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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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So, it begins…

 

 

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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!

 

 

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