It’s clear that Carine and Danny are very fond of nature. They like to set off with a tent and to breathe in the open air. So it’s no coincidence that their house in the Flemish Ardennes looks out onto a large, lovingly maintained garden.
Since Danny retired, he has thrown himself enthusiastically into his garden. Gravel paths, borders, flower beds, and here and there an old wooden garden bench and a bird table. English gardens are the source of Danny’s inspiration. “For me, a garden doesn’t need to be perfect. There must be an area where nature can bloom. Literally so.”
“Above all, I want a living garden,” explains Danny enthusiastically, “full of spiders and midges and moths. If I dig up a planter, I find worms, millipedes, and sometimes even a salamander underneath, and that makes me happy. The natural world has a hard enough time, and I’m just glad that I can create a miniature ecosystem in my garden.”
Danny keeps a close eye on the bird population in his garden. “Birds have taught me to enjoy the moment. “When you glance absently out of your window and see the beautiful feathers of a Flemish jay through the foliage, you’re back in the here and now at once. And a small gesture can help those beauties come through the winter. Robins are crazy about meal worms. Recently we were visited by wrens. I’ve even seen a dunnock. Such diversity.”