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A New New Car…

Yes, i say a New, New car, it is not a typo. We usually buy second-hand cars because really there is little point in buying a brand-new car when a good condition second-hand one will do. That is what we believe and still do.

So why did we get a brand-new car this time? Because we looked and looked for a second-hand one and found that for just a bit more, we could get a brand-new one. Plus, we are old-school and wanted a fully manual-drive, which apparently is a rare thing these days for a petrol engine car.

We had hoped to be driving our beloved Skoda for a few more years. But it was not meant to be, unfortunately. Earlier this year, there was a software update for the car to better manage the diesel-particle filter and since that update, our poor car had to go to the workshop/garage three times in 6 months! And this last time, the problem was going to cost us quite a bit, if it turned out to be a small thing. However, if it turned out to be a big thing, it would cost us a ton. We won’t have known till the mechanics opened the whole thing up. So we decided to just trade it in and get another car.

So this is our new, new car! Which had to be driven in from Liechtenstein because this car dealership (quite a big one) could only find a manual-drive petrol engine, in the model we wanted over there!

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The husband said it was under a cloth cover and he was invited to reveal the car. The dealership also gave us champagne and nuts. Nice, right?

It’s a VW Golf Variant Combi (or Stationwagon to my US friends) in tungsten silver metallic colour. It is even more gadgety than our last car, which i had found a little overwhelming at first. You can set different driving profiles, sync your phone and control the gadgets from your phone, and it can even self-park (just parallel parking, i think).

i have not yet driven it yet. It was only picked up yesterday. But the husband says it is a good drive and quiet too. He likes it.

We hope to be driving this car for many years to come because if and when it comes time to change again, it looks like it will have to be an automatic/Tiptronic because that’s the way car manufacturers are going.

syc

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First Potato Harvest!…

i would have never imagined that my garden activities would take up more space on this blog because i never thought i had a green thumb… and looks like it will continue to be featured…

 

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Clockwise from Top Left: the potato plants die back and that’s when you know it’s harvest time! So i harvested a week ago… Top Right: seeing those first potatoes was so exciting, who would have thought… Bottom Right: the entire potato harvest isn’t big, just over 900g but enough… Bottom Left: used the whole harvest to make potato salad for our church lunch last weekend. YUM!

 

Wishing you a lovely summer!

syc

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