zondag 3 juli 2016

Summer break

After almost two weeks of constant and sometimes even torrential rain, we had a sunny and dry afternoon. Such a delight to be sitting in the garden once more, enjoying the sun on my face.

I had not been to the garden for a while, and was afraid the wind and rain would have played havoc with it. Quite the contrary. Although I had to find my way through the jungle, that was once my garden path, all looked well. One of the climbing roses in front of the garden house had come loose and several tall flowers lay flat on the ground, but nothing I could not fix. 

Several roses were still in flower. A variety of yellow, pink, white and blue summer flowers kept them company. I picked a huge bunch to take home with me.

My middle daughter helped me out in the greenhouse. The tomatoes are doing fine, but what they need is sunshine, lots of it. The courgette had patches of powdery mildew on it's leaves. We removed them and hope that the other plants in the greenhouse have not been infected. The first cucumbers and gherkins are visible.

This is my last post before the summer holiday. I am taking a blog break. The girls and I are looking forward very much to spend some time at the seaside and in the garden, go canoeing, visit family and friends and discover Edinburgh in Scotland.

Wishing you all a lovely summer.

Thank you for your sweet comments over the past few weeks. I don't always mention it, but I want you to know that I appreciate them very much.

Have fun!


Madelief x

zondag 26 juni 2016

All things vintage


Since I was a teenager I have been interested in all things vintage. From (custom) jewellery, porcelain, linen, glassware to fashion. Over the years my collection has grown. I don't keep all the things I find myself, I give them to friends and family as well or sell them at a vintage market once in a while.

Recently I have taken up looking for vintage fashion. It's so much fun to find something unique at a bargain price. The reason I gave it up years ago, was that I often couldn't get rid of the musty smell a lot of pre loved clothes have. I don't want to go out wearing a beautiful outfit, smelling like a damp cellar or someone who hasn't washed for a long time.... 

I tried it all: washing in vinegar, freezing, adding baking soda and all kind of chemicals, but to no avail. Until recently.....  I now soak the clothes in lukewarm water and add a few drops of Dettol disinfectant.

When you leave the clothes to soak overnight, the musty smell is replaced by a 'Dettol smell'. You can easily get rid of this by washing the clothes in the washing machine once or twice. Somehow this did the trick for me. It doesn't work on all material, so please keep that in mind. You have to find out for yourself. Most cottons and synthetic fabric do well. I haven't tried it on silk yet.

My daughters aren't too keen on my new method. It even makes my youngest gag. It reminds them of the time children had thrown up at primary school. Teachers used to clean with Dettol afterwards. So, whenever I use this method, I put my tile on the balcony :-)  

In today's post some of my latest vintage finds: a colourful kimono style blouse by a well known Dutch designer, a German pink/red/blue blouse, a tapestry bag, an orange/black French paisley dress and a yellow/green/orange paisley shirt.

The glassware, porcelain cache pot, jewellery, (botanic) prints and teacups come from Charity shops and thrift stores.

Do you have a method of your own for getting rid of musty smells in fabric?

A Happy week!


Madelief x

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zondag 19 juni 2016

Stop and smell the roses

If you like to find satisfaction in life, it is said that you have to acknowledge the value and meaning of simple things, like stopping on your garden path to smell the roses, and admire the beauty of the flowers, standing proudly or tumbling down the trees, like a waterfall of flowers. 

Perhaps I am a hopeless romantic, but I try to do just that, to take it all in as much as possible. It's only two weeks that the roses in my garden are at their best, and that's not long.

When I was in the garden today, the rambling roses (Veilchenblau & Paul's Himalayan Musk) are already losing their petals and delicious scent. Last weeks rain speeded things up considerably. They both gave an abundant display of flowers. Paul's Himalayan musk has taken over one of the trees in the middle part of my garden completely. It's breathtakingly beautiful.

The roses in front of my garden house: New Dawn, Rhapsody in Blue and Pink cloud, are still in flower. In the back a simple dog rose, I once took a cutting from when on a walk, and some roses I bought for a Euro in a dump store, look magnificent. 

In other parts of the garden, Belinda's dream, Constance Spry, Waltz Time, Heritage and Leonardo da Vinci make me smile. How elegant they look.  

My experience is that working in a garden does not only have physical benefits, it heals, clears the head, gives you the peace and quiet that you need, and makes you appreciate simple things more. Above all, it makes me a happier person. I can recommend it to you all.  

Stop and smell the roses.

Wishing you a lovely week!

Madelief x 

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