Monday, 21 May 2012

blogging out for a while....

....with a gentle May rain...

....and raindrops....

- falling on "our" heads...

wild poppies


Philadelphus  'Mock orange'

Akelei - Aquilegia


   Nobody knows this little Rose

Nobody knows this little Rose --
It might a pilgrim be
Did I not take it from the ways
And lift it up to thee.
Only a Bee will miss it --
Only a Butterfly,
Hastening from far journey --
On its breast to lie --
Only a Bird will wonder --
Only a Breeze will sigh --
Ah Little Rose -- how easy
For such as thee to die!

 by Emily Dickinson

...and raindrops keep falling on our heads...

'Back wall Rose'



Cotinus coggygria "Royal Purple"

 Harlequin rose


...young Limosin cattle...

...some of our "four-legged" neighbors


"Rose is a rose... a rose... a rose"

 by  Gertrude Stein  as part of the 1913 poem Sacred Emily


Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; 
I am thankful that thorns have roses.  
Alphonse Karr

A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world.
 Leo Buscaglia


I have to go to Germany for a couple of weeks

and blogging out for a while.

 Does Oskar look concerned ???
 Perhaps a little....but he knows I'll be back....


Before I'm going off,
I'd like to show you just a few genuine and original German grain sacks
which are for sale

from my collection.

  Antique  German grain sacks for sale

And who wants to be  NUMBER ONE...?
here you can:

 Nro. 1
Antique flour sack from 1902, hemp with a herringbone weave,
very large size and in excellent condition
Price incl. shipping:  165 Euros
for further info:  contact

Sold - Thank you!


No 1
Antique grain sack in hemp from Bayreuth, 1868
with two charming old patches and darns, herringbone weave
in relatively good condition
Price incl. shipping:  75 Euros
for further info:   contact

Sold - Thank you!

No 2
Antique grain sack in hemp from Richen, 1907
with an old patch and darns, herringbone weave
Price incl. shipping: 55 Euros
for further info:   contact
Sold - Thank you!

No 3
Vintage grain sack in hessian/burlap, from Hochdorf - 1920-30's
in perfect and unused condition
Price incl. shipping:  65 Euros
for further info:   contact
Sold - Thank you!

No 4
Antique grain sack in hemp from Klein-Aspach, 1880
with old repairs
Price incl. shipping:  68 Euros
for further info:  contact

Sold - Thank You!


Hope to see you all back after my return in June.

Until then....

Au revoir!

Saturday, 12 May 2012

MB-Monogrammed Linen for sale - and Roses for the Weekend

As we've lost so many of our precious and beloved shrubs
due to the ice and frost in February
and as I was also very concerned about our "Back-wall-Rose" -

I'm more than happy now!

Friday last week...

 two days ago - on Thursday...

yesterday on Friday...

 ...and today, on Saturday....

What a difference a few days made!

and the perfume of this old fashion rose....

....Oh my!


***  For sale  ***

Because of my several linen posts I had, and still have, numerous inquiries.

  An online shop is in my plan, but this will take some time...

So, I thought about it and decided to put some old linen for sale on the blog
during this month of May.

And like to start with
this charmingly monogrammed  Linen Drap

French linen Drap - Over sheet
  in a heavy quality and very pleasing off-white color tone
circa 1900-1920
Size: 70" wide by 114" long

 the weight of 1,85 Kg  - an evidence of good pure linen quality
- not  métis - not a cotton/linen mix/blend -
with a charming and very large hand embroidered Monogram with little "lilies of the valley"
in the size of  8" high by 7,5"  wide
There is also a hand embroidered row of drawn work
Price including shipping/postal cost:  145 Euros
~~ payment via PayPal ~~


A charming and attractive piece of antique country linen,
suitable as a bedspread, a "throw" on an upholstered chair or small sofa,


and certainly very pleasing to sleep under, particularly in summer....

Please email me for any further info:  contact

see also my post about monogrammed linen


Wish you all a lovely weekend and a wonderful Mother's Day!

Thank you all for your lovely comments regarding our garden and.....

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Oh Happy Days...

...after weeks and weeks of rain,

...grayness, cold...

...and darkness,

finally, last Sunday - a glimmer of light on the horizon

and then...
 and then - it went warmer each day,

now the sun is here! 


 Oh Happy Day!

While these tulips are saying 'goodbye'....

....there are suddenly allover new buds,


my German peony "Bauernrose"  (farmers rose)


 It's flowering nearly on every corner...

"Harlequin" rose







the air is filled with ...oh...mmmhm.....a jasmine-like scent...

...of the Mock orange "Syringa"  -  Philadelphus




And the tree peony...!

 now ready for her last 'performance'...


in full Beauty!




blossoms are reaching the size of  8,5" diameter....





what an interesting inner life 'she' has...

That was the Tree Peony Parade for 2012!



I'm always fascinated by observing the development of buds...


 three days of sun....

...and here we are!


with all the rain....the lavender is doing fine and was never as green like this year!


Oh Happy Days!

 working in the garden, weeding, tiding up, planting, more pruning.....

working with my Old Linen, preparing next Linen post,

 deciding what will be for sale... this French linen Drap with a very charming monogram,
a lovely embroidery of lilies of the valley, just right for the month of May.

A lot to do, but I must say
  I love  all  the work!!!

and let it "rock".....


Wish you all many Happy Days!