Saturday, 25 September 2010

Small universe


September, 22, last day of a glorious Summer. Walking round the house, in the Sun, I thought what a happy life. No more city dwelling for me, surrounded by concrete, noise and bad air.



This is a big garden and I have the privilege to live there. Sure, I own the place but all the other inhabitants, the plants, birds, squirrels and so on happily ignore this. They live their own life and I try to have a light footprint.

The above apple tree is a tree baby. I planted it a year ago because the original tree was uprooted by a small cyclone. Thanks to global climate change, we had our first whirlwind ever over here, two years ago. Say hello to Oklahoma/USA.




The previous owner lodged his little dog in there. Now it is empty but I keep repairing it because of the roof. Those stone shingles are typical for the region. You need huge beams to support the weight of those stones. A normal roof would simply collapse under its weight.




Meet Mister Atlantic Cedar, cedrus atlantica. He is twice as big as the house but only slighly older. At least, that's what I suppose because hundred years ago this was grassy farmland for the cows. And peasants don't plant cedar trees! Let's hope he will never fall on the house. But in this area, the big storms always come from the South-West, never from the North-East...............




That's hard to believe, but they grew right here! These lepiota (in Latin macrolepiota procera - parasol mushroom) have a wonderful taste. Just put them in the frying pan like a steak if it is open. Add some butter. After frying, add some salt and pepper and then iam, iam.





Great to look at, don't know what happened when I made the second photo but I could not resist. Home-made abstract art, painting with light. And in this time of the year, the birds feast on them. End of October, the flowers are empty shells, not a single grain left.




Still life in a shady corner behind our "doll house". A good place to sit on a day with blazing sunshine, 40°C (or 104°Fahrenheit).




Same place as before, just another angle of view. Fuchsia flower. See the wooden door in the rear. I made it.





During the warm months, a frog is living there. And the second day I installed the little pond, some water fleas settled there. Where did they come from? Where did they live before? Another mystery.

16 comments:

  1. salut george!!
    très sympathique billet et quelles belles coulemelles! miam miam!!
    dire que les gens leur donnent des coups de pieds.
    bises à Elisabeth

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  2. Hello Vincent,

    T'as tout-à-fait raison. J'ai une voisine ici,80 piges mini, que j'appelle "Mme. Coup-de-Pied". Elle ne connaît que les ceps (boletus edulis) et donne méthodiquement des coups de pieds aux autres champs.

    Georg

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  3. oh wie schön. I would love to live there! have a great start in the new week! greetings from (today) sunny germany, geisslein

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  4. Beautiful place, u r living in a heaven.Mostly the place where u live show ur inner self i.e soul.U possess greatest one.

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  5. tu sais ils sont pas fufutes les cantalous. ou jaloux que tu connaisse plus de champipis qu'eux.

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  7. 'light footprints' for sure Georg, No wonder then that there is a plethora of exotic life nestling all around what you modestly term as your home. Truly 'green' and ever so appealing : )

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  8. To ID IT IS,

    Your remark makes me think about a word one hears nearly every day, these days: "save the planet". Our planet does not care and do not need any saving. Mother Earth will go on turning around for millions of years to come. It is us who need some saving, happily sawing on the branch we are sitting on.

    Georg

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  9. Lovely pictures Georg. The lovely out doors look so beautiful. The mushrooms look huge in the picture. Are they giant mushrooms or does the close up picture make them look extra large.
    I love mushrooms. They are exspensive to buy here.

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  10. Lucky you to be able to call this lovely place home Georg....and I think u are absolutely right about us that need saving and not Mother Earth :)!

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  11. I’ve just started blogging about my own manic break and hospitalization. It’s about recovery and treatment, but more importantly about discovery of a new post-religion faith where there is no hell, no original sin, you are God, and heaven on earth is real, radiant and right around the corner. A wild and triumphant ride. http://graduatingfromgod.blogspot.com/

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  12. Wow Gearoge you have a Zen Garden of your own ;)
    I love it...I love to have a garden share it with birds, squirrels, or even racoons ;)

    Thanks for uploading these nice photos ..take care

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  13. Thank you, Hiva. A zen garden, never thought about that. To me it is just a place of nature where I have the privilege to be.

    Have to look at Wiki to find out what a racoon is. Must be some animal typical for the Americas.

    Georg

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  14. Looking at your pictures is making me want the warm weather to hurry up and come! Where I live it's cold and snowy.

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  15. For Princess,

    I have some friends who live in the Northern part of England, at the Scotish border. This year they have a taste of Arctic climate over there.

    Now I see I was totally mistaken as to your whereabouts. I thought you are living somewhere in Florida or Louisiana. I don't know why.

    Georg

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