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Yeah, for real!

In early spring my brother-in-law gave me a handful of Sunflower seeds,

claiming they were from a “giant” Sunflower.

So, I did with them what you are supposed to do with them,

and one of the plants came up alright and started growing.

And growing.

And growing.

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This is how tall our Helianthus was on the seventh of this month.

I stand 186 centimeters tall, so, it’s fairly big, even for a Sunflower plant.

A couple of days later it blossomed.

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And today, a couple of weeks later, the flower is massive.

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The flower is bigger than a frying pan… Seriously.

Good genes, I suppose.

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It’s been a while since my last entry. I have been occupied with a variety of high priority chores, most of them of the outdoor, horticultural sort.

For newcomers, I suggest you click on the “home improvement”-tag under the header where you will find previous posts covering the ongoing story of my country cottage adventure. Just in case you want to be actually updated.

For those of you who have been following this story, perhaps you remember that last summer I installed a herb garden in our courtyard with herbs like Thyme, Basil, Parsley, Oregano, etc. It looked like this:

 

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This Summer, I decided to improve and expand this installation, and I got this idea that in stead of just having a bunch of herbs growing out of the ground I might as well make it look good too. Also, my excavations in the area further back, the wilderness I call The Outback, has literally unearthed a number of rather big rocks and some debris of old structures, like pieces of concrete pipes, hundreds of bricks and such. So, I improved the space a bit, and now it looks like this:

 

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As the keen eye might reveal I also added a few more plants, like three sorts of Sage, some Rosemaries and some ornamental plants like Marigold and Myosotis. Marigolds are good with herbs, because they have this particular scent that will scare off most pests. The pebble cover keeps the soil moist and gives shade to the roots. These Mediterranean herbs like a “rocky” environment.

And now, cake…

Last year my step-son turned 25, and my wife got him a nice big Star Wars theme birthday cake. I told everybody that I could make a cake like that with no problem and even better looking than that one.

Unfortunately people did not forget, so this year they held me up on my promise.

I’d never baked one of those theme cakes before but I’m a creative fellow, so I did not imagine it would be any problem. Usually, if I can visualize it, I can build/draw/play/cook/bake it. However, it turned out to be a little harder than I participated, and the result became slightly more “rustic” than I’d visualized.

 

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On the other hand, it was homemade from the bottom (as we say in Denmark), quite literally.

Three layers, one flavoured with lemon zest. Two types of custard, Abricot jam and chocolate crisps. The glazing is genuine marzipan, not that powder sugar nauseating super sweet stuff most people use. And the chest emblem is, of course, pure chocolate.

Oh, and for those who do not get the theme, it is the Batsuit, nicely folded up with the utility belt put across. A proper cake for a little boy’s birthday (he turned 26).

A massive cake, though. It took a week (Yeah, A. Week.) to eat it up.

So, now I am officially this family’s Party Cake Specialist, which means that people expect me to bake theme cakes every time there’s an occasion. I should have seen that one coming, but I was in my competative mood and just wanted to show off, so I did not think about the consequenses…

 

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Have a nice summer everybody!

 

 

As suggested in the previous post, Simon and I are now engaged in realizing the comic book idea we have been developing over Winter.

So, my desktop looks like this at the moment.

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Simon has written seven episodes of the epic, and still two to go in Year One.

I’m starting on Episode One as soon as all the characters are in place, and the arc is total. There has to be room for changes in continuity. Like if something happens in Vol. 10, that demands changes made in Vol. 4. I’m sure you get it.

Still weird things going on, though.

Today, Simon found this piece of… vintage toy… in a second hand shop:

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Scary, right?

We both knew instantly that this guy must star in our story. I mean, look at him. Look at the way he dresses for God’s sake… So, I made this sketch:

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Put him in some jungle-surroundings. I’m sure he has something to do with the Tarzarm Situation, a story where our hero comes to a jungle where this really irritating dude with The Strongest Arm in The Jungle (his other arm is thin and bony) rules.

Surferboy up there is probably one of Tarzarm’s friends. I call him Bodhi.

Anyway, weird stuff going on outside too. And I’m not talking about the coming Spring.

In our backyard we have this setup:

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So, I moved the Buddha, because I was considering digging that bed and clearing it for some planting. That is when I found this:

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Look at that! A holy plant!

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It must be a holy plant, because it literally grew up Buddha’s arse… Does not get more holy than that, does it.

On the other hand, it’s probably a bloody Triffid.

More news later. Peace.

Just wanted to show you a few pictures of this year’s Christmas decorations. We have a tradition in Denmark to make our own Christmas Decorations, typical concept: candles and evergreen twigs, green and red colours.

This year we had no problem finding stuff to use for Christmas Decorations, because our backgarden is covered in fallout left by the extreme storms we’ve had, and since we have four spruce trees and a couple of larchs, there’s both twigs and entire branches plus an addition of cones lying around.

First I made what we call an Advent Wreath: four candles, one for each of the four Sundays before Christmas. I know, this is not technically a wreath, but I’m allowed some artistic liberty here. I also equipped the thing with some red LED lights.

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It’s alright, I guess.

Then my wife took over, and made two really fine decorations, one with the traditional red/green concept and another with a sort of ice/silver concept.

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Both of them voluptuous.

I like that.

 

Dangerous Neighbourhood

Posted: 4. December 2013 in Uncategorized
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Go to the country, they said. Life’s easy and calm out there, they said.

Now, that I have lived in the country for a little more than a year, I can assure you it is not true. Life is very hard and dangerous out here.

The other day, I was standing in our backyard, minding my own business smoking a cigarette, when suddenly I noticed a peculiarity on the chimney of our next door neighbour’s.

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Yeah, I know it seems like an ordinary chimney in that picture. But look at this enhancement, and I’m sure you’ll see what I’m talking about…

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Yes, I was thinking the same thing as you: Is that DUCT TAPE?

Very risky, very daring, dangerous and stupid, keeping your chimney together with duct tape!

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