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Sunday
Oct212012

Thinking ahead.

It´s starting to look a lot like autumn around here, if you don´t count the unusual high temperatures (not complaining!). The husband started to extend the vegetable garden this weekend. I´m so excited for next summer. It might be crazy but our goal - not necessarily for next year, but long term - is to grow enough produce to feed us two over the winter (with the help of many canning sessions, our scary root cellar and a shiny new freezer). I´m ready for the challenge!

But that´s next year.. for now, I´ve been putting away the garden furniture and making sure everything´s ready for winter in the walled garden. I have to admit I got really sad when taking the hammock down - we have not spent enough quality time together this summer. Must do better next year.

(Also, do you see my crazy daisies? They seem to like autumn!?)

Monday
Oct152012

House portrait. 

Here it is, my house portrait by Rebekka Seale! I love it.

Ah, the exterior of this house. We didn´t get as much done as I would have liked it over the summer. We had planned to have the gable painted, but then it turned out that the whole thing is rotten and needs to be replaced. Which is not an option right now because we just can´t afford it. Same thing for the big wooden gate which needs to be replaced soonish. Next summer hopefully. Baby steps...

Also I was going to re-paint the blue door but looking at the portrait I think it needs to stay... at least until spring! All these decisions.. I have a hard life.

Sunday
Oct142012

A visit to Dresden.

So, Dresden! Wow! What a beautiful city. I loved it there.

I have to admit that until this past weekend, my only connection to Dresden was Erich Kästner, my favorite children´s book author, who used to live here when he was young. I meant to visit the museum but since the weather was so beautiful, my mom and I rather strolled around the city.

The other thing I knew about Dresden is that large parts of it were destroyed the second world war. However I didn´t know that so much of the inner city has been re-built in the meantime. I´m usually not a big fan of re-building old structures (what is gone, is gone), but in this case I think the result is beautiful. The inner city reminded me of Vienna a lot.

It also helped that my mom (and I) stayed in Loschwitz, a very fancy part of Dresden full of the most gorgeous old villas. I wouldn´t mind having a second home there. Just one of the smaller villas, you know.

There´s even an old funicular railway which goes down to the Elbe river. Of course I had to try this one.

Crossing the bridge, you´ll have this view. Not bad, eh?

Dresden, it´s a good thing I only live 1.5 hours away from you. I will be back for sure!

Friday
Oct122012

Happy Weekend.

A while ago I found this old postcard in one of our moving boxes. I love Pippi Longstocking. I´m thinking of blowing this up in some way and using it in my kitchen? Maybe?

I´ll be spending the weekend in Dresden, where my Mom is holiday-ing right now. I hope there will be some sunshine and lots of relaxing, because this week has been tiring. Have a good one!

(PS: As for the source of this picture, I have no idea. I think it´s a still picture from the movie?)

Tuesday
Oct092012

I know what we did this summer.

I thought I´d do a recap of what we accomplished this summer in the walled garden and beyond (for you and for me, so that I have this documented somewhere!).

Here are a few lovely before shots:

Back in early spring when the husband first started to dug out the flower beds.

And this one is from spring - April? The rear of our house in all the former grey, patchy glory - soon to be painted with the help of that scaffolding.

On to the progress pictures: From back in March when I started paving the patio by the wall. I still can´t quite believe I did this with my own hands.

Progress #2: It´s May. Rear of the house is painted. Also, the flower beds are planted and the barn doors and windows are painted. Aaand we just started to build the deck. Goodness what an ordeal that was.

And now for the after pictures (my favorite part):

Our flower beds, my pride and joy. White painted door to the garden. Smurf blue barn door. A glimpse of the patio...

... but here´s a close-up. The husband built the massive table with the scrap wood we had left from building the deck. There´s a little bed in front of the wall where I planted hollyhocks and a white rambler rose who seems to love it there. 

Gate to the garden, painted white. We originally planned to have the fir tree replaced by something smaller and leafier, but that just didn´t happen and it is kind of growing on me anyway.

And the deck with the still missing railing. Also I have some plans to beautify the wood frame next year, and eventually replace the hideous plastic door.

Also, what we did in other parts of the garden:

- Started to clear the neglected jungle by cutting down several old hazelnut, plum and elderberry trees (ongoing)
- Cleared away the piles of rubble which the previous owners so nicely left (this is also still ongoing)
- Started to plant a vegetable garden
- Planted a berry field
- Planted an orchard (actually still a to-do, but we bought the trees last weekend)
- Re-planted the front garden and made a gravel path to the house

 I think we did well. Can´t wait for next summer! But now, on to winter and back to the interior of the house. Shold be fun, yes?