Spring has announced itself: you can smell and feel it, and for the garden it means trimming! The biggest job was set aside for Sietske, as she had to trim our two acacia trees. Every two years they need trimming, and the time had come for her to climb up the ladder and get the job done. As she’s got a slight fear of hights, I held the ladder whilst she snipped away with both shears and saw. We were relieved when the last branch fell on the ground. Though it was cold, the weather cooperated and it was nice and dry. Quite a difference from the last few days, as we’ve had terrible stormy and rainy weather. We brought spring inside with some beautiful hyacinths and lilac blue hydrangeas. I’m keeping the hydrangea inside for the moment until the nights are a little less cold.
The duck in the photos is Daisy. Each time this year she graces us with a visit,and drops by about twice a day for a nice meal. Last year she made her nest in the neighbour’s garden. I’m in no doubt she’ll be making her nest nearby again.
Last month my son Jacob and his partner dropped by for a visit, which was very nice. Jacob was doing a little painting with gesso and acrylics, which inspired me to give that technique a try as well. I have to say that I quite like it – especially the short drying time is ideal. I could work in one sitting, layering many different layers. I won’t say my good-byes to oil, but it’s definitely a nice challenge to work with a new medium. One’s never too old to learn something new.
We wish you all a wonderful Easter!
Geertruida and Sietske