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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!

Tuesday
May292012

A birthday bonfire.

Hello. I´m sorry it is rather quiet here. I´m still on holiday this week and we´re very busy with the garden. I am making good progress in the walled garden and the vegetable garden while the husband is building the back porch (exciting!). We are dead tired every night! However I couldn´t wish for a better holiday... we even have amazing weather!

Yesterday it was the husband´s birthday and we decided to take it slow for a change (we even took a nap!) and have a bonfire and barbecue in the evening. We have a really wonderful spot for bonfires in our garden, it´s really magical. Even Marlene enjoyed it.

She wasn´t so sure about the decor though.

Have a great week- - I´ll be back soon!

Wednesday
May232012

Thunderstorms in the country.

Around the time we bought our house last year, I read Margaret Roach´s book about moving to the country, as a preparation of some sorts. She writes quite a lot about thunderstorms in the country and how scary they can be, and I think at one point in the book she´s lying on the kitchen floor trembling because of what´s going on outside. And I have to admit, I was all "God, get yourself together woman, how bad can it be".

Haha. How wrong I was. The very day we moved to the village, in August last year, we had a thunderstorm so bad the shingles came off our roof and we had a power outage that lasted the whole night. Thunderstorms around here have been pretty bad ever since. Much, much worse than everything I have experienced in the city.

I have not yet found myself on the kitchen floor - but just today, with a storm coming up real fast, I was in quite a state as I tried to get the cats in the house and all gardening equipment that could possibly fly around in the barn. And then the wind crashed our old wooden gate real bad and now I think it´s broken. Ugh. Never underestimate a thunderstorm in the country. Lesson learned.

The After is usually really pretty though.

Friday
May182012

The Elderberry miracle. 

Hello. I am still alive. In fact, I am alive and on holiday, since yesterday was the first day of 2.5 glorious weeks off. Happy!

So yesterday a miracle happened. I went in the garden in the morning and noticed that the our small elderberry bush is about to bloom. Which made me think what a shame it is that in this huge garden, we only have this one little bush. I made a mental note to add elderberry bushes to the ever growing list of "things we need to buy for the garden someday".

Elderberries are important, you know. Not only do I love the jam you can make out of their fruits, they are also said to bring luck to the owners of the garden. My mom knows such things. When we bought the house, one of the first things she asked me was whether there was an elderberry bush in the garden.

However, one of the things on my to do list for yesterday was to cut the dead branches of those huge mysterious trees which grow on one of the overgrown corners of the garden (on the right side in the picture above). I´ve never taken a closer look at these trees before and also I´m not very good at telling what is what in nature. You see where this is going, right? They´re elderberries. A whole cluster old, huge, overgrown, woody elderberry trees.

We expect to be very lucky now. And eat lots of jam.

This picture has nothing to do with elderberries. It´s just nice. Happy Friday!

Friday
May112012

Happy Friday.

This picture is from a house tour in the current issue of Livingetc. I have a love-hate relationship with this magazine. Every time I am thoroughly fed up with all the unattainable/unlivable homes they feature they have a house tour that I really love. Like this one. By the way this is Cornforth White on the walls - the color I used on the floors throughout the house. It does look lovely as a wall color... which makes me think...

Happy weekend!