planting up

The weather is just amazing at present. 27 degrees in April. I love this weather. The fence turned out pretty well in the end, I am happy with it, the remaining lacquer went far enough just to use on touching up the paler parts. So today we went looking for plants, because slowly we are…

lessons from painting the fence

I am not a great one for doing things out in the garden. I like the outside, but I know my limitations. I think to really have a nice garden you need patience and preperation. Preparation of the ground, the seeds, the plants, etc and patience for everything to grow. I have never been one…

Sri lanka impressions

we have been back one week now from a 2 week long holiday on Sri Lanka. It was the first real holiday that we have had in several years, a real holiday in my book being where you switch off, experience new things and return feeling truly refreshed. We had a private tour, my husband…

a day in Vienna

last week I was in Vienna on a business trip. Vienna is of course a lovely city, and it was not my first time there, which was lucky, as most of the time I was in a hotel room listening to Chinese, but that is another story. On the Saturday, after a leisurely breakfast, I…

Messing around on the river

We are very lucky to live very close to the River Aare. It flows along at the top of our street, and is very popular with people who want to go down it to Bern in a rubber boat. Here are a few shots from this afternoon, including the people queuing to get on the…

Giardina

Today I visited the Giardina gardening exhibition in Zürich. I am looking for inspiration, and there was plenty there. There were water features made of taps and tubes, simple muslin for shade in the natural garden, wood piles with pipes for birds to nest in, grills in all shapes and sizes, and price classes. There…

my top 10 travel tips for Asia

wear good walking shoes. drink lots of water, and carry it with you. never pass by the opportunity of a western style toilet. learn a few local words, like hello – ni hau, goodbye for which you can use bye bye, and thank you xie xie. This is all in Mandarin. no idea what it…