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2017 November In Pictures

Aaaaand another month gone. I had to take a look at my calendar to see what all I did in November, but it appears that apart from attending a Thanksgiving dinner, candle making with a friend, and a trip to Hamburg with said friend I really didn’t do much socialising.

My immune system must have thought “Why not end the year on the same note as we started!?” and gave up. I returned home from my Hamburg trip sick, and have been on sick leave this past week again, basically sleeping off my cold, hence the lateness of this monthly review.

Luckily I only got sick on the last night of the trip, so I was able to enjoy the first three days. Immensely. I visited friends, together with the friend I traveled I got to see areas of Hamburg I hadn’t been to before, because she actually grew up there, which is always a bonus, having a local accompany you.

As you can see I tried some night photography, which I was content with as I honestly have to say it was a half-hearted attempt without a tripod and without much fiddling with the camera. I was enjoying the city too much to be bothered with how the pictures would turn out. Also, I only used my 50mm lens, even though I’d brought the tele lens. Note to self: only take one lens on city trips.

Looking forward to do Xmassy things in December once I’m fit again.

PS: If you click on the first pic of the gallery, do you see something weird happen? For me, the image appears sharp and focussed for about 1 second, then it jumps and blurs. I’ve re-uploaded it but don’t know why it keeps happening.

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TALWL 2017 Advent

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The Arrival Of Advent Season

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True Meaning

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True Meaning

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Finally!

Picture Rail Wall

I’ve had these two picture rails sitting around for about a month, as I had decided to print some of my own pictures. However, I wasn’t sure where exactly I wanted them on my huge living room wall, which is 3m high and about 5m long.

I had this lone frame that you see on the left up on the wall for years, and it looked kind of lonely there, and it definitely looked boring.

Over the past few months, I bought about twice as many picture frames as you can see put up here, most of them on sale. I wanted to put them on a picture rail so I can exchange them easily, or according to season.

I’m one of those people who dither when having to make a decision about drilling holes in a wall. What if I chose the wrong location and it doesn’t look as I’d visualised it? That’s why it took so long to make an appointment with my DIY Queen sister. She just shakes her head at my thoughts and says: “You know you can fill drill holes with spackling right!?”

It took her less than 15 minutes to get everything done. Had I attempted this by myself, the rails would have ended up thrown into a corner accompanied by lots of swearing.

I have about 2.50m of empty wall to the left of the big picture, but we were both not sure if more small pictures would look too crowded/cluttered. I’ll think about it, because I have those other 20 framed pictures lying around…

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Friday Flowers

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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Singing Through Mud & Scum

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Friday Flowers

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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Wishing vs. Planning

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Friday Flowers

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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Halloween 2017

For the past three years I was invited to a friend’s Halloween… I was going to say party, but really it’s a Halloween extravaganza. The number of decorations and details is mind-blowing, both outside and inside the house. You don’t know where to look first, and even though you know there are critters around that will jump up and make noise when activated by motion sensors, you will jump every time.

This year I brought my camera, but bear in mind the pictures were taken in daylight, just before the kiddies came for trick & treating, so it doesn’t look as spooky as it actually did at night. You’ll have to use your imagination to picture all this at night fully lit and come alive.

One of my personal joys these past three years was to watch the “cool teenagers” who pretend they’re just looking out of curiosity, and that they’re really too cool for it all, then sneak up on them and just go RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRAH! Works like a charm every time, and makes them jump and scream 😂 😂😂 .

The absolute highlights, though, have always been my hostess’ self-made costumes. Unbelievably creative. We usually talk about our costumes for the next year right after the party, and my friend mostly already has a vague idea, and then you see her creativity come alive through the year, and you know it’ll probably be even better than this year’s, even if it’s hard to imagine. And then to see her actually dressed up is just amazing.

Here’s a small selection of the decorations, as well as my friend in her costume. The motto this year was Come Take A Walk With Us On Cemetery Lane.

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2017 October In Pictures

Goodbye October & hello November! October gave us the full spectrum of autum weather – lots of sunshine and crisp sunny days, but also foggy mornings (which unfortunately I didn’t get to capture photographically) as well as wind & rain storms. The leaves started to turn very late this year, and then all of a sudden they seemed to have fallen down all at once .

As you’ll see from this month’s pictures, I got the biggest yield out of my two forest walks; I was really happy to be out and about with my camera again. I also took my camera to yesterday’s fabulous Halloween party but, not using a flash, did not produce anything good in the dark.

I was quite busy this month with “normal life”, too, and once again it felt like October flew by. Let’s see what November has in store.

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Cemetery Lane

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Tonight…

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Friday Flowers

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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Friday Flowers

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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Friday Flowers

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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Greenery

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Friday Flowers

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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