zondag 21 september 2014

Blue it's going to be


A blue post today, showing you some photo's which I took recently.

We had another beautiful summer day yesterday. I was at the allotment complex at half past eight (am), to do communal work. This time I had to trim hedges.

As there was no electricity nearby, I used a hedge cutting scissors. Ha, ha, I can tell you that my arms were not used to that. I couldn't even hold my camera still when taking photo's in the afternoon :-).  I think I may even develop some muscles, doing so much physical labour lately. Working in the early morning sun was lovely though and the hedge looked terrific once finished.

I did some much needed work in my own garden afterwards. With pain in my heart (I am overdoing it a bit), I cleaned up the sweet pea bushes.  I emptied the greenhouse next, so that I can put my terracota pots in there when it gets colder. The fact that there will be no more sweet peas or tomatoes to enjoy, made me a bit sad, but the bright bunches of flowers which I picked to take home with me, brightened me up immensely.....and my tea cups off course!

Well that's it for now. My daughters and I will be celebrating my mother in laws eightieth birthday today. Hurray to her!

Happy new week!


Madelief x

zondag 14 september 2014

Sailing from Rotterdam

Last weekend I visited the World port days in my home town Rotterdam. My daughters and parents joined me. Days like this are a highlight for my father. At seventeen he started working for the Holland America Line (HAL) as a bellboy. Ending his career at sea in his early twenties, after having seen great part of the world. It was a very pretty lady, my mother, who managed to keep him at home in the end :-)

Before my father sailed, he used to have his book stamped in the old building with the green copper turret. For a long time this was the main office of the HAL. Nowadays it's a popular hotel/restaurant, called Hotel New York. My dad still enjoys visiting it.

So when I mentioned the words 'harbour', 'boats', 'Hotel New York', he was enthusiastic straight away! We watched demonstrations by the Royal Navy and life guards, enjoyed the lively atmosphere and walked through Katendrecht, which was once a dubious part of town. Nowadays it's hip and upcoming.  It's the place where you can meet for a cup of tea or coffee, have a delicious meal and buy something old or new. It's quirky. It's old warehouses versus skyscrapers. It's really HOT!

Besides watching the boats, we had lunch at Posse espresso bar, a vintage cafe in one of the old warehouses. After that we bought some freshly baked bread at Jordan's bakery, which you can find at the Fenix Food factory. 

Next time you are looking for a city trip, take Rotterdam in mind. It's worth it! I did an earlier post on Rotterdam and Katendrecht. Please have a look if you would like to see some more photo's.

Have a great week! I am off to Zeeland. A friend, who is from the islands, is going to show me around!


Madelief x

zondag 7 september 2014

Picking flowers and the last tomatoes


From early March I have been picking flowers. From my garden off course :-)  Starting with daffodils, muscari and tulips, then roses, lavender, sweet peas and many more. Now it's time for the dahlia to be picked and taken home.

It was a surprise which colours the dahlia's would have. I added mixed tubbers in spring, not knowing which colours would appear. I was pleasantly surprised! I am not that much of a yellow and orange fan, but the flowers do brighten up a bouquet and make it a bit quirky.

I mixed the dahlia's with anemones, phlox and white echinacea and added some fern like leaves.  I do love those colourful bouquets!

This post will probably be one of the last of my garden. I will try to stretch it a bit! :-) You never know, the garden may still give me a surprise or two.

At the moment there is not much left in bloom. After a long wait the first Zinnia's appear. Hurray to that! Unfortunately my first seedlings were eaten by the slugs. I seeded a few more at the end of June, but it took them a while to pop up. I don't have that many, but better have four or five Zinnia's than none at all :-)

While I write this post, the sun is pouring in through my window. A perfect day for spending outdoors! Wishing you all a Happy new week!


Madelief x

I apologosie for the quality of the square photo of me picking the last tomatoes in the greenhouse, but it was made with my mobile. If you like, you can find more photo's on Instagram (see sidebar).

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