Saturday, June 06, 2009

...gardening...

Look what I got in the mail! Lise had a give-away on her blog recently, and I won these cute heartpins- and blue stitchmarkers! They are great, and already in use! Perfect for when I'm knitting on 7mm needles, because of the wire. Thank you, Lise!
(btw: if you're planning on going to Prague this summer, Lise's sister has an apartment up for rent- more details on her blog here. )


Sjå kva eg fekk i posten! Lise hadde ein gje-vekk på bloggen sin nyleg, og eg vann stilige hjertenåler, og flotte maskemarkørar! Dei er allereie i bruk, eg strikkar noko på pinne nr. 7, og då passa dei fint med viren i enden. Tusen takk, Lise!
(forresten- hvis du har tenkt deg til Praha i sommar, har søstra til Lise ei leilighet der som ho leiger ut for sommaren. Sjå fleire detaljar på bloggen hennar her!) We've got almost summer here. The flowers are blooming, many of the farmers are already busy with the haymaking- especially those that have sileage or roundbales. We haven't started yet, hubby is in Houston working (any ideas of what he can bring home from there? Yarns, books, magazines???), and we will try to dry most of it as hay. I prefer that to the sheep, but it all depends on the weather. We've had some sunny days lately, but very windy and rather cold.

Det er nesten sommar her. Det blomstrar overalt, og fleire bønder er allereie godt i gang med siloslått og rundballeslått. Vi har ikkje begynt enda, gubben er i Houston på jobb, og kjem ikkje heim før etter jonsok. Vi prøver å tørke det meste til høy, eg fortrekkjer det til sauene, men det kjem jo heilt an på korleis véret vert. Vi har hatt nokre flotte, solrike dagar i det siste, men det har blåst ein kald nordavind her.
We have a proper kitchengarden this year! The potatoes are sprouting- barely...- we've had spinachsoup twice from our own spinach, we eat salad and radishes. I just wish I liked to garden...I've always wanted to like it, but sadly I don't. I'd like to have a nice garden, but I would have preferred if it came with a gardener...
We have tomatoes too. I just planted some outside, against the stonewall,, hoping they will thrive there. It's an experiment. I have a few plants inside too, but so far they are not blooming.
Vi har ein skikkeleg kjøkkenhage i år. Potetene kjem- såvidt- men det vart ikkje sett før 23. mai, og det er litt seint. Vi har ete spinatsuppe to gonger med spinat frå eigen hage, vi et salat og reddik.Eg skulle berre ønskje eg likte å jobbe i hagen...eg har alltid ønska å like det, men eg gjer det ikkje. Eg vil gjerne ha ei fin hage, men hadde foretrekt om den kom med gartnar...
Vi har tomatar også. Eg har akkurat planta nokre ute, under duk, langsmed steinane langs vegen, og håper at dei vil trivast der. Det er eit eksperiment. Eg har nokre plantar inne også, men førebels er det ikkje mykje som blomstrar.


But the cucumbers grow!!! We have 6 plants, and one especially is big. DD2 is talking to it and watering it, and looks at the fruits several times a day. They are as long as my hand, and there are many more to come! I call it my "new curtains". My mother-in-law wanted me to put up some curtains in that window, she felt that everyone could look right in (they can, but only when they stand on the road staring!). Now I have a live, green curtain! And people are probably staring more now, wondering what this is...
Men agurkane kjem! (Agurknytt;-)) Vi har 6 planter, og spesielt den eine er stor. Yngstejenta mi snakkar til den og vatnar den, og kikar på agurkane fleire gonger for dag. Dei er like lange som handa mi nå, og mange fleire kjem! Eg kallar det "dei nye gardinene" mine! Svigermor ville at vi skulle ha gardiner i dette vinduet, ho følte at folk stod på veien og kikka inn (noko dei kan, men då må dei stå og stirre!) Men no har eg eit levande grønt gardin;-) Og folk kikar sikkert meir no... og lurer på kva dette er for noko...

It never gets really dark at this time of year. Sun sets at 10:15pm, and the kids play outside till way past bedtime....not easy to get them back inside! The photo below was taken an hour ago...
Only two more weeks till school's out, and the sailing son will soon be home too. They have been sailing this week, and on Monday he will come to my "hometown". My sister will pick him up, and take a tour on the ship with him first.
Det vert ikkje skikkelig mørkt her på denne tida av året. Sola gjekk ned her kvart over ti ikveld, og ungane er ute og speler fotball til seint på kveld, det er ikkje råd å få dei i seng! Bildet nedanfor var tatt for ein time sidan...
Berre to veker att til skulen sluttar, og eldstesonen kjem heimatt. Dei er på tokt denne veka og neste, og mandag kjem dei til Kristiansand. Det var alltid "Byen" for oss før. (Ja, eg er vaskeekte sørlending- bortsatt på vestlandet;-D) Søstra mi hentar han, og får seg ein rundtur ombord først.



Take care, and have a great Sunday,- and summer ahead!
Ha det bra sålenge, og ha ein flott søndag,- og sommar!




15 comments:

YarnThrower said...

As much as I like the idea of a garden, I don't like to garden, either. I make some feeble attempts, small successes, but can't bring myself to spend much time doing it. Your cukes look great!

Ruth said...

Å så enig jeg er. Alle haver burde komme med gartner. Nå har ikke jeg store haven egentlig og nå har jeg kun urter i hengekurver. Jeg ble så inderlig lei av å fø opp alle sneglene her.
Men du har vært travel, som alltid! Det er nå utrolig hvor mye du greier å få strikket. Lekkert blir det også.

Ha en flott søndag.

Moogsmum said...

I find that if I spend any time in the garden I come back in to find the house has been trashed by the mess fairies!!
My gardening tends to happen in little spurts - interspersed by long periods of inactivity!
Your cucumber curtain looks great :-)
xxx

Heidelweiss said...

Beautiful pictures! You've been very busy. I think I'll come over and eat some of you kitchen garden ;). Sounds like you're growing some delicious things. Have a great week!

Michaela said...

Oh that last picture is just beautiful - it should be framed!

Caroline said...

I laughed at your statement that you've always wanted to like gardening but don't. I have things like that in my life too. On the plus side, it looks like your gardening efforts are coming out great. I hope you have luck with the tomatoes. That's one thing I can always grow because of the heat, but I know that my parents have trouble with them living in a cooler climate.

QuiltedSimple said...

Love your pictures! If I could pass you some of my gardening love, I would certainly try. Hope you get your hay baled - we are waiting for the rains to stop so we can get busy.
Kris

Min said...

Hi Marit, how great to eat veg from your own garden - even if you don't like the work involved. We are off home to the UK to visit mum soon and she has planted a veg garden just for the girls. They love to pick the peas and eat the straight fom the pod.

Assignment got done and in one day - surprisingly got my highest mark of the whole year - go figure. Exam on Monday and very behind with revision now as Annie had her tonsils out and has been at home - oh well - keep telling myself I've done the work through the year so all will be well.

I feel about my exam the way you feel about the garden - a necessary evil. Think how smug you can feel when you can just go and pick what you want. Keep smiling

Ninne said...

Så nydelig blomstereng det er hos dere! Det gror godt både ute og inne, ser jeg!
Ha en finfin ukeslutt!

Melanie said...

I love your living green curtain. I think you will get so used to it that in the Winter your window will feel bare.

I think you have done really well with your kitchen garden. I'm sure things will taste even better than in a shop.

Good luck getting a good few clear days for hay making. Here we have a decent day but when you look at the forcast, the following day is rain.

STRIKKEMOR(O) said...

Fin gåve du fekk i posten! Ønsker deg og ei flott helg!

Mary said...

Beautiful photos! I hope to come visit you someday. I try to keep my garden small and manageable, I am a lazy gardener for sure. I think it's good for the kids to help out and know where their food comes from (hint, hint). . .

Houston has some wonderful yarn shops (Nancy's Knits and Yarns 2 Ewe are nice). Although it's ironic to buy wool in Houston if you live in Norway. . .

Tracy said...

Sweet gift, Marit! And just loved hearing about your garden... so glad your kitchen garden is doing so well. That last photo is gorgeous! Happy Summer to you all there :o) ((HUGS))

Debra said...

I hear you about the gardener..too funny :)...your pic tells me you have a pretty garden. I have 5 acres to care for with partner away working so i too love help. Your little dress in the last post is so sweet. I am almost finished my frock coat for my granddaughter, will post then...happy day Marit :)

Debra said...

Oh...i left something for you on my blog :)