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Good morning! Today’s flower pic is more like a blank canvas, I know… Maybe I chose it because the next week will be like a blank canvas for me; after having had to surrender my vacation week in January to sickness, I have next week off and hope to make use of this “blank canvas”.

Except for an evening class named “Salts & Oils” and meeting a friend I have no big plans for next week. Hopefully I’ll get to go to the garden center to buy potting compost so I can finally sow this year’s flower seeds for the balcony.

At the moment I also view this photography thing as a bit of a blank canvas because while the previous months my goal was just to go out and take pictures again I actually have no clue at the moment what I want to take pictures of. I realised the other day that walking around aimlessly hoping to find some little details along the way was not how I wanted to operate.

Let’s hope that after the next week my canvas will at least be filled with some new ideas and inspiration.

Wishing you an inspired weekend, everyone! Happy Friday!

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Friday Flowers

Good morning. Contrary to the two weeks of continuous rain my weather app predicted earlier this week, we’re having a sunny day so far.

Last week I mentioned a bread baking session and taking my bread to the baking house to be baked in the wood-burning oven; that didn’t turn out as well as expected, and I have to say the version I did last month in my oven at home was way better. So I guess it’s not worth driving my bread around to be baked again.

The other part of our plan turned out exceptionally well, though. My friend had packed some of her Halloween decorations, and we found a great tree by a little pond, surrounded by weeping willows, where we set up the props. We quickly had a winner, and the invitations are currently being printed.

This weekend I’m invited to a friend’s birthday, and I’d also like to do some recipe experimenting. Some ideas have been on my kitchen chalk board for well over a year, and I think it’s time to give them a go.

Happy Friday!

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Friday Flowers

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Good morning! A very cold morning here today, we’re back to 1ºC but we’ve been promised a 15ºC weekend, which is great to hear, but still those jumps in temperature are hard to adapt to sometimes (or is it just age, hehe…).

As I mentioned in my monthly overview earlier this week, I did a major spring clean in the kitchen last weekend; I’m still going through stuff that I don’t think I want to keep but luckily I have a friend who’s currently looking for items to “modify” for Halloween decorations. If you think it’s too early for that – we’ve been saying the other day that “after the party is before the party” so really it’s better to get things out of the way and have them ready in storage once the day comes.

Speaking of Halloween, we’ll be going on a little outing tomorrow and taking some accessories with us to start taking pictures for this year’s invitations. Before we do that, we’ll both be preparing bread dough tonight and take our respective loaves to the baking house we visited last year; our breads will be baking in the wood-burning oven while we go and have breakfast and do our Halloween thing. I’m looking forward to it, especially as my friend will be bringing her 7 month old little dog along, so anything could happen…

What are your plans for the weekend?

Happy Friday!

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2017 February In Pictures

It’s the end of February, and this not-so-new year seems to be still in low gear for me. Another two weeks of sick leave, still not feeling 100 % – again, like many other people around me, so it’s not just me who can’t seem to fight off whatever bug is going around – and lots of indoor photography. These past few days I’ve resorted to phone photography, because apart from going to work I wasn’t outside much.

Last weekend I did a mega spring clean in the kitchen, lugging everything that wasn’t attached to anything out into the hall, scrubbing, cleaning, throwing lots of stuff out, then trying to put back in as little as necessary. Great feeling!

Another great feeling is that I’ve actually managed to produce a full month of pictures again, and not just another half-assed attempt…

Let’s stick with the good memories of February and see what March brings.

How was your February?

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Hello & Happy Friday! We’ve had heavy storms here all last night that sounded really terrible; luckily this morning we’re only having a slight wind, and half the sky looks clear and blue.

Instead of my intentions to take pictures last week, I didn’t do much except go to the garden center, where I got above flowers. The garden center looked like spring had exploded in there, and it made me want to buy tons of stuff. I resisted and just bought flowers. I’m really looking forward to plant seeds for the balcony, though.

There’s nothing on the agenda for this weekend except maybe some recipe testing. Apart from that I’m planning on relaxing, reading, and drinking lots of coffee.

Hope you all have nice plans, be it for something exciting, adventurous, or just relaxing!

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Friday Flowers

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Hello again. I don’t have much to tell you today, which I guess is a good thing after all the negative stuff that’s been flying around me these past weeks. The sun just came out of hiding after a day that was forecast to be all rainy, I’m going to a party tonight to say goodbye to a colleague who’s going back to Canada, and I have several little vases of rununculi on my coffee table. I love rununculus season and am looking forward to a constant supply for the next two months; I do like tulips but when there’s not much else available even that can get boring.

As usual, my plans for the weekend are to take lots of pictures, but I guess we all know what can become of plans. Mostly not much. Still… fingers crossed.

Happy Friday & have a good weekend, everyone!

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Hello, I’m back among the living. And I feel like I should be welcoming myself back to this blog because it seems so long that I’ve posted properly here. This is my first week back to work after another two weeks of sick leave. I feel like I really should be done with sickness for the rest of the year, I just hope life agrees.

Naturally, I haven’t done much or gone anywhere during the past weeks, and I feel ready to properly start 2017 now. Apart from reading an awful lot these past weeks, the only things I did were  food shopping and trips to the pharmacy once a week. Which also means I didn’t get “proper” flowers during that time, but I did buy supermarket tulips. That’s pretty much all you get at the supermarket right now, and out of boredom I took tulip pictures.

Today I’ll be going to the market again, maybe I’ll find more interesting flowers there; I’ll definitely be stocking up on veg & fruit, I love that it’s currently blood orange season. I try to make the most of it, peeling some every evening to take to work as a snack the next day as well as juicing some to use in salad dressing or mix with buttermilk for a refreshing drink.

If all goes according to plan, I’ll be baking bread; have been meaning to do that ever since the class I took in autumn last year. There are also a couple of other things that have been written on my kitchen chalk board for quite a while, like making caramels, making more macarons, making onion soup… We’ll see what I’ll really feel like making this weekend.

I hope you’ve all managed to stay healthy and have nice plans for the weekend.

Happy Friday!

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2017 January In {A Few} Pics

Déjà vu anyone? The German saying New Year – New Luck didn’t turn out to be true. As much as I wanted to start this year on a more positive note, I guess it wasn’t meant to be.

I think I mentioned in an earlier post that I went into the new year with a week of sick leave. Then I went back to work for two weeks until I was sent home with the words “Do not come back until you’ve fully recuperated”. This turned into another two weeks of sick leave, I’m in the middle of the second one now.

So many people I know are having the same problem with a really persistent cold, and some are, unfortunately, much worse; cases where a cold has led to pneumonia are abound. I wish everyone who suffers that they get better soon.

While I’d made a list of what I’d like to take pictures of this month, it didn’t happen, of course, what with being housebound and sick. The few pics you’ll see here are from New Year’s Day, some of my cooking endeavours from the two weeks I actually felt well, and the few bits & bobs I photographed while being home these past two weeks [and I didn’t know taking pics at home could be so exhausting!].

I was trying to do some stock photography for my own purposes, and I had so much more planned, but we’ll have to make do with this. It can only get better from here on out.

Having said that – my laptop is on the brink of giving up and will need a new installation. I’m sure you’re all familiar with the kind of tedious tasks this entails. I’ve been trying to delay this but not much is working anymore so it needs to be done pronto. I just wanted to get this post up, and then we’ll see what happens. I’ll try the WP mobile version to keep up to date with stuff.

And not to sound sappy, but there are people out in this world who are so much worse off with real issues in their lives, and I’m fully aware mine are 1st world problems.

I hope you’ve all had a much better January!

PS: Since preparing this post earlier today, I tried to do a new install on my laptop – it wouldn’t let me. I tried the DELL backup & recovery tool – success. But only until I had to login with my Microsoft account… Apparently a few years ago when I created my MS account, I had to state an alternative email address, which meanwhile no longer exists. So on updating that information, MS told me I needed to wait 30 days for them to give me full access. Until then, I cannot access some apps on my laptop nor “confirm my identity” on the laptop. Hilarious. I think it would have been less hassle to buy a new laptop 🙂

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Good morning. After starting into the new year with a cold and on sick leave, with wanting to climb the walls because of my horrible neighbours and thus feeling physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted, I’m doing my best to feel better.

I’m very actively looking for a new place to rent, having looked at a place earlier this week, and I’ll be looking at another one tomorrow. The problem is that there’s more demand than supply, which means rental prices are really up the roof. Then there’s the fact that you want to move asap but don’t want to take the first place available (and affordable) either just because you want to leave your old place behind. The place I looked at earlier this week was great. On first glance. I’m tempted to go for it because it’s a very quiet place, new, equipped with a beautiful kitchen (major plus for me) but I can’t turn a blind eye to the things that aren’t so great. I feel I get more picky with age, too. We’ll see where it goes.

Amidst all these problems, thoughts, worries and decisions to make, a post on Helen’s 365 Journal popped up in my reader that I immediately loved and am going to internalize:

sound-of-my-feet-helen-boydMy plans for this weekend are maybe trying recipes for the food blog and definitely sorting through all my (too many) possessions. I really want to be prepared for a move, however long it’ll take to find a place, and get rid of unused and unnecessary things and clutter.

I hope your new year has started well for you. Happy Friday!

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2016 December In Pictures

So this is it – not just another month flown by but another year. Both people around me as well as people online have been saying – albeit in more elaborate words – “good riddance to 2016“. Every time I heard or read that, I was thinking that it hadn’t been that bad for me, really. Considering my life as a middle class European and the fact that I don’t live in a war zone, I think complaining about what I have would feel like complaining about the price of champagne.

Having said that, we all have our baggage to carry, and it’s always subjective how we feel about that. Personally, I’ve been complaining about being uninspired regarding photography almost all through 2016. This last month, though, I’ve picked up my camera more often, and I’m having fun taking pictures again, and I feel like I’m no longer down in the dumps there.

Not so pleasant for me is the fact that I’ve been feeling a very big psychological strain this past year due to absolutely horrible neighbours. This one is more difficult to solve than my photography blues, as finding adequate living space has become quite difficult here with more demand for than supply of apartments. I also feel like I’ve been paralysed in the situation instead of being more proactive with regards to moving, because I have lived and felt at home in my place for a very long time. Now I feel no longer comfortable in my own home, and I’ve finally woken up to the fact that if I don’t get a move on (pun intended) and help myself by doing all I can to find a new place, I’ll be stuck here. So fingers crossed.

Here’s my personal recap of 2016, which despite being frustrated about the above mentioned things did also bring wonderful experiences:

  • my friend E left the country early in 2016 – far from wonderful, but we’ve been FaceTiming, which makes every chat special;
  • another friend & colleague whom I basically saw almost every day had a baby and is on parental leave – when we see each other now, that time is even more precious;
  • I did a few photo collaborations with Ines from imonnet, which was both fun and challenging;
  • I made a new friend who has a let’s do it mentality, to which I owe many, many fun (photography) outings in 2016;
  • I traveled to the UK, my favourite place;
  • I met up with Laura from eljaygee while in London, a definite highlight;
  • I rang in the New Year with the same people as the past 2 years, which is a valuable kind of continuity of our friendship.

I don’t really have any resolutions for this new year except to try as best I can, and not to write such lengthy (and personal) novels for my posts, which should really be concentrating on the pictures.

And here’s my selection for 2016.

Happy New Year everyone, and much fun & success in your own photographic & personal endeavours in 2017!

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Visit To London, Pt. I

After leaving York last week, I took a train down to London, where I spent another three days. There’s obviously a vast difference between the two cities; while York can be explored in 3 days you can likely spend three days in one area of London and still not have seen everything.

Luckily I had a little help. I had seen one of Helen Ogbourn‘s London pics on Instagram and asked her where exactly it was taken. So I went to South Kensington on my first day out, then went on to Canary Wharf, and from there to Greenwich on Mike Osborn‘s suggestion. Thank you both for your suggestions – I had a lovely day out!
I also walked from my hotel in Bethnal Green to Brick Lane in Shoreditch, and on to Spitalfields, which was an interesting trip with all the food establishments along the way as well as the graffiti I encountered.

On day two I finally met Laura, whom I was supposed to meet last year but technology had kept us apart. This time we made a time and meeting point, and we managed to find each other at the Southbank. We’d only known each other from commenting on our respective blogs, so it was quite exciting to see whether we’d get along in person. I’m happy to say we did, and I had the best day out in a very long time. With Laura being a native Londoner, I had the privilege of having my own personal tour guide.

We spent the day walking from Waterloo Bridge towards London Bridge, and while I’ve been complaining here for a while about being uninspired – well, that flew right out the window. I brought back an abundance of pictures, and I was really content with 90 % of them, which is a rare occurrence for me these days.

Here’s part one of my pictures, a mixture of graffiti, architecture, reflections, and lines.

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