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Monday
Mar162015

Please send chocolate.

I have started to write this blog post three times. It´s no good. I struggle a bit these days and today was especially shitty. So instead of writing about all the feelings I give you a few pictures of my house that I took over the weekend. Please send sun, chocolate and a good dentist. Have a good week.
PS: I think this came across a bit more dramatic than intended. I am just having a few bad days and a chipped tooth that has been fixed in the meantime. Thank you all for the well-wishes! :)

Sunday
Mar082015

Spring is here. 

This weekend, we finally got spring-like temperatures around here, complete with a lot of sun. I spent two glorious days in the garden, cleaning and pruning and preparing the vegetable beds. I even discovered this little beauty above; it´s the first bloom in the entire garden. I always get so impatient with nature when the temperatures are finally rising. Grow! Bloom! Hurry up! But there is still a way to go, especially in the walled garden. This space has its own microclimate since it doesn´t get any decent sun before late March. 

Hi Kasimir! 

Nothing like blue skies! This barn belong to one of our neighbors. It´s ginormous. Fun fact: There used to be a similar sized barn on our plot which the previous owners tore down. It is still visible in Google Maps pictures - complete with a tree growing out of the roof! 

In chicken-related news, we lost one of our hens on Friday. It looks like a hawk killed her. This happens a lot around here but somehow we were spared from this special kind of tragedy until now. It made me terribly sad. To tell you the truth, I think chickens are really silly, stubborn and sometimes cruel creatures, but I still care for them a lot. My husband always makes fun of me how I prepare healthy snacks for them and how they have the cleanest coop in the entire village (probably true) and how I generally worry way too much about them. But I just want them to have a happy life. Anyway. I said this before, raising chickens isn´t for sissies. (And I totally am a sissy.)

Also, I planted 100 tulips in the bed that you see above and so far, nothing. I think the $%&$ voles ate all the bulbs. 

Oh Ludwig, I love you so.

 

Always a good sign that spring is here: A blooming hazel. 
Have a happy week!  

Wednesday
Mar042015

The gardeners garden.

I came across this wonderful series today and just had to share. This episode about Great Dixter is my favorite so far... what a beautiful garden, what a beautiful video. In my next life I´ll be a full time gardener. Also I desparately want to be friends with Rachel, is that weird? I´ll be in England at the end of June to visit Sissinghurst and I realized Great Dixter is only half an hour away. Sold!
Sunday
Mar012015

Feb-stagrams. 

It is still not spring, I am still sick, I haven´t taken a single picture with my real camera this week. But! Here are my favorite Instagram pictures from the past month. February is always such a difficult month, right? I don´t hate it as much as I hate January, but it is a close second. Good thing we made it to the other side. Happy March! 

PS: Apologies for the wonky collage. I have no idea how to do those things properly so I´m totally eyeballing everything - clearly not very successfully...

Sunday
Feb222015

Waiting for spring.

I´ve been sick for three weeks now. It is getting reeeally old. First I had a cold that turned into a full-on flu/sinusitis and now I have a cold/cough again? It is so annoying. On the other hand, everyone seems to be sick these days. And in fact I happen to know a very good remedy for this misery: Let it be spring already. I am so over winter. We actually had beautiful sunny weather all week but it is still so cold out there. Please, weather gods, let it be spring soon.

Here are some pictures of Ludwig and Lutz because cute animals never hurt. Ludwig is doing his "I am very cute" face here. Oh redhead.

In other news, I bought a second kilim pillow for my kitchen bench. The first one used to live in my living room but it accidentally landed on the kitchen bench during a cleaning session (seriously, my whole life consists of cleaning this house, but that´s another story) and I rather liked it! Accidental decorating is my forte.

In case anyone is interested, this is how the walled garden looked like today. I did some clean-up this weekend and now we´re ready to go whenever you are, spring! Oh in case you wonder about the plastic bottles, those were installed to keep a very persistent mole away who apparently thought he could spend his winter digging through my flower beds. The bottles didn´t help one bit, of course, so I bought another more professional thingie that works with ultrasound. Which freaks the dog out but the mole seems to be thriving. Oh well! 

All together now: Bring it on, spring!

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