Our pool area is surrounded by a glass fence. Fence is a must to make sure puppies and (visiting) kids can’t get into the pool un-supervised. However, a solid fence would block any view to the garden from the house windows. Glass fence is thus great – although it must be washed often due to the large number of visiting birds…
Our garden has embraced the fence, and many flowers lean to it for support, creating nice reflections in the sunshine.
Merlin firmly believes it is his responsibility to lead the way, whether it is in the walk thrugh the park, or – as in here – running from living room to bedroom in the evening. He typically moves too fast for a photo, so I asked him to wait a little to snap this one. Bed can wait for that one extra minute.
Our neighbourhood has a lot of beautiful, mature trees. And they attract a lot of birds. Throughout the year we can listen to an almost continuous bird song – not all of it pretty, but nevertheless.
Today has been a day from culinary heaven – asparagus, pancetta & qruyere quiche, tomato & basil sorbet – and cold-smoked salmon (!). It is a taste of Finland. And I still have about 1.5kg of it in the freezer.
The most interesting culinary experience was, though, the cold-smoked chocolate ice cream I made from cream I smoked with the fish. It was eye-rollingly good. I dare you to taste.
Ally and Chris – thank you for being (again) the guinea pigs!
I focused much more on cooking than on photography, but just for the fun of it, below are a few pics of the food.
Being from Finland, having three lemon trees in my garden has always felt special. Growing citrus tress is not exactly possible in the cold and dark north. Our lemons are nto even ‘normal lemons’, but Meyer lemons – a mix between naartjie and lemon.
The first home-lemons for this year are slowly ripening again. Just a little longer…
Travelling is fun, but then there is home.
The nice thing about the South African winter is that many plants continue growing throughout the year. In Johannesburg the biggest problem for plants is the total absence of rain for months – but we are not the yet. Right now, the nature is still mostly green and in places even blooming.
With my mother half a world away, I spent my Mother’s Day brunch with friends. Me and Stuart had great time with Ally, Chris and their two pups. We were unable to get a table in any brunch restaurant in town (Mother’s Day problem…), so we ended up in their newly built house. And we ate way too much – as appropriate.
To continue celebrating Stuart’s birthday, we went to watch ‘Pricilla – the Queen of the Desert’ – the Musical. The show was crazier and more fun I could’ve wished for. At the end, the entire audience was at their feet. So great!
Stuart had a birthday this weekend. We celebrated in a new Mexican restaurant in town, and loved every morsel of it. The restaurant had this funky bar with an amazing tequila selection. Forgot to take a photo of the food, tho.