Beauty In Decay

Beauty In Decay

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Friday Flowers

Good morning! As is not unusual, sadly, we’ve had four days of 26°C but today it’s raining, and that’s the forecast for the weekend as well.

Those hot and sunny days have definitely made up for what didn’t go so well this week, though. Apartment viewing: disappointing, so have to keep on searching. New Indian restaurant last night: food good but service more than lacking. Planting out my seedlings: had to sow new seeds for some as for seemingly no reason the ones that had been growing nicely died.

The flowers in today’s picture also were a disappointment: I bought them at last week’s Friday market, but two days later only what you see here was left, everything else had gone to seed.

So the plans for this weekend are: buy new flowers at different stall, plant out what’s left of the seedlings, and come up with something to cook for the food blog. Oh, and hope the weather forecast is lying 😀

Happy Friday!

 

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Edinburgh 2017

I’ve been to Edinburgh before, about 10 years ago, but that was before I got bitten by the photography bug. As I was traveling by myself this time, I decided to do a tourist bus tour to get an overview of what I wanted to see in detail later on. So I did the whole tour at first, then on the second round I hopped on and off the bus.

I did a lot of walking during the 2½ days I was there, and yet when I walked up to the Nelson Monument I realised it was steeper than I’d thought. OK, so I hadn’t been jogging for a year, but I arrived up there panting, which I desperately tried to hide because all the elderly people around me seemed to have no trouble at all with the climb 😂 .

I’m always nervous when I download my pictures back at home, because what looks totally OK on the camera display can be completely different when viewed in large. I was quite pleased that for once you can see where I was from my pictures, which isn’t always the case, as I tend to get more caught up in details than sightseeing and tourist spots.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflecting

 

I haven’t participated in the Weekly Photo Challenge for almost a year, I just realised 😳 – how did that happen?

Luckily this week’s challenge Reflecting fit right in with one of my vacation pics from May 1 in London. My fellow photographer Laura suggested we visit the Serpentine Gallery – to see if there was free wifi so I could check into my flight, so initially our visit wasn’t art related at all.

We were quite glad to have gone in, though, as not only did they have free wifi, but the light was fantastic and taking pictures was allowed; I managed to get a good few pictures out of this impromptu visit.

I was looking at this arty mirror, when I noticed a man coming my way, so I managed to capture his reflection while he was reflecting on the art around us.

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The last of the rununculi *sigh*. Wish their season were longer but I’ll probably appreciate them even more when they reappear next year.

Since my return from vacation the weather here has been more April-like, with lots of showers, wind and rain, interspersed with a few days of 20°. Let’s hope the weekend will be a sunny one.

Plans for the weekend are still unclear – it’s Mother’s Day here in Germany this Sunday, so there’ll definitely be some family time. I know I’m always telling you that I’ve been doing some decluttering but I often don’t touch stuff that I’m sure I need. Yesterday I received an invitation for an apartment viewing next week, and that was like a kick in the butt because if/when I do find the right apartment, moving will have to be organised quickly with no time to sit down and view each and every piece of clothing, household items, etc and deciding what to do with it, so some serious list making and saying goodbye to things will have to be on the agenda. Fingers crossed for the viewing!

What are your plans for this weekend?

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Tuesday Triptych: The Stony Ladies

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Friday Flowers

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2017 April In Pictures

April was quite a diverse month, both weather- and photography-wise. The weather showed both its pleasant as well as its unpleasant side, as is typical for April. With regards to photography, I did much more than in the previous months, both outside and inside. I made some DIY photography backgrounds/surfaces, and I enjoyed testing them as you will see below.

At the end of April I traveled first to Edinburgh, and then on to London, where I was happy to meet fellow photography blogger Laura of eljaygee for the second time after our meeting in December last year.

All in all, April was a balanced mix of positives and not so positives. I’m still looking for an apartment, but I got to go on vacation. My business trip to Rome was cancelled, but I’ll be traveling to the Dutch North Sea coast next month. I still haven’t broadened my photographic horizon as much as I would have liked, but I’m on a good course. So no complaints, really. Let’s see what May brings.

How was April for you?

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Friday Flowers

Hello on this sunny but cold spring morning! A bit of a strange weather week here in Southern Germany. Just when we thought our world was in full spring mode, we got summer temps of 25ºC for a few days, which were followed by cold rainy days over the four day Easter weekend. We then got two days of snow storms at the beginning of the week, and although it’s quite cold now at least it is sunny and crisp. Apparently we’re expecting many cloudy days starting this weekend.

I have the most exciting things planned for tomorrow – defrosting the freezer 😂 . Should have done this ages ago because my freezer drawers can hardly be pulled out anymore, but I decided it could wait. Only now it no longer can. While the defrosting happens, I’m hoping to get a few photography things done as well as going through my belongings with a fine tooth comb. I still haven’t found a new apartment, but I want to be prepared when I do, so I really need to think about what I do not want to lug with me in case of moving. It won’t be an easy task because I usually think I need everything I own.

I’ll also be thinning out the seedlings I sowed, which have grown immensely in the past few weeks, so it’ll be a trip to the garden center to get the proper soil for them.

This month I have bought new photography backgrounds/surfaces as well as made some myself, even though I’m not a DIY person. So I’m sure I’ll be experimenting with those. You can see two of my DIY ones in today’s flower pics – they used to be a beer table, I had them sawed in half and sanded, then painted both the top and bottom parts with different chalk paint and clear varnish, so I now have four different coloured backgrounds/surfaces. That’s enough DIY for the rest of the year, though 🙂 .

Hope you’ll all have a pleasant and sunny weekend!

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Tuesday Triptych: Spring Market Purchases

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Happy Easter

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Friday Flowers

Hello there! With Good Friday being the first of the Easter holidays, I had a late start into the day.

The Friday market was moved to Thursday, and I think I got more food items in than I’ll probably be able to process within the next four days; the family lunches on Easter Sunday and Monday will be at restaurants, so that leaves only today and tomorrow to do some serious cooking.

Except for those lunches I have nothing much planned, I’m just going to enjoy the four days off.

Hope you’re lucky enough to get as much time off at Easter as well.

Happy Friday!

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Friday Flowers

Good morning. These ranunculi are the same that you saw last week in little bottles. Some of them decided to hang their heads, bending right in the middle of the stems, so I shortened them and put them in a vase to give them a second lease on life.

We’ve been having fantastic spring weather this past week with up to 20°C, and I hope that’ll last through the weekend.

A friend and I had planned to visit a nearby city after seeing their ad for some kind of tulip event. Luckily we went online to get details, because it turns out it’ll be a just one big flowerbed – OK, so it’s made up of 1600 tulips, but still we decided not to drive out there for one flowerbed. So I’ll probably be taking it slow this weekend.

The seedlings I planted for my balcony only a week ago are thriving, the cosmea are already 10 cm high. The rest isn’t so bad either, seems only the ramson (wild garlic) doesn’t want to show up. I sowed seeds for 3 varieties of cosmea, 2 of asters, 2 of skabiosa, a poppy variety, and a zinnia. For herbs I’m having coriander, oregano, basil, and the reluctant ramson. Might get some seeds for thyme and mint this weekend.

Hope you’re in a good weather zone and have a nice weekend ahead of you.

Happy Friday!

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Friday Flowers

Good morning on this last day of my vacation. Today’s flowers are last week’s purchase, the remainders of which have been shortened and are now sitting in a vase on my coffee table.

I’m happy to say I did everything I had intended to do during this week. The majority of my time  – as planned – was chill time, sleeping in, enjoying my time off.

I sowed flower & herb seeds for the balcony, I went to the salts & oils class (fun, interesting, good starting point if you want to make homemade gifts but all in all a bit overpriced), together with a friend I visited Zavelstein in the Black Forest, which is known for its wild crocus blossom (unfortunately the first blossom had already come and gone, and due to the rain a lot of the crocuses were damaged but we still had a great time), I did my tax return, and today I’m going to meet the family at the ice cream parlour and visit the market. Tomorrow I’ll visit the Bread & Rose Market with a friend, where regional female entrepreneurs sell homemade and organic goods.

If you live in London, I hope you’re OK after the happenings on Wednesday, and if you live in the US, I hope you’ll still have health insurance after tonight – a completely incomprehensible concept to me as a German not to be able to have a fundumental right to affordable health insurance. Then again, a lot of fundamental rights seem to be going down the drain these days…

On that insightful note 😀 – have a good weekend!

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Friday Flowers

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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Tuesday Triptych: Collision Course

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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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Tuesday Triptych: Tin Man

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