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FF - Red Hydrangea

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!

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FF - Autumn Market Bouquet

Good morning on yet another grey day. The weather has turned ugly on us again, unfortunately. This morning driving to work, I noticed that the leaves seem to finally have reached a consensus and have all turned into very beautiful hues of red and gold. With all the rain we’ve had this past week, I didn’t really look at the trees.

It’s supposedly getting colder over this weekend, with frost on the agenda for Monday. A legitimate reason to snuggle up in my reading chair with a scented candle and a hot chocolate.

Not sure whether I’ll be visiting the market later today as my fridge currently contains all the veg I need. Maybe I’ll just stop by for fresh flowers. The above beautiful autumn bouquet was bought last week, albeit on a little Saturday market close by. I went there just before they closed, and this was one of the few bouquets left. I find it quite beautiful, even though not all of the pretty roses managed to open up.

I have nothing planned for the weekend, except ponder some photography projects. I realised the other day that I need to write down every idea that pops into my head, because I need a list that I can go back to when memory fails. Hopefully that list will grow a bit over the weekend.

Wishing you a happy Friday & an enjoyable weekend!

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FF - White Market Bouquet October

Good morning & happy Friday! I can’t believe a whole week has just flown by like that. I had the week off and – unfortunately, in hindsight – basically did nothing but read.

Skies today are quite grey, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we get rain. It’ll probably start as soon as I leave for the market this afternoon 😉 . I’ll be buying fresh flowers – above ones were last week’s purchase – and I feel like getting a ton of vegetables. I’m craving soups all of a sudden, with lots of healthy stuff in them.

This is a short round-up of the week and preview of the weekend as I haven’t got anything to tell due to the Halloween party having been the only thing I left the house for, and I have nothing planned for the weekend.

I hope you have something more exciting planned for yourselves!

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FF - Pink October Hydrangea

Hello on this rainy Friday morning! I guess that’s autumn for you and to be expected. Just yesterday I was amazed – because I was out earlier than usual – about the beauty of the trees in early morning autumn fog and decided I needed to get out early again next week to capture that beautiful view. Monday is supposed to be a sunny day, so I have early morning photography on my want-to-do list.

We’re having two holidays here in Southern Germany next week on Tuesday and Wednesday, so I decided to take the rest of the week off as well.

Tuesday will be a friend’s annual Halloween party to which I’m looking forward now that I have all accessories for my costume. In early March this year my friend and I gathered some Halloween paraphernalia  and drove to a place outside her village to take pictures for the invites. It was a lot of fun and done really quickly, to our surprise. I’ll be showing you what we came up with next week.

The rest of the week will hopefully be filled with trying out new recipes and food photography as well as some DIY stuff.

I still haven’t put up my new picture rails but have meanwhile printed and framed some of my favourite pictures (that I took myself), so they’re ready to go up on that rail.

Today’s pink hydrangea and its prickly companions were last week’s market purchase. Very inexpensive, surprisingly, but they only held up for about three days so I’m going to get new flowers at the market later today.

Hope you’ll be having more pleasant weather for your weekend. Happy Friday!

 

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FF - Green Market Bouquet

How quickly this week has flown by. We were graced with five summery days and 20ºC temps, which was unexpected and very much appreciated.

As mentioned last Friday, I went to a small fair showing food, drinks, design and knick-knacks made in Stuttgart, but my friend and I agreed it hadn’t really been worth the 10€ entry fee. We were in and out within an hour, I bought a mug and some wild rose syrup, we had a coffee, and that was it.

My other plans turned out way better – visiting friends on the border of the Black Forest. A definite highlight was the smoked pulled pork we got for dinner ❤, but we also had fun going for a walk in the forest on Sunday morning to pick mushrooms. I have no clue about what’s edible, I only know that the fly agaric is one of the most poisonous mushrooms, because that was drummed into us as children. We encountered many of them, and they’re as pretty as they are poisonous but we had an expert with us. While he almost ran through the forest in his enthusiasm, another friend and I took pictures.

Today I need to go to the Friday market, which I haven’t visited in two weeks, to stock up on vegetables and flowers. The above bouquet was bought three weeks ago at the market and only just started wilting this week, so I need new flowers.

Apart from that, my weekend will be a lazy one. I’ll try to get my new picture rails up but there are rawl plugs and drills involved, so I may have to wait until my sister the DIY queen is available.

Wishing you all a relaxing weekend!

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Hello & Happy Friday! Above flower is four weeks old today and still holding up. I couldn’t find a bouquet I liked at the Friday market and was about to leave when I saw these hydrangea that were so tall they came up to my hip. I mentally checked my arsenal of vases, and – yes! – remembered I had that large floor vase I rarely use. It was perfect, sitting on the side table next to my reading chair. Only that table is quite small, and after three weeks the huge vase started to annoy me, so I cut off about 3/4 of the stem and put the hydrangea in a smaller vase.

As announced last week, I went on a photography outing with a friend, our destination was the forest close to where she lives. We knew it might be raining – and of course it started as soon as I left the house – but were prepared, and as my friend said “we’re not made of sugar” so all was well. We had a couple of hours to walk through the forest, taking lots of pics, and when we came out the rain stopped. I always have my white balance on the camera set to “auto” and prefer to edit it in post processing, but no matter which setting I chose, a lot of my pics turned out too colourful (though not necessarily in a bad way), so I used a lot of presets on them. For a first proper photo walk in over a year, though, I’m quite content with the yield.

This weekend I’ll be visiting a small event called – to my annoyance – “Made In Stuggi”. Stuggi being a ridiculous abbreviation for Stuttgart that I can’t abide as it just sounds utterly stupid. Nevertheless, I’ll be going there with a friend as they will have consumer and lifestyle products on display and for sale that are made in Stuttgart.

After that I’ll be visiting friends near the Black Forest – my friend’s husband is going to fire up his smoker. Really looking forward to that.

What are your plans for the weekend?

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FF - Pink Cape Daisy Balcony

So I mentioned last Saturday that I’d been without hot water for two days and was expecting someone to come do something about it on Monday. That never happened, I had to wait until Wednesday afternoon. I guess it wouldn’t have been that terrible if those six days had been workdays, but they were six days off, so it was quite annoying. I now have hot water again, and I know to appreciate it even more.

Today’s flower was cut from my window box on the balcony. I have three different kinds of cape daisies in that box, and while this light pink one blossomed like mad in the beginning, it suddenly stopped producing new buds. At the end of September it just started coming alive again, so I’m enjoying that for hopefully a few more weeks.

Weather’s great right now, but we’re in for a rainy afternoon and weekend, it seems. Luckily I haven’t got much planned. Due to my five days off last week I’m ahead of the cooking game and have a few food post prepared, so no pressure there.

I have Monday off and plan to meet a friend for a trip to the forest, both of us needing to take our cameras outside. I wouldn’t even mind doing this in the rain, it might make it more interesting. I’d just need to find some proper rain gear, though, as this is something I think my wardrobe hasn’t seen since childhood.

Hope you all have nice plans for the weekend and a lot of crisp, sunny autumn weather!

 

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Happy Friday, everyone! As you can see from today’s flower picture, I finally made it to the annual dahlia show on my day off last Monday. The weather was superb, there weren’t really many people out due to it being a weekday, and it was a pleasure walking among the dahlia fields. A sight to behold.

Each dahlia field had a name label to it, but I neglected to take note or a picture, but Mr. Google tells me this beautiful two-toned variety is call Be A Sport. I knew and love the burgundy-white dahlias but have never seen this orange version before. At Killesberg Park everyone can vote for their favourite dahlia, but I really couldn’t make up my mind. I would have loved to steal a few, though 😀 .

Many of us here will have a long weekend, as with Tuesday being a holiday we’ll be taking Monday off. Luckily I’ve already done my chores throughout this week, as someone will come round this afternoon to exchange some parts of the heating system.

As for the long weekend – I need to make a buying decision. Both my oven and stove top are defective, but boy is it difficult to make a choice for a new one. You have to really know what you want, what you felt your old one was lacking that you absolutely want in a new one. I looked online, went to several shops, dealt with unfriendly sales people… I now think I know what I want, so hopefully I’ll be placing an order and soon have new kitchen equipment.

Apart from that, as usual, I’m hoping to do some outside photography and some recipe testing.

Have a good weekend!

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FF - Balcony Zinnias TALWL

Good morning! It actually is really good, so far. As of yesterday the weather has done a 180 and gone back to how we expect September to be – sunny, blue skies, a handful of fallen leaves already on the ground, and others changing colour in the trees. Weather’s supposed to be like this all weekend, which will be very much appreciated.

Today’s flowers are from my pot of homegrown zinnias. Last week part of the plants got terribly bent during a night storm, so I cut a few and put them in a vase.  The zinnias are pretty much the only survivors of this year’s planting efforts, which is why I can’t get myself to cut them all.

I’m having today and Monday off again for a long weekend, because I need to use up quite a few vacation days I have left until the end of the year. As I’m not going on a vacation this year, and I didn’t fancy hanging around at home for two weeks I’ll be taking more long weekends over the next couple of months.

For this long weekend, I’m trying to get some cooking and baking in for the food blog, because I want to make the most of the light while it’s pretty outside. Those days when you go to work in the dark and come back home in the dark as well will come soon enough, and time & light for photography will be limited.

Saturday I’ll be at a birthday BBQ, and Sunday my sister will be cooking for the family – a rare occurrence as she almost dislikes cooking as much as I love it. Monday I’m hoping to get a chance to finally visit the annual Dahlia show I mentioned last week. Fingers crossed.

Hope you all have something nice planned for the weekend. Happy Friday!

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Good morning on this first sunny day of the week. Heavy rain storms have been the norm up to today, so it was a nice surprise to wake up to sunshine even though the temps won’t go above 16ºC. Of course, our storms were nothing compared to the hurricanes in the US, and I hope if any of you are from those areas you’re well and still have a home.

Personally, I’ve had quite a decent week. I got a book recommendation on “Decluttering Your Mind”, which I decided to buy as it was only 0,99€. I’ve realised recently that I can’t go on like this – I can’t change the state of the world, but having access to and being bombarded with terrible news on a daily basis, together with your typical “normal” everyday thoughts and worries accumulating in your head, I felt like I wanted to sleep for a week just to keep my mind as close to switched off as it can be.

I was nodding my head at most everything in the book when suddenly there was talk about meditation. o_O If there’s one thing I dislike it’s meditation. However, I gave it a go – it’s only 10 minutes a day – and I can live with it 😀 . After only about a third of the book, I feel calmer. Let’s hope I can maintain that state.

On to photography. I finally – about 2 years after first thinking about it – bought a tele lens. It’s an 18 – 250 mm lens, but so far I feel like a total beginner! It shouldn’t be that difficult to get used to a new lens, especially after I’d borrowed a friend’s tele lens a few times. 98 % of my experimental pics taken handheld turned out blurry, and as this is a lens that I want to mainly use outside – without a tripod – I need to get a grip on this asap. Any tips welcome!

Plans for the weekend? Nothing firm apart from cooking for my sister. Also, there’s an annual dahlia show close to where I live to which I’ve never been, so if the weather stays nice I’m hoping to go see it. People can vote for the most beautiful dahlia, and around the end of September, shortly before the show ends, the dahlias are going to be sold off in bunches.

Speaking of dahlias – the above one is from my parents’ garden. When I picked up my weekly choice of vegetables I get from them, I cut this one but declined my mother’s offer to take a whole bunch. Somehow it seemed a pity to cut those beautiful things down just to display them in a vase for only a week, so I made do with this single one.

Happy Friday, and have a good weekend!

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Good morning on this first September day! I’m having today and Monday off, so I’ve got a long weekend ahead of me. After August went out with a mighty rainstorm yesterday, it’s cooled down considerably to only 16°C today, which – if I’m lucky and the forecast is accurate – will go back up to at least 22°C on Monday, so I might get one sunny day out of four.

I haven’t got much planned anyway, except meeting the family at the Friday market later today, and there I’ll be stocking up on what’s left of the summer fruits to freeze and do some baking. Other than that, I might try doing another DIY photo background, and hopefully take a few food pics.

Hope September will treat you well!

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Good morning! Let’s start with the flowers first today. These zinnias are homegrown on the balcony, there are a lot, and they look gorgeous out there. When I cut off the wilting ones last night, I decided to put some in a vase but in the end they were just too pretty to cut. So I decided to just put these two half-alive ones in a vase and leave the others on the plant until it gets too cold to sit out on the balcony, then I can cut them.

The weather’s been great all week, about 29ºC mostly, and we’re in for a hot weekend as well. Tomorrow I’ll be having breakfast in the city with my friend E who’s visiting from Dubai. We haven’t seen each other for a year, but we always have breakfast together the first weekend she visits. Thank goodness for modern technology, though, because if it weren’t for chat apps and FaceTime I imagine it could be easy to lose contact.

On Sunday I’m invited to a friend’s birthday BBQ, and I’m always looking forward to those. I’ll be making a cake for that occasion, but other than that I’ll play it by ear.

What are your plans for the weekend? Can you believe it’s almost September already? I’ll definitely be enjoying the good weather on my balcony for the remainders of August.

Happy Friday!

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What a week! The weather forecast was somewhat inaccurate, instead of all rain it was mixed with quite a bit of sun in the evenings so I was able to spend time on my balcony. Tuesday was the worst day weather-wise with ice cube sized hailstones flying around. My sister, who is a mail woman, had to hide in her mail van because it was really bad where she was, and when it was over she couldn’t leave the van for a bit because the sidewalks were hidden under golf ball sized hailstones. It feels more like April than August right now, I hope the weather will be more normal for the rest of summer.

Speaking of which, I see a lot of posts – mainly American food posts – where people start blogging about autumn food just because August is their ‘back to school’ month. It’s still summer, until September 22, so why not enjoy it?

I’m definitely enjoying summer, and I’m still receiving lots of vegetables from my parents’ garden. I make tomato sauce every other week from a variety of their garden tomatoes, and cook a lot with aubergines, zucchini, and green beans.

I also enjoy the flowers on my balcony, of which the zinnias are currently the biggest success of my planting endeavours. I’ve also recently been enjoying the above bouquet, which came into my possession in a roundabout way. My colleagues from another department get flowers for their birthdays, and the colleague who received these particular flowers went on vacation just after getting the flowers. So she passed them on to someone I’m friends with. This friend doesn’t really like pink flowers, so she handed them over to me, I managed to surreptitiously pack the whole bouquet into my lunch bag and leave the building with these beauties 😀 .

This week I’m hoping to buy my own flowers at the market, though. On that note – happy Friday & have a good weekend!

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Hello & Happy Friday! It’s a rainy day here, and we’re in for a rainy Saturday and cloudy Sunday if the forecast app is to be believed. That’s OK with me, though, because I don’t have any plans, although I’d much prefer a few rays of sun to a rainy weekend.

Last weekend I did manage to do everything that I’d planned – making macarons, experimenting with a brisket dish, and going to a farm brunch with a friend. The latter was quite nice, with good organic food, good weather, and nice photo opportunities.

I still need to think about a vacation destination as I need to take two weeks off in September. I’ve been looking at photography workshops and foodie farm stays, but nothing really spoke to me. Maybe I’ll find something on short notice.

How about you? Have you had a summer vacation yet? Have you been anywhere exciting?

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Good afternoon! I’m having the day off, and have spent the morning getting a reflexology massage (after which my feet and legs felt so light I almost thought I was floating – heavenly!) and then getting food supplies at the market. It was a beautiful morning but right now it seems like the daily shower is just around the corner, the sky already covered in clouds.

My plans for the weekend are some baking experiments with berries, hopefully another experiment with brisket, and on Sunday I’ll be going to a farm brunch with a friend. Really looking forward to that and, of course, hoping for photo opportunities.

Today’s flower was originally mistaken for a fringed gerbera. That happened because I’ve only ever seen fringed gerberas but not sunflowers. So there were yellow ones in a bouquet at the garden center, and looking around for some single stems, I saw a huge vase full of fringed sunflowers. No question, I had to buy one. It’s been sitting on my coffee table for a week now and is still keeping up.

Hope you’ve got nice weather, wherever you are, and a good weekend!

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Hello on the first rainless day of the week. The temperatures are supposed to go back up to 30°C on Monday, so there’s hope they’ll already start going up this weekend.

Above flowers are the ones I bought when the florist gave me the bunch of daisies I recently posted for free. These snapdragons and prairie gentians were unusually tall, and I was lucky I had a vase they fit into. Hadn’t really thought about that when I bought them.

I have no specific plans for the weekend, I’ll just see how it plays out. How about you?

Happy Friday!

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