Friday, 30 April 2021

Seedlings are sprouting

Dear Family & Friends

With April showers, our garden seems to be getting greener. Despite the fact that it confuses me whether it's really time to go all out with my sowing outdoor.

I did a lot of seed sowing indoors some weeks ago, and they sprouted and growing well under a more protective and warmer atmosphere.

Watching seeds sprouting never fails to mesmerizes me. I swear some of them grows as I sit watching them on those few minutes of wondering. Seeds just needs a bit of moist soil to do the magic. 

As you can see, I just use recycled toilet rolls and handmade newspaper rolled pots to contain them till they are big enough to get transplanted in my garden beds. Recycling is a great way to help our ecology too!

Life is good in our garden. It's a happy place. Wishing you happy gardening too.


Friday, 23 April 2021

Fruit trees are blooming once again

Dear Family & Friends

It's fascinating to see fruit trees waking up. One after another they form buds on their branches and out comes the floral blooms.

Since we have several fruit tree varieties in the garden, we see how they follow each other in waking up. The very first one that blooms out is the almond nut tree, and of course the first one to green up too!

Tree blossoms attract a lot of bees that if we stand underneath a tree, it seems to vibrate with a deafening sound - I find it all very interesting and one very pleasant noise. 

In just a couple of weeks, flower petals starts dropping, sending a lot of confetti. Another joyful time that one should be out in the garden to enjoy it all.

We can't deny that time is visually showing us how it seem to go quicker as we grow older. Thus, it is important to be reminded how previous time is and can't waste it on foolish matters. Just my thoughts.

Wishing all good things today.


Friday, 16 April 2021

Time to keep on sowing

Dear Family & Friends

You can call me the mad gardener, for I really won't mind it. Day and night my mind is preoccupied with garden task and it's addictive. It's really the season to start sowing and to keep on - in order to get a garden filled with everything you want. Must always try!

My mantra is to fill every space as dense as I could, so comes summer season, it will be cooler, filled with colors and lesser need of watering chore as plants can shield fast water evaporation. It's really a long term outlook plan.

Right now, the sunshine is just so pleasant to do all gardening chore - pure joy. Comes night fall, the body starts to complain - but once you fall asleep, you can't feel the aches anymore. By next day, it's time to start all over again:)

Life is fun - maybe sometimes we term it funny! I would still recommend outdoor gardening work - no matter what. Hope you have a great day too!


Friday, 9 April 2021

The pickled-minded spring weather

Dear Family & Friends

Spring is definitely here but it's still so pickled minded: One minute we have very warm sunny day, then a foggy day with it's cold temperature.

The season is definitely testing the patience of a gardener. I decided I'm not playing the game and started my direct seed sowing everywhere I can!

But the game is still on: This week we experienced, fog, sunshine, strong wind, rain and snow all in a day!! All I could hope my impatient garden works done a week ago will be spared.

No regrets. I still love 'spring season' for with brings a lot of new hope. Fresh new green leaves, blossoms, bees buzzing, birds singing - it's all telling us that life is good as always. Let's do gardening and check it out. 

Have a great day!


Friday, 2 April 2021

Refresh and enjoy

Dear Family  Friends 

Joy seems to reflect in our homecooked food. What not to have: a very simple easy to prepare crepe made with a smile - it seems to taste more delicious this way!

A new season brings in freshness to our surrounding environment. Wild ducks are out testing the fresh cool water. Watching them simply refreshes our day too.

Cool fresh air and sunshine is definitely a nice treat for us. It's all for free, and the only responsibility we need to return is to take care and respect our environment.

Let's not forget that life is good. Check it out...go take a look at your natural surroundings and you'll notice how blessed you really are! 

Stay blessed.


Friday, 26 March 2021

New season...freedom

Dear Family & Friends

It was one crazy time when most part of the world got restricted rules that busy cities turned eerie and quiet as shops were forced to close. Pandemic was the term.

Yet, our nature was never remained the same and retained a mind of it's own. The sun continues to shine and constantly revealing a beautiful blue sky. The river runs through the city as always, gushing it's waters flown in from the mountains. The sight and sound is wonderful.

Now is a new season! Here in Bulgaria...the imposed restrictions have been lifted: Businesses are given the rights to trade once again. Restaurants are opened and people are happy to be set free.

Although I really prefer my quiet village life better...but I do appreciate that city people and affected businesses are set free to live a life once again.

Wonderful to have a new season...a new day! Wishing you all a victorious day!


Friday, 19 March 2021

Garden would be boring without caterpillars

 Dear Family & Friends

Without them, garden life would be boring. They are very much a part of the cog in the wheel of life - caterpillars!! This caterpillar will become a white butterfly. They tend to eat my kale/cabbages plants where they lay their eggs in big numbers.

Fortunately the plants seem to be able to revive after being attacked. The more leaves are eaten, the more leaves they produces. Thus, we have to learn to share some of our favorite food too...for more will come forth - that's God's principle! 

I pick half eaten/munched leafy greens to cook for our delicious meal...My beautiful daughter would say: ''Mummy, you're serving us some left-over dinners again?!''  Then, she smiles because it was all very delicious. BTW, caterpillars was not part of our meal!

Hope you're putting a bright big beautiful smile on your face today...and stay happy always.


Friday, 12 March 2021

A new season is unfolding

 Dear Family & Friends

Spring is not far away when flowering bulbs starts popping up. First one to come out in our garden is always the 'snow drop'. These white flowers hang upside down...a very welcome food source for the bees at this time.

Let me show you up close as to how 'snow drop' flower looks like if I flip them upright. Very simple yet very pretty - Don't you think so? As soon as the flowers wither, I'll dig up a portion of the clump, to  multiply by transplant them everywhere I can.

Working in my garden, I get to appreciate and understand that everything in life is just for a season. Should our day be easy or hard, it's all for a season only. 

Let's make today a beautiful day. 


Sunday, 7 March 2021

The only leafy green we have these days

Dear Family & Friends

Let me show you my tough winter veggie - the 'Kale'. This is the only fresh leafy greens I could gather from the garden during winter season. They survive freezing temperature: deep frost or even covered by snow...they will droop a bit, making them look like palm trees, but will perk up once sun shines on them.

Before snow was forecasted, I quickly gathered an armful for kitchen's use. Glad I did - for at present our garden is still covered in snow...and it'll be a few days before I can harvest again. 

Thankful that we can still get free food from the garden to enjoy despite of the very cold season.  Most of all, this leafy green gets even more sweet and delicious during winter! This is God's goodness.  

There's always goodness around you. Every new day brings with it great hope. Stay safe, stay sane and never let the day go without enjoying it.


Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Nature's best

Dear Family & Friends

When I see my garden well covered...I think about all the living things/creatures therein. Some of them will survive, others won't - but it's all part of nature. Everything God created is perfectly designed in most amazing way. 

Some plants will go into deep sleep to reserve their energy, others have the ability to produce more sugar to cope with the temperature. In fact, others needs the cold spell to challenge and trigger them. For example: the cold weather is what makes lavender produce flowers! 

As for the garden creatures...let's not clean and leave our soil exposed so they can have some places to crawl in and hide/hibernate. Don't worry if they're good or bad insects - for we need them all to balance nature's life cycle!

It's another bright new day once again...Life is good - Make the most out of it! 


Thursday, 25 February 2021

The variation of honey


Dear Family & Friends

Honey varies in color and taste depending on what and where the honey bees forage their nectar from. In this photo, are two kinds of honey. The left one (reddish brown) is from our bee mentor/doctor friend who lives 10-15 minutes drive away from us. His area is full of linden trees where bees collect nectar from. 

Our honey is one on right with bright yellow orange color. Our bees collect nectar from nearby sunflower fields and our garden is full of orange color flowers too. Sometimes, bee experts says our honey got lavender and herbal scent to it too! That's what makes honey an amazing super food! 

I'm constantly amazed with these creatures that I always finds them a joy as my garden companion too. Look around you when you're outside...if you see a bee - you know they are a friend. Hope you enjoy your day and enjoy being outside under the sky too. Stay happy.


Saturday, 20 February 2021

Our bees in the winter

Dear Family & Friends,

You might wonder what happens to our honey bees out in the garden when deep freeze arrives.... Well, here they are. The hives are covered in snow...but we can hear them buzzing happily inside the hive for they are busy at work no matter what the weather brings: Caring for their queen, looking after the new babies and keeping the hive clean and warm using their wings' energy.

For this very reason, when we harvest honey in autumn, it's very important that we never get their share. For they need the food energy all winter long as there's not much food to forage in the garden at this time.   These creatures have definitely earned our highest respect! Without bees, I don't think the world will have enough food to eat.

Just my fun facts for you today....Hope you make the most of your day and make it great!!


Monday, 15 February 2021

A Grateful Friend

Dear Family & Friends

Can you spot another of my garden friend? Yes, playing hide n seek with me. Not very handsome looking and sometimes it frightens me - It's name is 'praying mantis' due to hand position...perhaps always grateful for all the food it can find in our garden!

It's always good to encourage and welcome all sorts of creatures into the garden - both pest and friends - for that nature's balance that is needed. Nature knows how to balance things out more than we do. If we allow nature to take their course with as little intervention as possible - it means: lesser work for us. Now, that's a good deal!

Hope you have a lovely good day this week too.


Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Keeping the old outdoor kitchen

 Dear Family & Friends

The basement floor of our house next door is on a firm foundation by now. The next thing to do is just cosmetic work like laying floor tiles over it. But, before that, there's another step to do from the basement to the small outdoor kitchen. 

We are going to keep this kitchen - it looks awful now but it's stable and simply need cosmetic improvement. We'll enclose it with glass windows and door afterwards. It's a very interesting small kitchen with a big clay oven. In the past, this kitchen is a place where other villagers comes to share the pit-fire oven to bake their breads together and even roast a whole lamb inside as a community! 

Hope you are all keeping well...keeping busy and always overcome the chaos that we hear around us. Stay happy.


Friday, 5 February 2021

Running late but sow them in

 Dear Family & Friends

These are the variety of flowering bulbs I planted last week while it was raining and freezing cold. Made 150 holes and proper spacing for each bulbs!! As I was already running very late to sow these bulbs...I really didn't have the choice but to brave the weather - it was now or never! It's sometimes like that in life: We have to always take the opportunity when we see it. 

Just look at the different selection of bulb seeds...beautiful, Isn't it? would look even nicer later when they start flowering in the garden! JOY! JOY!  

Hope your new week would be as fulfilling with hopes and dreams too!