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!
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…
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!
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.
During a search through my picture archives I happened upon this pretty orange flower that I clicked at the botanical gardens earlier this year. It wasn’t what I’d been looking for, and I have no idea what kind of flower it is, but it instantly took me back to that warm day in May. Looking at it today, I still like it and it brightens up this overcast day.
What to say about October? Or maybe I should just start every month’s summary with It went by waaaaay too fast…
On a personal level, I took every Friday this month off so I could have four long weekends. I was lucky because the weather turned out to be really nice on all of those weekends, and I enjoyed the return of the Indian summer so much. On those days off I spent time outside, went to our weekly market, and cooked in leisure for my food blogs, which was very pleasant because normally I have to cram it all into the weekend.
On a photography level, I participated in the Worldwide Photo Walk, which was fun; I took quite a lot of pictures during the walk but when it came time to choose the pics for this monthly post I felt I’d been quite uninspired for the rest of the month and had a hard time finding enough for this post (that I felt content with).
Then I almost joined a Drink & Click photography group but was hit by a 24h bug the day they met, so I hope to be able to join them next month. I also tried to get out of my comfort zone and shoot at higher f/stops than 1.8 and 2.8, both in food and object photography. I have more on my to try list for next month.
All in all, it was a very pleasant start to autumn with a gentle slide into the darker season. Heating turned on for the first time, albeit reluctantly. Wearing socks around the house instead of flip flops. Hot water bottle close by, just in case. And finally the justification to cook comfort food. Only 8 weeks until Xmas ;-)
What was your October like?
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“One Summer In Montana“
After reading several books that coincidentally were all about people living in Montana, with descriptions of the most beautiful landscapes and the mention of ranches and cowboy boots thrown in, this German girl thinks Montana must be really worth seeing. She asks her American friend whether she’s ever been to Montana, and the reaction is something along the lines of “No. Why would I want to go there? What’s there to see in Montana?” So the German friend tells her about those books, and the mention of Montana becomes a running gag between the two. Whenever the German girl meets new Americans, she asks them whether they’ve ever been to Montana but has yet to meet someone who has.
One day she decides to use all her annual leave, pack her favourite green summer dress and her new cowboy boots, and visit Montana for one summer. This book is a journal of her Montana road trip.
Personally, I prefer to submit only 1 picture for a challenge, but I really couldn’t make up my mind; I asked friends for advice but again it was a draw. So just like in the real world, there is now a UK edition and a US edition available of this book ;-) And BTW – this story is true, up to the bit where she actually travels… that’s just wishful thinking on my part.
For more cover art, go here.
PS: If anyone from Monatana happens to read this post, I would love to hear about the beauty of your state! :-)