It’s not about the Umbrellas…

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It's not about the umbrellas

16 July, 2018 | Personal Thoughts, Feminism

“I raise my voice
not so I can shout
but so that those
without a voice
can be heard”

Malala Yousafzai

A great FIFA World Cup came to an end (yes, I like football) with an amazing game between France and Croatia. I watched the game live at 3am New Zealand time, snuggling in bed with the cats. The game finished and despite how sleepy I was, I decided to watch the trophy ceremony… and I am so glad I did!

The teams were ready to get their medals and the cup when it started raining quite heavily, and standing on the stage the Russian President Vladimir Putin was the first to be offered an umbrella while others including the President of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović and French President Emmanuel Macron were soaking wet. There were a few people in the stage, FIFA guys for sure, all men. After more than a few minutes more umbrellas started to arrive, but almost everyone was already drenched!

Most of the articles I read this morning talked about two main things from the event:

1.- Criticizing Putin for his lack of hospitality (I get it, they are right)

2.- How Macron was soaking wet while congratulating his winning team (fair enough…)

But, I can stop thinking about the umbrellas incident, not because of Putin or Macron… but how the Croatian leader Kolinda was the last one getting an umbrella.  I was watching everything carefully and she was left in the rain for quite a long time while all the men on the stage had their umbrellas. I’m not saying because she is a woman she has to be looked after first or that they needed to put her on a bed of flowers or anything like that, I’m sure that’s not what she was expecting either.

But if you think about it… why has this happened? Why the organisers or even the crew on the back looked after the men on the podium way before her? I would say it was unconscious bias… everyone in the podium had high-rank political positions (as well as Kolinda) but somehow they felt they needed to ‘protect’ the most valuable people first..? (the men?).

This only shows that still today and everywhere, men are still treated and considered as a more important and valuable members of the society. And this happens from that worldwide high profile podium to the offices where we work, to the events we attend, and even in our more closest communities, don’t even mention the way we are paid for doing the same jobs.

And some people still think that the feminist movement we see worldwide is ridiculous and that we only look for an advantage over men or because we hate men.

We are not asking to be considered better,
we are not looking for privileges,
we are not looking to get the umbrella first…

We look for equality, for being seen and treated with the same respect and appreciation than our colleagues, co-workers, companions, partners, etc.

So, it’s not about the umbrellas…

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My tomato garden – String Up Method

My Tomato Garden - The String Up Method

23 October, 2016 | Backyard Farm

“Gardening is
cheaper than therapy;
and you get tomatoes”

In this day, and with this post, I declare my 2016-17 veggie garden open for business. Although the work started a couple of weeks ago when my lovely husband prepared my new garden bed for my tomato garden. Thanks honey!

My tomato garden

Ihave been in New Zealand for 7 years now, and since we arrived we were amazed with how popular veggie gardens are here. This was something I never did before, and when we tried it we fell in love with it. When we bought our own house our veggie garden spaces have been evolving and growing with each season. Probably our favourite plant to grow are the tomatoes (follow by the strawberries), and I was looking around in Pinterest about tips and tricks for growing better tomatoes, when I came across with the “String Method”.

Tomato plants need some help and support to reach their full potential, they grow fast, big and wild, so if they are left as it is the leaves covers the sunlight, the fruit weights put them down to the ground and they get rotten. Stalking the tomatoes is great for small gardens as you can use the most of the vertical space, and allow the plant to get more sunlight. On my previous years planting tomatoes I used bamboo sticks stalked to the soil and next to each plant and plastic strings to attache the plant to the stick.

The String Method (or Tomatoes on a String)

I read that this method is not new, it’s used for small farmers operators, but it becoming more popular with personal gardeners. Basically, you place strings from the base up and you wrap the plant around the string as it grows. This requires to prune the plant to grow on a single steam.

First, you need to have a support for the strings… in my case I put four pine stakes of 170cm height, one on each side of my two tomato trails. I buried the stakes a few centimes into the soil and I then attached them to the garden bed with a screw. When they were nice and secure I tied the string at the bottom of the stakes from side to side of the garden bed.

I tied up a string from side to side at the top of the stakes, in this case I placed a hook on each of them to avoid my strings moving down.

Then I tied one string from the top string to the bottom one, one for each tomato plant.

And when my string frame was finished I planted my tomatoes underneath each string and I carefully wrapped it around the string. And that’s it!

Wrapping Up

I have to mention that this method is best for some kind of tomatoes, specifically those that are not bushy-like and needs stalking becasue they grow tall. This is my first summer using this method and I’m quite excited to see the results. Now I need to check the growing and wrapping of the plants at least twice a week to make sure they are well wrapped up the string and well pruned. Wish me luck! :)

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Nyan Cat Cross Stitch Pattern

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Nyan Cat Cross Stitch Pattern

05 September, 2016 | Embroidery, Geek Craft

The Nyan Cat Story

In April 2011 the original Nyan Cat video was uploaded to YouTube, and it was ranked  at number 5 on the list of most viewed YouTube videos of the year.

The GIF animation of the cat was created by Christopher Torres from Dallas, Texas, and it was influenced by his cat Marty. Then the GIF animation was combined with the song “Nyanyanyanyanyanyanya! by YouTuber user “Saraj00n” (whose real name is Sara) who uploaded the original Nyan Cat video on April 5, 2011. Once she put it on Youtube, the video had no hits and didn’t become a hit until months later. Christopher Torres said: “Originally, its name was Pop Tart Cat, and I will continue to call it so, but the Internet has reached a decision to name it Nyan Cat, and I’m happy with that choice, too.”

Inspired by his cuteness, bright colours and pixelated appearance, I’ve created a Nyan Cat Cross Stitch pattern, and you can find it on my Etsy Shop here.

If you get the pattern please share a photo of the final embroidery on my facebook page! I will love to see it :)

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Narcos is Back! – Season 2

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Narcos is Back!

02 September, 2016 | TV Shows

“The bad guys need
to get lucky every time.
The good guys just need
to get lucky once.”

Steve Murphy – Narcos

Narcos, the Netflix’s hit drama showing the parallel story of Pablo Escobar and the DEA agents Steve Murphy and Javier Peña, is coming back with its second season today!

Although Narcos first season was aired on September 2015, we just started watching it a few months ago. And because Netflix puts all episodes at once we devoured the show in a few days!. The story shows parallel stories about the Colombian “drug lord” Pablo Escobar, and two DEA agents who are after him: Steve Murphy and Javier Peña. The series is based on the real life of these characters.

The series is very well produced and I really like the fact that the show is bilingual (English and Spanish), I speak Spanish so it’s easy (and awesome) to me, so I wonder how the English speakers feels about that. Anyway, it makes it feel real and accurate.

Trailer Season 2

At the end of season 1 Pablo just escaped from “La Catedral”, his Build-Your-Own prision in Medellín, Colombia, and he is determined to re-build his empire and fight back whoever is on his way. Now comes the times when Pablo Escobar was most dangerous than ever…

Here is the official trailer for the second season!

What are we doing tonight?

So as it’s Friday, our usual “Family Night” in which we relax after work, buy take away food and watch movies or TV shows drinking wine…

you can guess what we will be watching … Narcos Marathon!

Plata o Plomo?

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Sherlock Holmes and John Watson – Custom Couples Illustration

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Sherlock Holmes and John Watson - Custom Couples Illustration

26 August, 2016 | Illustration

“I cannot live
without brain-work.
What else is there to live for?”

Sherlock Holmes

I am just so thrilled to share with you this couples illustration. I have to confess I haven’t read any Sherlock Holmes book (I know, shame on me) but I have watched the Sherlock TV series with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, and I love it!

This illustration is quite special since is the first gay couple I do, and I can’t wait for my first order to come through. You can find this custom illustration available on my Etsy Shop.

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