The biggest discovery of all was a small herbgarden! Hidden between the vegetation I found a single strawberryplant, drawing my attention with a big, bright red strawberry. It appeared to be growing on a mosscovered rock. Unfortunately some gardeninhabitant had discovered that one too, since the next morning more than half of the strawberry was gone..... What was left was an area in the garden that had caught our attention and we brought it to the attention of some friends visiting. And they pointed out that the plants growing around that strawberry were herbs! We had libbsticka, oregano, backtimjan and spansk körvel (Levisticum officinale, Origanum vulgare, Thymus serpyllum, Myrrhis odorata).
By now I have started to clean up this area, taking away mosses and grasses and the contours of this small patch of "food" is starting to become appearant. I have also discovered larger patches filled with strawberries on 2 more places in the garden, where they are happily growing and obviously thriving between the trees! I guess they are originally forrestplants, which would serve us quite well, since we are slowly developping a concept for our garden; forest gardening. Over the next years we will be trying to transform our garden to this system, based on plants suitable for our region. Our beekeeping and henkeepingplans will nicely fit into that.
Feeling gratefull for this place they left us and all its surprises we felt we had to honour them. We decided to do something with that nameplate instead of just chucking it in the garbagebin. I took the nameplate from the mailbox, took a birdhouse I reclaimed for the wooded area, attached the plate to it and hung them on the birchgroup next to the house and herbgarden. The choice for the birdhouse came, because there are so many on our lot, so they obviously loved those little creatures, too.
Tack Barbro och Stig!!
Another discovery we made, was that another secondhandshop, well actually a semi-permanent fleamarket, was still in business. It is the place we bought a large, antique chest for a real bargain and there still were some magnificent bargains to be had. We actually went there to check it out, without the intent of spending cash. We ended up doing so, nonetheless....
The skis need sanding, liberal amounts of tar and some rubbing.....
My son has gotten a real interest in fishing and since I can not be of much help on that subject, he went over to our neighbour and asked him. Apart from some good fishingtips e also came home with a story about a boat. A wooden rowingboat the previous owner used to have. That one should still be here and our neighbour though it still was. So we contacted the owner and he comfirmed that his boat still was there, but hadn't been used in 10 years. We could have it if we wanted to....
In the meantime our kids had set out to try and find it.... and they did!
|In order to find, sometimes you have to boldly go, where noone has befor...|
|even if things tend to grow over your head...|
|what treasure might be hidden here?|