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Prickly Clematis

Another reminder of last summer. I kept looking at this picture in my collection and wondering what I liked about it. I think it’s that the clematis seems to be snuggling up to the fence rail in spite of its razor-sharp looking bits of peeling paint; the flower seems to say “I like leaning on you despite your sharp edges, because my petals seem to be spiky as well but are really soft”.

Or maybe I’m just going gaga in the Xmas rush… On that note – Happy Friday, everyone! Don’t let Christmas stress you out!

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Luckily there are two T-days in the week, so I can do a Thursday instead of a Tuesday triptych…

Thanks to my employer I have flexi-time and was able to go to the tree lot down the road this morning; they open at 10:00 am and I came fully prepared with the car seats repositioned for a tree to fit in, gloves to carry it, and of course a fair bit of money. I only spent 5€ more than I’d intended but then the tree I bought was also a bit taller than I’d planned for.

I left the lot happy and with one more item crossed off my list.

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The Run-Up To Christmas

Although I know that Christmas time is a stressful time for many people, I have never felt that way. Yes, I do try to get as much fun things as possible crossed off my list before the holidays, like meeting friends at the Christmas market, and time seems to fly faster than the rest of the year but it has never felt stressful.

This year, however, I am in what we call Freizeitstress in German. Freizeit = leisure time, and Stress I don’t need to translate. So it’s like self-inflicted stress, because you just don’t want to say no to fun things like offers to meet friends, go places etc.

Christmas decorations? Very minimalist this year, as little fuss as possible. Tree? To be bought some time this week. Hopefully there’ll be an acceptable small one left in the lot.

For the last two weeks I’ve had both fun plans as well as appointments after work, and time is getting away from me. I hardly picked up the camera lately, which you might have noticed by the lack of posts.

This week, after some more appointments, I will have to rush to the shops to buy Christmas cards (which I already know will never arrive in time), buy last minute presents, and then I’ve invited friends over for a pre-Xmas Dinner this Saturday. I haven’t even properly thought about a menu yet, which is very unlike me.

The only things I’ve prepared are the guest favours I’ll be putting on everyone’s plates. If you happen to be one of my guests this weekend, please leave this site now! :-) I’ve ordered both Christmas presents and guest favours from a lovely spice shop, then stamped plain paper bags with Christmas motifs to package the spices. Printed seasonal tags from this site and assembled my guest favours.

That’s one item ticked off – on to the next 20…

 

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Candy Cane Hot Chocolate

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Friday Flowers

Michaelmas Daisy Macro

Today I couldn’t decide which version to post of this aster / Michaelmas daisy macro. The original flower is a bright pink with a bright yellow middle, and it definitely would have been a visual highlight on this very grey day. Then I suddenly found the colour too “loud” and went for the retro-ed version, which I thought looks more “quiet”, soft and classy.

Happy Friday, everyone!

PS: And THEN after posting this, I suddenly see in the “related items” section below that I already posted a similar colour version in September… :-)

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2014 November In Pictures

November brought us more beautiful sunny weekends as well as a few more Fridays off for me. And while it seemed that I picked up the camera even less than in October and took even less pictures, I certainly had my fair share of things to do and places to go.

And things to break. I broke three pieces of glass in one week, one by pulling aside the coffee table – the votive candle holder rolled off and left me with shards to hoover up, next I wiped a just emptied glass of milk off the same table in passing, and then I opened a kitchen cupboard and a glass dish that I hadn’t stored properly came falling down – the result looked like I’d dropped  hundreds of diamonds on the floor.

On the positive side, I went to a trade show, went out with friends, stayed with friends in the black forest for a long weekend during which we drove over to France for some serious food shopping. Then just yesterday I went to another cute little town in France with my photography friend E to visit a Christmas market. My picture outcome was pitiful, even though I froze my butt off looking for opportunities.

Add to that an office move including (grown men’s) temper tantrums, restaurant visits, quite a bit of shoe shopping and taking up jogging again, and it was a really eventful month. Now I’m definitely looking forward to December, the season of Glühwein, Christmas markets and holidays.

How was your November?

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Peony Bot Gard 01

Now that autumn seems to have settled in with quite a bit of fog in the mornings and evenings, I find even more pleasure in looking at the flower pictures I took in summer.

If the weather forecast holds true, we’re in for another sunny weekend here, though, so I’m certainly not complaining.

I have a forest walk planned with a friend later today, and then a day of food shopping over the French border tomorrow, so quite a busy weekend.

Hope you all have something nice planned for the weekend as well – have a good one!

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Fall Harvest

Fall Harvest

I speak British English and would use the word autumn instead of fall. However, fall harvest is to be taken literally here… as in FALLing harvest.

Early October, my friend and I were sitting on her terrace watching her husband drive round the house to the garage. Suddenly there was a crash but another guest and I thought it came from the nearby forest.

My friend was worried and went round the house to find her husband well. However, on their wood stack that’s covered with corrugated plastic sheet was a huge apple branch, apples all over the place, that had broken off. It was so full of apples and heavy it decided to harvest itself…

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Onion Chutney

Welcome to another sunny & bright day here in Southern Germany! I’m having another day off *happy sigh* but haven’t been outside yet.

I intend to hit the Friday market in a bit, get ingredients in for another long weekend of taking food pics, and enjoy being out there with all the time in the world.

Hoping you’re all having a good day & wishing you a great weekend!

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Autumn At The Castle Grounds

On one of my Fridays off in October I drove to Hohenheim University which happens to be housed in the outbuildings of Schloss Hohenheim (Hohenheim castle).

I remember I’d been cooking for my blog early in the morning and kept looking outside, because it was one of those beautiful, sunny autumn days. Yet, I didn’t really feel like going out. In the end, I kicked myself in the butt, and then of course was really glad I went.

I’d been meaning to visit the park at Hohenheim for a while and had never gotten round to it. Once there, everything seemed to be bathed in golden sunlight, it was absolutely beautiful. I didn’t walk through the whole park but liked the parts I saw. They have a huge number of trees from all over the world, everything they have planted is shown on a plan so you can choose where to go and know what you see.

I only stayed for about an hour, and I didn’t take that many pictures. What I clicked has stayed on my disk drive so far, I couldn’t decide whether to use those pics here. When I looked at them today, though, on this grey and rainy day, I felt transported back into the sunshine, so I’d like to share them here with you. Some of the pics were run through SnapSeed to get that aged look.

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