A look back at my lost garden. New opportunities!

January, 2015 – looking back.

I spent summer 2014 outside, in my garden, which is a plot that had over 40 neglected trees on it. Had, yes,  – we chopped most of the trees as they were over 26 meters tall and it was becoming a dangerous situation, neighbors complaining and regular storm-damage. Yes, I am re-planting this spring.

Looking at all the wood, branches, piles and piles of it laying around, I wondered how something good could come from the devastating left-overs of what once was a beautiful, peaceful garden. A purpose for all the wood. Keep my fireplace going, sure – and I am hoping to sell some of it to cover expenses. During the work I found an abandoned kitten between the branches of a tree, the poor thing was only a few days old, and with the help of my daughter and foster mummy Dimphy (thank you, Marjolijn) it survived! Pip now lives in my house. So my little bush-cat is the first good thing that came from the garden.

Let me show you some pictures, taken during the summer of 2014.

The last day of my enchanted wood – garden.

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My Lost Garden.
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And here we go, first tree down.
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Inspection! Biertje, my little dachshund.
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With a little help from my dad
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And chicken “Bitchy” (yep that’s her name)
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Pip, September 15, 2014. 63 grams….
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Pip in fostercare- TY Marjolein, Ron, Dimphy !!
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enough photographs, although – how about this? Do you see what I see?
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Ok, a bit closer:
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Building a wooden wall

It is a summer project    🙂

I always wanted a wall around my garden. 40 pine trees make a lot of logs, so here I go:

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My neighbor is supervising and talking about girlpower….

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And the other side of the garden …. another 40 meters to cover, this is a good start though.

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I got some 4-legged help

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I got some 4-legged help and support, today

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Phew!  Almost 40 meters done, and started building at the other sides of the garden too.

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My tree garden

There used to be a tree, next to my kitchen door, blocking the light and the doorway. When it was chopped, I decided to use the remaining bit for a platformed mini-garden. In The Netherlands, we have a famous invention called ‘de makkelijke moestuin‘ – and that inspired me to use an old table blade and create a spot for planting lettuce.

Phew! Pretty, though. It is going to be a lovely summer, with lots of strawberries, tomatoes, mint-tea and lettice!

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