This week, Amy invites us to share photos taken at home. But, I will start by thanking all of you who so generously shared your mornings with us last week – they truly brightened my days. So many sunrises and mugs of coffee or tea – no problems getting up early then!
Home is the nicest word there is.
Staying at home is what we all do now, and for me this is not difficult – on the contrary, I love my house and I am also fortunate enough to have a garden. And all the living things here…
are precious to me. Now, a visit at my place means you will have to share with my dogs. Milo always wants to follow me Everywhere, which sometimes may be inconvenient …
My home is a ”jungle”, according to my husband, and I have lost a pot or two over the years when he is vacuum cleaning… Too many plants everywhere. I used to count how many once a year, but not anymore. They were 144 some 5-6 years ago.
If you look closely, you will encounter several critters and creatures hiding here too…
Spring has arrived, and I’d love you to take a walk in my garden – to find more living things! They are everywhere now, bees, bumble bees, spiders, lady bugs, butterflies, birds…and I love watching them buzzing around searching for food, bathing or mating. It is good to know that Life still goes on out there – This year it seems we have starlings as well – they haven’t resided here for many years, because I had to take down their home. The magpies would not let their fledglings alone – so weeks of parenting chores were all in vain. I could not stand watching the parents lose their young every year.
The fourth insect hotel is now in place, waiting for guests flying in. They will soon arrive, I hope –
Nature is Life, and sometimes we can help animals and plants to regain some of their old and rightful place in life. As we humans have destroyed many of their habitats, it is our duty to try and restore what we can. We will be greatly rewarded in the end.
Be sure to link your post to Amy’s here, (use the original post link NOT the one from the WP Reader) and add the Lens-Artists TAG so that we can easily find you. We’re looking forward to your Home contributions – keep up your creativity!
Next week is Tina’s (Travels and Trifles) , #95 on May 2nd.
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Oh such wonderful images .. I just love your collection of pots and vases! And Milo .. handsome boy! Your garden looks delightful … spring has sprung! And those bugs will love that hotel! 👏
Thank you, Julie – yes, I hope my hotel will have many guests. And Milo is a gem!
Thanks for inviting us in, Ann-Christine. Lovely to be greeted by Milo 🥰
There are wonderful details in your photos. So many plants, do you give away many offshoots? 😉
Glad you enjoyed them, Dina! Yes, I give away to all who wants some. I love the sharing thing – and getting new ones that I did not have.
Wow – what a beautiful ”jungle” tour through your home. Nature right there with you. How lucky you are 🙂
Thank you – I am grateful every day.
You are most welcome.
Hello Milo and Ann-Christine. I like your home, bee hotels, pots and garden. I hope you will have many creatures visit this year.
We hope to have them as well – hope you are well and safe.
All good here, AC. Our small territory, which is a few hours south of the Sydney hotspot, has been declared corona virus-free. We should all be able to stay safe if we continue to social distance.
A comforting and hopeful message! Then a small sigh of gratefulness! We just learned that Sweden now is below R 1.0, which also is a relief. But they also say we will have to live with this virus for at least two years. But someday…
Such very good news, Ann-Christine. Vigilance will be important for us all.
You’re lucky to have so much greenery around you. I liked your last shot of the white blossom. Lovely.
Thank you – yes, Magnolia Love!
Thank you for a tour of your beautiful garden Ann-Christine, it looks wonderful in Spring and I love your insect hotel! xxx
Thank you kindly, dear Xenia!
Yes. Spring is emerging. I love that you have mason bee homes!!!! There is something almost fairy like, or magical about them. So beneficial and adds delight to the gardens . Lovely stroll.
Glad you came along!
That is marvelous that you have so many plants and resident creatures too. Your place looks comfortable. 🙂
It is comfortable, thank you. You should come over for a cup of something!
Wouldn’t that be nice! 🙂
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That last shot is sublime, Anne Christine, and what an inviting space you show us. I can imagine the warmth of the welcome there. 🙂 🙂
You are very kind, Jo. I hope it feels welcoming.
Your house and garden seem such peaceful and yet bright places.
Thank you – I am glad the peacefulness shines through.
nice spring blossom
Thank you kindly.
You welcome ☺
that bird house has a stately vibe – yet also minimal an natural
and ending with the cris and clear white bloom was nice…
Your home looks lovely and welcoming, I used to have loads of houseplants but not now that I have a garden, plus a house with very few actual windowsills. I would enjoy visiting you and your garden.
And I you and your garden. You know, I have followed your advice and crammed my outdoor pots!
Lovely photos. It feels like spring! Ive not heard of a insect hotel before. It looks much nicer than the insect motel in the movie Beetlejuice 😉
Ha, I loved Beetlejuice, have seen it several times in the past. But – I can’t clearly remember the insect motel!
Spring is starting to happen for you. I always adore the photos of Milo your post 😀
It is, Cee, thank you for loving dear Milo ♥
Enjoyed your view of home. We don’t have the luxury of space for a garden, living in a condo, and we await the first signs of spring here in North Dakota. Yesterday was our first 70 degree (21 c) day this year.
Then you are on your way! We have not had that kind of temperatures yet – about 17 C. Thank you for your visit!
love every picture Ann-Christine! thank you for taking us into your home and garden. your plants/trees are beautiful! how blessed that you are surrounded with beauty and life! 🙂
Thank you so much for a lovely comment! And I do feel blessed. These days doubled. Many people have to stay indoors all the time.
Amazing shots. Your home is beautiful.
Thank you kindly – not so tidy, but a wholesome jumble of everything I love.
Not surprisingly your home is beautiful Ann-Christine – and your husband vacuums!!! How perfect is that ?! Loved your gardens of course, and your little insect hotels. As for the plants – have you ever thought about a new career? People like me could definitely learn from you! Gorgeous images for the week.
Thank you, Tina – and yes, my husband vacuums half the house and I do the rest. My grandparents were gardeners on a business scale, so I have had my fair share. But that is hard work…for a career. I stop at photographing the best parts…
Oh my gosh I love your home! And I just want to give Milo a big hug! Just lovely!
Done! – the hugging. He sends his most pleasant paw patting!
Such beautiful photography of nature!! What a pleasure to look at!
So glad you liked them – thank you!
I love the blossoms. Such a wonderful spring event the arrival of the blossoms.
Yes, Anne, they are so much longed for. ♥
I feel the same about our new rental house. It’s not a chore to be in it or in the yard, although we can go further afield. I remember how excited I was to discover those insect hotels for the first time when in France several years ago. I’d like to have one and a bat house as well. 🙂
First we made one on our own, but now the insect hotels are cheaper than before, and look a bit more fancy…so now we have bought some. Glad you love your place too!
How beautiful, A-C! Thank you for the fabulous tour of your garden. I love your new insect hotel.
144 pots, wow! 🙂
Thank you, Amy – love my new hotel too. Hope the insects will as well!
Great shots. Love Milo. Bee shots, jungle, you have it all!
Haha, thank you, John! My husband used to threaten me that he would bring a machete for that jungle some day…but he still manages to kill off some plants and pots every year…
I have downsized lately but I used to have a jungle too, and I miss it. When I first got married we combined my 80 or so plants with Al’s 20 or so. I friend came over and looked at the ‘jungle’ and said that a machete would have been a better wedding present than a bunch of wine glasses!
Haha, my husband would certainly agree…