Sunday, August 19, 2018

No "turbulence"again this week LOL!

Goodafternoon everybody!

Weather report: this week started still with rather warm temperatures and sunshine, then we had a bit of rain, some drop of temperature, and leaving us with second part of the week with mostly some clouds and some sunshine, temps around 22C.
Not bad still, I could do with a little higher temps and some more sunshine, but we still cannoot complain.

We had another "batch"of tomatoes and there is still a harvest to come, may be two. But next year we will keep perhaps 3 or 4 tomatoe plants, not so much as this year. I would like to try also some other veggies.
I watch frequently (well, about every week) on BBC the program Gardener's World and it gives lots of good info, And I saw they had some potatoes growing in a simple container and I would love to try it next year. And perhaps some beans, although they take rather some space. We'll see about that.

I was busy the last few months with knitting a cover/blanket for our couches and one is finished now, it is in grey and white( it makes the room a bit brighter), one is already over one couch, now I have to put together the next one for couch two. I do that when I feel like it(and that isn;t too often I must admit), But it is a kind of boring job in fact and still have to pay attention to do it nice, so I only do it during daytime. In the evening I started now knitting some covers for the pillows. I make them on a light ocher color, it brightens up the covers.

I make them in the same stitch as I used for the covers, very easy stitch but it gives a nice effect, specially if you don;t use too thick yarn.
I use needles of 3 or 3,5 European( in English  10 or 11?, American 2,5 or 4).
I can give you the pattern of it, had to translate it myself from Dutch to English, could find it in english. So here we go:

Multiple of 2
Row 1: knit all
Row 2: * knit 1, slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn back*, repeat between * till end till last 2 stitches, knit those
Row 3: knit all
Row 4: knit 2,  * slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn back, knit 1, * and repeat between * till end.
( I do make an edge stitch on each side, so count with that when you cast on the stitches)
That's all.

Good, I really don;t have much more for now, I am happy to say I just finished yesterday a little new kit for you, so I come not comppletely empty-handed, hahahaha.
Wishing you a great week!
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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Slowly harvesting tomatoes.

Goodafternoon everybody!

I was a bit late this morning, but after waking up rather early, I went back for another snooze, because I didn;t sleep very well this night.
I suddenly had some stomach trouble coming up yesterday afternoon and it lasted during the evening and the night. It happens every now and then, not too often, but when it does, it isn;t a pleasant feeling at all.
Well, it is already much better today, so hoping it calms down further and will be gone this evening completely.

We had all kinds of different weather this week. beginning of the week two days of very hot weather, than another day with some drop of temperature, but also rainshowers and even hard wind(lucky not as stormy as they said it would be!), then next day even more rain (plants were dancing in the rain, you know LOL)and then it got dry again and partly sunny, partly cloudy with lower temperatures but still nice of around 22C average.
It will stay that kind of weather all week. a bit clouds, a bit sunshine, perhaps here or there a little rainshower. It can stay that way still for months if you ask me.

Nothing happened here, life is just happening, and I can dig that!!
We did watch a lot of the European chamionships and we witnessed some great achivements and even did win a few medals again, even some golden!
Pity that today is the last day, still some great finals to see later and then we will have to do with the "normal"programming on tv again.
It is sometimes hard to find something nice and interesting the whole evening, it still is summer-season in tv land, and that measn a lot of poor programmiing. Oh,well, there are always a few things that catch our interest and we do register a few things so we can watch that when there isn;t anything great at a certain time.

My tomatoes are baring fruit now, and we can harvest some every 2 or 3 days. Here I have a photo of one little harvest.
As you can see we have all kind of different sorts. And they do taste fantastic!

We will have a tomatoe sald this evening (again) at dinner. And we will have fried trout and fried potatoes with them. The trout I bought yesterday at the market, so it is all fresh.
I lovve this fish, and i prepare it real simple.  Just some salt and pepperand a bit of garlic and just fry it in some oil.
Oh, and we have some strawberries with cream as dessert.
Not too bad for a Sunday hey?
Most of the week I just have a quick dinner, not too complicated and so, but it is nice to have something a little bit special every now and then.
I am not very keen on boiled potatoes(as for Jan he loves them and then mash them on his plate with some gravy), I am more from the fried potatoes, or sometimes pasta. I do have to say I have a very easy husband who eates about all I prepare. But I know of course his preferences and  I try to make a mix of his and mine. Sometimes it is so hard to come up with something for dinner, I do try to have something different every day, if possible with some fresh veggies. But every now and then I run out of ideas LOL.
Not a big deal, but challenging at times.
(and i don;t want to spend too much time on it every day, yeah, I have become a bit lazy on this point, is that a bad thing?)

Anyway, today we will have a tasty meal and then tomorrow is another day.
I have a kit for you today, named Dance thtough Time.
Have fun with it.
Take care, "see" you next week.
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Sunday, August 05, 2018

Love to watch European Championships

Goodmorning everybody!

Still very warm here, although it might be today a little bit less, but then next two days we will have very hot weather, temperatures even here at the coast around 30-32 C!
Then later on in the week temperatures will drop qujite a bit, to may be around 22-24C and we even might get some rain towwards wend of the week. We'll see about that. It isn't bad that temperatures will drop some, because lately it has been too much, I think. Then it might be nice if we could stay on temperatures of about 22 till late November or so????? Probably I am wishing too much, but who knows?

With those warm /even hot/ days we have had, you can imagine that I didn;t do a lot and tried not to move too much. I am in a position I can do that now, but I really pity the ones that have to work in those temperatures. That isn;t always very easy, although people working inside most of the times have airco, so it isn;t all too straining, but there are people who have their jobs outside and that should be hard!

Just before the weekend there started a combined event: European Chamionships in both Glasgow and Berlin. In Glasgow they have cycling(insideon track and outside on the road), swimming and rowing and gymnastics(hope I didnlt forget anything there) and in Berline there are athletics.
Love to watch almost all events, and there is coeverage almost all day till around 10.00 in the evening. Well, we don;t watch ALL day but we spent quite some time inside(just as good with the real warm weather, our living room is quite cool), picking out the events we like best.
I really like the gymnastics, yestrday there was the team event of the ladies and our team got bronze medal, which was more or less out of expectation. Our girls can be very proud of themselves.

Yesterday we had a scrumptious meal of boiled mussels, It was really yummie, and together with some french bread and garlic/herbs butter Jan and I had a well-filled stomach with it!
Have to think of something for dinner for the next two days, when temperatures will be really hot! I might make a potatoe salad and then we can have some cold meat with it, or perhaps some boiled eggs cold or warm. Nice thing about such a salad is, that you can put in almost everything, also good to use left-overs of vegetables and such.

Okay, this is about it for now, I have a cluster and quick-page for you from Arlene, which she made with the Close to the Seaside kit.
Have a lovely week, stay safe!
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Sunday, July 29, 2018

It was VERY hot, and it still is dry!

Goodafternoon everybody!

Well, we surely had some tropical weather for a few days, and that even in our area close to the sea and such.
A few days temps were up to 30-32 C already here, so it was very warm, yes! We don;t have airco in our house,normally we don;t need it (and I don;t like it either, doesn;t become me very well), but I think we could have done with a little one those days LOL.
The big heat however is gone already, we are having two days of a bit of change, and some lower temperatures, but the weather still stays warm, temperatures will stay around 25-26 overhere.
We even had some short rainshowers, quite heavy ones, but only lasting a few minutes each, so it was nice for the garden, a bit, but no-way enough water to really have an effect. So we still have a very dry period.
We could do with some steady rainshowers that last for several hours(no those heavy bursts out of a cloud, but just a normal shower if you know what I mean) and best would be during the night.
It would be very nice for a lot of farmers, they really need some serious watering here and there!

As it was really very warm this last week you can imagine that I didn;t do a lot of things. Just the most necessary(and that in a slower speed), and for the rest I did stay a lot in the house(it was still much cooler there than in the garden at some point!!), watched some tv, or did read a book, and if I had to go out for some grocery shopping or something needed, I tried to do it in the earlier morning, when it still wasn;t all too hot.
I also did't do a lot of designing, not ebough to finish a new kit, so I really have to do something about it this week.

We did taste a few of our own tomatoes, for now only the Tiny Tim. and they taste real good. Pity is that on another species of tomatoe there seems to be an illness, the tomatoes do grow, but in the heart at the bottom there is a black spot, that becomes slowly bigger and when you pick it and cut it open it is almoast all nasty black inside. So, our harvest will be a little smaller I guess. Not all of the tomatoes have it, thank God, we also have some plants with rather big tomatoes and they seem to do well.
Something strange too I have with my Cosmos plants. they still don;t bloom. We did grow them from seed, they did grow well, they are huge by now, all with leaf, but i still don;t see any buds. Just one, smaller one, did bloom with two flowers. May be I am not patient enough and they still will give some flower next month??

I did go to the market yesterdday, it was much less warm, so in the mornbing good time to do so. I needed some fruit and veggies(and it is much cheaper there than in the supermarket and in a vegetable shop(which we dont have near), some cheese and close to the market is a very nice butcher, where I buy some larger portions and then I put it in the freezer.
So i did, but during my walk over the market there were two or three real heavy rainshowers, wow! Lucky that the stalls have some little roofs, so we could take shelter. It wasn;t bad, the showers only lasted for a couple of minutes and by the time I had to take the walk home, it was dry and sunny again.

Not a very interesting post, I know, but that's how it is at the moment. And I hope it will last for much longer, this more or less eventless life LOL.(always something is happening that needs attention, mostly it are not the nice things, e.g. financial business, bills you need to make phonecalls about, or things like that. Best to try to handle them quickly and in the best way you can and then you can go on with life as it should be ROFL.
End of this week my friend Heidi will return from her holiday. And hopefully the week after we will be able to meet and have a liltte chat again to catch up.

Can you believe it that mid-next week we already have the month of August arriving? Gosh, the year is passing so quickly now. Before you know it we will already have to think about sending parcels for Christmas etc. But....................no, I don;t want to think about that yet too much. let's first enjoy summer time, even if we have some days that are too warm, we still need the sunshine and warmth for our ├Âld"bones, hahaha.
I only have some clusters from Arlene for you this time, but they are lovely. They are made with the Unexpected kit.
Have a lovely week, stay cool(and some of you warm LOL)and safe.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Tropical days arriving in Holland!

 Somehow this post seems not to be published on the blog.
So, two days later I am publishing again and hoping all goes well.



Goodafternoon everybody!

I am a bit late today, but I did try to catch a bit of extra sleep this morning and then I first prepared the dinner for this evening and started the washing machine.
That will about all I do today, LOL!
The weather has been fantastic, only minus on it is that we didn;t have any rain and there isn;t some to come either in the next week. May be here and there a little shower in the south or east part, but even that isn;t sure.
And next week they say we will have even much warmer weather, unto 30-32C! And that is tropical weather overhere!
Now i do like summer weather but perhaps that will even be a bit too much for me. However, I will not complain, never know how quick it can be over with again.
Still it is a good thing for the people who have their vacation now, specially the ones that stay into this country.

I wasn;t all too busy this week, I tend to get rather lazy lately. I wonder if that has to do something with the warmer weather for longer time?? Perhaps, or it just could be me, not willing to spend too much energy at the moment, or something like that.

The garden is still doing well, despite the shortage on water. We do water the garden, but only 2-3 times a week with the hose and yes, we have to water the pots by hand every day, but it isn;t a bad job.
Tomatoes are growing, we have already ONE tomatoe, a small one, that is almost ready to be picked, yeah!!! And I saw that on another plant(a different species) there is a rather big one starting to get some color. WOW! Never mind how many we will have, as long as we can harvest some it will be nice, it is all about the fun to succeed in growing some food.

Last week I went to center of town, just to look around and had one or two things I had to buy there. Walking in one of the streets I suddenly heard a lovely sound.............. and it was a street musician, a younger girl, playing a ..... harp! That isn;t an instrument you see often with street musicians. I stopped for a moment to listen to her and she played very well and with lots of feeling. It really brightened my day!

Time for me now to see about the laundry and then have a sandwich or something and then sit down in the garden for a while.
I have a new kit for you, named  Close to the Seaside
Have a wonderful week!
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Monday, July 16, 2018

Still real summer around here

Goodmorning everybody!

yes, I am a day late, sorry for that. yesterday I started already late, took a longer sleep, then only got into moveing around very slowly.
After I had a little breakfast, I first took care of the dinner. I wanted to make a kind of stew, so that needed time on the stove.
Well, I did that, then there was a laundry waiting for me to be hanged out, and then I thought it might be good to take a break with a cup of coffee in the garden.
with all the good weather we have now, we should take advantage of it, even if we could do with some rain every now and then. But okay, let's not complain, in winter we long for warmer weather and now that we finally have some real summer we should take it as it comes.
After the coffee break I first did some other little jobs and then it was a bit late in the afternoon and to be honest I had no energy to start up the computer.
So here i am a day later.

it is no big deal, and there isn;t much to tell, we have a rather quiet life at the moment, which I am thankful for!
I do my things around the house, and try to make an outing every day. We have to keep moving and taking a walk is good for your health and muscles too.

All is growing as it should do in the garden(well, more or less) and I am trying to get an idea what we will plant next year. As I said last week, we certainly will sow lots of cornflowers for one, also have some poppies around and I like them too. And I think I will try some more cottage garden like flowers, so we will have more blooms and colour in the garden. That's only the idea, now the execution, LOL!

I have managed to finish a kit for you, now  will have to do some designing this week, because I don;t have any kits in stock anymore!
Perhaps I will make a few smaller ones, and then in between I can be busy on some larger ones, We'll see how the week will devellop.

P.S. I wanted to post the preview of the kit and what did I notice! I uploaded the kit to Mediafire, but I didn;t make a preview of the kit ! Oh, what a dombo. So now i am going to make quicky a preview,

For now I wish everyone a wonderful week.

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Sunday, July 08, 2018

I am counting my tomatoes, LOL!

Goodafternoon everybody!

Wow, you really can say we have summer at the moment. Every day nice temperatures of around 22-24C, with sometimes a little high cloud, that's all. No rain, and that isn;t too good. Would be nice if in the evenings or nights some rain would fall, but this week there isn;t a big chance to it. Well, we will have to be a little careful with the water, if everybody does so, there shouldn't be a problem.
I try to water the garden twice, may be 3 times a week, not more and I only do the pots almost every day. The birdies are happy with a little bird bath I created of a not to deep bowl, the tits really take their bath in it, so funny and other birds come to drink of it too.

I am afraid there isn;t really much news to tell, time just passes by in wonderful weather and it is such a joy to be able to open in the morning the garden doors and leave them open till somewhere in the evening.
We still are watching the football and the Belgian team reached the semi-finals!  They had a fantastic match against Brazil!
Now they only have to manage to win the match from France and they will have reached the final! It will be a difficult match against the French,but I give them a good chance.

During the week I did a little bit of normal household stuff, nothing to bragg about, spend quite some time in the garden, sitting or just doing little jobs there. Yesterday I went to buy some birdseed,  I still give them some, although they can find their own food rather easily now. t still is nice for them to have some extra and it is good for the mother birds who still have to feed the youngsters.
On the way to that shop I came along a kind of 'recycle"shop, you can find there sometimes real nice things for little money, and I found two flowerpots for inside, in a dark red color frok which we have already a few. I took them with me, they only were  € 0,50 a piece!
And looking around in some other shops on the way I found a really nice Christmaspresent. Cannot say anything about it, for obvious reasons.
The best buys are most of the time the ones you stumble upon, and not the ones you are going to buy intentionally!

This morning I took the bother to count my tomatoes LOL! I came to 63 smaller and bigger ones already and there are much more flowers on the plants that could become also tomatoes. best is to have about 3 or may four groups of flowers on them and if there are coming more you better pich them out. Otherwise they will not get enough time to ripen. I have 2 links  for you where you can see how to handle tomatoes, if you may have them. If not, perhaps nice to try out for next year?
 https://bonnieplants.com/library/grow-tomatoes-pots/

http://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/blog/a-beginners-guide-to-pinching-out-tomatoes
Here one photo I took from one of my tomatoe plants, with one of the biggest tomatoe till thus far
And I have a few more photos of the garden.
 This is the second clamtis I have on the rosebow, at the moment it is full of blossoms, fantastic.

This isn´t the best photo of my conrflowers, but oh wow, i do love them. They have such a wonderful blue color and I will try to get seed of them later, and if no enough I will buy some for next year. They grow rather easily, so not too much work for lots of result! ove to have two or three large groups of them next year and you can mix them great with other flowers.
I have too 2 photos of a parakeet having a yummie meal of the seeds in the bowl hanging on the rosebow.

Well, that is about it all. I must confess I didn´t do much of designing again this week, a little excuse is that the weather is far too nice to be inside a lot and in the evening I watch tv and do a bit of knitting at the same time.
So I should finish a kit I started long ago, otherwise I will not have something for you next week. They said on the weather program that next week we will have one or may be two days of lesser weather with lower temperatures of only 19 or 20C and cloudy, so may be that will be a good time to spend an hour or so on the designing.
For now I have the clusters from Arlene, she made with the Dreaming of Summer kit.
Have a wonderful week and stay safe!
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