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Tuesday
Jun122012

Prints for the kitchen.

I´ve been on the hunt for colorful kitchen prints for quite some time and came across a lovely Etsy shop, Anek. Don´t you love this huge tomato print? I have a hard time introducing warm colors to my home so a print would probably be a good first step.... oh and despite not being a fan of black, I also love her basil print

Monday
Jun112012

The first harvest. 

With all the projects we have lined up for this year, I did not really expect we´d have much of a vegetable garden. I really wanted to have a strawberry patch though, because I looove strawberries. So I asked the husband very nicely to prepare the patch and went to buy a dozen plants from our local nursery. When I returned home, I found another dozen new strawberry plants on my doorstep. A gift from my neighbor from her garden. I love this village and its people.

The new plants have taken their time to settle in but are starting to produce fruit now. Delicious fruit I should add! We ate the whole plate you see here as a dessert on Sunday - just the pure fruits, no sugar or icecream or anything necessary. Yum.

I also collected some sweet cherries. That is, what I collected from the lower branches of our huge tree. How does one pick cherries from huge trees? And don´t even think ladders, this tree is huge. Ideas are appreciated.

By the way, I´m happy to report that we do indeed have a vegetable garden these days. It´s small but we´re adding things continually. I´ll give you a tour soon.

Friday
Jun082012

Shades of pale. 

Some Friday eye candy. This is the home of Tine K which has been a favorite of mine for quite some time now. I do however not only love her home but everything - and I mean everything - in her collection (not getting paid for writing this!). I especially love the colors - grey, white, taupe, and a beautiful soft denim blue. Also, look at these silk lamps.. I so want one! 

Happy Friday peeps. Any plans for the weekend? My dad is visiting and we´re still building our back porch. The combination of both should be interesting. Have a good one!

(Pic via Tine K´s Pinterest).

Tuesday
Jun052012

Elderflower Syrup. 

Last week I made elderflower syrup. I love this stuff ever since I lived in Austria where it is everywhere in the summer. I´ve never made it myself though! Here´s what I collected from my trees.

It was a bit sad to drown the beautiful flowers in the sugar syrup, but what are you gonna do.

The end result! Very happy with how it turned out. I need to make another batch so this lasts me through the year.

Monday
Jun042012

Walled garden revisited.

The walled garden is coming along nicely. My little plants are starting to grow in. I think it will be so nice once these are mature beds. Also as you already know I´ve painted the barn doors my trusty smurf blue and the windows and the upper shutters are now off-white...

... as is the big gate to the "real" garden. I had painted this gate a deep inky blue at first which looked really awful for some reason. It´s much better if a little boring in white.

I´m very proud of our little patio by the wall, because I paved it with my own hands. I used old field stones of which we have plenty and our neighbour contributed the sand, so this project was basically free. It´s really not that hard to pave with field stones. It might be a little uneven but who cares about minor details, right?

Also, the joke will be forever on the husband in the village because heet his wife pave the patio. Ha!