Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Roses and lilies

As my own vegetable garden is not working so well I am starting to think about a flower garden. There is not a lot of light down where my garden is, nestled between '30s townhouses, but I cannot influence that, just how I cannot influence the cold and the rains from the past months. I am giving my veggies one last try to appear and I am changing things starting this autumn and will grow flowers and grass and maybe keep just a small patch for a couple of tomatoes and some lettuce. I'd like to plant roses but I have so many ideas. I hope I will also have the time to do all that.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Tokyo in April

I think I already mentioned my passion for Japan. My dream would be to visit Tokyo in sakura season, when all the cherry trees are in blossom. En attendant, here are some pictures from Tokyo in April.

This park looks so calm, like an oasis in the middle of the chaotic city I imagine Tokyo to be. I think the way I picture Tokyo is heavily influenced by Murakami's work and the way reality and imagination blend.

And a panorama view. All this green in the middle of the skyscrapers. Did you know that the old name of Tokyo is Edo and that Kyoto, the old capital is an anagram of Tokyo? Fun fact :)

The rose of winter or japanese camellia is a symbol of Japan. I'll let you this image for a great Friday!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Gault Millau and the cheap Paris

Paris is not a cheap city by all means, still I find it ironic that a guide offering to show you a great time in Paris, for a low price, should be placed on a bookshelf next to a guide to the best (and usually most expensive) restaurants.

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

My BalconyGarden - 2014 Edition

It's spring, time for some gardening. Since we moved to a new and improved place, we have two gardening options: balcony plus small garden. While the balcony is still mainly for flowers and the occasional cherry tomato, the garden will be a potager, a vegetable garden. We'll see if I share the garden pictures as well.

These are the flowers on the balcony. On the left hand side are the folded chairs and table and another table for the barbecue. We are thinking about a pergola, until then I don't want any other furniture, maybe just the little pool for when the baby will be bigger.

 To tell you the truth these are not the most recent photos. On the hanging pots in front, there are pansies and flowing geraniums and I want to put some million bells or similar in the pots to the right where there is a spider plant now.

The pots on the floor have spring bulbs and that is where I am putting the cherry tomatoes. Do you know what these flowers are called? They are some of the bulbs I planted but I lost the labels. The others are narcissus, Japanese hyacinth, crocus and tulips.

 And finally, an intruder, a squirrel. I see them all the time climbing the trees but this is the first time I see one on our balcony.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Hot French guy

Yap, a hot French guy!
One thing that Christmas and Easter Markets have in common is... mulled wine (and almost all the stuff they sale) with this being the alcohol free variety. Why, oh why? I guess pregnant women and delegated drivers have to enjoy as well.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Balloons and consequences

Back in the '80s, when everything was possible, some guy had the idea to launch about 1,5M balloons in the air. The result was spectacular but also ended in tragedy as two fishermen were unable to be found due to the cloud of balloons. The whole purpose was to raise money for charity and make a grandiose (albeit ephemeral and as it turned out, dangerous) art installation.

Check these pictures out, I absolutely love the colours. The balloons in the first picture look like a mushroom cloud from a nuclear bomb explosion. The source of the pictures is Huffington Post.

Think about the consequences of your actions, even a good idea can turn out bad! And have a great weekend
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