In my kitchen

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This week in my kitchen:

:: lots of vegetables from the garden
:: experimenting with zucchini stir fry. This was great (onion, leek, zucchini, ketjap manis (soy sauce) and sambal (hot pepper mash), when the vegetables were softened I added cooked rice and fried salmon)

Honey Cowl

Oh my. I think I found another one of those simple patterns that I will make way too much. I’d seen it on a few other blogs before and had to try it. I’m sold. It’s simple, but not boring and I love the result.

The pattern can be downloaded (free) here (I made the short version in yarn that was a bit too thin and a bit too hairy, but I still love it).

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In my garden

My little companion planting experiment is doing great. I need to remember to sow a bit less next year, since it’s too full, but the idea works out. I’ve got loads of zucchinis, am spotting beans everywhere and the corn is growing like crazy.

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The other bed is doing well too. The red beets are ready to be harvested, we’ll have to eat lots of endives again and I planted leek everywhere I could find the space for it. The little spot in the right hand corner where I planted lettuce is taken over by leeks too, the snails kept eating the little lettuce leaves before I could even see them.

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Now to find a spot for the other leek seedlings. I sowed a bit too much…

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On the roof terrace the lettuce is doing wonderful. No snails in sight. We already ate five or six meals and it just keeps growing back. Definitely going to do this again next year!

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Things are looking a lot better then I thought they’d do. Considering I was away from home in February and March, sick in April, only started thinking about the garden late May or something (more or less giving up on it) and still can’t use the biggest bed (it needs to be filled again), I’m having a really nice harvest.

A box

Hi. It’s Beest. I found myself a box. So I’m going to sleep in it.

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What’s that? It doesn’t fit? Of course it does. See?

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Maybe this is better?

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You see? I’m very comfortable.

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Hmn. Let’s try it this way.

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You know, I have a great space that I use all the time for sleeping.

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Ah, much better.

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Visiting the UK :: day 7, 8 and 9

Day 7 – Durham :: Weardale :: Lake District :: Harrogate

We had breakfast with E. and said our goodbyes. We should have been heading to the south, but we decided to take a detour and drive through the Lake District. Good choice, such beautiful views!
But it was also very, very busy and there was no place to stop, since all parking spaces were full. So most of these pictures are taken from the car and I never got a good shot of the lakes.

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We didn’t even try to find a camping site in the Lake District. Instead we drove South and then East, to get closer to the highway that we needed to take the next day and found ourselves a place to stay there. At the reception they pointed us to a pub within walking distance, where we had a lovely traditional meal (roast of the day and yorkshire pudding).

Day 8 – Harrogate :: Canterbury :: Ashford

We needed to get to the south, so we took the highway. The only picture I took is this one, at the Westgate in Canterbury.

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Dag 9 – Ashford :: Dungeness :: Dover :: Folkestone :: Calais :: Rotterdam

We booked the Canal Tunnel for the afternoon, so we had a little time to kill in Kent. We started driving along the coast, ending our tour at the lighthouses in Dungeness. The first one is a modern lighthouse, the second is about a century old and not in use anymore.

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Then we drove up to Dover where I hoped to catch a glimpse of the white cliffs. 

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I tried and failed to get a picture of Dover Castle. This was my best shot, but my pocket camera has a habit of focussing on something different then I intend to. But the result is quite artistic I think 😉

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After driving around for a few hours, we decided to head to the Tunnel. We were two hours early, but they found us an opening on the next train.

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Which was great, because we ran in to heavy rains and traffic jams in Belgium. We took another way home, where it was dryer and less busy and arrived home on a decent time afterall.
And that concludes our week of touring. I’m tired (sitting and looking all day costs more energy then you’d think and I don’t sleep very well in a tent), but I also feel refreshed. The gipsy in me is wide awake and now that we know it’s possible to do this with our car, we’re already dreaming about our next adventure (the Alpes? Italy?)…