October 12, 2006

Venturing out into un-English waters

Anybody up for a challenge? How about a Danish gardening blog? At least I think it's Danish. That's my best guess. Or Swedish. Even if you can't read a word of Hagedagbok fra parsellen i Bergen, the pictures are great. Like this one of brugmansia, affectionately known as brugs by those who grow them (I wish):

Brugmansia

The blog includes videos, and fortunately uses Latin names often enough that you can know what you're looking at.

If French is more your cup of tea, Martine Gingras in the Montreal area has a marvellous blog/website/forum, Banlieusardises.com that covers gardening, cooking and motherhood. She's become known as the Martha Stewart of Quebec and has even been written up in the newspapers. Click on the "Jardinage" tab for the gardening section.

Unlike Martha Stewart, she's not at all intimidating and has a wonderful warm style. Lots of recipes too, if you and your bilingual dictionary are up to the challenge. And she does all this with a full-time job and a toddler too. OK, so maybe she's a LITTLE intimidating.

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6 comments:

Martine la banlieusarde said...

I'm no superwoman: I've just been doing this for a long time. You wouldn't be intimidated by archives, would you? ;-)

I love what you're doing, Janet, and it's an honour to receive the kind words you have for me. THANKS!

Janet said...

See, I told you she was nice!

Mrs Lifecruiser said...

Since you seemed to wonder: "Hagedagbok fra parsellen i Bergen", is a Norwegian blog. Bergen is a city in the south west of Norway.

Norway is a beautiful country with a lot of mountains and fjords - their amazingly beautiful mountainlakes.

A bit different even from our Sweden :-)

Janet said...

Thanks, Mrs. L. I was wondering. I know that Norwegian and Swedish are very, very close linguistically, but I can't make out more than a few words in either language. My German helps me there...

Ann said...

How nice of you, Janet, and thanks to all who have tried to sort out my place in the world :-D)

Sorry I am not writing in English (or Spanish for that matter), but I really didn't think my blog would have any interest for people outside Norway. Maybe I have to reconsider ;-)

Yes, I am writing from the western part of Norway, which is on the eastern side of Great Britain. The Vikings etc.
Bergen is considered to be a mild part of Norway, and some people eve grows palms (outside) just south of here. I grow mainly vegtables and my favorit plant, cranebills (Geranium).

I have not had time to look at your blog, Janet, but I will, and I'll make a connection (a link ...) too. Thank you for your kind words, and let's keep in contact :-P)
Ann

Ann said...

Sorry, knew there where something about you ... I have already recomended your blog so I have already read it.

And still enjoy it. So you might look upon it as a quality-stamp, twice searched :-D)