While we were still in a snowstorm a few weeks ago (with a camera and lamp because of Michiel’s photo experiment), and suddenly spring is here now! Our front yard Magnolia is ready to burst out into a cloud of flowers and the prunus is about to pop into a gigantic pink candyfloss at any moment now. And I immediately get the urge to get out in one of my summer dresses. Offcourse just to run back inside again to grab an extra warm vest and pop into my warm high boots. I should have known, but still every first spring day, every year again the same ritual…
Mom? Can I have a little pool in the garden so I can play!? Obviously, I’m not the only one who’s bad at estimating temperature … “Well, you can play in the bathtub upstairs!?” Fortunately, she was happy with my alternative.
In the garden, our jungle is coming back to life, and like every year I’m feeling the urge to jump in there so I can clear the way for all the new fresh green sprouts that are fighting themselves a way up into the sunshine. It’s just that this time there is this huge thing standing between myself and the ground. There is no way I can reach it. So what to do with all of this Spring fever I’m having and a garden that is as pregnant as I am?
I’m not getting beyond pruning our willow (it’s a beautiful Common Osier). mmm… there’s a lot more to be done to get this garden ready for summer. In the coming days, it will be beautiful weather. 20 degrees they say! Great. And so I start plotting my masterplan of how I will get as many people as possible to exploit and fix my garden. That garden needs (and will be) ready for summer. Before the little one is here! it just has to be!
Nestling in the house is not really the issue with me at the moment. No nesting urges for me! The nesting is just nowhere to be found. Not even feeling the slightest tingle to clean or prep baby stuff. It’s not happening at all. We decided to rebuild our home at 7 weeks away from my due date. The house is a building site with rubble and dust everywhere. Not even one piece of baby clothing is standing ready yet! And no nesting urges anywhere to be seen. But the garden…no! That garden HAS to be done before she pops out!
I already see myself sitting there. Miley playing in her little pool, Haley playing in the grass, Michiel is picking some apples and next to me on the picnic plaid next to me our new little girl… I’m so looking forward to that!
Oooh … Suddenly it hits me! In the summer months, this garden is our home. That’s where we will be the upcoming months! Offcourse!!! So that’s where my nesting had gone.