy and altogether unpleasant. But our brave men and two young girls didn´t hesitate to work deep in cold mud and water to get the fish for us. Those who were selected to guard the emptied lakes overnight were overwhelmed by alcohol, (they were very funny!) but joined the others. My friend Marcela and I had a duty to sell the fish again. This time there were less people because mostly only the villagers and their relatives came for a carp ( or two or four:-)). There were dogs and children and it was fun. At noon, nice lunch was waiting for all of us (paid from our firefighter money). We all ate well in our pub.
Then I had to kill and clean two carps at home and put them in the freezer for Christmas Eve traditional dinner. Dirty work  - but I managed quite well. One crazy cat Ollie kept begging for some fish meat until he got a nice slice (filetted!!!) and his belly was like a drum!

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Do you make it too?
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These are slices of apples dried on my tiled stove. We call them "křížaly"  - I would LOVE to hear you  pronounce it. But no matter the pronunciation, they are delicious!

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Quinces preserved!
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I am very happy to announce that my very first attempt to preserve quinces was successful. Many thanks to you, reapermum, for your advice.
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First snow!
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Today in the afternoon, instead of rain, we received a short snow shower here. St.Martin was delayed here in the lowland but there is about 20sm of new snow in the mountains.
I was busy raking a new portion of dead leaves and Rocky helped me by jumping in the pile. Ollie, very reasonably, decided to go on sleeping at home.
I will report on my weekend later, as soon as I finish cleaning the bathrooms. Well, I have to upload the pictures too:-)
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Birthday!!!
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Happy birthday, kerravonsen !!!! :-)

And weather again
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Thank you all for your kind support! Spolí survived without big problems. Lucky we!!! Yes, it was wild and scary but even the electricity held and internet was down about 14 hours.
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