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Sunday
Mar292015

At the potters market.

One of my neighbors has some wonderful bright blue ceramic bowls and when I told her how much I loved them, she just shrugged and casually said "oh yeah they´re from Crinitz". So this is how I found out that there is a "potter´s village" named Crinitz not too far from where we live and that it´s sort of famous around here. We went there last summer with my mom on a weekend when sadly everything was closed... but this weekend the big annual potters market took place so of course we went! 

The market is really quite large with potters from near and far. There were a few food stalls too and a makeshift "tea room" with a wonderful selections of cakes - my guess is that every single woman of Crinitz had baked a cake for the occasion. This is what I love about events like this around here, that there is always the whole town involved. 

I loved those simple plant labels - and you could even get one for cannabis. Ha!

As for the pottery, there was a lot of stuff that didn´t really speak to me... ceramics can easily be too rustic or too cutesy, do you know what I mean? But there were quite a few nice things as well, and one vendor stood out (this one). I could have bought everything! I love those jugs, especially the white-and-blue ones. 

And then there was this dark blue-grey-almost black range. Oh my! I just love it. It´s probably no surprise that I like the color... but really, isn´t this the perfect combination of rustic and elegant? So, so nice. And I adore the shape of that teapot. The white, light green and blue cups are really nice as well. I think I´ll have to save up and get a mix-and-match tea set...

So of course, some things of the dark grey range had to come home with me: a big planter, a tall jug and a little bowl. I kind of wish I had bought some of the blue-and-white stuff, too - but I have a feeling we´ll return to Crinitz sooner or later (my husband had to drag me away from that stall, literally). 

Have a happy week! It´s Easter soon, my favorite holiday!

Wednesday
Mar252015

Stalking the garden. 

It seems my blogging mojo got lost a bit over the past few weeks. Work is super busy and all the hustling seems to eat any kind of creativity, do you know that feeling? But today in the evening I went in the garden and took a few pictures and here we are. 

I am stalking the garden these days. There isn´t much to see yet but we really only need a few warm days now. We´ve still had such low temperatures at night around here, but the forecast says it´s going to be mild with a bit of rain. Just what we need to really get started, I think.

I am seriously worried about the perennials in the walled garden. I know it´s too early to panic, but it seems quite a few plants have died. For example by now I am pretty sure that I have lost three of four lupins. Nooo. They were so pretty last year! I don´t even know what happened. Is it the tireless mole that still haunts the walled garden? I suspect so.

Not long now, not long. I can´t wait. 

Monday
Mar162015

Please send chocolate.

I have started to write this blog post three times. It´s no good. I struggle a bit these days and today was especially shitty. So instead of writing about all the feelings I give you a few pictures of my house that I took over the weekend. Please send sun, chocolate and a good dentist. Have a good week.
PS: I think this came across a bit more dramatic than intended. I am just having a few bad days and a chipped tooth that has been fixed in the meantime. Thank you all for the well-wishes! :)

Sunday
Mar082015

Spring is here. 

This weekend, we finally got spring-like temperatures around here, complete with a lot of sun. I spent two glorious days in the garden, cleaning and pruning and preparing the vegetable beds. I even discovered this little beauty above; it´s the first bloom in the entire garden. I always get so impatient with nature when the temperatures are finally rising. Grow! Bloom! Hurry up! But there is still a way to go, especially in the walled garden. This space has its own microclimate since it doesn´t get any decent sun before late March. 

Hi Kasimir! 

Nothing like blue skies! This barn belong to one of our neighbors. It´s ginormous. Fun fact: There used to be a similar sized barn on our plot which the previous owners tore down. It is still visible in Google Maps pictures - complete with a tree growing out of the roof! 

In chicken-related news, we lost one of our hens on Friday. It looks like a hawk killed her. This happens a lot around here but somehow we were spared from this special kind of tragedy until now. It made me terribly sad. To tell you the truth, I think chickens are really silly, stubborn and sometimes cruel creatures, but I still care for them a lot. My husband always makes fun of me how I prepare healthy snacks for them and how they have the cleanest coop in the entire village (probably true) and how I generally worry way too much about them. But I just want them to have a happy life. Anyway. I said this before, raising chickens isn´t for sissies. (And I totally am a sissy.)

Also, I planted 100 tulips in the bed that you see above and so far, nothing. I think the $%&$ voles ate all the bulbs. 

Oh Ludwig, I love you so.

 

Always a good sign that spring is here: A blooming hazel. 
Have a happy week!  

Wednesday
Mar042015

The gardeners garden.

I came across this wonderful series today and just had to share. This episode about Great Dixter is my favorite so far... what a beautiful garden, what a beautiful video. In my next life I´ll be a full time gardener. Also I desparately want to be friends with Rachel, is that weird? I´ll be in England at the end of June to visit Sissinghurst and I realized Great Dixter is only half an hour away. Sold!