Some Winter Gardening

I just did some gardening! Ah, I feel wonderfully rejuvenated!

Gardening, I hear you ask? In what sort of tropical country do you live? Yes, you are right. It’s supposed to be winter in little Belgium. And according to common traditional beliefs, it’s supposed to be a cold one. (That is, the walnut trees are having exceptionally many walnuts. Apparently that means winter is gonna be extra wintery.) But not so far. Usually around this time of year you might just start hoping for a little bit of snow. We don’t always get snow. Sometimes it’s just a winter of sleet. But now it’s 10 degrees in the sun. I’m not complaining.

You see, I love winter. I’ve told you this before. But I miss being outside. I know some coldness shouldn’t stop me from exploring, but combined with a sore foot (went to a specialist today, still don’t really know what’s going on, but all the rest has been paying off, it’s slowly starting to get better), the wind and rain does tend to keep me inside.

But today it’s sunny! And I’m working from home. And the boyfriend is home as well. So while he was mowing the lawn, I trimmed this hedgethingy to make place for our Christmas tree. After the holidays, we want to plant it in the garden and hopefully dig it back up for next year. I love having a real tree in the house, the smell of it, the prickly branches, the wonderful colours. But it’s not the nicest decoration for the environment and I do like to do my part in living more ecological and environment friendly. And I think recycling your Christmas tree a few years in a row is definitely a step in the right direction.

But that’s not what I wanted to talk about. I got distracted again. I merely wanted to tell you about the wonderful feeling of sunshine you might still vaguely remember from last summer. (For the southerners amongst you: oh well.)

It’s insane how amazing you feel after a good dose of vitamin D. In winter even more than in summer, I’d dare say! The air is so wonderful fresh and with every breath you take you feel like you are being reborn into a happier version of yourself. Yes. I remember now. This is another one of the reasons why I like winter. The freshness.

Good Ol’ Snow, maybe hold off on visiting us a little bit longer? I am very much looking forward to seeing you again, don’t get me wrong, but for now I am happy with the sun, thank you very much!


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