Early in the garden

This morning garden work started at nine. We put up the roof, watered the plants in the greenhouse. Some went to the other side, watered the carrots. Some stayed on the side with the greenhouse, seeded beetroot and chard. I planted out the sunflowers in the top of a bed. First weeded it, watered the ground and in they went.

On my way back home i bought a pizza, a pizza margerita. I put up some of the herbs i picked this morning, the oregano, the basil, and some artichokes on them and ate half of it. And for evening dinner i put some sun roasted tomatoes and some cheese on the remaining pizza and put it in the oven. Lovely.

Tomorrow i will start at nine again. Much better in this warm weather.

I hope you will enjoy your weekend. Salute!

Published on June 26, 2020 at 6:00 by


Alone. That is just it. That is how i feel. That is how my life is.

It is not the worst thing. And also, so many people feel like this. Alone. Trying to run away from it. Trying not to see it. Trying to forget it.

It is not the worst thing. It does make me sad at times. But on the whole, i can manage.

I hope i have grown a bit stronger over the years.

The world is beautiful. The birds sing and fly. The leaves wave in the wind. The sky is still a blue with a little tinge of orange and pink. Small clouds are standing still in the sky.

The traffic makes a lot of noise yes.

But still. Lovely.

Published on June 25, 2020 at 6:00 by

What to say?

I took some photographs in the garden today. I just watched them on my computer. They are not sharp. Not good.

I did a search for ‘sense of purpose’. Some interesting articles. I also searched on youtube. Watched a clip with the Dalai Lama. But nothing stuck. Too many job related articles. Too many retirement articles. Not good enough for me. No.

So i just sat in front of my computer. Looking outside. Feeling the wind softly flowing around me. The window in my room is wide open. The door of my room is open, the door in the kitchen is wide open. Nice.

I will be staying here for a couple of months. I like it here. I like the room. That my landlord is away for the weekend mostly is really nice too. He knows that.

I think this evening i will be watching a movie. Yeah. Not sure which one. Hmmm. Contagion. That will do.

Back tomorrow. I will keep you posted.

Published on June 24, 2020 at 6:00 by

Stardew Valley

A couple of months ago i bought the game Stardew Valley. I enjoyed it from the start. The retro pixel look of the game, the simple things you could do, seeds and plants and trees and mining and fishing, it is all lovely. Fishing took me some time to get a hang of, but even that is going better now. I uploaded some of Madelief’s progress to upload.farm.

A few weeks after i bought the game i found out it is developed by one person, Eric Barone. Salute!

Madelief (Daisy in english) in her big home. Not married yet.
The cellar
Standing outside
A bigger view
In the fields, with the cows, goats, sheep and pig roaming free. Watering the plants.
In the stables, putting the milk in the cheesemakers
The greenhouse
Some crabpots and the house with the storage
The community center. Only the fishing part needs to be done, than we will have a party!
In the dark
Roosje (Little Rose) in front of her house. The first spring.
Published on June 23, 2020 at 6:00 by

Through the mirror

I made a photo of me. Looking in a mirror. I’m not happy with it, so i just removed it from this post. I was thinking today about this post, but nothing came to mind.

Today i spend the whole day reading, playing a bit of stardew valley, playing a bit of wow. Thinking about my drawing, but not actually working on it. It was still a good day. Peaceful. By myself.

It is the middle of the night while i am writing this. Yesterday was the longest day of the year. A turning point. The days will shorten once more after this.

Published on June 22, 2020 at 6:00 by

Quiet work

A week ago i got the idea for a new drawing. I did start on a drawing in the house i just moved out of, but it wasn’t good enough. So that one is unfinished. This new idea made me really happy. Something with the world and many of the things that are going on.

I’m still at the start of it. I still need to think about it lots. I need peace and quiet around me, in me to get it done.

It will take me a couple of weeks, maybe even two months or so to get it finished. Hopefully.

I’m happy i have something to do, something to think about, something to work for.

Enjoy your weekend. Salute!

Published on June 19, 2020 at 6:00 by

A small harvest

The rosemary is growing fine
Lettuce, not yet bolted
A teensy bit of raspberries
Sunflowers, planted on Tuesday
Zinnias, planted on Tuesday
Published on June 17, 2020 at 6:00 by

A path of many windings

Life leads the thoughtful man on a path of many windings.
Now the course is checked, now it runs straight again.
Here winged thoughts may pour freely forth in words,
There the heavy burden of knowledge must be shut away in silence.
But when two people are at one in the inmost hearts,
They shatter even the strength of iron or of bronze.
And when two people understand each other in their inmost hearts,
Their words are sweet and strong, like the fragrance of orchids.


Published on June 16, 2020 at 6:00 by