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Early spring

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Crocus. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Spring is early this year and coming along nicely. Sunny and warm days. Very cold nights with frost.

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LED-lamp. Photo:©nini.tjader.2015

Got a new sun-driven LED-lamp from Ikea and planted it in one of the flowerbeds. It has charged but noticed yesterday night that only one of the bulbs lit up. Have to check that.

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Patio-lamps. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Hung out last years sun-driven lamp (the dirty one in the background) and got a new one from Ikea (the closest one).  Both have charged during the week as it has been extremely sunny. ON the wall I still have the light-curtain which during winter has other decorations. Ikea did this smart thing that you can exchange the decorations on the light-curtain according to season. So I got myself some white and green balls with holes in and took off the stars that were there over the Xmas-season. The nights and evenings are still very dark so the extra lighting out there is needed.

The honey-suckle on the corner is coming along fine. The leaves are visible and growing each day. Best though are the flowers. So far snow-drops and crocus, but there are lots of flowers budding in the flower-beds.

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Crocus. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

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Hanging Plants

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Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

My kitchen has two windows. One facing south, one facing west. They are ideal for plants and most of them love being there. The only problem is that the window sills are so tiny. On the south-facing window to the left, there originally was no window sill at all. I added it later. It cannot take heavy plants though, so only light-weight ones there.

As I don’t use curtains in the kitchen, but I still have the curtain rods, I started to hang plants from them. And one of them, the climber to the left and below, even hangs directly on the curtain rod.

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Photo. ©nini.tjader.2015

The windows have see-through blinds from Ikea to protect the plants from the sun when necessary. The climbing plant that hangs directly on the curtain rod loves it here and is getting bigger and bigger. Fortunately it doesn’t grow TOO fast… It has a slow-growing hanging plant as company on this window.

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Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

In the west-facing window I also have a hanging plant. More conventional one. It used to hang in the livingroom-window but almost died there. Made it start over by cutting off its tips and planting them in new earth and moved it to this window. It is now happy again.

I have tried having some of the orchids hanging too, but that is more difficult as they get pretty heavy. One actually crashed down … Both the pot and the plant survived as it fell on the table and not all the way to the floor. What held the pot up broke (leather cords).

There is still room for one more hanging plant in the west-facing kitchen-window. Might hang one more there.

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Orchid time

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Blooming orchids. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The orchids are now beginning to bloom. Still early days for them but they are all coming. Orchids are easy to manage. Give them water not too often – they hate standing with wet feet – and a place which is not directly in the sun but still light enough. They look boring when not in bloom, but on the other hand the bloom is longlasting.

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Plants and coffee

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My kitchen jungle. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

This time of the year, with that lousy weather outside, still dark… I need some greenery to look at. If you cannot get it outside (you cannot here in Sweden), at least I can get it indoors in my kitchen. Above is what I see when at the kitchen table.

Another thing I need is a good cup of coffee now and then.

Saturday afternoon I started to make one. And the capsule machine got all crazy… It spitted out water, coffee and steam and made odd sounds. I quickly removed the cable to the electricity to make it stop its craziness. Then cleaned off all the spitted out coffee and water and dried the machine. Then I tested it with only water in, no coffee. Machine was dead. Short circuit. It was too late in the afternoon to go out to get a new machine. It had to wait until Sunday. On Saturday I had to take out my old coffee brewer and the old coffee I had stored… Result: disgusting taste, but I got my dose of caffeine….

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My old, now dead, capsule machine. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

On Sunday I went off to buy a new capsule machine. The old one was a Nescafe Dolce Gusto Geniosic (see above), 2 years and one month old. One month too old for the guarantee to still be valid. Bought one of the model MiniMe and went home to test it.

New machine didn’t work. Water never got transported into the system. No coffee on Sunday either. Did all the actions required to test it, but no luck. Out came the old regular coffee brewer again but this time I broke into 2 capsules of Dolce Gusto coffee and used that to get a decent cup of coffee, instead of using the old stored coffee from I don’t know when…  At least I got a cup of coffee that was almost OK.

Monday morning I called the Dolce Gusto people and we agreed on taking the new machine back to the store to get it exchanged. So I did. But I choose another model this time, a Dolce Gusto Circolo.

At that moment I felt I had to get something colorful, to cheer myself up, so I choose a red one, instead of a black which would have been my normal choice. Went home and initiated the machine.

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Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

And it worked beautifully. Finally I could again get decent cups of coffee! And I love the round form of the capsule machine and its red color. Glad I didn’t choose a black one.

Now I can again enjoy a good cup of coffee, relaxing and looking at the greenery in my kitchenwindows.

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Photo: ©nini.tjader.2014

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