~In jeder Sprache wohnen andere Augen.~

samedi 9 septembre 2017

Catch up - April and Early May

After Wales is before Wales...
or ... dreaming of Mimosas.

Back from an exciting trip to Wales!
The Irish Sea
But before all that, there was April. A wonderful, promising month with plenty of quality time with the wee granddaughter.

The camellias were flowering as good as they could as the early season was so mild.


















We tried to sell some stuff at the Maastricht fleamarket which turned out not as a big success but we had good weather and lots of fun.


The S-T-P dog (aka sticky-toffy-pudding) enjoyed the sun in the front garden

and we went for the first time to Lasne (château d'Aywiers) where the first spring plant fair took place. EG nearly run over a guy looking like 'Rompy-Pompy', aka van Rompuy ;-)  (a good friend of Nigel Farage)





built the same year than our farm 
donkey love

the roof of the old building where the art gallery was hosted in



a wink for our friend Phil

beautifully painted cushion covers


modern allotment inspiration (especially the relaxed gardener ;-) )

sitting under the fruit trees in the orchard


Always the best stand... Thierry Delabroye







At home, the hanging gardens got EG's particular attention and one bed was added, wrested from the hard grass covered ground



As you can see, EG is the king of  the recyclers.


Those broad beans were fantastic and there were loads












Everything looked so promising and happy but then we had late frost and as a result there are no pears, only few apples from the later varieties, no walnuts, no mirabelles (green gage), no plums, no quinces. Luckily the hanging gardens provided us with loads of fresh vegetables.

Bluebells and forget-me-nots


acers showing colours

No chance to move this japanese acer anymore :-(

 And a wish came true: EG built me a herb spiral !


I shall make a picture of how it looks now. Actually a very good way to grow basil without greenhouse, keeping them in pots.

Later in May we travelled to Bristol, again, for a 'granddaughter fix' and visited a garden which took part of the NGS. But those pictures are for next time :-)

lundi 28 août 2017

Catch Up

It has never been my intention to keep silent for so long. But so many other things kept me busy and so many moments were spent just enjoying. Enjoying spring with EG's national collection of daffodils, numerous travels across the channel, visiting Cornwall and meeting Barbara, celebrating a first birthday in Bristol, enjoying the most glorious month of flowers in the garden - June- with an array of roses on display, making nice encounters in Malmedy,  celebrating another birthday in Cheshire, meeting old friends in Liverpool and then came the flow of visitors who wanted to make the most of having still a drop point in Belgium....
After Wales is before Wales... or is it not?

Eventually I took the time to look through the numerous pictures downloaded from my trusty Nikon and eventually I will take the time to post some of them because it seems that September will just repeat the same tune as the one of the passed months: leaving for Wales to visit another house, coming back and preparing the house for more visitors and enjoying life to the utmost.

After having been outbid on 'Gwynfryn', this fine house close to the Irish sea, I fell into a kind of grief. I felt so sorry to have lost this fabulous house and place I had started to associate with and it took a while to overcome this feeling of loss. However, at the end of the day, we do already live in a place close to paradise and I felt bad about my feelings - it was unfair against the home we have here to feel so unhappy. It was so good to see how spring developped and painted the world in so uplifting colours:









The chocolate dog (our last visitor called him 'sticky toffee pudding dog') is living with us now since 10 years already - it was daffodil time when he was rescued and we would never have believed then that he could turn out such a fine family member.















The magnolias had a great period of frost-free flowering and we truly believed that the worst of the cold season was over. But there was a very hard late frost in May and we end up now without any quinces, walnuts, crab apples or pears.

So, at least this was a start. I shall try and post more pictures before we leave again.
Until then ./.