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The Dutch have a special word to describe “cosiness”, “comfort”, but it’s also something that goes a little beyond that. “Gezellig”. Pronounced correctly, it kinda sounds like you’re clearing your throat, but this blog explores its meaning by documenting experiences that make life richer and deeper; through food, family, and the making of a home.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

by amanda on December 8, 2013


All this snow we got this year has everyone in an early Christmas mood. People have had their trees up for a week already! We try to compress the celebrating so that it still feels special, but it’s nice to put up some festive touches here and there.

Enter my outside planters. Again, this whole gardening thing is still a new semi-hobby for me, but I do like to put together a couple of planters in the summer with a few annuals. In the winter, those planters get transformed to be an outdoor display of all the greenery that surrounds our property. So I don my biggest boots, grab my pruners and head out.

PB306873 Erm, okay so my planters have seen better days and I do plan on spray painting some life back into them but it doesn’t make sense to do that until we have nicer weather again. And besides, you won’t be seeing the edges of the planters once I’m done with them!

One of our medium-term plans is to clean up the mess that is our side yard. I talked about it when I was ruminating over our patio garden. But while the overgrowth is still there, I’m taking advantage by hacking some of the boxwood and cedar that will soon be finding themselves in a new home).

I started by taking a long, gangly cedar bough and sticking it in the middle. I then beefed up the sides with the bushy, voluminous boxwood.

The rest was just filling in where things needed to be. My father-in-law donated some dogwood branches to add colour contrast – and the planter was complete!

PB306881Winter Planter Display

The backdrop isn’t so enticing since our door in currently facing the unfinished garage – but hey, got the rest of our lives to fix things up, right?

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