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Friday Flowers

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Hello on this Friday that brings a nice temperature despite the fact that autumn started yesterday. The signs of autumn are already abundant, leaves and petals dropping, and although I hugely enjoyed summer this year, I’m ready to embrace autumn.

Above flowers were shot at the Umbrian & Provençal market last weekend. The market itself – although my friend and I had a great time being out and about – was a bit of a disappointment. We thought that being labeled Umbrian & Provençal, at least 75 % of the stalls should sell things that fit the description, but both Umbrian & Provençal food and trade stalls were few and far between. When we got to the market, the first two stalls sold pulled pork and churros…

Nevertheless, we found food to take to the meadow picnic we had planned to go to, but alas, it started drizzling on our way home. We had our picnic food at my friend’s home, then walked up the steep hill to where the “lit meadow” was supposed to be. Again, a deceptive description. We both had lanterns, cutely lit installations etc in mind, but were presented with green lasers and fog machines. It was interesting to see but we were through in 15 minutes.

Back to the flowers. I’d never seen that kind of lilac in hydrangeas but the gent selling them told me how to get the pink ones I currently have to get that colour next spring.

How was your week? Hope you’ll all have a good weekend!

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Hello on this mild Friday evening, which happens to be the first rainy day and the last of my vacation days. Before I tell you what I’ve been up to, I’d like to dedicate today’s flowers to Laura, whose blog elgaygee has its 5th anniversary today, and with whom I’ve been enjoying a lovely comment ping pong over the past few years.

These past two weeks were very relaxing. At the beginning of my vacation I was fretting about the wisdom of having a stay-at-home-vacation, because I felt that you never relax as much as when you leave your everyday surroundings. However, everything was fine, even though I didn’t take day trips as planned.

I got up very late every morning, enjoyed the beautiful plants on my balcony until late at night, always with a book and a cup of coffee at hand. I also had a little personal success two days ago, when after three weeks of constant headaches and trying out different medication a physiotherapist was finally able to free me from this three week pest.

The weather was fantastic throughout my vacation, I visited the street food market again, visited my parents’ garden several times to get fresh vegetables, met my sister for lunch, and met a friend for lunch today. Tomorrow I’ll be meeting another friend to visit the Umbrian market in Tübingen, which promises tons of good food. Weather permitting, because it’s supposed to rain tomorrow, we’ll then go on to a close-by town for an organised meadow picnic, where apparently the meadow will be illuminated by several artists once it gets dark. Fingers crossed for the weather to hold!

Hope you’re having a good Friday as well – happy weekend!

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Friday Flowers

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My first week of vacation is almost over. I’ve really lucked out with the weather, we’re having temps up to 30°C again this week. I’ve mostly been chilling this week, meeting people, going for walks, and sleeping in – which is surprising because I thought due to the solar panel installation going on on the roof this week the noise would be disruptive. So far, they started the workday around 9:30 am, which I really can’t complain about. Also, because of the scaffolding currently surrounding the house, the midday sun doesn’t heat up the balcony as much, so it’s quite nice to sit out there almost all day without getting sunstroke.

I’m looking forward to another relaxing week. It’s so easy to get used to not having to go to work🙂 .

Today’s flowers were initially part of a bouquet. A colleague got them for her birthday at work, but when the weekend came she couldn’t take them home because of her cats. So I became the new owner, and when the first of the flowers started to wilt, I picked the bouquet apart and put each surviving species in its own little vase. I had four different ones arranged on my coffee table, which was lovely to look at.

Happy Friday, everyone!

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A late hello on this still very warm Friday evening! I’ve been out this afternoon to visit the bi-annual Dutch textile market in the city; I only learned about this market a couple of weeks ago, and it was fun visiting it. There were so many beautiful colours of both threads and cloths that I wished I could sew. I’ve tried that once, though, and am way too impatient for it. I’m better off sticking to taking photos of the stuff than trying to make something from it.

Tomorrow there’ll be the annual yard party at a friend’s, and for Sunday my sister requested I cook risotto for her. I’ll be working on Monday, and then hopefully take two weeks off. I say hopefully because although my vacation is approved by work, and I’m supposed to take two weeks off in one go, I just learned yesterday that as of Monday work will start on the roof of my apartment block where they put up solar equipment – with a 3 month delay, so these works will fall into my vacation time, and I can imagine it will get very loud and unpleasant, and there won’t be any sleeping in. We’ll see. Maybe I’ll just buy a ticket to somewhere and take off 🙂 .

Have a good weekend!

 

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August. Hopefully next year people won’t complain that we didn’t have a proper summer in 2016… For me, personally, it was way too hot. Over 30°C for two weeks showed me once again that I prefer varied weather to a heatwave, and that I appreciate the occasional rainfall in summer. Still, it was great to see everything blooming on my balcony, to sit out there until after midnight to cool down a little and watch shooting stars.

I really did get my butt off the couch this month, went out to the weekly street food market, shopping with friends, having breakfast out, and going to BBQs, visiting my parents’ garden and enjoying the harvest – nothing better than vegetables fresh from the garden.

How was your August?

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Hello everyone! I’m sitting in my darkened living room right now because it’s only about lunch time but with over 30°C outside the only hot thing I can bear is my coffee. I’m having another long weekend, and the first thing I did on getting up this morning was watering my plants on the balcony because they looked like they hadn’t been fed for a week instead of last night.

Speaking of plants, the above dahlia is the one I bought at the Home & Garden show last week. It’s waist-high and full of buds, and its colour is just beautiful. As you can see, when the buds open they’re a deep purple, almost aubergine coloured, then they turn more fuchsia the more they open. So even though the seeds I planted this year failed, I am really happy with my little balcony garden and love sitting out there surrounded by beauty.

I had actually planned on getting a lot done today, being Ms. Efficiency, but in this heat I think I’ll stick to hiding inside for a bit longer. Since I’m not going on vacation this year, I feel like I should be using my days off better than that but when you’re sweating just from typing a blog post I guess being lazy can be excused.

I did do a lot yesterday, spent all morning with my camera using all my lenses. Late afternoon I met a friend in the city to visit the weekly street food market. Unbeknown to me, this food truck event started last year, from early May to the end of September, and all this was going on right under my nose – I only learned about it two weeks ago from a newspaper article. I had expected there to be more food trucks, but I think because of school holidays and the Weindorf being held at the same time, there might have been less than usual. Nevertheless, it was really nice there, we had pulled pork in a pretzel roll, and we’re going again later in September.

On my weekend agenda is a lazy Saturday and a Sunday meeting a friend for a day out and her birthday BBQ later on. So, quite a bit to look forward to.

What are your plans? Hope you’re having a good summer so far!

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A late hello on this beautiful Friday! I’ve been having yesterday and today off; as I haven’t planned a vacation this year, I decided to take my vacation days whenever the weather is good. With over 20 vacation days left, I hope the weather will be good for a long while.

Luckily the weather was also great yesterday, because I went to a Home & Garden show, where they sold everything you could use in your garden, from furniture to pools to sculptures, and of course plants. When I walked in, my eye immediately fell on some beautiful waist-high dahlias and some echinaceas, also known as coneflowers.

I went home with 1 dahlia and 3 coneflowers, all of which I’m sure you’ll see here at some point. Two of the coneflowers – a white and a red one – were of the classic variety, whereas the third one – seen above and called echinacea “piccolino” – has fuller, rounder blossoms, hence their name double coneflower. The low price I paid for all 4 plants was quite unbelievable, only 19 Euros. At a garden center I’d probably have gotten just 2 plants for that price.

The Home & Garden show also hosted food stalls, cheeses, fruit, preserves. What caught my eye, though, was an Italian stall that advertised Mandorle, Italian almond cookies. The variety was incredible, and I bought 12 pieces of different flavour (to take to work on Monday, at least half of them!). They cost more than my 4 plants, but still – that day was cheaper than being on vacation🙂 .

Have a good weekend!

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Good morning & happy Friday! Are you looking forward to the weekend as much as I am? This week we’ve had a bit of rain and lower temperatures, but we’ve been promised a very warm weekend.

Plans? Last weekend I bought redcurrants to make a typical Swabian redcurrant cake, but then got up on Sunday morning and thought: No. Too much work. So I’m hoping to get the cake done this Saturday, then we’ll be celebrating my godmother’s birthday on Sunday. In between all that I’m hoping to get in some photography.

Speaking of which, if you’ve been around here for a while, you’ll have seen a lot of cosmea flower pictures. The previous years I grew my own but sadly that failed this year, so I bought two plants. I’ve taken a real shine to cosmea flowers and probably have a ton of pictures already, but every year I’m fascinated anew, and when I look at them I tend to jump off my deck chair to grab the camera.

I don’t think I’ve ever photographed this back view, though, and am quite taken with this shot. I’m so glad I bought a new 60mm macro lens, it makes it so easy to use higher f/stops handheld compared to my 50mm lens. I’ve become quite trigger-happy with this lens again, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing even more cosmea flowers while they’re in bloom.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Happy Friday! Today’s allium flower was on its last legs when I took this picture – I’d already plucked some of the blossoms for my Beauty In Decay series when I remembered to take a picture of it… oops.

Plans for the weekend? None so far. We’ve been having lots of afternoon, evening and night rain this week, today looks a bit dull as well, but I’m told we’ll be having another scorcher of a weekend. I guess I’ll wing it then, just see what I feel like doing.

I know there are a few fields around where I live that are now full of those round hay bales I always try to capture and miss every year, so I might have a drive and see if I can get a few pictures in.

Also, I’ve seen great nature pictures with back light and was wondering why I’ve hardly ever tried that. So that’s another thing I might check out this weekend.

Hope you have nice plans and good weather!

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