HAPPY EASTER

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HAPPY EASTER TO YOU ALL !!

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BRUGES BELGIUM (1)

We had a day out in Bruges (Belgium) this week, it is a very old small city that attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world. I intend to do a few posts about Bruges and this is the first one. I’ll show you a bit of old church art. There are lots of churches in Bruges, all well kept and filled with old art.

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ONE OF THE MANY CHURCH TOWERS

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WE FOUND ONE PIECE OF NEW ART IN AN OLD CHURCH, A FONT

IMG_4337 (2)A PIECE IN BLACK SILVER AND GOLD

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A CLOSE UP OF THE ABOVE

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THIS IS THE TOP PART OF A PULPIT CARVED IN WOOD

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THIS IS THE LOWER PART OF THE PULPIT

 

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PART OF A VAULT COMPLETELY MADE OF STONE( this church was build in 1762)

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THIS IS A LARGE POT WITH A SILVER LAMB ON IT

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A VERY OLD PAINTING OF JESUS IN GOLD AND A SILVER CROSS NEXT TO IT

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MOTHER MARY AND HER SON JESUS WITH A FEW GOLDEN ANGELS

I hope you are all well and happy.

 

 

 

IN BLOOM

Yesterday I noticed my mini apple tree was comming into bloom, it’s only buds so far but I expect the first flowers to open tomorrow.

Last year it only had a few blooms and no apples at all, this year it is completely covered in buds so I am hopefull.

This small apple tree is ideal for small spaces and can even be grown in a pot on your balcony, you can even make a hedge when you put a few in a row. The one I have is called ‘minitree Redlane’ and it doesn’t need another apple tree to get fruit.

But cos they are so pretty I bought another one last year, it had pretty white flowers last year and no apples but this year I can’t see any buds…maybe next year hey !

The Redlane has pretty dark pink buds.

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MINI APPLE TREE REDLANE

Have a great week you all and don’t work too hard, enjoy the outside. Thanks for visiting, it’s much appreciated.

Please feel free if you have any questions, I’ll be happy to help you if I can.

 

IF YOU LIKE TO MAKE SOUP

If you like to make your own soup there is one ingredient you really need to give your soup a taste boost and that is LOVAGE (levisticum officinale), by preference fresh lovage but you can dry it too for Winter as it disappears in late Autumn with the first frost. It is a tall herb, grows up to 2 meters high but you can keep it small by cutting off the highest stalks, new shoots keep comming up and they are the ones you use. When you buy it in Spring in a plantshop it looks like nothing and it is small, you can never guess it will grow 2 meters  (6 to 7 feet)in a short time. You don’t need much of it, best is you do some experimenting and see what amount of it you like. I use a leaf about 25 cm ( about 10 inches) for 2 liters (half a gallon) of soup.

When I was working in the garden this afternoon I saw my lovage was comming up, the first thing I did was cutting the biggest piece for my stew, you can use it for all sorts of recipe’s of course but using it in soup is magic for your soup. It does get flowers, yellow flowers on a huge stalk but I always cut them cos they take a lot of power from the plant.

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Have a great weekend and enjoy yourselves in the garden if it is warm enough for you !

AZALEA AS A POTPLANT

In Belgium potplant azelea’s are often sold for a good cause and people go from door to door to sell them. They are easy house guests and pretty as well but you can’t compare them to the azelea’s we have in the garden. The pot azalea’s are not winter hardy. We keep them in a shady place in the garden in Summer and put them back in the house as soon as it is getting colder .

So of course I buy one each time someone comes at my door with a box of azalea’s, buying flowers and helping people at the same time, it’s a good thing I think.

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POT AZALEA

Here is the one I bought a few days ago, I took it outside in the sun to take the picture but now it brightens my livingroom. I can’t keep my eyes off it !

Have a great day !