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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tulpe uz balkona

Izdomāju pārbīdīt puķupodus ar tulpju asniem, lai būtu nedaudz aizvējā. Būs mazāk saules, bet tad vējš tik traki neplucinās tulpju lapas. Ko es ieraudzīju -
ievīstītu lapās, pirmo ziediņu!

Paldies, ka ieskatījies Pieliekamajā!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Pavasaris

Everything outside is changing by the hour. Spring is here.
Above, some hepatica flowers with early morning frost. Below, how is it possible that a tree that fell three years ago has these yellow fuzzies? I looked at the whole tree, and saw that
there are new stems coming from the old trunk almost the length of the tree (the part that's on the ground). So apparently the tree is still alive and gets energy and nutrition through the trunk/soil.
Next up we have a vinbär bush with first leaves unfolding (below). This particular bush grows in a very sunny and quite shielded area. I visit another vinbär bush almost daily in a more open/windy area, and there are no green leaves there (yet).
Back to the woods, the first buds of wild rose leaves are emerging, and today in the midday sun they looked pistachio-green.
To conclude, some new lupine plants (below). I took the chance a few days ago to wander farther into what is an overgrown wild area during summertime. Right now this wild meadow is still quite bare, so I went exploring. I found tiny lupine leaves with what seemed like dew in some of the "cups".
Look at the fuzzy little lupine bud in the lower part of the picture, below.
I also found a big patch of snowdrops in a new to me location (behind a wild apple tree), and the first wild strawberry leaves have emerged since at least a week ago. So things are definitely happening! Thank you for coming on this nature walk with me.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Pirmaas atraitnites 2015

I just couldn't resist any more -
and I discovered that my lavender plant from last year is still alive. How is it even possible? The last time I watered that pot was maybe back in October. Yet there they were, silvery green new leaves on the dried up (I thought) stems.

You can see parts of the lavender plant towards the back of the pot, the branches looking like thyme.

Planting those first spring flowers is one of my absolutely favorite things, ever.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Tulpes uz balkona

I've gotten this far -
this is one of my three pots with tulip bulbs. I'm not holding my breath for tulip blooms yet as it can be super windy out on the balcony, but who knows.

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Air Pockets Worked!

Remember my tulip-bulb insulation project back in December? Today, when I removed the top insulation packs to take a peek, I found tulip sprouts in two of the three pots! The air pockets worked! I am so happy. The only pot where there were no sprouts (yet?) was the clay one, which was exposed to the elements the most. Instead of taking pictures of the tulip sprouts, I went to the woods where I saw the first butterfly (yellow), a ladybug, and the first hepatica flowers of this year.
I didn't expect to find these little beauties for another month! And how happy am I that our friend the sweet-natured spaniel decided to join us on our trek (that's his paw in the picture). He was saying, "OK, what are we excited about here?"
I checked the weather prognosis, and it doesn't seem like we'll get minus degrees (C) for a couple of nights, so I left the flowerpots on the balcony uncovered. Imagine if I'm really going to get blooming tulips on my balcony?
Spring is here :).
Oh, I also ordered some seeds! Will share when the package gets here.

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Power snack: avocado and almonds

According to some study, people who ate half an avocado for lunch stayed sated longer, or something like that. In my quest to eat for endurance, energy, and grace,
I've embraced these findings, and am trying to eat more avocado. Does it work? I think so. With avocado, I can be hungry as opposed to extremely hungry by lunchtime. In these pictures, I am trying a cottage cheese/curd/yogurt type of dairy product (kvarg in Swedish) that is currently very trendy in Sweden. What works best for me is
avocado with my hard bread sandwiches, and then in the afternoon, almonds with raisins, sometimes with kvarg.

Have I peeled a (washed) avocado on the train? Yes, I have.

Have I brought real silverware with me on the train? Yes, of course.

If I make a huge pasta salad, and eat only some of it for lunch, I'm so happy to have some extra food (that I made, for me) to tie me over until dinner on my ride home. Besides the environmental issue of sparing the world one more plastic fork that had to be produced and that I am most likely going to throw away un-recycled, I like using my favorite (real) fork.

So. Try some avocado, and use some of your favorite things more often.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

The Happiest Yellow

One of the happiest yellow colors I know is the color of postal trucks (and carts, and trains) in Sweden. Every time I see that "egg yolk stirred with sugar" shade, I get happy. Every time I see that


yellow truck or cart, I think, "something good is going to happen today. Something very good is coming my way." (See the long, yellow train in the picture?)
The building in the picture is called Tomteboda, and it's a mail sorting facility in Stockholm, Sweden. I just love how the morning sun is hitting the building in this picture, currently one of my favorite buildings to look at.
I don't know much about steam punk, but to me, this is a steam punk-sy building. It reminds me of an art exhibit by Shaun Tan that I saw very quickly last autumn
(it was during Culture Night and I did not know that the exhibit was on, hence only a super quick look).  The piece above is called "The Tuesday Afternoon Reading Group".
Look at the chimneys behind the portrait! I see two buildings, plus Tomteboda, that look almost like that on my train ride.
The happiest yellow, and a dog.

When the skies are gray, it helps to see the happiest of yellows, and to think, "something very good is coming my way soon". Give it a try.

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