Goodbye to a month of illness in the family, of finally but sloooowly getting caught up with the new year even though we’re already a good quarter into it, but also a month of good news.
Earlier this week I booked my flight to Boston for my New England summer vacation and did a mental happy dance when the confirmation came in, I received my ESTA approval, and finally had something really good to look forward to.
A day later I got confirmation that I got a space at a London food photography workshop in April – more mental happy dancing.
Photography-wise I was resigned to the fact that I did not have enough picture material this month – even though it’s the shortest of the year. Then a few moments ago I realised I’d saved some away in an extra folder for this review – no happy dance, but relief.
Reviewing my pictures – not taking into account the winter wonderland ones – I might have to rename this blog “The Flower & Food Blog”. Looking forward to spring and more time outside.
How was your month?
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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!