Sunday, March 16, 2008

The start of a new season

We are the lucky owners of a small cottage about an hours drive from where we live. It was originally built by my father and have as such formed a large part of my life since I was about seven years of age. We use it for weekends and holidays from about this time of the year until September/October.

However, a cottage does not only bring pleasure, but also work - also known as maintenance. Today we opened for the season, and was of course punished for our lack of maintenance the last few years (I'm born lazy). For instance - this gate has to taken this year:


And worse - look at what the frost has done to our fence:


Oh well, at least the crocuses were in full bloom!

15 comments:

detroit dog said...

I envy you a cottage, no matter the condition!

As for crocuses - I adore them. Lovely.

ArneA said...

Welcome home to the blogging world. See you manipulate date but why not.
Beautiful photos and maintenance challenges for the months to come.
Oslo Easter with RH visits on Wednesday or Thursday. Just follow up INR
Window washing and Art Exhibitions makes the day go around

RuneE said...

Date not manipulated, but maybe you forgot that this is leap year?

Lykke til med RH!

GAWO said...

Du har en liten jobb å gjøre, men det haster vel ikke. :-)
Krokusen er et vakkert vårtegn og den du fant er uimotståelig.
Et blinkskudd!!!!

KOSTAS said...

The splendid all photographs post. Amazing macro, that attributes very naturally colours! Congratulations!

Alan said...

The joys of home ownership... at least I don't have to deal with the ice and snow, but I do have to mow the grass and weeds almost year round - just spent all this afternoon mowing, trimming, edging, and blowing out front and back yards...

Annie said...

Well now, work can be fun, don't you think? It's all in how you approach the job, I think.

Today I heard a Norwegian man speaking English and I wondered if your voice would have the same lilt in English.

detroit dog said...

Hi Rune,

Thanks for stopping by my zip blog. Yes, that is a photo of my husband and me - about 3 years ago. (I'm holding the camera; he's wearing the fishing hat - which is about as much as he knows about fishing!)

Regards,

AVCR8TEUR said...

Make sure you take before and after photos of all the hard work you put in. There is satisfaction once you see the end product.

mrsnesbitt said...

We too have had to replace a fence, the gates need stripping and the garage doors need replacing! Oh and I spotted the crocuses whilst out in the garden yesterday! LOL! Life, but not as we know it Jim! (quote star trek! )

Ida said...

Det kan ære kjekt å jobbe. Man å bare ta noen reale pauser innimellom, der man nyter synet av krokuser og koser seg med en kaffekopp f.eks. :)
Lykke til med alt arbeid og vedlikehold!

Max-e said...

Runee I understand your sentiments about maintenance, I do it when I have to, but preferably pay someone else to do it.

The crocuses are beautiful

Lilli & Nevada said...

Lovely shot of crocus i just wish they last longer than what they do.We have a gate that needs fixing too, ah the ownership of having a home altho ours is not a home really it is a motel and so much work to do around here.

Paulie said...

Your crocus is beautiful! Fences can "be mended" easy enough and I am sure that is your next project "when it gets a litle warmer." Ü

Kerri said...

How nice to have a special place to "get away! LOVE LOVE LOVE that last shot! Wow!!