Slow? Yes! Our spring is extremely slow. It feels like it steps one step forward and then leaps a few backwards… Hats and gloves can’t stay long in the darkest corners of our wardrobes, they have to keep coming out, preferably together with the new best man’s friend – umbrella.
Two weeks ago we were enjoying a very warm spell (this is when the fresh story started to unfold – pretty butterflies and the first serious pollen in the air) yet today it snowed and the weathermen are swearing it’s going to be a cold night once again! On the other hand the storks are back (always a good sign) and when the sun comes out it’s really lovely out there.
It’s so lovely that I do feel much happier and more awake (if you know what I mean). It’s much easier to get up early in the mornings and I don’t mind taking the dog out a few extra times a day; lets not mention the garden – weeding, raking and sowing takes up most of my spare time. I do feel like we are slowly moving ouside and even the totally unexpected snowflakes can’t stop this natural process.
So… anyone who keeps moaning about the cold should remember how the song (“Awake My Soul” by Mumford & Sons) goes:
“Lend me your eyes I can change what you see”…
I might be taking photographs of the same plants every spring, yet Nature never ceases to amaze me. How can magnolia lock up its beauty in these fluffy buds for winter and then, as if by some misterious command, open them up every April?
Well, whatever you are busy with these days, I hope you find at least a few minutes to enjoy the emerging beauty around you. This spring might be extremely slow, yet it’s unstoppable – I believe that sooner or later the weather will warm up and coats will be able to have a long looooong break…
It’s been a very silent month, but not because I haven’t got anything new to tell you. I’ve been busy observing spring, which isn’t in a hurry to arrive (although this March is pretty warm and cloudless), and sowing seeds, of course (have you got any seedlings on your windowsills?) – anything you can think of!
I once again have BIG plans for my new garden – I’d love to turn it into a real flower farm. I can already see tall and bushy cosmos, bright yellow sunflowers, colourful foxgloves and royal delphiniums… there’ll also be blue cornflowers and loads of fluffy calendulas and zinnias. Have you heard of Floret Flower Farm? Have a look at their blog and you’ll get a glimpse into my dream.
Gardening is very time consuming, so I doubt I will have time to paint my lovely blooms, but I promise to take heaps of photographs. By the way, for the curious ones, here’s what the new garden looked like last year:
Anyway, talking about painting… I have a new favourite – Dutch artist Andrea Letterie. Her flowers are just as pretty as I imagine mine will be this coming summer.
Have a look at these lovely colourful paintings – it’s amazing how simple objects can become so inspiring. Bright colours, flowers, birds and doggies are so very me, if you know what I mean.
For more paintings please head to Artacasa online gallery, this is were I found the ones pictured above. I didn’t manage to find much information about Andrea Letterie herself, but here are a few lines I came across while looking for her paintings:
Born in 1970, Andrea Letterie lives and works in Holland. Andrea developed her colourful and naïve style while studying Painting and Illustration at an Art Academy. Andrea finds inspiration in her pet dog, tea cups, nature, flowers, and vintage patterns which she combines into playful compositions that contrast realism and fantasy. Dogs with dresses or necklaces are no rarity! Painting fills her with a Joy that is apparent in her art.
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I hope you liked this virtual trip to a magical Andrea Letterie’s world… and please wish me luck with my will be flower farm!
If you are a keen crafter you might have already heard of Hester van Overbeek who is always coming up with fresh ideas how to make ones houses and outdoor spaces prettier and comfier. She shares them on her website and occasionally publishes brilliant books. Well, her latest interest is concrete. (Yes, I do mean that hard boring grey stuff that could be described as cold and industrial.)
Making Concrete Pots, Bowls and Platters is already the third Hester’s book. I was very fond of her Furniture Hacks (you can find its review here) and I must admit I’m already looking forward to trying out some of the suggested concrete casting and molding crafts.
As you might have already noticed I’ll have 35 stylish and simple projects to choose from. I think that’s plenty. I guess it will be hard to decide what to start with though – should I create something for my home or for the garden? I’d better show you what I liked the most first.
I fell in love with these concrete pots. I think they are mega cute.
Regular readers must have already noticed my love for Polaroid photographs. I like their subtle colours that can very quickly somehow transform normal bright images so that they are turned into old memories. I’d say that Polaroid effect gives the minus twenty years feel; anything it touches becomes oldfashioned and reminds me of my childhood. And everything was better back then…
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We’ve just had a wonderfully sunny weekend. The weather was so nice that I didn’t mind walking several kilometers along the coast! It was cold, but also very exciting, as everything reminded me of summer that will sooner or later visit our shores.
Here are a few of the perfect moments; they were so good that they could have easily happened in my childhood.
The most important question these days is – why didn’t we have so much snow for Christmas? It’s so pretty over here! Unbelievably pretty, yet cold. It has snowed for two days solid and now everything is covered in heaps of fluffy stuff – it seems winter has finally decided to show its real face…
Our garden is under a thick white blanket. The snow is so thick that I’m worried some of the branches might break. The dog has lost all of his toys (we should find them in spring) and is scared of the new shapes that have emerged over the weekend. As the landscape has changed so drastically I’m trying to look after our wildlife a bit more. Imagine if you were a tiny bird, where would you look for seeds or crumbs?
The good news is… we have a new bird feeder (bigger and cozier). And I have a personal bird feeding partner.
I know this is crazy, but my bird feeding partner is one of our cats – Moses. He’s a big green eyed boy. I find him extremely attractive, but I’m sure the birds would think he’s a monster. Now going back to the title that I chose for this post – “Catching” Birds, I think I need to tell you that the cat doesn’t catch birds. He just walks round the house with me and then returns to his warm cellar. I’m the bird catcher.
The catching process is painless and remote. I do this looking out of our kitchen window…
At the moment our garden guests are mostly tits and sparrows, but I hope to “catch” someone more exotic soon. I’ll let you know how it goes.