The last autumn day was so warm... We let our windows opened all previous night. And in the morning we went for a small walk - just a couple of kms from our house. Usually we go to the seashore, but now my husband proposed to go to the wild fields...
Here are the last houses of Feodosia. The town ends suddenly, and the wild prairie (or steppe) begins.
This day the sky was really magic, and it changed every moment...
At last I've found it! The name of the plant from the previous post is Phytolaccaceae. I've never seen it before and I don't know how it appeared here. But it looks beautiful! And as far as I've read, it's often used in ethnoscience.
I've tried this splended fantazy yarn both by crotchet and by fork, but at last it
appeared that old good needles are the best for its peculiar texture.
Below you can see two extra photos and get some more description of the scarf.
This morning started with a splended post by Tammie Lee, with the pics of Great Grey Owl ! And I remembered that there are owls that live just in my town.
They occupied two crimean pines on the central boulevard, and they seem to feel good here. In the daytime they are almost motionless, so, it was not difficult to take the pics. Below you can see two more. By the way, I've counted 14 screech-owls on two trees! Rather good result for two trees and one town, don't you think? :)
Pumpkinis sweet like honey.Itwaswritten so,rough andlarge, on a gray cardboardwith the greenmarker. Here the market sellers like those ads. I tried the pumpkin, and it appered really sweet! I also added some applesand a lemon to my basket.The evening saladwould be like that:
Every autumn I visit Stary Krym, a small town near Feodosia. There is an armenian monastery not far from the town, called Surb-Hach (Holy Cross). It's situated in naturalbowl, in the wood. I love this place, it's so quiet and calm.
Do you like Mozzarella as I do? :)))
Just a week ago I've found a very good internet shop solding excellent cheesestarter! So, I tried to cook _my_ mozzarella:
One package of the starter, 4 l of fresh natural milk... and nothing more! :)))
First I dissolve the cheese starter in 15 ml of fresh filtered water. Then - heat up the milk to 40 degrees C and dissolve the sarter in the milk.
In 40 minutes the milk curl up in abunch. I carefully cut it into pieces.
Now it's high time to ridd of the serum. I put the bunch into the colander covered with 2 layers of cheesecloth and let the serum flow down. By the way, this serum is very suitable for the hash!
After the serum flow down, I boil some water and put the bunch into the boiling water. 7 minutes, no longer!
So, it's almost ready now. I take the cheesecloth with the bunch out of the boilong water and prepare the cold water with salt - the final stage. I make pieces of the bunch and put them into the salt water. In 2 hours the mozzarella is ready!
Last weekend I traveled to one of the most beautiful and cryptic places of the Western Crimea - the Mangup-Kale Cave Town. I am really impressed!
We started our journey in Khodjy-Sala (Holy Village, turk), a small tatar settlement at the foot of Mangup plateau.
The single street of the village leads to a small man-made lake formed not so long ago, in 1983. Excavations discovered the ruins of medievalbasilica surrounded with the remains ofthe village, but nevertheless the lake was formed, and the valuable archaeological finding appeared under the water. Now, after hot summer season, when the level of the lake drops, the top of the basilica appears above the water.
The aim of my journey is Mangup plateau on the top of Baba-Dag (FatherMountain, turk). Baba-Dag is 600 m above sea level, and it seemes to be created as a natural fortress: steep slopes slotted by the deep narrow gorges, and generoussprings of fresh water on the plateau make this place practically inaccessible for the enemies. Here is the reconstruction drawing of Mangup-Kale made in 2008:
From the foot of Baba-Dag we can see the LeakyCape (left cape on the picture bellow). This is the final aim of my journey.