Recharging

Time for a morning and afternoon swim

Time for a morning and afternoon swim

Pidgey asleep on my lap

Pidgey asleep on my lap

I’d even forgotten I planted these bulbs

I’d even forgotten I planted these bulbs

Perfect finish to a perfect day

Perfect finish to a perfect day

Lots of blueberries!

Lots of blueberries!

First day in a very long time that I didn’t work or had to do anything. Started off with a morning swim, it was wonderful. Not one person down there, just me and the sea. Mowed the lawn. Then a trip to the garden centre to treat myself to some new flowers. The owner asked how my garden was doing and I replied not much was growing. It’s been a strange summer with 7°C in the end of May, rain, hail and wind. Everyone complains about the worst summer ever but I think in town they probably had about half the sun as we did out here. Almost every day we look towards the city and see big clouds while out here it still hasn’t been that bad. Saying that it has been colder than usual and my geraniums look like they usually do in spring and now it’s coming to the end of summer and the pear tree has fruit but started flower again at the same time. Coming back from the shop I picked up a book and sat down with Pidgey in the hammock. Looking around I realised the garden is not as bare as I thought, I just haven’t had time to sit out there all summer. All in all it was a lovely day and I am slowly recharging my batteries. Finished off with a barbecue with meat, veg and marshmallows while both cats and all the chickens stalked us hoping to get a taste.

New energy!

Fresh paint on window seal and frame

Fresh paint on window seal and frame

Oggy got it

Oggy got it

Vivienne

Vivienne

Oitilia happy in the new nest

Oitilia happy in the new nest

Wow what a difference a couple of weeks holiday can do! I came back from England a week ago and feel so motivated. Yesterday I built a wind breaker in the front garden, a nest for the chicks and painted the window seals on the barn. I also improved my “greenhouse” because it was on it’s last legs. The plastic was just flapping in the wind and no silver tape could fix it so I added a wooden frame to keep everything in place. Before I left I filed a builders permit application, not that I’m changing much in the barn but I apparently need a “change of use” permit to open the gallery. Keeping my fingers crossed that it will be ready end of summer… Now I have lights for the barn, I will try to put them up but will pay for a professional electrician to come out and have a look before opening. I’ve decide to paint parts of the inside, not the actual gallery space but in the “garage part”, probably just a chalky see-through white. Need to give it a very good tidy and clean. I cut one of the old beams that was part of the old floor and will try to use it as a support for the main beam which is splitting a bit. I also have to fix the side doors. I really like the old hinges but they are too weak to hold the doors so I will buy new strong ones and put them on the inside. There will be a ramp as well, wide enough for wheelchairs and prams. After that it’s done! Saying that I think the Gallery will never be “ready”, after opening I will keep improving on the place. That’s fine though, as long as I get it started. Then I can go on to my next projects: fixing the windows of our house, the railing, the roof, the gardening, extending th henhouse and building a greenhouse etc etc. I’m like an energy ball craving new jobs but I know it won’t last for long so I’d better prioritise what I want to get done and right ow it’s the Gallery. I sometimes think that our cats are smarter than us going out for short moments and then coming indoors to sleep and relax most of the day.  Can’t ignore the chicks though. While we were away in England sadly our favourite chicken died, the white one called Kiki. We suspect foul play involving a young child but don’t have any proof so I’m leaving it at that. So sad though because Kiki was the most tame one and so pretty. I love the hens but right now I feel that 9 hens and 5 chicks are a bit too much for the garden so I will try to sell off two of the hens but it is sooo difficult to choose.

Windy swim

IMAG3691 IMAG3692 IMAG3700The storm that never was. They called it Simone but it only hit south of Sweden and not as hard as they had thought, thankfully. I’d rather prepare for it to happen and then it doesn’t than the other way around.

It has been very windy every day for a while and lots of rain. To be totally honest I couldn’t remember last time I went swimming, I’ve just been too busy but this morning I finally went for a dip. It’s about 10 degrees celsius in the water and same in the air. The sea was still wild from all the wind and really high water level, I had to concentrate to stay on my feet not to be swept away. Wonderful! It gave me so much energy I ran around like a Duracell rabbit all day.