Hi there! Quite a few people have been asking me lately for a peek at our garden. And this ties in quite nicely with two pieces of really nice news, so let’s do all of that at once!
I took this picture of Amelia today. We have struck a summertime bargain– one hour outside + one hour finding stuff to do in her room = one hour of watching cartoons. So far, it’s working brilliantly. It makes me really happy every time I see her lying around reading or daydreaming, either in the hammock or on a blanket.
I love our garden (which is the broader term for yard over here) and it’s one of the best things about our house. There was already so much great landscaping done– things come into bloom from March to September. We put in all of the garden beds and converted other patches with edible landscaping. I’ll be honest– our raised beds are not doing so well this year. The snails and slugs have been absolutely merciless, decimating starts overnight. So, that’s my little disclaimer.At least the bean teepee is getting covered! And we have a crazy-abundant sage bush, which I have drastically trimmed down a couple times already.There are a lot of blackberries ripening here and down in the wilder parts of our garden. It’s such a treat to go pick a few after dinner. And our pears are looking good, too!
And this is where the first bit of good news comes in. We get to stay here! We had been looking at a lot of properties, and it just didn’t feel right. Most of them had no outdoor space, and oddly, no dining area either. Those are two things that really matter to me! I live most of my life at home, and am pretty sensitive to my surroundings– so my home makes a big impact on my daily well-being. I felt in my gut that moving in to a home that didn’t feel good or have nice spaces for my family to relax together would not be the right choice.
Thinking outside the box a little, we decided to ask our landlord for a rent reduction instead. And he agreed! So we are thrilled to stay in this home for another year, and I am enjoying and appreciating our garden more than ever. Looking at all the other homes just solidified our love for this one.
Here is my favorite spot. We eat outside every single day that we can, and I just look forward to it all through the colder months. It’s my version of total bliss. We very, very rarely eat out, so this is it for us! The place to be!
Can I take a moment and show off my geraniums? I planted them last year, and they overwintered so well in our conservatory.
I’ve been cramming succulents into the cracks in this wall for three years now, and love seeing them growing there. And speaking of meals outside, bliss, etc…. My second bit of good news: I have been working feverishly on a new project, quite out of the blue! I am just finishing my first cookbook! I am so excited about this, and really proud of it. It’s part-memoir, part-travelogue, and full of good food. I will be releasing it on Monday (!) and can’t wait to share it with you.
So, there is my garden and the positive developments over here. We just got back from having dinner at the beach (and swimming in the sea) just as we did last week. These are the best days of the year, and we are loving life. How is summer treating you so far? How is your garden growing?