zondag 22 mei 2016

The allotment kitchen

Most of you have probably seen photo's of the outdoor kitchen at my allotment before, but for those who are new to my blog, this is it. The place where I prepare simple dishes and store part of my vintage treasures. The items on display come from charity shops and thrift stores, or were given to me by friends. I use them as props in the photo's I take, or for parties I hold in the garden.

The outdoor kitchen is a lovely place to work in. It's at the back of my garden, out of sight, and really quiet. It has a corrugated roof that lets the sunlight through, and keeps me dry on a rainy day. 

From April onwards, we have cold running water. Which means I don't have to take my thermos flask with me any more. 

The stainless steel kitchen counter comes from a restaurant originally. On an old butcher block is a small camping stove I can cook on. It's quite luxurious for an allotment.

On a summer evening, when darkness sets in, the light of the lanterns illuminates the house and part of the garden. It couldn't be more romantic.

You may wonder why the kitchen is not inside our garden house. The garden house really is a 2 x 2 square meter shed, dating back to the 1930s. A veranda, an outdoor loo and kitchen were added later. When we took over the allotment, the kitchen was already there, but we changed it, and decorated it to our liking. 

Hope I will spend a lot of time there the coming months, which means we will have a good summer!

Wishing you a Happy week!


Madelief x

zondag 15 mei 2016

Tulip time in the garden

This post is actually a week late, but I so wanted to show you the sweet bunches of pastel coloured spring flowers last time, that I thought this one could wait. I hoped the tulips would still be in bloom today, but when I arrived at the allotment at the end of the afternoon, I saw the last petals fall to the ground... Too bad! So my title tulip time in the garden is really no longer appropriate, but I kept it anyway, as I am still showing you the flowers!

At this time of year, it's difficult to keep up with what's going on in the garden. It all goes so fast. Flowers come and go, and so are the weeds. If it hadn't been for the help of my daughters and sweet friends, my little piece of paradise wouldn't look the way it does now.

As soon as the water supply was on, my friend Wilma (thank you so very much xox) helped me clean the garden house and outdoor kitchen. Which is a horrendous task. Your always covered in dirt when finished, and you never know what you may encounter while cleaning. Fortunately no mice, or worse, rats, this year, only spiders. Lots of them! We did a good job though. Hopefully I can show you some photo's of our reinstalled and spotlessly clean outdoor kitchen next week.

Thank you too for your sweet comments on my blog. It's always a joy to read them and to now what you have been up to in your garden.

Wishing you a happy week!


Madelief x

A selection of the tulips on my blog are: Menton, Apricot beauty, Purple Prince, Flaming Flag.

zondag 8 mei 2016

Spring bunches

What a marvellous weekend we have had!  It's only May, but it feels like summer. It was on the news yesterday that temperatures in The Netherlands were the highest in Europe. I can't remember having ever experienced this before. 

The windows of our home are wide open, the summer dresses are out of the attic closet and the girls are already talking of how they miss a swimming pool at the allotment. A discussion that has been going on ever since we have the garden, which is seven years. The two youngest are twenty-four and twenty-two now, but they are adamant about their pool. I don't want a big plastic pool in my allotment garden, but on hot days, like we had this weekend, I wouldn't mind splashing around in one either. My youngest told me today, she is going to buy a baby splashing pool, so that at least we can have cool feet. Sounds perfect to me. So, when you next see it in one of my photo's, this doesn't mean we have an addition to the family!

The garden is a sea of pastel coloured flowers, and so is my home. I have been picking bunch after bunch. The sweet smell of forest hyacinths and bluebells fills the rooms.

In the greenhouse gherkins, cucumbers, watermelon, fennel, beetroot and several varieties of tomatoes were planted. My middle daughter has taken over the care of the vegetables and fruit. A task she takes quite seriously, and which saves me a lot of time. The greenhouse is her territory.  Fortunately she left me some space to grow cut flowers from seed. The first seedlings (Zinna Purple Prince and Zinnia Dream & tall Scabiosa) are already in the raised beds. Many more will follow.

Do you start seeds in your greenhouse or outdoors? What is your experience?

A Happy week ahead!


Madelief x

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