maandag 22 augustus 2016

Oh no, not again!

When I arrived at the garden on a Sunday afternoon two weeks ago, to prepare for an early dinner party, dark clouds came from the east. Oh no, not again. Three garden parties I planned earlier this year had to be held indoors, because the heavens had opened.

My garden house, which is the original shed from the 1930s, is only two by two square meters. Too small to house a dinner party for five or more. It can be incredibly romantic for 'a dinner for two' though, but that was not the case.

So I begged the weather gods to keep it dry. I even put up my parasol, to force the sun to come out, and I laid the table with my prettiest vintage table linen, that I did not want to get wet. It must have helped, because not long after my plea, wide blue gaps appeared between the clouds and with it the first rays of sunshine. My cardigan went out, and the guests came in.

We had a delicious afternoon and evening, enjoying home made pies, salads and cake, while listening to stories of summer holiday's, children, books, music, politics and all things interesting and not so interesting, but fun to talk about anyway, that occupied our minds. Although it's the end of August already, I am crossing my fingers for more outdoor parties. With a bit of luck, there are still three to come.

Have a great week. Enjoy the outdoors!


Madelief x  

zaterdag 13 augustus 2016

Summer flowers

It was a dark and rainy day when I visited the allotment for the first time after our holiday. My sweet neighbours at the allotment complex took care of our garden. They did a good job. It all looked beautiful.

Although there is some colour in the garden, there are not as many summer flowers as usual. Several phlox are in flower, hydrangea, gladioli and achillea, but that's about it.  I almost forget the dahlia's. The flowers of the dahlia tubbers I left in the ground over winter, have opened as well. I planted some new Dahlia varieties this year, but their flowers are not visible yet. I am still waiting for the Zinnia's and Cosmos I seeded too. With a bit of luck, the best is yet to come.

Meanwhile my fruit and vegetables are doing splendidly. I have never had so many bunches of grapes before, and my plum tree is loaded. I made three pots of chutney already, but the basket I keep the plums in is still half full. And there is even more fruit on the tree....

The greenhouse provides us with a bumper crop of tomatoes. So that's going to be tomato soup and lots of tomato salad the coming days. 

I want to thank you too for leaving such sweet comments on last weeks post. I haven't replied all of them yet, as I am still enjoying the last days of the girls summer vacation. We try to make the most of it.

Next week I will show you some photo's of the small dinner party I had in the garden today.

Have a lovely new week!

Madelief x

zondag 7 augustus 2016

Beautiful Edinburgh


Just a quick post to let you know that I have not abandoned my blog :-) The temptation was there though. It is such a delight to have more time on your hands, to do those things you always want to do, but you decide against. Having a garden that needs a lot of attention and a blog you have to keep up and take photo's for, can sometimes be a burden. It helps to distance oneself from it all now and then and relax. That's exactly what I did.

So, I am back. With renewed energy and inspiration. The girls and I had a wonderful time. We fell in love with Edinburgh. It's the combination of it's rich heritage and history, the amazing architecture, interesting places to visit and nature on it's doorstep. According to the girls, it's hip and classy too.

We walked the streets of New Town, Old Town, Stockbridge and Dean Village. Visited the Scottish national library, the Georgian house and many other places of interest. We made some beautiful walks along the river Dean to the botanical gardens, and one to the top of Arthur's seat, where we admired the view. We also did some vintage shopping at Armstrong & sons. Never seen a collection of vintage clothes as large as theirs before.  

We did not want to leave.....There is so much more to discover. We will definitely be back!

Hope you had a lovely holiday as well? If you haven't been yet or will stay at home, have a good time.


Madelief x

Some photo's were taken with my mobile phone, hence the difference in quality.