Saturday, 17 March 2012

...'twixt....Linen...and urgent Springtime work.....

 I'm terribly sorry...

...the announced post  Old Linen Part 2  has to be delayed.



Since Monday the weather is just perfect for repairing the garden,
for the usual necessary spring work, and I have to give priority to it.

first spring signs on Tuesday....

...cutting....cutting....ruined shrubs...

 ...Rosmary, Thyme and....

...Santolina  chamaecyparissus  very hard back to give them all a rejuvenating cure




...airing bedding and house linen...




...keeping Thyme  'pour la cuisine'...


...'playing' with the very few Hellebores we have this year....


...getting all Lavender into shape...


...airing quilts...

...and pillows...


my olive grove  en miniature  - pruned/cut down...

...I'll keep my hope up day...

 ...they will have their leaves back....

...and maybe...

...also some olives again!



Lines Written in Early Spring
by William Wordsworth (1798)

I heard a thousand blended notes,
While in a grove I sate reclined,
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts
Bring sad thoughts to the mind.

To her fair works did Nature link
The humans soul that through me ran;
And much it grieved my heart to think
What man has made of man.

Through primroses tufts, in that green bower,
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;

And 'tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes....



Vivaldi's  Spring  with Itzhak Perlman


...The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure;
But the least motion which they made
It seemed a thrill of pleasure.

The budding twigs spread out their fan,
To catch the breezy air;
And I must think, do all I can,
That there was pleasure there.

"If this belief from heaven be sent,
If such be Nature's holy plan,
Have I not reason to lament
What man has made of man?"
William Wordsworth



Truly - between garden and linen....



Bon Weekend...
and all my Irish friends a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

A bientôt! 

18th March - short update:
My Sunday concert with Itzhak Perlman and Max Bruch


  1. Lovely post Karin. Your garden already looks beautiful. Happy St. Patrick's weekend!

  2. Darling, you are an amazing stylist of your beautiful linens. Love the 1st shot, it could be in a catalogue. Truly. Simply beautiful photography, and I know the garden will take on it's full bloom in time. All is right in the world. xx's

  3. Have a lovely time with your garden! So sorry about your olive trees, I do hope they come back to life, they are so beautiful!
    A happy weekend to you!

  4. Oh dear Karin, our rosemary looks just like yours, and so does our bay tree - UGH! I've been cutting all week ... Do you think it will all grow again.
    beautiful pictures of the sheets on the chair

    best wishes

  5. Hello Karin,
    What a great post .... so beautiful to see .... I'm a little jealous ....
    I can believe my eyes ...... I would like a week to come and help in your garden ..... I find it so amazing .... thank you for this post.
    With warm regards,

  6. Liebe Karin,
    o yes there is much to do in the garden - I know!

    Herrlich das Leinen und die Quilts!

    Enjoy a sunny weekend!

    ♥ Franka

  7. Lovely photos - very inspiring - thank you!


  8. What a lovely post and I do hope your plants come back to life ! Your blossom tree is stunning and your linens too ! It is so nice to have the bedding out in the fresh air makes them smell wonderful. Happy St Patrick's Day...Gail x

  9. Wow I am totally drooling over this post..those luxurious dusty looking textiles and that gorgeous French chair...ahhhh so beautiful, I can almost feel that warm sunshine and fresh spring air!

  10. The linen is beautiful as are your images. For a quick post it was long and lovely.
    Happy gardening.

  11. Hello Karin

    You had a very fruitful day - trimming and airing. I love Spring days like this. You had an abundance of energy.

    Thank you for the beautiful poem and Vivaldi - I just listed to an interview with Itzak Pearlman where he spoke of his life and it was fascinating. I had the pleasure of seeing him in concert a few years ago.

    Happy St. Patrick's day to you and your family

    Helen xx

  12. Hello Karin, Thanks for a beautiful post and the wonderful Vivaldi sonata of Spring! We are finally enjoying some rain in Santa Barbara and my garden is singing! March miracle...! We already finished cutting back our garden. Hopefully it wasn't too soon. By the way, love, love, love your gorgeous linens.

  13. Good morning, Karin!
    We are finally supposed to get some rain today and I hope so as the land is so dry right now, the plants and crops are really suffering. I hope that you will be able to bring yours back.
    Bon Dimanche,

  14. Karin I'm so sorry for your garden taking a beating but I'm sure with some TLC you'll have it springing back. Like you we have taken advantage of the stunning weather we're having and getting an early jump on spring clean up. I know I owe you an email but it's going to have to wait one more day ok?


  15. A beautiful ode to Spring. I wonder what our garden is doing in Holland? We'll find out when we return in a month. It's always a thrilling surprise. xo Jenny

  16. Karen - I'd say somewhere between Garden and Linen is Heaven! Get your hands dirty and enjoy the earth then rest in the luxurious linen with which you surround yourself! :)
    My best dear friend ~

  17. Everything is wonderful here, in your garden!
    I delight in it!
    Thank you!:-)

  18. Karin, yes everything is blooming here!! I love your gorgeous linens and that you air them for springtime.

    I hope you will come and see the feature I have on an amazing sculptor.

    Art by Karena
    The 2012 Artist Series

  19. Also adore the trim work on some of your pieces!

  20. I just discovered your beautiful blog and am your newest follower here.

    Your photography is just wonderful, I look forward to sticking around to see more.