Ingredients

Ingredients {Cocktail Tomatoes}

Ingredients - Cocktai Tomatoes

Even in summer, it’s not easy to get tomatoes that don’t just look but also taste good. It’s really hit and miss, and it’s also inevitable to be disappointed more often than I’d like. I prefer the vine-ripened cocktail tomatoes to the larger species and have had both tasteless ones as well as excellent ones this summer. There’s nothing for it but try, try, try…

This year I have a tomato plant growing on my balcony, and the first red ones are finally ready for picking; I hope they’ll taste great what with all the love and care I’ve invested in them :-) .

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Life

2015 August In Pictures

Here we are again, at the end of yet another month. It was a fantastically hot summer month, and at times I felt like I actually lived on my balcony. Get home from work, water balcony plants, unfold deck chair while coffee’s brewing in the kitchen, put on sunglasses, switch on e-reader – ready to chill and enjoy the warm evening; that’s what most of August was about for me, so really nothing to complain about.

Unlike the previous months, I actually went out with a friend to take pictures, so no shortage this month and no need to desperately scrape together enough pics for this monthly post.

One complaint I do have is that my 60 mm macro lens is playing up, so I need to have that looked at. Also, I feel ready to buy another lens but don’t really know what – do I just want a new lens or do I need a new lens? I was considering buying a circular fisheye lensbaby (definitely in theĀ want category) but couldn’t make up my mind. Or would it make more sense to buy an 18-200 mm lens (in the might need category)? Guess I’ll have to think about the want/need aspect more closely.

Now I’m looking forward to September as I have two weeks vacation planned.

How was your August?

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Nature

A Walk In The Park

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I mentioned last week that I’d joined a photography group that meets once a month. The theme of their August photo walk was Framed, and they met at a local park to walk what is called Stuttgart’s Green U. The Green U is made up of six parks interconnecting over an 8 km area.

You might be able to detect a few shots that fall under the Framed category in this gallery, with some you have to look closely, but a lot of them are just random pictures of things I liked along the way.

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Nature

Friday Flowers

Mixed Lilac Flowers

This last Wednesday my friend and I met with a Drink & Click photography group; they meet once a month (and to my knowledge this is a worldwide thing, not just local), having been given a photography subject, and they stop along the way in several locations to have a drink.

This month’s subject was Framed, which as you can see has nothing to do with my flower pic, but the meeting point was a local park, and I found the above flowers there. The terrain was slightly uphill, and the setting sun illuminated the flowers, all in shades of lilac in this particular space, and the view of those alone made me glad I had joined the group that day.

I’ll definitely be going back to that park, it’s absolutely beautiful; I’ve only been there once before with my camera, about 3 years ago and it was winter, and I don’t know why I haven’t gone back. There’s so much to see and take pictures of, and my impression was there’ll be something beautiful there in every season.

I’ve never purposely gone out to take pictures at 6:30 pm, so this was a new experience. I didn’t pay too much attention to light settings, I just went on gut feeling. A lot of the pics I took turned out well, and I’m sure you’ll be seeing them here at some point.

Busy weekend ahead for me – I had today off again (is it getting boring yet for you to read that sentence every week?! :-D ), went into town to get some gifts, tomorrow I’m invited to a house party, and the hours that aren’t filled with fun commitments will be spent in the kitchen; I’ve discovered that I’m not too bad at making macarons, so I’ll be trying out several flavours over the weekend.

Hope you’ve all got something nice planned as well. Happy Friday!

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Dry Summer

Nature

A Dry Summer

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Ingredients

Ingredients {Lemons & Limes}

Ingredients - Citrus Fruit

I always have limes in my kitchen throughout the year. I love cooking with limes, and these days with the heatwave we’re having I also like adding them to water. Lemons not so much, I usually only buy them for baking purposes.

Yellow is my least favourite colour, and pairing it with a vibrant blue like you see in the picture would normally make me shudder. The blue surface came out much bluer in the picture than it really is, and yet somehow this time the contrast of the colours spoke to me. I’m sure it’s a one off, though, a glitch in my colour matrix :-)

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Ageing Beauties

Nature

Ageing Beauties

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Curly Flower

Nature

The Curly Flower

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Life

Little Green Men

Ampelmaennchen

These little green men are part of the installation I mentioned visiting in last Friday’s post.

After the reunification of Eastern and Western Germany in 1990, a lot of Western German cities decided to adopt the pedestrian traffic lights indigenous to Eastern Germany.

Here in Western Germany our pedestrian lights are a generic red (for stop) and a green (for walk) figure of a man, whereas Eastern Germany had a more refined version of these figures, the green version of which is now shown in the above mentioned installation.

It was fun visiting the installation right in the middle of the main shopping area, you can walk around it or walk among the little green men.

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Power Play

Objects

Power Play

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Nature

Friday Flowers

FF Rose Bouquet

I received this beautiful little bouquet of roses last Saturday as a hostess gift from my friends at my Italian dinner. They’re still on the dining table – the roses, not the friends – and look like they’ll keep for a couple more days.

I’ve been busy today, I went to the city to have one of my lenses checked at the camera shop, then went to check out an installation along our main shopping street. It’s in honour of the German reunification of 1990, and it’s a fun installation, so I took some pics but haven’t downloaded them yet. If they’re any good you’ll get to see them here soon.

Food shopping’s done for the weekend, and I’ve been spending my afternoon on the balcony. I’m sure if I were to read through all my Friday Flower posts, it would seem like all I ever do is take Fridays off and hang out on the balcony. Guess I’m just happy we’re having such a fantastic summer, and that after a week of not so great weather the temperatures are on the rise again.

I’ll be making cinnamon rolls later today in expectation of a visit from friends tomorrow. They’re traveling down from Hamburg to visit their families and will stop by for coffee and cake along the way.

Apart from that I think it’ll just be cooking, blogging and chilling.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Deserted Lake

Nature

The Deserted Lake

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Sunflower Power

Nature

Sunflower Power

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Dreary Country Day

Nature

A Dreary Day

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Nature

Friday Flowers

Retro Dahlias

After I announced here last Friday that I had no plans for the weekend, my friend invited me for a BBQ on Saturday. The fantastically hot weather allowed us to spend all day and half the night outside, enjoying each other’s company, a few good drinks, and of course the delicious food.

My friend’s place was where I took the picture of these dahlias. My own dahlias – all three plants – died last week as the red spider mites apparently thought they made for good nourishment. I’m going t0 get new ones today, though, I’m not giving up that easily.

Today finds me with another day off, with plans to do some major food shopping and also to prepare some dishes for tomorrow night when I’m expecting guests. It’s “the usual suspects” that will be coming for dinner; they gave me a new pasta machine for my birthday earlier this year, so I invited them for an Italian dinner and am really looking forward to that.

I remember having them over last year around the same time, and at some point we were all sitting at the table fanning ourselves with paper plates because it was unusually hot; guess it’ll be the same this time as the heat wave is still ongoing.

Sunday will be lunch at a restaurant, an invitation from my Godmother celebrating her 77th birthday.

I’m sure I’ll find time somewhere inbetween the chores and the fun stuff to just hang out on the balcony for a bit with a cup of coffee.

I hope you all have great plans for the weekend as well, be it celebrating or just enjoying your time off!

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Wheat Quote

Life

Wheat

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Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beneath Your Feet

WPC - Beneath Your Feet

With this summer being the hottest in over ten years here in Germany, spending a day in my friend’s garden last weekend was pure bliss. We sat in the shade underneath a flowering cherry tree and my friend held the garden hose between us, nozzle pointed upwards, creating a succession of swift and short summer showers by spraying water upwards above our heads.

What you see in the picture beneath my feet is the pleasantly wet and cool grass after such a burst of garden hose showers.

See what’s beneath other people’s feet here.

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Leathery Leaf

Nature

Leathery & Veiny

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