It’s rather unusual for me to have snapdragons on my coffee table, but when I went to the city market last Saturday they were the only ones that spoke to me. They don’t really fit into my preferred colour scheme either, it’s too much yellow for my taste, but I am still happy I bought them.
They look so light and airy in my living room, and they’re still there even after one week. The first petals started dropping last night so maybe I’ll replace them with more bunches of snapdragons this weekend.
Traveling is always an adventure for me, and traveling to the UK – even if it’s only for a layover – is an even better one. To me, the atmosphere on leaving a plane in the UK is already so completely different from the atmosphere at home.
However much I love being on British soil, though, I don’t really like the hustle & bustle at Heathrow… that adventure I could totally do without.
Find out about other people’s adventures here.
Last month I decided to put together my favourite vacation pictures in a photo book. As I had no experience at all with photo books, I did some research, tried out a few of the ones that got voted best online tools, and then gave up.
Maybe I’m just very picky, but nothing seemed to fulfill my expectations. I was either discontent with having to upload all my photos into cyberspace, the format I wanted didn’t seem available, or the kind of paper I preferred wasn’t to be had with the size of book I wanted, and so on and so on.
So I decided to print my pictures on my little postcard printer, go to a real shop and buy a photo album and photo tape. This wasn’t as easy as it sounds either, because I had expectations of what the photo album should like, of course.
In the end I made a compromise and chose all black because plain white wasn’t available. Otherwise, though, I’m quite content with it. My postcard printer prints pretty good quality and colour, and the album looks good enough to me to leave out as a coffee table book.
Does anyone still use photo albums? Or am I the only one reverting to something old-fashioned because technology doesn’t meet my expectations?
This ipomoea, also known as morning glory, was given to me in June as a tiny plant by a friend’s mother. As the wooden beams on my balcony had other plants tied to them at that point, I just put it in a pot and left it there without much attention.
Then about a week ago I noticed the first flower, in a gorgeous deep lilac. What greater glory than opening the blinds in the morning to see this beautiful thing looking at you.
Happy Friday, everyone!
This week’s WP Photo Challenge is Dialogue. Here‘s the very interesting challenge post that will very likely show tons of different interpretations of this challenge.
I could have titled this triptych Trying out new things… I don’t eat seafood but during my New England vacation made it my goal to try lobster, prawn and clams. It didn’t make me go green in the face but it didn’t do much for me either. I thought OK, been there now, done that… and didn’t feel the need to try again.
Then my friends made these above prawns on the BBQ, and I decided to try again. Result: same as before. I still felt a fascination with these things and took a few pictures.
Another new thing I tried is this triptych with one pic in landscape. That wasn’t on purpose, I only discovered I’d taken only three pics, one of which was landscape. So I decided to go with it, and although it looks different, I like it.
What a dreary end to a month that was supposed to be the height of summer. Yesterday August graced us with a rare last beautiful sunny day only to go out on a rainy note today.
As I mentioned here before, I’m still counting on a wonderful Indian summer, I’m sticking to that until the last day of September :-) .
Photography-wise, I picked up the camera every day to shoot mundane, around-the-house stuff, just as I had intended. Quite a few food pics this month as well, as I started cooking and experimenting again after almost a month of not being bothered to cook properly.
Despite this rain-soaked month, I immensely enjoyed going out on my balcony to see everything I planted in spring successfully blooming. Even if I couldn’t sit outside as often as I would have liked, it was a sight for sore eyes that made the balcony a relaxing place.
How was August for you?
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Sometimes being in a different time zone has its advantages. In this case – the new WP challenge isn’t out yet, so I was able to get in my picture before America wakes up properly and WP issues the latest challenge.
I’d written this one off completely because fray was not part of my life this last week, in no sense of the word. Then this morning while driving to work, I looked at my hand on the steering wheel and noticed the skin just below the fingernail was totally frayed on one finger. So I sped home after work and clicked away.
Other people’s fray can be seen here.
If you’re fed up with dahlias – I’m hoping to buy different flowers at the market tomorrow morning… I, too, need a different photo subject.
Hope you’ll all have a great weekend with better weather than we are currently having. This constant rain feels like autumn has already arrived. I’ve convinced myself, though, that we’re going to have a fantastic Indian summer.
Happy Friday, everyone!
…is another person’s treasure. Although I’m sure this set did not start out as junk, but let me start at the beginning.
A few weeks ago I met a friend for breakfast in the city. It was a Saturday and, therefore, flea market day. Walking towards our meeting point, I ogled the stalls from the corner of my eye. Then my friend and I talked about flea markets and found that we a) both found a lot of the stuff to be just filthy old crap and b) were both crap at bartering.
So after I told her that I’d always wanted to find something nice for the food blog, like an old tea or coffee set, we decided to walk through the flea market with our eyes open and then we’d see whether we’d try bartering.
Shortly after that we both looked at the above set at the same time, looked at each other, my friend said “What’s it worth to you?”, I said “5 Euros, 8 max”. She held up the set, the guy called over “4 Euros” – and we were both totally baffled because we hadn’t expected that at all. Huh. Below what I’d have been prepared to pay. I said yes, not even trying to barter, and he wrapped it up. While he did so, my friend asked if he wasn’t going to tell us the story of this piece. His answer was he bought it at an estate sale, which probably means he paid even less than 4 Euros.
I went home very, very happy, wondering about who had owned this set and kept it in such good condition for probably a very long time.
Another dahlia. With this bunch I was fascinated by the different “life stages” in one flower. I focused on the decayed bits below, and I find the combination of soft beautiful petals on top and the already wilted ones on the bottom quite fascinating.
The original colour of this dahlia was a vibrant pink and quite gorgeous, but I decided to try out this Portobello Lightroom5 preset, which turned it into a beautiful pastel.
Sometimes amazing things happen, and you think This cannot be real! I’m not talking about major important things in life but little things. Like the WP Weekly Photo Challenge.
I was chilling on my sofa, and as I’m prone to do I jumped up and got the camera because on the wall above the opposite sofa a silhouette showed, thrown onto the wall through the window behind me. It only lasted for a couple of minutes and I was glad I captured it.
Then while I downloaded the day’s pictures, the latest WP Photo Challenge showed up in my reader, and it said silhouette. Amazing, or what!? Granted, it’s not one of the best pictures I’ve ever taken, but for a picture taken without really thinking about it and a bit of fiddling with brightness and saturation – I can live with it.