SUMMERTIME and the living is easy......


Ramsgate Beach, Australia

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…….in the very early 70s, I visited this house for the first time. The owners were friends/acquaintances. We all knew each other, having come from Gouda.
The lady of the house loved sewing. My first impressions, coming over the hill and looking down towards this house was being able to see right into BOTH front rooms.
The house was surrounded by just a slightly sandy soil. No garden and that suited the previous owners. The kids were able to run around, front and back.
When we first went to visit the family they were still living in the granny flat (The converted garage.
They came to visit us in Eastlakes to tell us they were returning to Gouda. My parents were easily convinced that they should buy this house and move out of the home-unit. We HAD been looking for a suitable house. Our friends, the van Hoorns had followed their daughter back to the Netherlands.
I started to put in a few plants, inspired by my friends, Alan and Myrl Skinner, who loved gardening……….
The “floodgates were opened” ~ the first aunt and uncle came to visit from Gouda and I planted annuals to ‘pretty-up’ the place. My mother had always wanted certain plants that she’d liked in her father’s tiny ‘community garden’-plot in Gouda.
I bought books on gardening and started buying plants and encouraging them to grow.
After a day’s teaching it was then still allowed to spend half an hour watering the garden while mulling over the day’s events and the plans for the next.
Much water under the bridge. I went away. Came back again.
My parents were not gardeners.
Much to be done when I was back again.
It’s hot and humid right now and particularly the crepe myrtle which had promised not to grow taller than 1.5 metres, has again suddenly sprung to life.

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