• Around home and village

    Spring in my garden

    In the Czech Republic we have a saying: “Get to a stove in March and stay there in April too”. It rhymes in the Czech language and I find myself repeating it each and every spring. It emphasises the fact that there are always a few wonderful sunny days at the beginning of spring and then temperature drops again and one has to wait usually to May to enjoy the nice weather again. This year has been no exception. It’s been raining today and the temperature was only 6°C this afternoon… Nevertheless, yesterday I spent some time in my garden and found out that even in this awful weather, there…

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    Spring in terms of flowers

    It’s beautiful to come out of the house right into the garden and to see the nature so close… I grew up in a city, in a block of flats with garages in the backyard and a busy main street in front of the house. Moreover, both grandmothers lived in the same city, just in other parts of it. How much I longed for some nice relatives living in the country!! I would never have guessed at that time that one day I would be living in the country. One never knows what experience waits round the corner… I guess the flower above is some perennial kind of begonia, I…

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    Spring has finally come…

    … although winter hasn’t given up yet. April is known for its uncertain weather here and so we had 25°C a few days ago as well as just 5°C today. I am quite happy that we were able to do quite a lot of work in our garden during those warm days and so the world looks a little bit better now. On the other hand, I nearly don’t remember how my camera looks as I haven’t used it since winter. Let me open my archive for a while and present a photo from the last spring to start the new season: These crocuses are planted in front of our…

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    Winter scenes

    When we woke up on 30th December in the end of the last year and looked out of a window, there was a beautiful blue sky and unusually white trees. My husband got up, came back with his camera and started to take pictures of our garden. First I was laughing but after a while I went for my camera too… After comparing our shots we separated our ways – he made a decision to go to the village and explore its surroundings and I went into the garden to take a closer look. My hands were freezing while playing with the camera and when I finally went home, I…

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    Winter atmosphere

    “I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape. The loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.” Andrew Wyeth Once I read an article about how to find the soul of a garden. The author of that article expressed an idea saying that the soul becomes obvious just in winter when there are no leaves disturbing its expression. Well, the truth is that places do look different in summer and in winter, no doubt about it. However, I am not so sure that only the bare winter appearance presents the soul. I like all the…

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    Autumnal air

    There was a pond fishing in our village yesterday and I was firmly convinced to go there and to take my camera. The pond fishing takes place every year in the beginning of October and although we have been living here for 9 years, we have never been to it. I supposed that it would start early and wanted to be there at 8 o’clock at the latest but we got up not that early and came to the pond at about 9:15 a.m. I had the camera but there was nothing interesting to be shot as nearly all the fish were already out in tanks being weighed, sold and…