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Settling in Denmark, June, July and August.

We had the warmest summer in Denmark – a heatwave for months!

The weather was terrific: sunny days stretched endlessly for three months, with only the occasional  heavy downpour to freshen things up.  We had some pretty scary lightning and thunder but that only lasted for at the most one hour, then it was back to sunshine.  One of the lightning strikes hit one of our trees and did a fair bit of damage, but we hope that it will survive.

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Lightening strike on our tree

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Peter with shards from the tree.

 

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Blossom in our garden.

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Buttons admiring our apple trees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We did up the old greenhouse and planted it up with tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins, egg plant, melon and marigolds. The lawn was a lumpy thing, having had years of moles, and overgrown with dandelions, needed attention.  Peter bought a second had mower and got to work on it.  Now it looks OK, and good enough for us to have had a croquet court on it (a bit cross country style, with lots of local hazards, but great fun).

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Peter mowing the lawn.

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The repaired greenhouse and new beds.

 

 

 

 
As we were clearing out all the overgrowth and dead shrubs, we found beautiful wild flowers everywhere.

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Blossom and butterflies.

 

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Poppies in the field.

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More summer flowers in our hedge.

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Ox eye daisies.

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Thistle and one of our bumble bees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the house, we covered up the tatty walls with quilts, so we could move into the house while we decided on a plan for renovation.  We moved a lot of our furniture in from the store and unpacked some kitchenware into a lovely oak dresser that Peter found in a reclamation yard back in the UK.  At least my treasured Spode china is back in use again after 6 years in boxes!

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Quilts as wallhangings.

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Bedroom before the builders came.

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Sitting room quilts.

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My Spode in the Welsh Dresser.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The kittens all settled in very well – it was as if they had always lived there. Pepper (the shy cat) came out of her shell and explored outside as soon as she arrived here.  Pepper became much more confident and was the last in at suppertime – quite a change from her hiding in the airing cupboard all day in the UK. Horus started catching mice and moles. They all spent a lot of time snoozing in the sun, walking in the woods with us and playing.  Peter had to go away a couple of times on business and Horus seemed to think he would like to go too!

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Horus.

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Sid.

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Hobbs.

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Isis and Horus on Peter’s home made garden table.

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Pepper asleep.

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Fluff and Buttons in our wood.

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Horus and Fluff in our wood.

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Buttons asleep on her sheepskin.

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Isis in front of the fire.

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Horus wanting to go on his travels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The garden grew, the sun got hotter and we spent most of our days outside, trying to get the garden, field and wood in some sort of shape.

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Part of our garden.

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Seedlings in my new bed.

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Runner beans, French beans and peas.

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Courgettes in a tub.

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Garden produce.

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Where did this sunflower come from?

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Tomatoes.

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Runner Beans.

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Pumpkin flower.

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Carrots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We worked on creating a quilting studio for me out of our old three bay garage.  With a lot of effort and very little money, we managed to convert one garage into a well set up quilting area – the next step is to do the second garage bay. Peter found some lovely double glazed windows in a reclamation yard here in Denmark – we have enough for two of the bays, so I’m looking forward to doubling the size of my studio over the winter.  The builders have set up to run power and water across the yard to my studio – all the pipes are set up, they just need to dig a trench “sometime soon”.

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Bay 2 of my studio in progress.

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Bay one of my studio started.

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Windows ready to go in!

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Windows fitted.

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Insulation for the floor of my studio.

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Studio floor finished.

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Airing the studio.

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Some of my quilting goodies set up.

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Sitting area for hand sewing in my studio.

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More of my quilts!

 

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Quilt project.

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Quilt project.

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Applique project.

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Applique project.

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Sailing boats.

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Stars and circles.

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Quilted aprons.

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Quilt and Sid in the garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some Dear Jane blocks.

Some Dear Jane blocks.

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Some more Dear Jane blocks.

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Yet more Dear Jane blocks.

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Even more Dear Jane blocks.

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BOM blocks.

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More BOM blocks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to all the work on the house and garden, I did some quilting on my small frame, some more “Dear Jane” blocks and some of the “Quilting on the Square” Block of the Month I’m getting.

So, that was my summer: now we’re moving into the Autumn for my next post!

2 thoughts on “Settling in Denmark, June, July and August.

  1. I know it’s been a lot of hard work for you both Brenda, but SO WORTH IT!! I just want to move into your sewing studio with you permanently RIGHT NOW 🙂 Have some ideas for quilted clothing and will send them back with Peter when he visits Dhahran in December! Jx

    • Thanks, Julia, the builder promises this first stage will be complete a week on Friday, yahoo! Peter is looking forward to see you when he is in Dhahran. Anything he can get for you? I am looking forward to seeing your ideas, I have been practicing micro quilting for them will send some photos later. xoxox

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