Last summer we enjoyed growing a few veggies on our balcony. We had a small but delicious and convenient harvest. It was nice to have fresh lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, and carrots to make a salad on demand. Living in an apartment doesn’t always give you the option to grow your own veggies. Luckily, some other families in our building shared our love for gardening, and we convinced the landlord to let us build a simple community garden on the property this spring.
Spring and summer have come early this year. The last few weeks have been WARM and so sunny. We may have skipped those April showers this year. Jordan and I planted our garden a few weeks ago and we have already seen it grow.
This year we planted snow pea seedlings, onions, garlic, lettuce, kale, and cabbage. A neighbour kindly gave us some cherry tomato plants and some potatoes to grow as well. On our balcony we planted blueberries, arugula, more lettuce and some flowers.
I love watching the green take over. It’s such a breath of fresh air to life in the city. One of our favourite things to do in the summer is to have some friends over and have a BBQ on our balcony. Then we sit out and watch the sunset light up the sky behind the mountains with pastel hues, creating a silhouette masterpiece.
Lately I’ve enjoyed sitting out in the garden in the morning and sipping coffee (tea for myself) with neighbours. It’s a good way to start the day. The simplicity of nature and new growth and the joy of sharing life with friends helps me gain some perspective for the remainder of the day.
I built a little trellis for our snow peas to climb. I was inspired by this one. I used wooden BBQ skewers and glue-gunned them to create a chevron pattern. Unfortunately as you might notice in the later photos, Jordan decided we should move the trellis over a couple inches. This was a fatal move for the trellis. We may have ripped it apart in a few places. It doesn’t help that I also knocked it over with the hose while I was watering. Now it lies in pieces. Time to rebuild. I’m not sure what I will do this time, but I need something stronger.
Do you have a garden? What are your favourite things to grow/eat? Any advice for a black thumb/newbie?
We visited Portugal on a whim. We had a list of countries we wanted to visit, and we tried to stop in as many places as we could.
There was a long weekend coming up and I thought to myself – “Portugal for the weekend? That’s something you can do when you live in Europe right?” Isn’t it AMAZING! It’s not something you can do from Canada; sometimes we go to Seattle for the weekend. But in Germany the world is your oyster because not only is it close enough, but it’s cheap enough too.
So we packed our backpacks and headed out for a long weekend getaway with friends. We found ourselves on a rocky Ryan-Air flight flying into a storm on the coast of Portugal in February. We snuck out early (4am?) so that we could drive to the airport 4 hours away to make our flight. Jord was thrilled that they upgraded our rental car to a flashy Audi sports car. We may have enjoyed ridiculous speeds on the autobahn at 5 am…
We found ourselves wandering in the cold and rain as we tried to find our home for the weekend. Apparently it was still February, and even in Portugal it was chilly. The streets were quiet, but the beaches were alive with crashing waves and strong winds. We were captured by the beauty and strength of the ocean. We stared across the great Atlantic taking in the mighty waters. It was an out-of-body experience. I never imagined to find myself standing on the beaches of Portugal amidst a winter storm.
Some other highlights for us were walking into town along the river, getting drenched in the rain, exploring the underground catacombs, having a fondue and sangria party, and finding a 50 cent bottle of wine in the grocery store.
Jordan put together this awesome little video from our trip:
Hi there! I’m Jennifer. I live just outside of Vancouver, Canada with my best friend/husband Jordan.
I’ve taken up blogging as a creative exercise. I intend to stretch myself creatively, to begin building a brand, to practice my photography, and to connect with people who are experiencing some of the things I am. It’s a lot of work, but it’s fun and rewarding. All My Delight is about learning to appreciate the little things in life and to overall live a happier life filled with gratitude.
I have a crazy talented husband who records incredible music at home for me to listen to. No really. You should check out his site. I’m his number one fan (biased? – maybe)!
We are expecting a new addition to our family late January and are excited to become parents.
We had the opportunity to travel for a year and study abroad in Germany. We had an amazing experience and were able to visit over 20 different countries and make some amazing friends!
Some things I like:
Visiting with friends
Spending time with family
Watching Netflix in my cozies
And also chocolate
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I also sell delicious tea! Here’s a link for Canadian friends to purchase (sorry if you live elsewhere – If you live in the States you can click on find a consultant to find someone near you!)