dinsdag 30 april 2013

Snake's Head Fritillary

 The Fritillarias in our backyard are in full bloom now.

Bumble bees are hovering all over the place. 

We have a crosssing between the purple Fritillaria meleagris and a pure white one.

zondag 28 april 2013


This is the end result.

 This morning we stil had a couple of fencing poles left....

 The kenderman is trying to spare the plants while he's removing the last pole :-)

Just a reminder how it looked like yesterday morning.

zaterdag 27 april 2013

Tear Down

We have always disliked the garden fence in our garden.
We have been planting hedges and stacking wooded banks to hide this ugly fence.
But at the end of our backyard we wanted something else........ 

Until a few weeks ago we had to think of Sil.
Sil was only allowed to stroll through our backyard so we needed the fence.

No more wire netting....

Usually you will see us building instead of demolishing. 
But trust me, it's for the greater good!
I'll show you tomorrow.

vrijdag 26 april 2013


Enjoy your freedom and have a nice weekend!


For the observant viewer: just one handle on our tap :-)

This is the design I chose for the kitchen.
It looks like handmade paper. I saw something like this 10 years ago.
The brand was Wood and Washi but they don't produce it any longer.
Luckily I found a similar one made by Luxaflex.
It's quite an expensive blind but I think it looks stunning!
I'm chuffed to bits!!!

dinsdag 23 april 2013


Two years ago I have sown some seed of Echium pininana Snow Tower.
This plant stayed in our shed for the second time during it's second winter.
 It came outside again about a week ago.
We want to plant it soon so hopefully it will grow very tall with lots of white flowers.
Insects love these plants!

maandag 22 april 2013


We have been working in the garden yesterday.
Afterwards the kenderman poured me a drink.

zaterdag 20 april 2013


This morning I took some quick shots......
If you take a closer look, you can also see a landing strip in front of this water tower.
You can see my favourite photo I took earlier here.

vrijdag 19 april 2013


And suddenly.........  spring has arrived.
We will use our garden books so much more :-)

 Hope you will enjoy your weekend!

donderdag 18 april 2013


Because of the late spring a lot of plants are starting to flower at the same time.
This wood anemone is such a real beauty!

woensdag 17 april 2013


When we came home today, we noticed that the first flowers
of our pear trees must have opened during the daytime.
Eventually all the pink flowerbuds of our pear trees will transform in beautiful white flowers.
We planted these trees ourselves about 4 years ago and each year we are so glad we did!

dinsdag 16 april 2013

Nest Boxes

Finally the dormouse nest boxes are placed in our garden.
One is attached to the trunk of our pollard Black Alder at the end of our mixed hedgerow.
The other one is hanging in front of our wooded bank. Raspberry as well as nBlackberry are nearby.
You can read about these boxes and the dormouse in my previous post here.

maandag 15 april 2013

Sunday Drink

Yesterday we have been working in the garden for a couple of hours.
Afterwards we treated ourselves :-)

zondag 14 april 2013


Yesterday we visited the Peelmormels and we went for a long walk in De Groote Peel.
You can read some extra information about this National Park here.
It was a really nice day! We enjoyed the good company and great surroundings!

zaterdag 13 april 2013

vrijdag 12 april 2013


Everyday or night I think about Sil.
We still talk about him frequently.
We both miss him a lot.

woensdag 10 april 2013

Red Mouse

The kenderman caught this bank vole (rosse woelmuis) while we were working in our garden.
He told me to hurry and get my camera.
He released this little fellow at the exact spot where it was caught, our compost heap :-)

dinsdag 9 april 2013

Esprit de Mer III

These photo's were taken by the kenderman

Despite the weather we had a great time in De Panne.
On saturday, the day we left, we had some sun and less harsh winds.
In the back of this last photo you can see our bed and breakfast Esprit de Mer.

maandag 8 april 2013


I love searching the beach for treasures of nature.
We found some lovely sea shells, urchins, bones and vertebras in De Panne!