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Thursday
Jun182015

A summery walk in the woods.

Summer took a little break around here but last week, we had glorious hot weather for a few days. One evening, we took a little walk in the woods. This is a path that starts right when you walk out of our veggie garden and leads into deep, fairy-tale-like woods. I love it there on a summer evening - the smells (pine, my love) and the cooler air and of course, the sights. 

Someone left this on a game fence in the middle of the woods. Huh. 

Aren´t these wild foxgloves so amazing? They are everywhere at this time of the year. Love.

My boys.<3 This one is a framer. 

Back home in the veggie garden. It is coming along so nicely. And you know what, I think all that water gave it an extra push! I swear everything basically grew three inches over night. 
Have a lovely weekend! 

Sunday
Jun142015

A flooded garden and a happy dog. 

Yesterday in the afternoon we had a major thunderstorm with torrential rain that flooded our garden. We were watching the storm from one of our roof windows upstairs when we saw a huge wave making its way through our neighbor´s gardens towards ours. It was surreal. The wave smashed the fence of our neighbor towards the left and rolled into our garden. We quickly made our way downstairs and found this. 

The water flooded our entire "orchard", a bit of our veggie garden and part of the chicken run. When we arrived all three chickens were wading in the water, desparately trying to make it to the dry part of the run (which they did eventually). As for the veggie garden, I am very happy to say that it held up just fine. Those raised beds were the best idea ever. My herbs are bit sad (and very dirty), but otherwise all is good. If you want to see the water in action I made two short videos which you can watch here and here.

Once we were sure that the situation was under control we let Ludwig out. I think I have mentioned before that our dog loves water (all Irish Setters do) and he just had the time of his life. Finally a garden after his own heart! 

This dog. Big love. 

And this is today in the evening. Almost all of the water is gone. Phew! That was pretty scary for a few hours, but thankfully all is well. And I didn´t  have to water the garden today, ha! 

Thursday
Jun112015

Fields of poppies.

I had to pick someone up from the train station this week and when I came across these fields of poppies (and cornflowers!), I literally gasped. Here are a few pictures.

 So beautiful, right? Have a good weekend.

Monday
Jun082015

Happiness in June.

Happiness in June is...

...a tiny but oh so beautiful wildflower bouquet, picked on a walk with Ludwig.

...our adorable and gorgeous dog.

...a feast with friends on the hottest day of the year (so far).

... plenty of rhubarb and strawberries coming out of the garden. (btw: this. I´m obsessed.)

...those wonderful few weeks in the year when we get sunlight on the deck in the very late evening. (Kasimir approves.)

You´ve been a good month so far, June. Keep it coming. 

Tuesday
Jun022015

Front of the house, revisited.

The front of our house: Cause of many headaches. Last week I painted our wooden "barn" door/gate/whatever you want to call it. Here´s a post from two years back which gives you a little background. The gate was natural wood before and while I liked the look, it started to age rapidly and not in a nice way, so paint it was. Trust me, in the past two years, I have spent way too much time thinking about what color that freaking gate should be. I finally settled on a light ivory color that I thought would match the sandstone of the window arches well. Painting this huge door took me two days. And then I stepped back and had major regrets. The paint turned out way lighter than I thought and it makes the gate really stand out. However, one rule in this house is that no matter how much you dislike a DIY job at first, you got to live with it for a while and see whether it maybe grows on you. 

Well, it did grow on me. The color is definitely a bit too light but the gate needs a third coat anyway so I´ll go a touch darker this time. I don´t like the color ivory in general but I think it just makes sense here. One day we´ll be able to have the gable rebuilt and painted, and it will be the same color as the gate. I think one of the reasons why the paint job makes the gate stand out so much is that is hasn´t really a counterpart. Painting the gable the same color will fix that. 

Many people on Instagram have suggested painting the gate the same color as the entry door. And I totally see where you are coming from, but I don´t think it is an option for me. The door is a very bright blue in the sun. Painting the large gate and the gable the same color would make the house look completely crazy, in my opinion. I like that the house is a little quirky, but I´d rather not add any more quirkiness, if you know what I mean. I am even considering painting the door the same ivory color to calm the colors down even more. 

Originally, I think the gable/gate/entry door were painted a dark brown. I have an old picture of the house and a bit of the paint is left on the (rotten) gable. It is a truly horrible look. I am usually all for restoring original paint schemes, but no way in this case. 

So looks like the shiny new ivory gate is here to stay. Or not. I´ll make up my mind eventually. There´s still so much to do here - new roof, new gable and I´d like to have the brick professionally cleaned at one point. It will be a work in progress for many years to come. Patience, patience.