Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Where did the week go?

Interesting how time flies by when you have 'vacation' (I'm still working four hours a day, although from home). I've done nothing of the stuff I thought I would do. Instead I've prioritized the family when I've been free - which means we've spent a lot of time in the childrens part of our city library (it's been rainy weather here in Sweden).

Well, I did bring out the seeds I put in the fridge for artificial winter a few months ago (ramsons and blackberries if I'm correct - I haven't looked it up in my diary yet). And we've visited one of the swedish plantmalls, but all I bought was a bag of cashew nuts. The few herb plant they sold looked sad. This is typical when you treat plants as groceries and the season of the item is over.

I've been pondering the results of my little poll. The swedish readers of Parkettodlaren wanted me to move to a house in the country, while my international (mostly from the US) readers wanted me to stay in the city. My theori is that a small home in the country is more deeply rooted in Sweden. Our collective subconsious tells us that farming (ie. growing vegetables in this case) should be done at the feet of a red little cottage with a red little barn outside town. In the US urban homesteds are more common (they are virtually unheard of in Sweden) and movements like urban permaculture have more followers. This way you don't need to leave the city to live the good life. How big this difference is is beyond me to tell, and the poll are too small to be statistically reliable, but I've noticed it before so I find it funny that it showed in such a small sample.


nicolette said...

When I was visiting a flower shop in Barcelona, it had a "herb" hanging (instead of flower). Rosemary, Angelica, Mint, Marjoram, and I think Lavender. It's funny because the herbs seemed to grow very well, but maybe it's the climate. But you should check it out.


Weather Proofing Ellicott City, MD said...

I wish workdays went by as fast as vacation days!

<3 Lindsay

Rosengeranium said...

Nicolette: I'm not surprised. Most herbs are extremely sturdy and grows well. Rosemary, marjoram and lavendar survives on little water, mint grows like a weed on steroids and looks good as a filler. Actually I think I'll try that in the future. Thanks!

Lindsay: So do I :)