WELCOME TO Val's Alentejo -I write about my region of Alentejo. My art ,painting, my cottages,
Family life, my animals -Travels
And my love for Roses- and rural country life.
Wednesday, 10 July 2013
In the middle of it.
I am privileged to be outside enjoying the delights of these balmy lazy hazy days of summer. Here at my lovely home. Waking at 5.30am to catch the sunrise,picking up the hose pipe and watering the flowers. Watching the early birds flying too and fro. The sun going down at 9.30pm .Sitting under my pergola having my cold glass of rose,( a drink I have rather taken to this summer). Its home and I feel I belong. Its what I should be doing and I enjoy it.
We all waited so long for these warm days after a very long winter.
Taking it all in and smelling the roses and the sweet flowers of all abundant with their colours mother nature makes magic happen.
When I was a little girl, my mother was the gardener in our home. Her name was Ellen,dad and family called her Nell ..She was always known as Nell.(I miss her) .
She had green fingers, and a most magnificent garden , anything she planted would grow. I suppose not realizing it, I learnt a lot from being with her in my youth and then when I had my own garden, it all came into use. Those were special times. I hold them dear.
When I married. Mr M, he would do the garden, head gardener and chief mower. He would mow and clip the trees, I think he liked to disappear amongst all the trees ,while mum was in the house doing what mums do!
We had row's and row's of magnificent blue and pink hydrangeas. large stralitzias. enormous azelias over 7ft high .. , our hydrageas were the size of a dinner plates. They really were the show of our garden. We lived far from the city way out in the country"it was called the bush in Africa in those days" Still is these days. Monkeys here and there all over everywhere.
our vegetable patch was raided all the time by them, We gave that up.
It was not until about 12 years ago, having started a new life for myself. That i really began my initiation into the garden scene.
Planting everything from young shoots and roses from the garden centre..and this and that. I commented yesterday to Olga. (Olga helps me around the garden and house , along with Pedro my handyman,) how the trees and shrubs and flowers and roses have grown so so well. My back wont allow me to do too much bending ,they are both a great help to me .. Since Monday, its been very productive, I was out there with Olga working and enjoying every moment. I decided to leave the cleaning of the cottages.. and just concentrate on (my project) and the garden for a few days. we achieved so much. just 4 hours Monday and Tuesday morning and its looking lovely. lots of fertilizer this week as the flowers are becoming parched very quickly with this heatwave. I dead headed my roses- some were just like paper flowers. Raked all the fallen leaves off the oleanders ..we were two happy bunnies. Every day for a week its been over 40º.. but I love it. We start early at 8 when the sun is not so hot. Afternoons its far far too hot to do anything.
This soleno creeper needs to be attacked and clipped now.. its growing out of all proportion.. it flowers all the year round. I want to see if I can take some cuttings and see how they come along.
Looks as though i am having a yard sale.. knick knacks. st Joseph. tea pot,candles and jugs waiting to go back in their places on the finished cupboard.
After having refreshments and a little sit down .. Work on the restoration of my old chairs and cupboard started.
I think we were a little messy, but both feeling very happy with ourselves.
I mixed the light green and this is the first step. Its now drying so we can start the next phase. Tomorrow.
The chairs are all glued and screwed and ready for tomorrow's painting
This is the table that the 4 chairs go with.. hoping to get it all looking nice once again. I have had it for about 11 years.. It needs some TLC.
The rim of the drawers and the cupboard will be red.
Around the rim of the flowers on the doors will be red. New handles and I think it should look just dandy. So I am still in the middle of it. Hoping to try to get it finished by the weekend.