September 30, 2016

the week :: through the lens

it has been on the back burner, i have not been taking a lot of photos for a while now, and that should change. so i put the "hand made" lens back on the camera body and got started this week. it touched me in a special way, as i wander and have the camera ready be it in the kitchen, or living room table... this enables me to see with new eyes and i like it. we will see if it sticks, it is a start to a new friday review of what caught my eye. there is to be said, that i was inspired by erin boyle and her blog "reading my tea leaves". she does a wonderful job and it is so inspirational to have a look at her photos...

:: 1. it's time for the autumn chrysanthemums

:: 2. wedensday morning moon, just so perfect

:: 3. and still warm days, reason enough to enjoy an iced coffee already in the late morning

:: 4. our apple trees

:: 5. i love the morning light in september

September 29, 2016

braiding and threading

the every day braiding. bringing together all the different strands in one household, in one family to say the least. for me it's a even a bit more than the six colors and kinds of ropes i'm trying to braid into some sort of pretty and working pattern.
life in community is wonderfully and enriching, inspiring and challenging as well. frequently it is all going well and one can thoroughly enjoy the presence of one an other. last night's dinner was a bit of a stretch, not just for me, but for most every body sitting around the table. discussions get started and laughter roars through the kitchen, it is all well. sharing the days happy encounters as well as it's toils and laborious hours.
one moment of not judging the situation was enough to get things a bit derailed. one comment making an other person uncomfortable or irritated is common, but then an other person not realizing how she was feeding into this "box of pandorra's". a heated debate, miss understanding and all those sort of things. of course it was absolutely not intentioned to run that way, and after 15 minutes or so, while we ended the dinner gathering, it all turned out to be less hot and less fragile as it looked.

though still, i'm glad not every meal has to end up in such heated and opinionated discussions!

September 27, 2016

summer squash

we have lots of summer squash and kids who are not very fond of it...
and we have chickens which started to lay eggs! this is wonderful, as most of us like eggs in any kind or fashion.
this led to "summer piccata" as i started to call those meals with summer squash dipped in flower, egg and grated cheese. and i discovered, that some more people around the table really like the preparation of the yellow vegetable in this fashion.
still thea doesn't. for her is the left over egg-cheese-omelet, which is baked in the frying pan after all the squash slices are dipped and fried in the pan.

as it has been wonderful weather, we enjoyed some out of door lunches, just on our balcony, even under the shade, it has been perfect and very enjoyable. we try to get the most out of the season.