I wasn’t going to put any words in my monthly reviews this year, but you know what happens to the best-laid plans…
Just wanted to mention that I went onto a very short photo walk in an area in Stuttgart that is actually a world heritage site. I remember going there with a friend many years ago, and we both thought we must have gotten the wrong place.
This time I made sure I got it right, and it turned out we had indeed been in the right place, only… at the risk of sounding like a philistine… it was absolutely boring and quite disappointing. What makes the place a world heritage site are houses by Le Corbusier. If you’re interested in architecture, you might like it, but it’s really not worth planning a trip there unless you live in the city anyway.
What I found way more interesting – even though just for a little detail photography – were some of the surrounding houses, built after WWII as a replacement for the ones that were bombed out. According to the info boards, there were eight houses altogether, all built by different architects, and were seen as not fitting into the environment as they were quite different in style than the existing buildings.
And that’s it – hope your January was a pleasant one!
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I know – it’s very pink! 😀 Last week desleyjane and I had a conversation about fuchsia photography backgrounds. I was inspired by that conversation to make one, so stopped by the DYI store this week, got a tiny can of glossy acrylic paint that called itself “orchid” but to me was totally fuchsia, and made this background in 5 minutes later in the week.
I happened to have bought a bunch of carnations a day earlier, which very annoyingly were almost dead on arrival – the blossoms were on such thin stems they hardly survived the trip home from the supermarket. So I decided to behead them straight away instead of being annoyed, found a bowl, and let the flower heads swim a little.
My December review is always one for the whole year. December as such was okay-ish, I’ve been to Hamburg with a friend, but then was sick again and didn’t even get to go to our Stuttgart Christmas market, which was a real pity.
The weather was on the weird side, with snow just before Christmas to get our hopes up only to laugh at us with 15°C windy days until the new year. On the bright side, our family spent more time together than usual, and I got to celebrate New Year’s Eve with the same people I always do, kind of the last highlight of the year.
As for the year and the state of the world in general, I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how bad it’s gotten. I have phases where I simply can not read the news, I am so appalled at how disturbing and brutal a place it seems to be these days. Mainly for other people in other parts of the world, and the rest of the world seems to be watching the degenerated and depraved way women and children especially are being treated. It makes me sick, and I know I’m not the only one feeling that way, but I wish humanity – including myself – would and could do more to stand up for each other.
Sorry, but I had to mention these maudlin thoughts, they can not be brushed under the carpet.
Still, I’m hoping something will change for the better this coming year. I hope you’ve all had a good year as well as a good send-off into the new year.
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Hello on this last Friday of the year. Not much to tell here, a little exhausted from the pre-Christmas “race” and not enough sleep.
Weather-wise, these past couple of weeks we’ve had everything from storms, heavy rain, snow, and today a beautiful sunny day. Apparently we’re to expect 15ºC combined with storms. Oh well, not much we can do about it. I heard about lots of parts of the US being snowed in, so if you’re in one of those regions I hope it’s not too bad.
After a few family lunches and lazy days in my reading chair – not actually reading but watching home renovation shows – I ventured outside yesterday and found my favourite flower shop had their first delivery of ranunculi, which made me a happy shopper.
Two days until New Year’s Eve, which I’ll be spending with “the ususal suspects” as I have the previous years, and I’m very much looking forward to that.
Wishing everyone who came to visit here this past year all the best for 2018!
Aaaaand another month gone. I had to take a look at my calendar to see what all I did in November, but it appears that apart from attending a Thanksgiving dinner, candle making with a friend, and a trip to Hamburg with said friend I really didn’t do much socialising.
My immune system must have thought “Why not end the year on the same note as we started!?” and gave up. I returned home from my Hamburg trip sick, and have been on sick leave this past week again, basically sleeping off my cold, hence the lateness of this monthly review.
Luckily I only got sick on the last night of the trip, so I was able to enjoy the first three days. Immensely. I visited friends, together with the friend I traveled I got to see areas of Hamburg I hadn’t been to before, because she actually grew up there, which is always a bonus, having a local accompany you.
As you can see I tried some night photography, which I was content with as I honestly have to say it was a half-hearted attempt without a tripod and without much fiddling with the camera. I was enjoying the city too much to be bothered with how the pictures would turn out. Also, I only used my 50mm lens, even though I’d brought the tele lens. Note to self: only take one lens on city trips.
Looking forward to do Xmassy things in December once I’m fit again.
PS: If you click on the first pic of the gallery, do you see something weird happen? For me, the image appears sharp and focussed for about 1 second, then it jumps and blurs. I’ve re-uploaded it but don’t know why it keeps happening.
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Flowers first today: I did go to the market last Friday, after all, but couldn’t find any flowers that spoke to me. Next I went to the supermarket and saw these orange and green carnations outside, and it was the first time ever, I think, that I bought supermarket flowers. Just loved the colour, and this morning they looked just as fresh as when I bought them last week (probably GM flowers, haha!).
If I had to describe this week in three bullet points, it would be:
- mixed weather with spring temperatures on a couple of days and awful & rainy for the rest of the week
- horrendous traffic every single day and, in fact, getting worse daily
- heating at home isn’t working properly, so I’m kind of anticipating a similar situation as a couple of months ago when I had no hot water
Today I will definitely not visit the market, because I’ll meet with a friend at mine to make candles. That’s not normally something I would do, I’d rather choose the easy way and go to a shop to buy some, but I found a super easy tutorial for making scented candles in jars. Looking forward to that.
Sunday I’ll be at the same friend’s house for a late Thanksgiving dinner, and naturally am really looking forward to that.
I’m also looking forward to working only three days next week as I’ll be traveling to Hamburg, again with the same friend, for a long weekend. So if there’s going to be a Friday Flower post next week at all, it’ll likely be a canned one.
Happy Friday & enjoyable weekend to everyone!
I’ve had these two picture rails sitting around for about a month, as I had decided to print some of my own pictures. However, I wasn’t sure where exactly I wanted them on my huge living room wall, which is 3m high and about 5m long.
I had this lone frame that you see on the left up on the wall for years, and it looked kind of lonely there, and it definitely looked boring.
Over the past few months, I bought about twice as many picture frames as you can see put up here, most of them on sale. I wanted to put them on a picture rail so I can exchange them easily, or according to season.
I’m one of those people who dither when having to make a decision about drilling holes in a wall. What if I chose the wrong location and it doesn’t look as I’d visualised it? That’s why it took so long to make an appointment with my DIY Queen sister. She just shakes her head at my thoughts and says: “You know you can fill drill holes with spackling right!?”
It took her less than 15 minutes to get everything done. Had I attempted this by myself, the rails would have ended up thrown into a corner accompanied by lots of swearing.
I have about 2.50m of empty wall to the left of the big picture, but we were both not sure if more small pictures would look too crowded/cluttered. I’ll think about it, because I have those other 20 framed pictures lying around…
Hello on this quite cold 2ºC morning! On the drive to work I passed pretty foggy forests, but of course didn’t have my camera with me, as usual.
Nothing much happened this past week, and that’ll probably be the same for this weekend. With Christmas stuff already in the shops, I managed to track down an ingredient I wanted to use for a food blog recipe, so I might get to working on that.
It’s already difficult to find dates to meet friends as everyone seems to be busy on the weekends leading to Christmas; I don’t really like cramming my calendar, I always need a weekend or two a month for myself.
I still haven’t put up my picture rail but my sister promised she’d come round tomorrow. It was partly my fault because I wasn’t 100 % sure where I wanted those rails to be exactly, but meanwhile I’ve got picture frames lined up on the dining table, and I want them to go on the wall.
No Friday market for me today, I think, as I’m very undecided what I want to cook for the weekend, or if I want to cook at all, for that matter. I’ll get my weekly flowers somewhere else, like last week. I managed to get to my little favourite flower shop last Saturday and bought this pretty hydreangea as well as some single stems for bottle vases.
Hope it’s not yet too cold where you are. Happy Friday!