Mittwoch, 6. Januar 2016
Was für ein Jahr - Teil 2
Let's open the window for the second part of "What a year". In June we took a flight to... I bet you might guess it:
Yes, indeed, to the country of my novels. We discovered beautiful gardens ...
... I fell in love... ehm, well with a horse called Stan. Isn't he a real beauty?
We had teatime with the one and only Jules Hudson. That was quite exciting. Next May there will be an article in the "Schweizer Garten" magazine about our visit and his garden.
The most beautiful day of the year I spent on this kanu on the river Wye. How amazing this trip was, so peaceful, so much fun and to listen to the sound of the wings from the swans that just flew over our heads was unforgettable. At the end of the trip we enjoyed coffee and Brownie in the River Cafe before driving back to our cottage. The day after that we had to fly back to Switzerland. That was quite hard. I didn't want to leave at all but...
... my little red one was waiting for us. If it hadn't been for him, I'm not sure, how my hubby could have persuaded me to enter the flight :o).
Motivated from the enthusiastic speech from Jules about how to maintain once house, hubby and I started the project: "Dripping Wall". To be honest, we were quite excited when we started with digging until we felt that it became harder and harder and that we didn't get on as quick as we thought. But we stayed tuned.
Meanwhile in the garden the hydrangeas were flowering more beautiful and earlier than ever.
Short after our return from England I recognized that little Emma (bunny with the white ears) had another abscess at her chin. The diagnose from the VET was a disaster. He said that nothing could be done. Emma was too old, the abscess too deep and the result would not be predictable and it would mean a lot of pain for her. It would be best just to give her painkiller and antibiotics. I followed the instruction of the VET and took her home again. I thought this would probably be the last photo from Emma.
At one of the hottest day in the year we had a girls day in the garden center. Gosh it was so much fun ... as long as I didn't try to move... else I would have melted away. This beauty jumped into my basket, how could I have resisted it?
Did I already mentioned that the hydrangeas were beautiful this year? *smile*
Our Cherry plum gave so much fruits, I didn't know what to do with all of them. This was just a little bit of them, that were cooked to jam.
The warm temperatures from summer stayed with us until late in autumn. I enjoyed working outside on my third novel, accompanied by my hard working tomcat.
This black lace elderberry I just had to plant into my garden in remembrance to our stay in Herefordshire.
A try to create a log garden in my shady part of the garden. Not sure it will work.
At long last hubby and I managed to reach the bottom of the problem. The leaking pipes of our heating systems were the reason why the wall was so wet. It was repaired and now we hope the rest of it will hold some more years.
For the magazine "Schweizer Garten" I was allowed to join a lecture about shady plants. That was quite exciting because my garden has more shady places than sunny. After this lecture some more plants entered my garden, but more about this later on.
It was late fall and Emma is still with us *hurra*.
My parents brought me some hostas from their garden. But before I could plant them, there had to be removed a big ugly shrub (I really don't know what it was, but it was awful). I'm wondering whether the hostas will grow on nicely on that spot. In the background, in front of the fence, I'd like to plant a peony.
I always have a big smile in my face, when I look on the photos from my aster border. I absolutely love those powerful colors, especially in that time of the year, when only the brown and grey from winter is following.
This rheum palmatum var. tanguticum had to move into my garden after the lecture I visited in Septembre. With it, other shady plants were ordered like Epimedium, Eomecon, Euphorbia and some other that I can't remember the name of. So exciting to wait and see, whether my plans in my head are going to work or not.
But it was not only me that was working in the garden. Nope, the mates from Bärtschi gardens did not only close professionally our hole beside the house but replaced the old, cracked and ugly fence. It looks much more tidy now.
Noah helped to catch the leaves.
He loved to play with my hubby. Oh and another highlight was that my hubby received a new job offer in autumn. Well, this isn't quite ordinary when you are over fifty, but we are very happy about it. He just started last December. I'm so glad for him.
You may not believe it, but this photo is from 2015. Yes, there was snow... at least a little bit... enough for me :o).
And look: brave little Emma is still with us. The abscess is still there, but she eats, hops around and enjoys life. She shall have a lovely time and therefore I don't mind to get up in the dark, take her into the house and give her the medicine she needs to have a nice day, before I start mine.
At the end of november we had another girls day. It was a great day at the pottery of Caro.
This picture was made on 25th december 2015. No snow, but who said that there has to be snow on Christmas eve... as far as I can remember, they probably didn't have any snow in Bethlehem when Jesus was born.. but that's quite a long time since and maybe I can't remember properly.
Well, that photo is also from 25th december 2015 and it makes me worrying a bit, thinking what temperature might come the next few weeks.
That's it: 2015 has gone. It was a year with only little sorrows and worries, I'm very grateful for that. Thinking about it, 2016 could carry on the same way :o). I wish you all, happy times, a lot to laugh and love, a good health and just a great new year.
Alles Liebe / Take care