A new gardening year has started and the start was pretty good as the great outdoors was turned into a magical mystery world with everything covered in a fine layer of icing sugar, courtesy of the frost combined with fog.
It started freezing on Second Christmas Day (yes, we have 2 Christmas Days, a tad excessive, I know) and last Saturday almost the whole village turned up for a nice day of ice skating, a very Dutch thing to do.
Big skies, ice skating and bicycles, we're not in Kansas, Toto, and that's a fact! ;-)
Painting by Pieter Brueghel the Younger (1564-1638)
Fun in a winter wonderland
Moonlight covered with icing sugar echoing that great Dutch traditional food we have on New Year's Eve
Speaking of New Year's Eve, Tara didn't bat an eye-lid when the fireworks started going off, even though they were very loud. I'd been hardening her off ( to use a horticultural expression), fireworks wise, for the last 6 weeks or so by playing a few firework vids on YouTube for her. The first time I played one she did a little wee as she was quite frightened of all that racket. I comforted her, put her on my lap and played a few more vids, first with the sound low and finally with the volume cranked up to the max. And Tara? Well, she fell asleep on my lap, very unimpressed with all that noise.
Happy New Year from Tara (not afraid of fireworks)
With the New Year come New Year's resolutions and Tara's has made a few too; 1) Sit still so that YE can snap a few fun pics, unlike the one above that turned out not so well as I did not Sit Still! Sorry!
2) Be more gentle with the kittycats so that they enjoy my company instead of making themselves scarce as soon as they see me. 3) Be a real Kooiker dog and try luring the ducks instead of chasing them away.
In the garden there are new beginnings; the Hamamelis x Intermedia is about to flower and this morning I took this pic of a bunch of daffs poking their noses out of the earth covered with a very thin layer of snow.
Spring is on its merry way although it will be a while yet.
These past few weeks I've been mainly having the flu and a particularly nasty one too, which explains why I haven't been to visit your blog lately. Simply too ill and tired. Feeling better now but still coughing my socks off, my little heart out and all that jazz. I'll be doing my blog rounds again this week so expect a visit from yours truly.
Found a fun gardening quote to kick the New Year off with:
The craft of gardening: 11 months hard work and one month's acute disappointment. Heathcoat Amory of Knightshayes
It cracked me up as it is so not true for me and I sincerely hope not for you either. Happy Gardening in 2009 from your friendly neighbourhood gardener Yolanda Elizabet.
copyright 2009: Y.E.W. Heuzen