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Friday Flowers

Happy Friday! We’ve had really hot days this week, the hottest so far being yesterday with 38ºC here in the South. Although we all prefer summer temperatures to rain, 38ºC is definitely too much for many people, including myself. I don’t mind having the shutters closed all day to keep the heat out of the house while I’m at work, but when I come home and on the weekends, I really don’t like hanging out in a dark-ish space just for the sake of keeping the heat out. It’s also getting unpleasant to break out in a sweat just from sitting there reading – or doing nothing. So this overly good weather is a mixed blessing.

I don’t have any specific plans for this weekend, except try some salad recipes I found online, because this weather just screams for light and fresh food. As for drinks, talking to my sister last night we found we’re both already at the stage where we’ve had enough of water to avoid dehydration, so it’s time to freshen that up as well with citrus fruit, apples, berries, mint… Do you have anything special you add to water in summer?

Wishing you all a pleasant weekend with bearable temperatures.

 

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Play Well Together {Diptych Day}

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Beauty In Decay

Beauty In Decay

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Friday Flowers

Happy Friday! After the past week of almost stiflingly hot days, it cooled down nicely last night. Today is a gorgeous, sunny day with the perfect breeze.

Due to yesterday’s holiday, I’m having today off. Took my car for inspection earlier this morning, and hopefully will not get any nasty surprises when I pick it up tonight.

So, being carless – which is really rare, I think I’m spoiled a bit – I’ll be chauffeured to the Friday market by my mother today. My fridge is still pretty void of anything to cook with, so I’ve made a big list of vegetables and fruit. Now for a spark of inspiration as to what to cook…

Hope you’re all having pleasant summer temperatures as well and nice plans for the weekend.

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Birch Copse {Diptych Day}

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Friday Flowers

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s been a short work week due to Whit Monday, and we’re looking forward to another short week due to Corpus Christi next Thursday, yay!

So far, I haven’t got any big plans, just another visit to the garden center as I’d like to get some plants for my window boxes. I also want to get some more peonies as the season’s almost over.

The weather forecast tells us it’s going to be a hot weekend, so that’s something to look forward to.

I haven’t done much photography these past weeks, maybe I’ll get to it this weekend, if I can manage to leave my deckchair on the balcony and venture outside “properly”.

Hope you all have a nice weekend ahead of you!

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Chives {Diptych Day}

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Decay Day - Pink Peony June

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Beauty In Decay

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Friday Flowers

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Friday Flowers

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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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Friday Flowers

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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