Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Just waffling about snow and gardens ...

After a few weeks of mild hysteria at the thought of the French exams, they are finally over and we proceed to the next level.  We breathed a collective sigh of relief since neither of us felt very confident when we walked out of the room. However, it is done.

We have had some snow which has been fun. We've enjoyed making an SA snowman, taking the dogs for their first "free snow run" on a field nearby, shovelling the pavements, and avoiding the icy patches on the pavements. It's actually an art avoiding landing on your butt alot of the time.
Our SA Snowman

I am wondering how the garden will manage. We love gardening and our FH garden was a source of great challenge (with snails, caterpillars, wind, sand, etc) but outweighed by a tremendous deal of love for it. We know little to nothing about what grows and what doesn't here, and I am sad to say that I have killed more indoor plants here than collectively in my entire life. I have always been able to grow anything indoors so it's a huge blow to my ego - I can only think that it has something to do with the indoor heating and I need to figure it out.

Outside, our new terracing which we recently did, is filled with snow, underneath that snow are the 100's of Euro's worth of plants we planted during our Spring/Summer - I wait with bated breath to see if any of it survives. Many times now when I take walks I look at the gardens of the locals and make mental notes of what they have, some plants I recognise, and others are a complete mystery - but next winter I shall be better prepared.

Snowy view from our balcony
We had one day of frost a few weeks ago which was absolutely just thee most beautiful thing ever. 
A frosty day in the city
Posted on FB by "Ville de Luxembourg"

My pic of what frost looks like up-close and personal.
This winter has been colder and wetter than last year, and I am dreaming of a long ice cold beer while sitting outside in a T-shirt and feeling just, hot!

In the meantime though, I am about to board a bus, head to the city for coffee with a friend and enjoy the cosyness of scarves, boots, beanies, coats and gloves. Yes, today there will be gloves because we are at a wonderful -5 today. 

Only about 10 days till the World Cup Cricket starts- that ought to heat things up a bit! 

Have lovely days wherever you are! 


  1. I loved this!
    It felt as though we were sitting together on my couch, with our legs tucked up under us, drinking coffee.
    As in times gone by.
    And much missed.
    Lovely pics too XX

    1. Thank you. Wish it could have been on the couch with coffee with you!

  2. Just beautiful I cant wait to come visit!

  3. Wow, a whole other world. Those frost pictures just don't look real. Part of me thinks I should have sucked it up and come for your birthday, just to see winter in action. I am always impressed that despite the weather you still get out and meet your friends and do stuff.

    1. No way Mel - you don't want to suck it up and come in winter, I promise you. If on the other hand you lived an hour's flight away, I would say -come! But for the distance - come when the weather is good!! I can't wait for the summer now. :)

  4. Congratulations on passing the French exams...your photos are beautiful...but I still cannot imagine how could that must be.

    1. Thanks! I am glad we passed too. The next module starts in a week, so enjoying the break for now. This cold takes some getting used to, but it's better than rain! :)


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