Wednesday, 22 April 2015


Today I found the very first spring flower appearing in my garden. It is a lovely little blue Iris. Most of the snow is gone, only a little bit is still left among the trees in the upper part of the garden.

On the window sill there are lots and lots of seedlings waiting to be transplanted outside or to be brought out into the greenhouse. 

 I just have to clear out the mess in the greenhouse first, but more importantly some warmer winds need to present themselves.


Sunday, 12 April 2015

Health program report

Less weight and more energy

You may remember that I earlier mentioned about a book promising a healthier life for those who went along with a 12 week program aiming at changing ones habits and lifestyle into a healthier one.  


Week 1 and 2
The first steps were to stop eating added sugar and white bread. This I have managed to do more or less without any problem.


Week 3
The next steps were to eat more vegetables, berries and herbs. This I did with delight!


Week 4
Also eating more fish and other seafood I do enjoy, so that has not been any difficulty. The advice to cut down on hydrogenated fat and saturated fat, has maybe not been so easy to follow. The hydrogenated stuff is no problem to avoid, I usually don't use margarine, but butter I use in moderate amounts when baking and cooking. I think I will continue doing so!


Week 5
The next food stuffs to cut down on or stop eating altogether were white rice and pasta. We love pasta and quite like rice as well, so this has been more of a challenge. We have not totally stopped eating pasta, but eat it more seldom. I  found a multigrain mix that we like and substitute the rice with.


Week 6
The next step has been to eat root vegetables, raw food, garlic, ginger and probiotics.  All this we love, so no problem.


Home made probiotics - fermented vegetables

Week 7
Eating protein prevents you from getting hungry. Eating milk protein like cheese, cottage cheese and eggs is good for you. I love cheese!


So far  we feel fine and despite the fact, that we have not been following the advice 100% but have had some cake, chocolate etc at festive occasions, I have lost 4,5 kg (10 lbs) without any effort.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Dogs and gardening

Addition to the family

It is now quite a while since I posted anything on this blog. It is not easy to write in an inspired way about gardening, when snow storms are roaring outside. And we have had snow coming up until the beginning of this week.
Finally warmer winds have come our way, melting the snow. Hurrah! 

In the meantime we have added a new member to the family. His name is Damon and he is a gorgeous Siberian Husky. He has been helping me rearrange my pots and plants. 

Luckily some of the plants were possible to save. You find them them on the picture above together with the culprit.