INVISIBLE EATERS

A while ago I had ripe red currants and black currants but I didn’t have the time to harvest them right away so a few days later I went into my garden to harvest the berries and every berry was gone !!!!! each and every one !!!I thought old cd’s on a string would frighten the birds away but obviously they didn’t do the job !!This week I wanted to harvest some ripe grape bunches and what did I see….the birds were there before me, mind you the grapes are in my greenhouse ! Now I gave each bunch of grapes a dress hoping the birds will stay away, also the figs outside are starting to ripen so I try to scare the birds away there too as I know from last year they always take the biggest and ripest and sweatest figs . I don’t mind that the birds eat some of my fruit but ALL is a bit much !

Here are some pictures I have taken this past weeks.

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AS YOU CAN SEE I GAVE MY GRAPES A DRESS

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HERE YOU CAN SEE THE DAMAGE THEY DID

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I TRY TO KEEP THE BIRDS OUT OF MY FIG TREE BY SCARING THEM WITH THESE WHITE “FLAGS”

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THE SNACK TOMATOES ARE ALSO RIPENING, THE GRANDCHILDREN LOVE TO GO TO THE GREENHOUSE FOR SOME LITTLE TOMATOES AND SO DO I

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THE BIG TOMATOES ARE FINALLY GETTING SOME COLOUR

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I LOVE THE COLOUR OF THESE SOUTH AFRICAN DAISIES

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THE JAPONESE ANEMONES ARE STARTING TO BLOOM

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THIS RUSSIAN VINE IS A REAL THUG BUT IT’S A BEAUTIFUL THUG

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MY HYDRANGEA’S ARE DOING THERE VERY BEST AT THE MOMENT

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CLEMATIS THE PRESIDENT TOGETHER WITH  A PASSIONFLOWER

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MY YELLOW DAHLIA’S IN FRONT OF A MIRROR

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ALBIZZIA JULIBRIZZIN IN BLOOM

Have a great weekend all and enjoy your gardens ! Thanks for stopping by and don’t hesitate to leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you !

MAS MUSEUM IN ANTWERP

Last weekend we were in Antwerp where we met some Dutch friends, we had planned to walk arround and visit all the nice places in Antwerp but alas, the weather was cool and it rained constantly so it was a perfect day to visit a museum. As many of the museums in Antwerp are being restored or worked on we decided to go to the MAS museum (means museum on the border of a stream) as you all know Antwerp is a world harbor at the border of the river Scheldt. Part of this museum is filled with permanent exhibitions and part of it is filled with temporary exhibitions, it is huge so we couldn’t see all the exhibitions. The permanent exhibitions are about ships and what they brought back to Antwerp from far away countries.

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A VERY OLD MODEL OF A SHIP

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THIS LADY WAS ONCE THE FRONT OF A LARGE SAILING  SHIP

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AND SO WAS THIS GENT

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ALL SORTS OF KNOTS THEY USED FOR BOATS AND SHIPS, YOU COULD LEARN HOW TO MAKE THEM THERE AT THE MUSEUM AND KIDS LOVED IT

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THIS BOAT LAY AT THE BACK OF THE MUSEUM AS THE MUSEUM IS ALMOST SURROUNDED BY A SMALL CITY PORT

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HERE YOU CAN SEE ANOTHER PART OF THAT SMALL HAVEN, MAINLY USED BY PLEASURE BOATS, AND YOU CAN SEE IT WAS A GREY AND WET DAY

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ONE OF THE EXHIBITIONS WAS ABOUT WAR SHIPS IN VIETNAM

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THIS TAG BELONGS TO THE SHIP ABOVE

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A VERY OLD DUTCH PAINTING

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THIS PAINTING IS MADE OF OLD DUTCH TILES FROM DELFT (HOLLAND), THE DELFT TILES ARE ALWAYS IN WHITE AND BLUE AS IS ALL PORCELAIN MADE IN DELFT, SUCH AS COFFEE CUPS AND POTS, TEA CUPS AND POTS, TIMBLES, STATUES……..

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THESE HELMETS WERE WORN BY SAILORMEN WHEN THEY HAD TO DEFEND THEIR SHIP

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AND THESE WERE THEIR WEAPONS, ALL MADE OF IRON AND VERY VERY HEAVY

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JAPANESE DOLL’S

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ISN’T SHE PRETTY ????

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JAPANESE HORSE

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OLD AFRICAN ART

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A SMALL AFRICAN STATUE MADE OF IVORY, YOU CAN SEE A MIRROR IN THE BACK SO YOU CAN SEE IT IS DECORATED  ON ALL SIDES

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DOESN’T HE LOOK SCARY !!!

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A VERY OLD BIKE, CAN YOU IMAGINE PEOPLE RODE ON IT !!!!, BEHIND IS A PAINTING OF ANTWERP AND THE BIG HARBOR

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AN OLD AMERICAN CAR, IT WAS HUGE

I hope I can show you pictures of the city of Antwerp some day, it is an interesting and very old metropolitan city, with lots of very old buildings and numerous restaurants and bars where you can eat and drink well, in Summer many restaurants serve mussels with French fries (who are actually Belgian fries but that is another story…) a delicatessen !!

 

I hope you are all well and enjoying yourselves !

 

 

Three on Trees

Originally posted on Old School Garden:

Big_tree‘Men seldom plant trees till they begin to grow Wise, that is, till they grow Old and find by Experience the Prudence and Necessity of it.’

John Evelyn

‘Trees are the best monuments that a man can erect to his own memory. They speak his praises without flattery, and they are blessings to children yet unborn.’

Lord Orrery to Thomas Carew 15th May 1749

‘Of all the wonders of nature, a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable; with the possible exception of a moose singing ‘Embraceable You’ in spats.’

Woody Allen

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A PEEK IN MY GARDEN

Spring was awesome but as soon as Summer started it all went down hill, yesterday was the worst so far, 13 C° !!!! where as 25 is normal for this time of the year over here, we had LOTS of rain and wind, leafs and even small branches were blown off the three’s !!! Today is a lot better, the temps are back in their twenties and the sun  is shining through the clouds !

Here are a few  recent pictures of my garden.

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PINK GERANIUM, CLEMATIS AND PASSIONFLOWER

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AT THE BACK IS AN ALBIZIA JULIBRIZZIN, IN FRONT YOU CAN SEE MY BUDDLEIA OR BUTTERFLY BUSH

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LACE CAP HYDRANGEA STARTING TO BLOOM BEHIND THE POND

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VERBENA BONARIENSIS, ONE OF MY FAVORITES !

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MY WHITE PASSIONFLOWER WITH WHITE MILLIONBELL’S AND IN FRONT AN AUCUBA JAPONICA

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY  ! Enjoy your garden !