Back soon.

So sorry for the radio silence. Turns out it is true what they say, a puppy *is* like a child; and between sweet Ludwig and a busy work schedule and a million projects in the garden that need to be done now that it´s finally warming up - there just are not enough hours in the day. 

As for the picture above, my neighbor brought us eggs from her hens the other day, complete with that little flower bouquet and everything. I am a lucky lady. 

I´ll be back soon, if Ludwig lets me. Fingers crossed! 


My kitchen shelves on Remodelista.

I´ve been so busy with Ludwig and work and a business trip that I didn´t get around to tell you that Remodelista featured my kitchen shelves the other day. Thank you so much Justine! And for all the new readers who came to this blog via Remodelista, welcome! I hope you like what you see.

Happy weekend everybody!


More about Ludwig.

Thank you for all your happy comments about Ludwig - I had no idea I have so many dog loving readers! Ludwig´s been with us for more than a week now. We are very much in love with him, but I am not going to lie, it´s been a bit of an adjustment having a puppy in the house. He needs a lot of attention and also needs to learn some, ahem, basic good behavior... Like, remember the fact that human beings aren´t made for chewing. (Sharp puppy teeth - ouch!)

Surprisingly, the cats are quite relaxed about the new addition to the family. Actually they are super interested in him - there´s a lot of sniffing going on especially when he is asleep. Ludwig himself would love to play with the cats (he misses his siblings!) but they aren´t sure about that just yet. All in all, this is going much better than expected. Phew!

He seems to love our garden. So much to explore! I am looking forward to having the fence up so that he can run free and be with us when we are gardening.

Also, he has huge paws. Love.


Easter 2013.

Easter is my very favorite holiday. I do not believe in any God but I totally believe in celebrating spring and new beginnings. The thing about this Easter though... it didn´t feel like Easter at all. For one thing, we brought home little Ludwig, who is so very cute and mischievous and easily scared and all in all just needs a lot of attention. I´ll write more about him soon.

Also, it´s not helping that there´s in fact no spring to celebrate. When the masters of ceremony lit the annual Easter fire, it wouldn´t burn at first. Because that huge, carefully built pile of wood was frozen to the core. Yep. Anyway it did burn in the end and it was a lovely evening. (Here´s last years Easter fire with a bit more of information and pictures. It´s a wonderful tradition.)

In my defense, I did manage to dye eggs (I always use natural dye) and bake some Easter bread! But we kind of ran out of everything else so Easter 2013 was a great success even from the culinary point of view (we had pizza on Sunday, ahem). Oh well. There´s always next year, right?


The puppy and the dining room.

This Friday, we´ll drive a few hours East and bring home a little Irish Setter puppy. We wanted a dog for ages, and now that I work from home it´s finally possible. So for the past few weeks we´ve been preparing ourselves and our home for his impending arrival.. Reading books about puppy education (oh my) and realizing that we can not possibly have these cream white rugs in the dining room any longer. They can go in the washing machine which is why I bought them in the first place, but with four cats and a puppy, I guess they´d have to be washed every other day.

So obviously there are two choices now - to buy a new rug which is a bit more hard wearing (jute, probably) or to have no rug at all in the dining room. As always, I can´t seem to make up my mind, so please help me make a decision? The thing is, in the view above - from the kitchen - I think the dining room looks very much naked without a rug.

However in this view from the hallway, I really like the bare floor boards. What do you think? Help?