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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Snow storm in April


Hello everybody.

As the title clearly states, we have woken up today, to see the snow falling down. Yes, a thick, heavy, wet snow is dropping from the sky and putting everything at.. a risk? a standstill? a silent pause?!

With that in mind, I have found
a suitable poem to mark this day.
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What happens when we get a snow storm in April?! 
Actually, this is not something we haven't seen before. Rare as it may be, but there has been snow in April, years ago - when I was a kid. It scares us, of course it does - there's just too much to be lost, and this may be the end for some of our plants. 
What to do?
Nothing, really.
Fighting nature is not our way of life. We adjust our lives to nature's ways. If there's a snow, we wait for it to pass, and move on. (what is "moving on"?). Primarily, that will be estimating the damage in our gardens, in our flower beds and at our yards.
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So?!


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Now we wait.

Marija

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Of course there is an Easter Bunny.


Hello everybody.

How are you all feeling today?
This year we are all united (at least in this thing!): all around globe, we're celebrating Easter at the same date. Some years, like this one, dates match, and then there is no issue of: "oh, thanks, but you see.. over here we're not yet celebrating, our calendar, you see.." :)
NOTE here: for those of you who are not in any way celebrating, let's just say this: the Bunny will hop around world on Sunday, bringing eggs and cooked ham to everybody, and the Bunny does not care about who said what about religion, politics or ethnic background - because.. he's a BUNNY that brings food and joy.. not much room for philosophy there.

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Yes, there IS a Bunny,
and he does bring eggs and (cooked ham) every year
no matter how grown-up you are,
if you make a grass nest for him to put it all in.
..at least he does at my home :)

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See?!
There is the Bunny,
we have no doubt about that.

About those cooked ham I keep mentioning: over here, on Easter Sunday morning (with not much judgement if you're not really a Christian at all) we're having ham and eggs. Traditional dry cure hams get cooked on Saturday, and are served with horseradish, alongside colored eggs. For our people, that is a quintessentially Easter thing.  
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This comes to you on a Good Thursday, as we star our preparations of Bunny's arrival.
Marija

Monday, 10 April 2017

Mr. Frank Henderson had a lovely home.


Hello everybody

When I was a child, there used to be a saying among the older folks, It goes like this: if you want never ever to be bored again, in your life - get a house. 
In these past few days, as spring is starting to force everything to grow, jobs seem to multiply by the minute in the day. Where ever you look, there is a potential task on our "to do" list. Someone will think it's about time to tell me a thing or two about "that's what you get, when you have a household that size". Because, the bigger the house, the bigger the tasks.

Imagine the magnitude of tasks
on the "to do" list of the house like this one:

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It takes an army of people to run a house like this. Something as majestic and grand as Mr. Henderson's "Villa Marina" needs to employ.. oh, I suppose at least twenty (just for the outdoor jobs), plus the Gate Keeper. 
Who?
The "Gate Keeper". His job was to guard the main entrance to the estate and often lived in a small house attached to the gate. An estate as elaborate as this one surely had to have one such man, way at the bottom of the servant's hierarchy. 
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Well, I have none of those - I am even my own gate keeper - so, all the jobs have to be done in my own pace. One step at the time. :)
Marija

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Midweek magazines: Permanent garden beds


Hello everybody.

A quote, to begin with: "Oh, gardening is such hard work!"

My friends: this is what I feel like some days.

I have a dream (and a Resolution number one, remember those?!). Back in time, I was sitting in front of the computer screen and made my list of things to motivate me. As it just happens, writing that "I will make a garden" seems to be the easiest part of the process.
Next part was getting the plans in action - and first on the agenda (since, there is not much to do in the actual garden, while it's frozen solid) was to think of WHAT it should look like when it's finished, one day - whenever it may be.

This is the most loose image of what I'd like my garden to be,
actually, this image shows the shape of the PATH 
that I would like to have - (one day)


Since it's Wednesday today, let us take a closer look at one of the articles that I have saved some time ago. It's from the Mother Earth News magazine, and it is correlated with my previous words.

Let's take a look:

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There will be a LOT more of hard work before my garden resembles anything like the sweet image I'm dreaming of.
So, time is my ally. :)
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What are you all up to?
Marija