Sunday, June 21, 2009

An Afternoon at my Brother's

Instead of last weekend, we were invited for a little extra birthday coffee. The garden was beautiful as ever. My sister-in-law, a teacher, was very busy writing schoolyear closing reports for her class. In Germany, the very young ones don't get notes like A, B, C or 1,2,3 - 6, as we have them, but they get a report in words.
We had cherry cake and fresh strawberries, had a long talk and a little walk through the garden. These clay sculptures called "tree spirits" were made by my niece (the one who owns my mother's cook book now). She's an artist! She also made these little sculptures. Not by her, but in my brother's possession for a long time: A ceramic troll, now guardian of the fountain.
Here is the back view of the house, a 19th century farm house.




It is tremendously romantic, isn't it? And then, there are the veggie beds in the back of the garden and a little glass house.


As my brother doesn't have a steady job any more, he takes care of the garden and does all the renovation work. He is a specialist for clay walls and finish. And he plants rare sorts of tomatoes and apples.


It was almost nine when I took this picture on the way home. The bright nights are here, and this is the shortest of them, the beginning of summer. Let's celebrate!

4 comments:

ArtSparker said...

My sister tells me in england there is light till ten - Oh we envy you at this time of year. I like those tree spirits, as you might imagine.

Chris Gray Textile Art said...

I like the Tree Spirits too....

...they cheer me up!....


Thanks for the hand-holding Eva - I had a bit of a "blue" day yesterday!

..but today is better - just finishing off the Guardian heads to glue in place....

Diane said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful visit,it is so good to spend time with the family. I am dyeing today ;)

Rayna said...

Summer solstice - the longest day of the year - June 21, I think. Now we are moving toward winter - how depressing.

Everything looks so beautiful and picturesque in your photos.