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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Sunday, July 01, 2018

Summer has come to visit us!

Goodmorning everybody!

Yeah, we do have summer now! All week long we had lovely weather, starting at around 20-22C beginning this week and from about wednesday on temps only got higher and we reached around 25-27C.
Only a bit disappointing that there is a LOT of wind today, but .... you cannot have it all. Tomorrow there will be already less hard wind, and temps will still be high. One thing that is less good is that it is very dry lately. I cannot remember when we had some rain. And when it did it was(in our area) very light. Not enough for the ground and plnats to have a good drink.
So we have to water our graden every other day or so and the pots every day, of course. We are not quick in watershortage, but they already ask and advise us on tv to be careful with wateruse.
Lots of farmers now have some trouble with the shortage of rain now so for them already it would be good if at night there was some rainfall.
But I am afraid this week there is no sign of it.

I cannot really remember everything i did this week, cannot be all too much, LOL or interesting. I know i didn;t do anything on the computer, it was far too warm for it and a pity to stay inside if not really necessary. Yes, we watched the football games, but they were most of the time late afternoon and then one again in the evening(yes, 2 a day, otherwise the tournement would last far too long).
Naturally there are the ordinary household jobs, but aside of that.............hmmmmmm, shortage of memory I guess.
I do know I did some jobgs in the garden, like the other day, when I made two bigger pots with a fern and some other plant that do well in the shade. And I have a hortensia("made"myself by taking a cutting couple of years ago) it placed with it and two little pots with some groundcover plants. And this little arrangement I placed in front of the shed wall at the back of the garden. It was such a sad spot there, and it is hard to grow there anything, because of the big, big tree that is giving the shade(tree is from the nieghbour, it is the one that had the big treebranch broken by a stork, earlier this year) .
But I think that the ferns should do well there, giving some extra attention every now and then.
And it looks already much happier, that spot.
so yesterday, believe it or not, I tackled the shed a bit. First I washed the window there, in and outside!!!, took along the door too, and all looks suddenly a lot better already.
Then I tackled some of the inside. We have lots of things inthere, but large part of it is taken in by a pretty big table. On it there are all the
mini greenhouses and pots we use in winter and spring to grow our seeds. lots of pots of all sizes, all kind of stuff you might need for the plants(like binding thread, and such), but it all was a big mess. So it took it all from the table, cleaned that first and organized it all. Oh my , how proud I was of myself, LOL! But it really looks good again  and you can find all you need very easy now.
At the same time I tackled a bit the potting table we have in the garden near the kitchen, that has more room on it again too, so hoorray, we can work on it again.

As usual we have the visits of our parakeets. At the moment I am awake very early morning, around 6.00, (much too early to my liking, but i take another snooze at around 7.oo again till may be 09.00), but I take a cup of tea then and of course peep out of the kitchen window and yes, there is ALWAYS waiting one parakeet at least, most of the time two(and always the two same ones< yes i can recognise them) waiting for their morning piece of apple, hahaha. And yes, I am so good to go outside and hand two or three little pieces of apple for them on the rosebow. Well, now it isn't too bad to do, with the good weather, but it will be different when the weather turns a lot colder again. Although I remember, that also in winter I got outside, with my winterjacket on, may be a bit later in the morning, but still, I was there to give them some food. I am such a sucker and too tender hearted in those cases I think. ROFL.

Well, time now to finish this post, may be I will have a few photos next week again, I'll try to make them.
For now I have a kit for you, named........ Dreaming of Summer!
Have a wonderful week.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

No more Hinkie to look after

Goodafternoon everybody!

Last week it was a few days not too nice weather, suddenly a temperature drop, but yesterday it crept up already a little bit, today about the same, but next week we will have real summer temperatures again, if the weathermen are right!
Only thing is, that there is falling almost no rain, and when there is, here it only is a few drops, so we must water the garden every few days.
Beginning this week I still saw Hinkie but me and Jan already thought that he wouldn;t survive much longer. I think it was Tuesdaymorening i saw Hinkie the last time. I tried to feed him some apple, but he almost didn't eat something(and normally he was very keen on that).
And I think Hinkie is now in bird heaven, where he can fly and hop around and has plenty of food and friends.
Nature's ways aren't always nice, but we have to accept that.

Most of the time this week we spent watching a lot of football, and in between I did some of the house chores and such.
One of the good things of the football is that in the evening on another tv channel they give a detective. So we register that and watch it later.
Bit pity though is, that they give not all the time new ones, but okay, some older ones are great to watch again.
You always seen to forget the little details and sometimes even the solution of it. a human brains can hold a lot of things but also can forget easily LOL!

I noticed that i forgot to post some clusters from Arlene, made with the All about family kit, so I will do that today. Poor Arlene hadn't had her best weeks lately, she hurt her shoulder, so had to wear a sling for about two weeks and then fell on her knee, ouch! I know how that feels. Hopefully all will mend good and quick!

Now I think my washing machine finished the laundry program so I can hang it out to dry, then is is about time to have a sandwich, probably doing that in the garden sitting in some sunshine and then later there already is a football match to watch.
Today I will make for dinner a stew with fresh endive(that is mashed potatoes with fresh green endive and some fried bacon dices in it), and I will fry some lamb meat sausages to it. Yummie.
And we will have some melon as dessert.

So I wish you all a lovely day and week ahead, take care of yourself!
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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Still taking a bit care of Hinkie

Goodafternoon everybody!

Our weather is a bit in a little dip. Not really cold, but we miss a bit of sunshine. However things should change midweek. Then temps will go up to around 25C for a day or two, then it will drop again somewaht to 21C. still nice and it is very dry, so this evening Jan will have to water the garden to keep everything alive.

Hinkie is coming around every day. And often when  whistle he knows he can fly in and he gets something to eat. He eats breadcrumbs, but he is very keen on apple, so i cut him some slices in little dices.
Poor thing has a bit of hard times I think. And it looked as if he is hurt slightly as I noticed this morning. Perhaps he had a fight. It isn't really bad but I hope he finds some safe places where he can rest and recover.

This week was a quiet week, I did the usual things and last Thursday the World Championship Football in Russia started and we already saw some interesting matches. Tomorrow the Belgian team will play its first match and we are supporting them from our couch LOL. Yeah, as we don;t have our own team playing there, it is fun to support another and then it should be Belgium. And they have a quite good team too, so i hope they will come very far.

I am not very creative at the moment, I spend time of course with the usual things we have to do, then if possible, I spend some time in the garden, just sitting a bit or keeping the borders and pots in order, then have to take care of Hinkie and also the parakeets and some other birds that visit our garden, and at the moment we watch the football(there are around 3 matches a day, yes that is a lot so not much other time is left over.
Must say that the cut on computering isn;t feeling bad at all.! I think that towards autumn and winter I will do more again.
Hmmm, still have to keep up the stock a bit, so must persuade myself to do something next week. I have already half a kit ready, so that should be done rather quickly.

On the other hand you could say I am acting a bit lazy, talking computer and designing and probably you are right about that LOL.
But it just feels so good at the moment, specially after the rather hectic times we had.

Now i see that the sun is coming through the clouds  a little bit, so perhaps a good time to take a walk in the garden and do some small things(I must look into my tomatoe plants, they are all starting to produce flowers now and I have to remove all the side shoots with leaves so that all energy can go to forming the fruit).

I have for you the clusters Arlene made with the Believe in the Magic kit.
Have a fantastic week and till next week.
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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Some photos of the garden, at last!

Goodafternoon everybody!

Things were actually rather nice this week, not too bad weather, healthway things are improving every couple of days(too slow to my liking though LOL), so not much too complain.
Not much news to share either. Oh how boring this post will be, I am afraid.

But...... too eventless weeks isn't always great, but I still like it much more than all we had over our heads the last half year or so!
And there is always(almost always)something to see at tv, of course.
At the moment we have some footbal matches of our women team, for placement for the next World Championship and they are doing very well!! Lots and lots better than the men's team, that will NOT compete in Russia this summer for the WC(starting in about one week).
and we are also following a bit the volleyball Nations League, also with our women's team as best and doing okay too!
yes, you know we both like sport watching and different too, like athlethics and even cycling(although we not always follow each dayrace in the Tour de France or the Giro. But parts of it is still interesting to see.

Our garden is really starting to come to life and yes, I finally made a few photos. First a few of about two months ago:


Not much to see, all just starting here, lots of seedlings have to grow yet!
And here some of two days ago!




 And i even managed to take one of Hinkie! If you look well, you can see his right paw is not good. he comes still every day a few times and even was in my kitchen two days ago! Yeah, stupid bird. I was vacuum cleaning and heard a strange noise. So turned off the vacuum and looked around and saw Hinkie, trying to fly outside but every time hit the little window above the door. I never would be able to catch him, so I went just outside the door and whistled and oh, what a miracle, he reated to it and found the doorway and got out safely!

It's about all i can think off to write down now. I think i better go outside for a little while and sniff up the sun, because the next few days temperatures will go down several degrees, but if all goes well according forcasts, by the end of the week they will go up again to around 21C.
So all that lasts for me to do is now posting a new kit for you to download, named Believe in the Magic. And I think we all can do with a bit of magic every now and then.
Have a great week and stay safe!
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Sunday, June 03, 2018

Lots of sunshine hoorray!

Goodafternoon everybody!

Jan's laryngitis is going better, not yet completely gone I guess, but improving.
My back is getting better too, although very slowly. Never mind, as long as it will be completely okay again one day in near future.
We've had about two days of lesser good weather, with lower temperatures and almst no sun. But further on last week it was great weather and it is coming back again. Already today we can open the garden doors again and sit in the garden.

I have a little "friend"in the garden, it is a younger bird, a thrush(hope  have the right name for this bird). It's a bit a pityful one, because he(or she) broke one paw and it didn;t heal properly. So the bird can use it a bit when hopping around, but still it is a handicap. Poor little thing. So  I give it some bradcrums and sometimes some tiny pieces of apple when it shows up and the bird isn;t shy at all. Comes at about just 50 cms. of distance of me, so nice.
I also have a little dish with some water for it. I call the bird Hinkie("hinken"in Dutch means "to limp") LOL.
It shbows up almost every day  2 or 3 times. I hope Hinkie will be able to survive the summer and perhaps also survive to next year.
We;ll see how it will go.

Yesterday Jan and I went to a little fair nearby, it wasn't too great weather but it was dry at least. we had a nice walk and took a yummie sandwich with a herring on it. Along the way there was a stand with some music and when we passed there was a young fellow playing guitar and sung some lovely songs. He did quite well and we stayd for a little while to listen and have some fun. As we went again I applauded for him and gave him a thumbs up. And it brought a big smile on his face. It is always nice for someone whoe is entertaining, to get some appreciation, isn't it?

Our garden is thriving, and every few days there are more blooms to see. I really must kick myself and get some photos, so that i can post them next time.

For now you will have to do with a preview and download from a new kit, named All about Family.
Take care and have a wonderful week!
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