Spring is bounding out before our eyes here in Holland, but at Cranberry Cottage it takes a slower pace. The cottage's garden runs along the woods so it stays a little cooler there than other areas. We again have not been able to get up the cottage much due to buying our new house and Jos' work so we were not sure how far along things would be there when we arrived on Friday morning. We were greeted in the gravel drive with the sight of lungwort all in bloom with its cheerful lilac and pink shades hovering above the speckled leaves. What is it about this cheerful plant that says to the world...hello world, spring is here!
Our winter heather is blooming happily and feeding the big bumblebees that have awoken after a long winter's sleep.
But each year, the great joy are these little beauties! One of the first things I did when we bought Cranberry Cottage was to spread out these little golden Tete-A-Tete daffodils in the grass.
Jos and my step father carefully cut open the grass to bury each bulb giving them a very natural look each spring.
I have been planting others sorts of daffodils as they are my favorite of the bulb flowers. These are only just coming into bloom.
They are like sweet ladies wearing pretty skirts and bowing to you as you walk by...
Spring brings you to mind that things need sprucing up so we used a little portion of our long Easter weekend to put up wallpaper on a poor looking dry wall of the living room. It had never been worked other than painted over the 35 years of this little cottage's life. The wallpaper is supposed to be very easy to apply as you paste the walls and cut the paper to size before applying.
It was incredibly easy to do. We both love the way it turned out and might go back now for the lighter color for the other walls now. We also bought a second roll of this same paper to use in the tiny second bedroom as that wall needs done now. I now hope we can have a beam placed on the fireplace to create a mantle.
Tomorrow is back to the routine as Jos will be very busy again working in Belgium but at least we had a weekend of rest and enjoying spring.