zondag 23 november 2014

The garden on top of the hill

It was at the beginning of June when I visited Kiftsgate court gardens in Chipping Campden (England) with my friends. I have wanted to visit Kiftsgate for a long time, but somehow it never happened before. I thought Kiftsgate would perhaps be a disappointment, having seen Hidcote which is close by (and absolutely beautiful) two days earlier, but not so. Kiftsgate is different and less grand, but it has lots of charm of it's own. 

The country house and gardens lie on top of a hill, with far reaching views of the surrounding countryside. The garden is part woodland, has some beautiful borders and terraces and even a modern water garden, which I think was out of tune with the rest of the garden and therefore not on my blog :-). You may like it though!

At the time of our visit, the late spring/ early summer borders just started to bloom. I can imagine that later on in the month it would have been quite a spectacle. I was sorry to have missed the famous Kiftsgate rose in all it's floral splendour. The bush was full of tiny buds, bot no flowers yet. 

Just before leaving, my friends and I met a lovely couple. They gave me their email address, but unfortunately I lost it. If you recognise them, will you please let me know? I would love to send them their photo! They both looked absolutely radiant

There is so much more I can tell you, but if I do, this will be a very loooong post. If you are interested, please have a look at the website of Kiftsgate court. You can find all the information that you need there.

Have a lovely week!

Madelief x


zondag 16 november 2014

A new crochet project

In my last post I told you I was working on a new crochet project. The colours of the Zinnia's and Dahlia's in my garden and an old painting I found in the thrift store, inspired me to pick up my crochet needle once again. I hope my little project turns out the way I imagine. If not, I am not going to show you ;-)

The little fluted domes you can see on some of the photo's are called 'Cannelés Bordelais'. They are delicious French fancies, made of a sort of pancake like batter. They are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside and totally addictive. I am still working on the perfect shape, so forgive me if they look a bit wobbly.

I received some happy mail this week: the Christmas edition of Victorian Homes magazine with twelve pages of my photo's inside. I am so proud. I added a photo of one of the pages below, so you get an idea how it looks like. The Victorian Homes magazine is available at Barns and Noble and select book stores in the USA. I am not sure if you can buy it in other parts of the world. Sorry!

Thank you once again for leaving comments on my blog. I read them all and appreciate them very much.  I am not always able to visit your blog, but I do try. Sorry, if I haven't popped over lately.

Wishing you a lovely week!

Madelief x 

* I added two photo's of my home town, Rotterdam. The most beautiful and inspiring town there is.


zondag 9 november 2014

Ready for winter

Lucky me to for having no appointments today. With a blue sky, mild temperatures and bright sunlight, it was the perfect weather for working in the garden. I still had to plant the tulip and alium bulbs, and that's exactly what I did. Because I am not the sort of person to plant neat rows of tulips in the same colour, I tossed the ones that I had into a basket and put them in the ground at random. Let's hope they will give me a pretty tulip field next spring. It will definitely be a surprise!

Cutting of the water supply turned out easier than I thought it would be. One of my colleagues told me how to do it and within five minutes all the pipes and the toilet were drained. The garden and the little house are now ready for frosty nights.

Before going home I picked all the flowers I could find: some dahlia's, roses, chrysanthemums and zinnia's. It will be a long wait until spring, but I look forward to spend some time indoors, baking and cooking and visiting museums and concerts. I even picked up my crochet needle after a year to start a new project and finish an old one.

Wishing you all a good week!


Madelief x

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