zondag 24 augustus 2014

Can I please move in?

The girls and I visited Scotney castle, a National Trust property in East Sussex (England) many times before, but this time we were able to enter the Victorian country mansion on top of the hill. What a surprise it was! As if the lady who once lived here, Elizabeth Hussey, had just left the house to do some shopping. It felt warm and cosy, and was filled to the brink with vintage treasures.  We were all impressed by the quirkiness and authenticity of the place.  As Elizabeth Hussey was a cat lover, you can see prints and other sort of treasures, with images of cats on it, all over the place. The house is even said to have a cat in residence, called 'Puss Puss'. Unfortunately we did not have the joy to meet her/him  :-)!

Anyway, we spent far more than the half hour we were allowed to, inside the house. Afterwards we had a walk through the garden, which looked green and lush. There were not many borders, but the ones we saw looked bright and colourful. The ponds around the castle, with the water lilies in full bloom, made the castle look like one out of a fairy tale.

Before I wish you a Happy weekend, I have to apologise for not popping over to yours blogs as often as I liked to. I am enjoying the last days of the summer holiday. Although I started work again, I take days off now and then, to have lunch or dinner with friends and family and do fun things with my daughters. Next week I will spend a few days in Limburg (in the south of our country) with my parents, visiting relatives. Will you keep your fingers crossed it will be dry for a few days? Last week felt like autumn in Rotterdam. I am already wearing my boots and scarf. It's crazy weather in The Netherlands :-)

Have a Happy week ahead!


Madelief x

zondag 17 augustus 2014

Late summer at the allotment

There is definitely a change in the air. I had to put on a warm cardigan this morning, swap my flip flops for a pair of shoes and wipe the windows of my car, before heading to the garden. When I arrived there, it felt cool and damp. A mist seemed to have settled over it. Everything looked a bit hazy. I think you can even see it in my photographs. It must be the first signs of autumn.

I have been picking tomatoes for some time now. There are not many more left on the branches. Perhaps one or two more weeks, before I can empty the greenhouse. It feels sort of early for the time of year. I must say that I have never had such a huge crop before.. It will probably be because of  all the sun we have had!

The dahlia's look beautiful! I love their bright colours and different shapes. Unfortunately, I lost some over the winter. The result being that I have several gaps in my Dahlia patch. I guess that's the risk you take, when you leave the tubers in the ground. 

When I look at my garden, I realise what it lacks is a bit more colour. I need more late summer flowers. I did not plant any cosmos this year, which I really regret, and my Zinnia's are still quite small. Hopefully they will give me some flowers in September. If you have any suggestions of other late summer flowers to plant, I would love to hear! Especially ones which are suitable for my cutting patch.

How does your garden look at the moment?

Happy week ahead!


Madelief x

* Did I tell you that my brother replaced part of the old (rotten) wood of the raised beds by reclaimed scaffolding boards?! It looks absolutely amazing! A bis kiss and hug to Pat. xox

zondag 10 augustus 2014

The queen of watering places

When in England, we went on a day trip to the Queen of watering places, as the English poet and novelist Horace Smith, once used to call Brighton.  It wasn't our first visit.

We never actually walked to the end of the pier, which now we did (very photogenic) and took a stroll through The Lanes and the North Laines area. What a colourful and lively part of Brighton the area aournd the North Laines is. We all liked it.

As the temperatures were high, really more suitable for splashing around in the water, we headed straight for Snoopers paradise in Kensington gardens, after our walk on the pier. This place is vintage heaven. If it had not been so warm, I could easily have spent here all day. There is so much to see!

I found some lovely porcelain, which you can see on my last photo, and regret not having taken a closer look at the blue dress with the white embroidery, which you can see on the 5th photo.

Hope you are all well and enjoying your summer, at least on this part of the hemisphere :-)

A warm hello, from a humid and rainy Rotterdam,


Madelief x

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