Weekend Baking

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Weekend Baking

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Friday Flowers

Budding Orange Flower Bot Gard

Hello on this bright sunny morning! We have another long weekend ahead of us here in Germany what with Whit Monday being a holiday. Needless to say I am much looking forward to it.

My plans are to go into town early on Saturday to get my camera sensor cleaned. I know I said the exact same thing last Friday, and I did go, but the guy at the shop was persistent that it would be enough to blow out the dust with an air spray. Later that day I realised there was still dust on the sensor, and I was not amused. So this time I’m going to insist on a proper sensor cleaning. Again, while that’s being done I’ll go shopping at the market and have a coffee.

You’ve probably read the word decluttering here before, but that’s also something I’ll be doing – again – over the long weekend. It seems to be a never ending story. It’s not that my place is a mess, but more like there are things (too many dishes, pots, pans, bowls etc) hidden in my kitchen cupboards that I never seem to use. So this week I’ve been tackling one cupboard every night, and it’s quite appalling to see all those things that at one point in your life you thought you needed but really don’t. I think I need to act as if I was going to move and decide what I want to take with me. I hope that works.

Photography-wise, I’ve borrowed a friend’s 18-200mm lens to see if that would be something I’d like to have, so I’ll be out and about trying out that lens. And speaking of photography, my impression is that I’m always taking pictures of flowers, but somehow today I couldn’t find a proper flower picture to post. I went back to my archive and found the above one, which was taken at the Botanical Gardens last year. I love the fresh orange colour and the way you can almost watch it open slowly.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

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Old Banana Peels & Finger Nail Clippings

No, wait! I haven’t gone off my rocker! It all started like this…

In November 2014 Kerry and I had this conversation in my food blog comment section:

Kerry's Challenge

I could have laughed it off, but then decided not to shy away from this particular challenge. I even painted my fingernails. It took me a good while to get to it because whenever I thought of doing this I either had no bananas lying around or I had just clipped my finger nails and forgotten about the challenge.

And, well, I don’t know about yummy but maybe we can agree on letting this pass as art... :-)

So, Kerry, this one’s for you – your personal serving of old banana peel & finger nail clippings, and thanks for the challenge!

 Banana Peel + Fingernail Clippings

PS: Just in case… Kids, please do not try this at home – this is not a recipe, and none of the things shown in this picture are edible!

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England Trip 2015

So I’m back from my eight day trip to England, staying in four different places for two days each. I had managed to snag a good priced flight during my Christmas vacation while I was really just browsing the airline’s page on a whim. But when I saw the prices I just booked a flight. And I would be leaving on my birthday – what better way to escape any celebrations that were expected of me :-)

It really did feel like it was my birthday because I both left and arrived in sunshine, departure as well as arrival were on time, the plane looked almost brand new, and I had a row of three seats all to myself. There’s hardly a more pleasant way to travel, I would say. To top it all, I was informed on arrival at my London hotel that I’d been upgraded to an apartment suite.

So I strolled around London for 1½ days, where I was supposed to meet fellow blogger Laura for a coffee, but alas… technology kept us apart through non-delivered emails and lack of reception. I didn’t see as much of London as I’d wanted to but then again, 1½ days is not a lot of time.

Next I went on to Somerset to stay with a friend. I visited Bath for a day but sadly wasn’t in a photo-taking mood and felt completely uninspired.

On the way to my next destination – Brighton – I stopped in Lyme Regis which I had read about in a novel and found to be a lovely little town, albeit extremely crowded as it was a Sunday.  The main attraction there to me was the sea. It doesn’t even have to be sunny, just the proximity of water makes me happy.

Which meant I was reaaally happy to get to Brighton, where my B&B was facing the seafront. I spent 1½ days walking around, hanging out by the water, and taking slightly more pictures than in Bath. I wasn’t worried about the photo outcome anymore, though, I just enjoyed being there.

Next stop was Reading to drop off the rental car and do some shopping and relaxing for another 1½ days. I enjoyed that as well, and I knew from a previous visit that the town had changed quite a bit from when I used to live there. It was still nice to see it all again.

All in all, it was a very pleasant trip what with staying in very nice accommodation and being away from home, even though the photo yield was quite meager. Here’s a selection of what I’ve seen.

These pictures are not at all what I thought I’d be bringing back, actually. I had planned on landscapes, city scapes and details. What I came back with was lots of buildings.

I love the style in which houses are built in the UK, especially the bricks, which is so completely different from anything you see here in Germany, so you might see quite an inordinate amount pictures in this collection that look boring to you but are fascinating to me :-)

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Friday Flowers

Senecio Cineraria Magenta

Hello on this sunny Friday afternoon! Had I written this post this morning, it would have been “…on this dreary and rainy Friday morning”. The weather’s changed for the better, luckily, although compared to the 28°C we had earlier this week, today brought us a measly 12°C.

Nevertheless, I have a bit of colour for you. This senecio cineraria magenta is one of 12 plants I bought last week. I wasn’t able to grow flowers or herbs from seed this year, so I made a trip to the garden center. I’ve never had one of these before, but I was immediately taken in by the colour mix.

I’m enjoying my new balcony plants, lots of time to do so as we’ve had a holiday yesterday and like most Germans I took today off to have a long weekend.

I haven’t got much planned really, except for having my camera sensor cleaned – total nuisance to edit out the dust spots in pictures – and while its being cleaned I’ll be going to the market to get some fresh supplies in. I need to get cracking in the kitchen to have something to post on my food blogs.

What’s the weather like where you are, and what are your plans?

Happy weekend!
Kiki

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Forces Of Nature

West Pier Brighton

I recently visited Brighton, and even just thinking of the city I knew I’d want to go see the remains of the famous West Pier. The draw this ruin has on people – not just photographers – is amazing. It sits there in the water and looks eerily beautiful. You don’t have to look at old pictures to imagine its long ago grandeur.

Apparently its decline started with parts of the pier being closed off due to safety concerns and the whole structure needing urgent repairs in the 1970s.

In early 2002 a huge storm resulted in the partial collapse of the Concert Hall. Shortly after, the Pavilion was destroyed in an arson attack followed by the Concert Hall being burned down deliberately.

According to The West Pier website the structural remains of the pier will be reclaimed by nature and will inevitably degenerate and decay.

See more forces of nature here.

 

 

 

 

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2015 April In Pictures

I’m a bit late for April In Pictures, but I have a good excuse – I was travelling, returning just last night. Earlier this year I had decided to buy myself an airplane ticket to escape birthday celebrations and go gallivanting around England instead. I had a really good time, but more on that in a separate post.

Having just come back from vacation, I think all the impressions from that trip are still buzzing around in my head, because to be honest I can’t seem to remember much of April except that the weather was mostly good and I didn’t really have anything to complain about. Which is a good thing, so there’s no need for me to go waffling on – let’s just get to April’s pictures.

 

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Preparing For England

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Preparing For England

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Friday Flowers

Saxifraga

Good morning! Here’s what happened last week and what’s going to happen soon: I caught another bug (or maybe wasn’t completely cured from the flu, who knows) so nothing much happened the past week. Having said that – on top of everyhing my hayfever broke out to an extent I hadn’t experienced in many, many years. On the other hand, there’s medication for that, plus the weather was simply fantastic, so I’m not really complaining here.

Next week I’ll be travelling to the UK, visiting 4 cities in 8 days, and I’m so looking forward to that. I haven’t been to the UK since 2012, and before that trip I (stupidly…) announced here that I’d be coming back with a ton of pictures. Never happened, and I still can’t fathom why, so I’m not going to make any such announcements here this time.

The weather here is still beautiful but the forecast says as of tomorrow we should expect a cold and rainy week. All the more important to make the most of today, then.

I bought above pictured saxifraga earlier this week because this year I haven’t gotten round to grow my balcony plants from seed. This cute little pot currently sits on my coffee table and enjoys the sun as much as I do.

Happy Friday!

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Your Journey

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Oh, Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato
The other day I found this sweet potato in my vegetable basket, and the fact that it already sprouted shoots should tell you how long it’s been there…

I decided to see if the thing would make for a good photo subject, and the first few shots were weird. Then I decided to get out the macro lens, and it got more interesting.

The plan was to post these 5 shots as single pics, but then I decided to stack them. That way you can’t see the details in the first three much, but I like the overall result.

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Rose {Monochrome}

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Pink Ball Flower

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Friday Flowers

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Friday Flowers

Market Flowers

Happy Friday everyone! Another sunny one over here; all the better for what I’ve planned for this afternoon. I’m invited to a friend’s for a topping out – although in this case they didn’t really newly build but they built on, so we’re going to have a little celebration at the building site. Only I forgot my sturdy footwear in the garage, hope my boots will survive.

I bought the above bouquet at the Saturday city market a couple of weeks ago; I was meeting a friend who had a birthday earlier in the year but I hadn’t seen her since. It was a beautiful morning, so I snuck off to a sunny corner of the market and clicked the bouquet before I gave it to my friend.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

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TALWL - Easter 2015

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Happy Easter!

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Hyacinth Pink Pot

Goodness, it’s 7 minutes to midnight here, so I’m in a hurry to get this Friday post done. Thing is, as it’s a holiday it felt like the weekend, and I only realised about 15 minutes ago what day it is. Then my internet connection played up so I’m cutting it fine here.

Yesterday friends called from the Black Forest saying they’d gotten caught in a snow storm, and that they were about to put snow chains on the tires. Luckily no such thing here in the city. Today was the most beautiful sunny day, and I spent all day reading, getting up every now and then to make coffee and to take pictures, like the one above. Not quite content with the shadow in the back right, but like the colour combination.

The hyacinths are remains from last week, bought at the market, and I cut down the stems today as they were getting mushy.

Hope you’ll all be enjoying the Easter holidays!

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2015 March In Pictures

This month I feel the flying by of the last one even more intensely. I think it’s because due to the flu I kind of missed almost two weeks, and before I knew it March was over. As I mentioned before, I also lost two precious weeks of picture-taking, so you’ll probably see from the collection below that I was kind of desperate to even get 31 pictures for this month.

I took the camera with me yesterday, thinking that on the way home from work I might find a photo opportunity. I had my eyes everywhere on the drive home but either couldn’t really see anything worth clicking or when I did it was impossible to stop along the way. So when I got home last night, I ran around like a wild chicken, my eyes all over the place, starting in the garage – the wellies – and ending at my dinner table – the salad. Considering all this, there are quite a few I like very much among this collection.

It’s the first time since I started this month in pictures series that I didn’t have enough pictures. Normally I have so many it takes me ages to decide which ones to show. It was a weird experience that I hope will not happen again – I’ll certainly never complain again that I have too many pictures…

How was March apart from all this? We’ve had great weather for almost 3 weeks, then the storms started this week with lots of rain, hurricane-force winds, hail and snow. It was more what you’d expect April to be like. Hopefully we’re past this chaotic weather now and can have sunshine for Easter.

I’ve been planning my trip to the UK this past month and have finally booked all the accommodation [which tends to take ages because I am very, very picky]. It’s not until the end of the month, though, so I’ll be enjoying my Easter vacation until then.

How was your March?

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Pink Rununculus Macro

Hello on this unexpectedly sunny and beautiful day! The weather forecast for the last few days was wrong – luckily – and I’m hoping it’ll prove to be wrong for this weekend as well, as it says it’ll be a cold and rainy one. Just in case it proves to be correct, though, I’ll be enjoying the sunshine while it lasts.

The above picture is another variation of the pink rununculus I posted earlier this month. For some reason I’m currently excited about my macro lenses again. Could be because I’ve been seeing so much great macro photography on photoblogs lately. I was asking myself what had kept me from using mine for so long, and it might be two reasons: one being that I’m still quite enamoured with my 50mm lens, and the other that the 50 is constantly on my camera so I’m probably too lazy to put on another lens… Nevertheless, I’m planning on doing more macro photography in the coming weeks.

I’ll be meeting one of my photography friends tomorrow, and I’ll be taking the camera. Being sick for almost two weeks kept me from taking pictures this month, and I’m kind of dreading putting together “the month in pictures” for March, because so far I have about 4 pics! Time to play catch-up this weekend.

Question for you: since I started using my tripod around the house, e.g. for above picture, I noticed that when I don’t use it – even with low f/stops – my pictures are often blurry. And so I’m wondering how I ever managed to take sharp, in-focus pictures without my tripod. Is it just a matter of habit to get used to not using the tripod again? Did anyone make the same experience?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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