A Snapshot of the Garden: 25 October

Here’s a quick snapshot of the garden this morning. The cabbages are growing well, look healthy, and I’m looking forward to making homemade saurekraut in the spring. These are Winter Cabbages, and I’ve never grown them before … so we’ll see how it goes. The alpine garden is growing well, too, and the heather is…

Autumn Colours

It’s autumn and the colours are alive! The weather is trending toward cool, rain is frequent, the scent of apples fill the air, and leaves crunch underfoot. What’s your favourite part of autumn?

Home Improvements: Gutters

All the old gutters are gone. No more drips, no more sagging pipes. Just in time, too, because it’s been raining off and on all weekend. We had to place a garbage bin under one of the gutters still missing the downspout, and the bin filled to the brim in just 30-minutes. It’s amazing how…

Home Improvement: Garden Renovation

The garden renovation is nearly complete. Thanks heaven for small mercies. The brick retaining wall is finished, the sandstone slabs are set into warm grey grout, new drains were buried below the patio so that we’ll no long have little puddly lakes when it rains, all the pointing is finished on the steps … and…

What Happened to His Tail?

  Where’s His Tail? Don’t they have tails? If you know about this little cute guy, please jump in and tell me what you know! All rights reserved, photograph © Misky Shoots Bugs 2013  – photo taken a warm brick by the front door.

Home Improvement: Garden Renovation

26 June: The garden is no longer recognisable. The ground is level, the turf is laid, another truckload of topsoil was added, which makes a total of 36 tons so far, Peder stained the back fence a lovely shade of forest green, and now it practically disappears into the lime trees behind the house. Things…

Home Improvement: Garden Renovation

Rain chased off my workmen today, so there was only a half day of bricklaying completed. Things are moving along quickly though, and I reckon that weekends aren’t meant for a full day work anyway. Besides lots of rain has turned the garden into a slop of mud. We’ve had 28 tons of top soil…

Home Improvements: Garden Renovation

30 May: Yes, I’m a bit behind the mark. I’ve been busy. Making coffee. Making tea. Making iced sun-tea. Making mint tea. Making ice cubes in my new fridge. Calming Molly who’s now afraid of the new refrigerator and the noise that the icemaker makes. Have you ever seen a dog barking “warning-warning-alert” at a…