The Miracle of 3 Eggs

I always enjoy seeing baby animals, so I’m very happy Mother Nature rewarded me with such a beautiful gift: 3 new gorgeous tenants and a very busy mama bird, which works on emptying the bird feeder at an impressive speed.

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I watched them growing for weeks, from hatching, to getting bigger and bigger, until today, the big day, when they spread their little wings and left the bird nest!

Good luck little ones in your life’s journey! I’m glad you made it! Come back home soon 🙂


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Music of Summer, Wildlife and the Vegetable Garden

It seems like just yesterday I posted the first few words on the process of starting the vegetable garden. Now, halfway through June, the first few vegetables are already ready!

One thing the vegetable garden taught me: patience. Being terribly impatient ever since I can remember, I went from excitement, to disappointment, to happiness, in just a few weeks. It looks like vegetables take ‘a little bit’ longer to grow, than I imagined they would. 🙂 Also, telling them apart from the weeds proved to be an almost impossible mission.

With the first radish making it on the plate, I must say, I was never more excited, than when I ate something I planted with my own hands! Very rewarding feeling!

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A tomato seedling and harvesting the first radish

Getting the garden ready for the warm season can be an interesting experience, especially when you have a lot of animals in the area. The more time we spend in nature, the more we see.

From all types of amazing birds, to frogs, to deer, to Jack rabbits, call the surroundings their home. Mother Nature surely provided the ultimate entertainment.

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Deer running on the field, a Jack Rabbit, Birds and a beautiful Bird Nest

On top of all,  the flowers are all blossomed now, and filled the garden with amazing colors, while the cherries and prunes are growing nicely.

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Prunes and Cherries

Some of you might remember the post about planting white and purple tulips, from last autumn. Well, here they are. Absolutely gorgeous and I can’t be happier, considering that it was my first try at planting bulbs, and I succeeded!

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Tulips and other garden flowers

Welcome back summer, we missed your warm colorful music!


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My New Guard … Ducks?!

It’s always fun to make new friends, and today I made a new one, when a wild duck landed in my garden, early in the morning, looking for something to eat.

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After feeding it, the duck left, just to come back with 4 more friends. Word gets round fast, doesn’t it?wild_ducks

With 4 more satisfied customers, I went back inside only to find the house surrounded and guarded by my new friends.

I think I’ve just been adopted by 5 wild ducks 🙂 Neat!

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The Butterfly Pavilion – Color Madness

Natura Artis Magistra’s Butterfly Pavilion, the largest of its kind in the Netherlands (of around a thousand square meters), is the home of thousands of butterflies. Twice a day, the butterflies that came out of their cocoons are released into the pavilion, including the stunning Blue Morpho. Quite a sight!

This was definitely the most colorful and joyful walk I took, in a long time 🙂

The Natura Artis Magistra Adventure

Artis is one of the oldest zoos in Europe (176 years old), located in the heart of Amsterdam. Founded in 1838 by three wealthy Dutch gentlemen, Gerard Westerman, J.W.H. Werlemann and J.J. Wijsmuller, the zoo is the home of an Aquarium, a Butterfly Pavilion, an Insectarium, and a Planetarium.

Starting with a small number of animals, a few monkeys, some parrots and other birds, and a Surinamese wildcat, Artis rapidly expanded, more land being purchased, some with existing structures on them. This is how 27 monumental buildings are still located in the zoo’s gardens, most being used as animal enclosures.

The full name of the zoo stands for: nature is the teacher of art and science. That being said, I present to you the cutest teachers around: