Beauty In Decay

Beauty In Decay

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Friday Flowers

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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Friday Flowers

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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Friday Flowers

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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Friday Flowers 

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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Friday Flowers

Good morning. What a week – heat, heavy thunderstorms, torrential rain, then beautiful sunny days again. Today seems a bit mixed, when I left the house it was quite cloudy, but further along the way I needed sunglasses. So fingers crossed it’ll stay like this.

During one of those thunderstorms I had to get up at night to save some of my plants on the balcony. The winds were so strong they knocked over some really heavy clay pots that carried larger plants, but luckily nothing was damaged.

When I bought the above trio and planted them, I decided it was a mistake, because they looked really pale. The original colours were cream, a very pale pink and lilac. After a couple of weeks, though, the blossoms seemed to turn colour, all of them turning into stronger shades of their originals. It was like someone had run them through Photoshop – very weird, I’ve never seen anything like it before, but I’m certainly not complaining as I love the stronger colours.

Plans for the weekend? Not much, but I’m hoping to make macarons. I don’t mind making the shells, but when it’s time to do the filling, I always get fed up fiddling with the piping bag and the nozzles, so I tend to avoid making them altogether. We’ll see what happens.

I’m also quite eager to do some photography, although I don’t know exactly what to photograph. I ran through lots of my “The Month In Pictures” posts from when I started that series, and I realised I used to do so much macro photography. I might go out taking only the 105 mm lens, I hope I can stick with it.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

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Friday Flowers

Good morning! It’s a bit dreary here weather-wise, but the past few days started out like this as well, then turned to 30ºC ones, so there’s still hope.

Today’s flowers were an unexpected gift from a florist. There’s a nice shop not far from where I live, but unfortunately when I drive past on my way to work they’re not yet open, and they’re already closed on my way home. So when I had to take my car to have its MOT earlier this week, I was close to the shop and able to pop in. The ones I chose were snapdragons and prairie gentians, both very long stemmed, but I also wanted to have these daisies for a smaller vase. While the lovely florist lady packed everything up, she said she wanted me to have the daisies for free. A very nice surprise, but then she’s also a very nice woman, which is why I like to shop there. Most of these daisies are still holding up on my coffee table.

Tomorrow I’ll be going to a farm fete with a friend; it’s an organic farm, and apart from having attractions for children and – from what I’ve heard – fantastic burgers, they also sell organic beef from their farm. Really looking forward to that, and hopefully I’ll be able to fill my freezer for when the beef craving hits.

Hope you have nice plans and pleasant weather wherever you are!

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