Tuesday 6 March 2018

An intruder, Holi, Pizza Party, plus Paul is on TV!

An intruder

At night, we leave all the windows open that we can to create a breeze. The windows have bars on them and some have the mosquito nets. On the windows in the back room, I have fixed our old nets from England, using pegs, I might add. Andrew went downstairs one morning and then loudly demanded to know who had pinched the chocolate croissant from the kitchen top. It was a mystery -until Andrew noticed a trail of crumbs and a hole in the mesh where a creature (a manky cat) had pushed it back and sneaked through. There was also cat hair on the net. We had been raided in the night.

So Mala has now closed the windows ! ( No opening doors and now windows!))

Apparently, the normal mosquito nets can thwart cats but my attempts were weak although the mosquitoes didn't get in!


It was the festival of colour, Holi which is the celebration of Spring. We all wore our oldest clothes , including underwear, and set off down to the football pitch (or dried mud area).

On entering the area, someone will approach you with a bag of brightly coloured powder ( organic and non-toxic we hope), shout,"Happy Holi" and wipe the powder all over your face. Then, before you know what is happening, people are throwing all their powder everywhere and there are children and people with water pistols with coloured water. It was total chaos! Everyone was running around throwing the powder in a random manner. The children were in their element because they could shoot water at unknown adults, smother them with powder and not get told off.

It was extremely good fun and it really does make you laugh and smile . The amazing thing was that there were some drummers and dancers wearing  brighlty coloured satin clothes and no one touched them. They walked straight through the middle of the mayhem and got away unscathed and spotlessly clean as did one of the guards .

We cycled home completely wet and brightly coloured , managed to get past the cream walls inside the house without touching them and showered. Although three days later we still have patches of colour that don't seem to want to go.

Pizza Party

We had decided to have pizza party and invited all the new people that we have met. We lit the pizza oven and cracked on with the pizzas like we usually do. There were also snacks and cold pasta etc, so that there was plenty to eat while we got going . The children played in the street with all the nerf guns and the adults chatted . I think by the end of the evening we had made over 50 pizzas ! 
But the highlight of the night was the dancing. Milo, Max and some of their friends had had the boom box on all afternoon and were practising a dance routine. We hadn't really taken any notice as we were making dough .... When it was dark they switched on the disco light and called everyone to watch. 
It was so good ! There were four dancers, Milo, Max (not our Max but another one), Tomeck and Nima . Our Max and his friend Sawyer did the music and organised. We were treated to several short dance routines that were so exciting. All the young children were sat watching in awe! 
They then had a Mums dance display and then a Dads one. Then everyone joined in in a mass dance off.
We really had a wonderful time and were quite pleased the next day to see that there were no complaints on the society app about loud music and exuberant behaviour!

Paul is on TV

My brother, Paul and his husband, Jonathan, were filmed last year on their move to Spain for Channel 4's New Life in the Sun .We watched the first episode yesterday showing how they were getting on selling their soaps, candles and beard oils that they make. Max and Milo were so pleased to see them on the TV. I haven't tested whether the Indian post will get some products to me yet but we are quickly running out of bug buster candles and Andrew needs more of their beard oils (hopefully they will be selling their products to new people that watch the show). 

Their website is www.dandy-lions.co.uk

Update ! April 2024

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