Sunday, September 23, 2018

Weekend in France, garden surprises and busy September





















The winds are changing from warm and smooth to a bit nippy and chill. I find myself reaching out for a long sleeve shirt and even my light duvet vest when going outside. Our garden is a mess of dried out and dead plants. What happened with the garden this year? I think it must be a consequence of the hot and dry summer. We certainly did not get the amount of rain we could have needed. Well oh well. I'm seeing a day of ripping out dead plants and weeds coming up in the near future. I'm actually looking forward to that. I find garden work to be very calming.

GARDEN SURPRISE
A big happy surprise are those beautiful yellow flowers reaching for the sky ("To infinity and beyond!!!"), a result from some seeds we planted earlier this spring. It's some sort of alternative artichoke seeds we tried out, and those tall and steady stalks are now performing in full bloom. We had no idea  they would be so beautiful! I think we will have to plant this particular artichoke seed every year from now on because I just love these yellow bright flowers against the blue bird sky. I love how they wave in the wind on wobbly stems. So so beautiful!

WEEKEND IN FRANCE
We had a lovely time in Nevers, France last weekend, just hanging out, me and Jay. We are not spoiled with time away and to be able to leave the kids for a couple of days for some quality time  just the two of us, felt like a true luxury. We needed it.

Once again we did our favorite concept: a couple of track days for Jay to enjoy some speed and adrenaline rushes while I'm chilling out by the tent crocheting and absorbing the motorsport environment with raveling engines and Super Heroes dressed in leather. That is how we like to do it as neither one of us are much up for holding hands and drowning in each others eyes over lit candles. It is just not our style, never was. But nice dinners and a drink on a plaza while people watching is nice as well as just being together doing our own things side by side and share the joy of each others passions.

We stayed at a nice hotel, enjoyed one terrible dinner (How can a Chinese restaurant fail to deliver??? I thought that was impossible...) and one very nice meal at a fancy French restaurant. We started to watch the Poldark series (season 1 - no spoilers please...) tucked into the hotel room bed with the lap top balancing on top of our bellies (!!!), and I was surprised when Jay said he wanted to continue to watch this series as I thought it was waaaay to much of a "romantic periodic drama" for him to handle... He surprises me sometimes. Still. 17 years... its a long time. We are reconnecting after all those years of parallel parenting team work, figuring out who we are now individually and who we are as a couple. It is scary and exciting at the same time. Anyone who can relate?

WHEN DID SEPTEMBER BECOME SO BUSY?
A new week is laying ahead and my agenda seem to never ease up, being full of scribbles with no blank spaces. What is it with September? Why is life so busy this time of year? I'm longing for some breathing room. Time for reflection and a day shining bright and white without obligations in my agenda. Do you feel the same way as I do?




Kärlek
Annette


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7 comments :

  1. It's so busy in September isn't it, and the month has absolutely flown by. I'm glad you had a good break in France, it sounds lovely, something enjoyable for each of you. CJ xx

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  2. Hi Annette,
    I'm glad you had a good break in France. It sounds amazing (except for the bad meal). Love the beautiful flowers in your garden. Really pretty.
    I won't spoil but I just want to say that Poldark is an amazing serie. I just finished season 4. Enjoy.
    Have a great week.

    Sweet greetings,
    Emily
    (casacreaemilia.blogspot.nl)

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    1. Hi Emily
      People say it si a really good series, Poldark, I'm only 4 episodes in and I find it a bit predictable and cheesy yet incredibly beautiful (actors and actresses, colors, clothing, nature...) but somehow I keeps me captivated so it has something magical... I'll keep on watching. Fun to have so many episodes and seasons to look forward too. Have a wonderful week Emily.
      Xxx

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  3. lovely, how you describe a little bit of your relationship with your husband. i recognise how luxurious it can feel to not have to worry about the kids at home and take time for each other again. that said, we're going to the cinema tonight!

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    1. Hi Inez
      Thank you. I don't often share thoughts about my marriage... it seems to be a super private thing. ALthough we all have intimate relationsships we don't atlk about them that often and I remember talking to older colleagues at my previous work place, people who had been married for 30-40 years and asking "What is the trick?" and I realized that each and everyone had their own trick to their relationship. It was a kind of a relief to discover that their is no norm or rules for how a marriage should be. It is what it is depending on the people that are in it. Such a refreshing and liberating thought. Enjoy the cinema.
      Xxx

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Annette

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