Summer Garden and “Something for the Weekend”

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I do not have a veggie garden anymore but these few pots and containers are very satisfying too. Johanna’s homestead..says Mr. Walker ;0)

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The squirrels really enjoy my strawberries. Thank goodness the shops are full of Summer Harvest.

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I love crumbles and have many recipes for them. This is my favorite summer version, a very healthy version!!! You can use any kind of soft fruits but the blue berries is a must since it will give the dish its natural sweetness.

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Summer Crumble

  • 2 Apples (Peeled, cored and sliced)
  • 1 Cup blue berries
  • 2 Cups strawberries
  • 2 pears, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 2 Tbsp tapioca flour/starch or corn starch
  • 1 Cup almond flour
  • 1 Cup ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp agave syrup or honey
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 Cup canola oil
  • a little (almond) milk
  • I used a shallow oven proof dish of 9X12X 3 inches.

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Pre-heat oven at 375F/ 200C

Grease the dish lightly and mix fruit. Dust the fruit with the tapioca, that will bind the fluids of the cooked fruits.

Mix all other ingredients into nice crumbles, add a little milk if it looks too dry. Divide the crumbles over the fruit. It might not look that much but the baking powder will double the amount.

In the oven for about 25 min. or when golden brown.

Nice as dessert, breakfast, with a cuppa tea/ hot cocoa….or whenever!

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Ik heb geen moestuin meer maar een hier en daar toch even wat groente en fruit..Meneer Walker noemt t Johanna’s boerderij. Als je t recept kopieert naar Google Translate, dan krijg je de Nederlandse versie.

Love and Liefs Johanna

 

Blog Hop Around the World!

Many thanks to the lovely Karen for inviting me to hop along. Karen’s blog is a feast for the eye and have a look at her incredible garden. Her recipes are out of this world too and her Thai Fish Cakes are a staple at the Walker Residence!

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And I take this opportunity too to thank all the lovely people who respond to my blog and leave kind, wise and encouraging words!

So now dear folks, I have to answer a few questions to tell you more about my blog and a little about myself…here we go!

1: What are you working on?

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Mrs. Walker Goes Back to School refers to me having art classes. When we moved from Canada to the USA, I decided ( with a little pushing of Mr. Walker and the Walker Boys) to finally take up Art Classes and develop my skills as an artist..a wish dear to my heart already for a long time.

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So that is what I am working on, developing my skills. I have drawing lessons, classes on working with color pencils, calligraphy and art history. My art is illustrative. I want my work to tell a story, not necessarily my story. I love the idea of people looking at my work and creating stories in their head or at least evoking some pleasant emotions.

2: How does my work differs from others.

That is a difficult question. I feel in a way, I am only just beginning. By focussing so seriously now on my work and the developing of my work, it becomes a clearer picture in what way I am heading. I love bright colors and sharp lines: color pencils and fine liners are my favorite tools. It helps me create the images I have in head. I like to bring movement and stories in my work by creating an impossible situation or  giving my ‘portraits’ lots of emotions. I hope this makes a little sense?

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I am always chuffed to bits when friends or family comment on new work with a ‘that is so in your style’ however to me ‘my style’ is still a work in progress.

3: Why do I create what I do?

Well…for two reasons.

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Handcrafting is my yoga. I am a happy, down to earth person but not a calm and sedate one ;0) Sitting in Lotus position and chanting, would drive me nuts in 5 minutes..probably sooner. But endless rows of cross stitches, knitting loops, calligraphy strokes, calm my body and clear my busy head. The gentle movement of the crochet hook, the feel of the yarns, the gorgeous textures and colors..those are the things that bring my body, mind and spirit in balance.

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And than, I have this passion for Domestic History, I feel connected with that history when I follow old patterns or create my own.

My Art is my glorious challenge in life. I am not only evolving/developing as an artist but also as a person. I am not a shy or nervous person but I always kept my art to myself. I have always enjoyed drawing but I am never satisfied with the result.That is hard to explain.

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My blog pal Kerry said to me: ‘Art is Personal’ and the great Pit from Texas said: ‘It’s the sign of a true artist that he/she keeps striving for perfection and in his/her own opinion never achieves it.’

That sums it up, right?

How does my creative process work?

First I have to muster up courage, overcome my insecurity, summon up my motivation… because in the end who is waiting for what I am doing/creating? I have a mantra for that.

The marvelous Dutch illustrative artist Octavie says: ‘ Alles is al eens gemaakt…maar niet door mij!’ Loosely translated it means: ” Everything has been done before…but not by me!”

That little sentence makes me so happy and never fails to motivate me. Thank you so much, Octavie!!!

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And I ‘feed’ myself with beautiful images made by great artists. I read a lot: books, blogs, magazines. I go to musea and exhibitions. I hike a lot and see the Glory of Mother Nature. I have a positive outlook on life and I always feed that too.

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I feel encouraged with all the positive feedback I get from family, friends, and my fellow bloggers from all over the world. That is absolutely incredibly important.

And then…I simply feel a tingle in my fingers, an idea grows in my head, my paper in front of me, pencil in hand….

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Well, there you have it. My contribution to the Blog Hop Around the World.

I am delighted to pass the baton to Sheryl from Flowery Prose. This multi talented writer, gardener, photographer, nature lover and much more, resides in Alberta,Canada. I love her stories on plants and gardening and we share a passion for hiking and Mother Nature. Her writings are clear and pleasant and Sheryl has a great sense of humor. Despite her incredibly busy schedule, she takes the time  communicating with her fellow bloggers with a sincere interest and that same sense of humor.

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Thanks Sheryl, I am so pleased with this and I look forward to your Blog Hop Post on the 18th of August!

Love and Liefs, Johanna.

 

Diorama

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Definition of DIORAMA according to merriam-webster.com:

  • a scenic representation in which a partly translucent painting is seen from a distance through an opening
  •  a scenic representation in which sculptured figures and lifelike details are displayed usually in miniature so as to blend indistinguishably with a realistic painted background
  • a life-size exhibit (as of a wildlife specimen or scene) with realistic natural surroundings and a painted background

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I have a passion for dioramas. To me, they have that eerie Victorian feel of beauty and somewhat gruesomeness: these scenes locked in a jar. ..yes, try to analyze that ;0)

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I love making them from found objects and things I find in thrift stores for next to nothing. Odds and ends from drawers with no real purpose (anymore). I am totally in love with this wedding cake ornament..poor things waited for me in a box with other treasures for 0.25 cents.

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I never think out/ design a diorama ahead of time. I just lay out a group of things and look at my collection of glass containers of any kind and I let it happen.

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In my opinion…one should not think too much ;0) But they do make lovely objects to photograph, not?

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One day I will go to New York and look at the most beautiful dioramas in the world in this museum.

Ik heb een passie voor dioramas en vind t heerlijk ze ook zelf te maken van allerlei overgebleven dingetjes die ik overal en nergens vandaan haal. Op een dag, ga ik naar New York, naar dit museum om de mooiste diorama’s in de wereld te bekijken.

Love and Liefs, Johanna

 

Hunting Season So Far…

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Thrifting for treasures to beautify and decorate our home is one of my favorite activities. Items I consider beautiful and that have a past from another loving home, just thrill me to the core. How wonderful can going green be? And than as a true Dutch girl of course…it has to be for the right price!

We moved last year from a rustic country bungalow in Canada to a cool modern house in a lovely suburb in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Walker and I decided that a change in decor was necessary and we both like Mid-Century Modern from the fifties to the seventies. Mix and match as we think is gorgeous ;0)

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The good people of Cincinnati do not care for the sleek lines of Mid-Century modern. Very good, I say, more for me! And I have snapped up so many ‘too-good-to-be-true’ items for ‘too-good-to-be-true’prices already. Every thrift store, garage sale or flea market makes my heart throb!!

Mr.Walker and the Walker boys love the way the house turns out but do not like treasure hunting, let alone me going on and on and on about all these excellent finds. Since they are really lovely fellows and the centre of my universe, I forgive them and so you, dear reader, are the next victim….

These gorgeous Drexel hutch and side board were last year’s best scores.

Here this year’s loot so far…

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Two lovely pieces of Kobe enamel ware ( $5.- for the two) , a 1950 Mellita coffeepot (love that color, $2.-) and how about that gorgeous Hornsea spice rack…good as new!  ( can you believe it, only $8.-!!)

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Lovely 1950 wine glasses (6 for $3.-) The two milk glass beakers look so lovely on the dining table with tea light candles ( $0.50 each) And how about that ice bucket with silver plate rim…for only $5.-! Be still my heart!

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And the BEST so far, finally after 2 years of hunting, the dining rooms chairs I was looking for and wanted so badly. Where did I find them? Just down the road, at a garage sale! The young lady that was selling them, told me her parents-in-law bought the set years ago ‘at some Scandinavian Design store’ and gave it to them when they just moved and were a little short for cash at that time. She was shaking her head all the time in disbelief and clearly considered her parents-in-law reckless hippies. She moved the set to the basement as soon as she could afford it. She wondered if 40 dollars, for the whole set was too much? Ha, before she finished her sentence the money was in her hand and the dining room set in my car ;o)

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The chairs came with a table, but I like my own table better. And I needed a bigger table in my studio anyway, so…tadaaa!

Mijn buit zover van t jagen op koopjes dit jaar, op garage sales, antiekmarkten en kringloopwinkels om ons nieuwe moderne huis te verfraaien. Ik ben zo blij dat retro home decor niet in de smaak valt bij t publiek in Cincinnati ;0)

Thank you for listening.

Love and Liefs, Johanna.

Happy Times

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How are you? And if you live in America, how was your Fourth of July weekend?

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Mr. walker and I had a lovely, serene days with weather that felt so nice and cool after the heat of the past weeks.

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Lots of reading and bird watching on the patio.

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Good organic and local food on the BBQ.

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Fourth of July pie for desert of course.

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And a little fire ( too hot for a big one;o))

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Last year I learned to crochet and in this lovely book I found this challenging pattern, tried it and it worked out! Such bliss…

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And just being home and doze off a little and enjoy the sunshine…all that happiness!

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Meneer Walker en ik hadden een lang weekend vanwege de Amerikaanse Onafhankelijkheidsdag….wat een heerlijke dagen waren dat!

Wat heb jij zoal t weekend gedaan?

Love and Liefs, Johanna

More Owls

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I met brave little Rupert at the Midsummer Night Party. He is a rescue and found severely wounded. After his recovery, he remained blind in one eye and he cannot return to the wild. However, he is so comfortable with human beings that he helps out now with the educational programs of Raptor.Inc. 

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Ik ontmoette dit dappere uiltje Rupert, op t Midzomernacht feest. Omdat hij blind is in 1 oog kan hij niet terug naar de natuur. Gelukkig voelt hij zich volkomen op zijn gemak bij mensen en helpt hij bij educatieve programma’s verzorgt door de roofvogelopvang.

Love and Liefs, Johanna

Midsummer Memories and Owls

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Last weekend, we had the most incredible Midsummer Night Party at Long Brach Farm. There was Blue Grass music, special solar telescopes to watch sunspots and solar flares, excellent food and drink, good company of all ages and after dark…millions and millions of magical fireflies. What a perfect way to celebrate Midsummer Night.

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Also present the wonderful volunteers of Raptor Inc. and I met my favorite birds up close and personal. These wonderful and mystical creatures were rescued but to insured to ever go back to wild. They are so used to humans now, they help out in the important educational programs.

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I was so happy!

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Vorige weekend tijdens t Midzomernacht feest op Long Branch Farm, ontmoette ik deze prachtige uilen, ooit gered door de plaatselijke roofvogel opvang. Mijn favoriete vogels!

Have a great weekend!

Love and Liefs, Johanna.

 

Summertime Drawings

I drew this lovely horse with the aid of this tutorial on the website of the talented Yelena Bryksenkova. Her website is a feast for the eye! Instead of paint, I used my color pencils and fineliners. And then I made this fairy tale scene, to me it has some medieval flair.

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And because the sun is still shining…I felt inspired to create this little adventure at the lake;0)

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Het paardje in de bovenste tekening heb ik getekend met behulp van deze tutorial op de prachtige website van de getalenteerde Ylena Bryksennova. En t zonnige weer, inspireerde een ‘Avontuur aan t Meer’.

Love and Liefs, Johanna.