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Garden Progress…

i just realised that i have not shown off my garden in a couple of months so here’s what’s been happening in my garden.

 

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Late March 2017: Pumpkins babies were doing great! i had to give most away because i only had space for 2 of them in my garden. But it was a joy to pass them onto others to enjoy. The cherry and pear blossoms just started to open at this time.
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April 2017: The cherry blossoms were in full bloom. My potatoes plants started to poke through. The lavender buds also started to come out. 
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Early May 2017: The pears started to form. My potatoes plants grew even more. The cherries also started to appear.
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Late May 2017: The pumpkins are no longer babies. The potatoes plants exploded as did the lavender.
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Early June 2017: The cherries are almost ready to eat! The lavender is pictured here with a couple of hollyhock (Alcea rosea) plants. i read they can grow to two meters! With pretty flowers in a vertical row – can’t wait to see them. The pears are looking very pear-like 😉 My potatoes plants are now waist-height and have little flowers on them. The pumpkins have just filled up their plot.
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Aren’t the potatoes flowers so very cute?

i also planted crocus this year but they only lasted a short time and i didn’t get a good picture. The Maybell which we (Tobias and i) planted last year did come back but we have no flowers. i think the campanula was crowding them. i also tried a variety of herbs and sunflowers, from seed packets which the Migros gave out last year for one their kids collection things. But none survived, except for a very small dill plant and a basil plant, which is ever so tiny still. Sad but maybe i will try again next year.

 

i must confess that i never thought i would be the gardening type but it has brought many a smile to my face to see these lovely plants and flowers growing in my garden, knowing that i put down those seeds/seedlings. 😉

Wishing you a lovely summer! And i hope you can get out and enjoy the beautiful nature whenever possible.

syc

He is all of 13 Years Old…

Yes, he is! My boy is now a teen! i am the mother of a teen! i’m in denial, which is why this post is a whole 1.5 weeks late…

He chose to celebrate it with 3 of his friends at the Laser Arena in Basel. He would have invited more, i think. But our car could only take that many 13-year-olds.

The guy who did the walk-through was really nice and friendly. When we got there, we were the only group playing laser tag. The rest of the groups were playing paintball. It was only for the last of our 3 games that the boys played with another group.

Here are some pictures:

 

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Top: The boys in their gear, fierce, right? ;), Middle: The playing field, Bottom: The score sheets.

 

 

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The happy teen with his load of presents… there is actually still a couple waiting for him in Singapore.
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Last but not least, our traditional birthday shot!

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Spring Hols 2017…

So it’s back to school for us this week, after 2 weeks of Spring holidays.

We didn’t do very much this holiday. Our big thing was building a garden seat out of 2 pallets which we saved off the sidewalk last year.

 

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Here’s a picture summary of the process: sawing, sanding, gluing, varnishing and assembly. It took us about 4 to 5 hours in total but we waited in between for better weather and for the glue and varnish to dry. Tobias’ friend came over to help us twice 🙂
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The finished product! And it cost about CHF45 for additional support planks, glue, varnish, hinges, and screws. We have 2 different heights for the back support so you can choose a more upright position or a more laidback one 😉

Then there was the Ferienpass (holiday programs from the parent association in our village) in the first week. Tobias visited a bus factory and made a model bus out of metal. He got to spray-paint it and it is a useful pencil-holder. There were other programs he was interested in but they were full. I helped out again at the playgroup Ferienpass program, where we made bunny bags and sang bunny songs (the theme was bunnies because of Easter).

 

During the second week, we went over to a friend’s and played games for an afternoon, which was great fun. On another day, Tobias went for a movie with his friend, by themselves. i dropped them off and picked them up. They loved it! We got in some squash practice. And of course, Tobias cooked 2 lovely dinners as he always does during holidays.

 

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He cooked his favourite sushi and spaghetti carbonara.

So although it has been a rather quiet-type holiday, compared to our usual, we enjoyed it. Now onto finishing the school year in style 😉

 

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