October 13, 2017

a few more postcards

a few more pictures taken this morning, while climbing for an other geo cache. and to the pure joy of the todays morning.



October 12, 2017

more postcards

a friend took us along to find a geo cache "lost place", and it was so lost that we didn't find it. did not matter, we had a perfect time. great exploration and playing with that white "flour"...
thank you N for taking us along.

i'm glad that there those little expeditions we take, besides enjoying the beach. a bit of an explorer spirit catches me too, when i see ruins and old buildings, lost places like this alunite mine.
i'm still knitting, we are digging and swiming, playing beach volley ball and talking with friends deep into the night.




October 11, 2017

Postcards from Tuscany

and we absolutely enjoy the warmth and the sand sitting and swimming, climbing and running, knitting and playing games. fall vacation in the south


October 9, 2017

under construction V

and as i write this post, the builders are aldready taking the scaffolding down. at the end it all went very quick. and even with the best kind of weather that we could have wished for.
our roof is brand spanking new, including the six windows (uups, no one of them we could reuse and the carpenters did a fine job fitting that one in just perfect).
for certain the roof is leak proof as it has been raining a lot on it, without the roof tiles beeing up. the metal workers closed the last few corners yesterday and we had to cut some chicken wire crumple it up and stuff it into two little corners. i'm glad the workers remembered, as it prohibits the weasle and the marten to enter into the roof and make their homes under the tiles. not to say, that i really like those little furry animals, but please use the wood pile or any other nature given resource to build your home and habitat, not my roof...

a little celebration at the end was called for. and that is definitely the easiest for me to contribute to the success of this renovation. a big thank you to all those skilled workers, making our house safe again for a long time to come.


October 6, 2017

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...

- it's all red - 

:: 1.  the beauty of cooler nights and still warm days

:: 2. the clear sign of "becoming" a rooster

:: 3. autumn on the table

:: 4. new and shiny, all the copper the metal workers mounted on our roof 

:: 5. (more blue than red) the wool is ready to come along to vacation with me. a few more days in the sousthern areas of europe. it will be good to get as much sun as i possibly can get hold for, winter will be long...

October 5, 2017

colors for me

it still is tomato harvest and with some wonderful feta cubes and fresh basil, sea salt, a dash of white balsamico and a bit more olive oil, this is a favorite for everyone at our table.
for me it's not just the taste of summer, already in autumn, but the colors too. it is a feast for my eyes and so we will enjoy some more tomato dishes tomorrow...

for dinner i sauteed mini patisson, with onions, not very picturesque, just white in white. and then there is lots of different green lettuce being served. mostly twice a day. i like to serve all the fresh vegetables and am glad, that thea loves all kinds of salads. she definitely prefers raw vegetables over cooked ones. and an other thing with vegetables, they need to be served with sauce or dressing (in case of a salad). this is very important to be able to soak the bread and enjoy the whole meal fully...
i don't know where she got that idea, but she is fixed on sauce and bread and usually over joyed if easy avalable.
it has frequently been helpful, as she can be tempted into eating mostly everything, if there is sauce available. and this is definitely a plus when eating out or being guests at a strangers house. so, for her, it's not the color, but the amount and taste of the sauce.

October 4, 2017

evening all around

that's just about what it looked a couple hours ago...
what a day, so many different activities. i guess i could rather say tasks and teaching were happening. and me in the middle of it. biking here and there to be quick and serving coffee, sitting down with my niece for a late breakfast. cooking lunch and everyone loving it (for a change i took the griddle out and made nice piece of meat....) even naomi complimented me on it. i guess she has been missing it, without me noticing really, or rather deciding not to notice. maybe i will take out the griddle more frequently and earn points with my daughter.

as it was astonishing tonight, to look into the north-west and see the sky after sun down, it was not less impressive to watch the moon rise in the south-east. a full moon coming up behind those trees and being just how such a celestial body would want to show itself to me. since that hour, while taking the photos (of course standing on the scaffolding on the top...), i have been looking out the windows a few times and it is still awe striking. the big moon looking down to me. i'm glad it's quiet in the house, thea in bed and i can stand still and stare!

October 3, 2017

under construction IV

in the morning, it started out with a bit of rain, but the workers all knew that there is more to come...
as for me, i had a few things to do in the city and as catious as i was, took the bus instead as usual my bike. i do prefere the bike, it's so much faster and riding along the bike path is good for my soule.
but the rain was not waiting until the roof shingles were unloaded up on the roof. it poured down like it hat not over a few weeks. a long hour of, water coming down for those hard labourers on our roof. and it could not be moved by an hour or two, as the truck was here and the driver wanted to unload now and not first take a coffee hour...

when i came back at 10am it looked like this and the rain almost stopped!
i really felt for those guys, all dripping as if we would have picked them out of a rushing river.
at least the weather was getting better (honestly it just could get better), and by the afternoon it was sunny and the sunglasses had to be put on. well, it has been like that with the renovation of our roof, mostly extrems of weather, either rain as here or than hot and everyone an ice creme and lots of water.
it's the last few days and we already enjoy the new roof windows. tomorrw the painter is pealing off all the tape from the window panes. the frames look new and shiny. next week the scaffolding is taken away. we will be on vacation and the cleaning will have to wait... :)



October 2, 2017

dinner in the woods

like every first sunday night, we have dinner with our community folks. it's the people of our house, as well as our neighbors next door. one month joel and i are cooking and organizing and the other month the friends next door. so yesterday we could relax and just tag along... (which i really enjoyed a lot!)
they cooked a wonderful chilli and brought everything up to a near by fire place with a grand view over our town (or at least a corner of the city...).
for some of us it was a bit of a straineous hike up the hill, but most of us made it with joy and welcomed the change of scenery. a lovely late afternoon in autumn, still warm enough to not bundle up and the colors starting to paint the woods around us.

eating, talking and enjoying each other companie, singing around the camp fire and the best of all, walking home in the dark. the moon is still waxing, not yet a full round disk. i love the darkness of the forest, the paths almost not visibale (but it's one of my regular running paths, so for me it was easy to walk in the dark). and to look at the city with all it's lights, but still somewhat quiet, as it was sunday night... it's a sweet spot here, where we live. and i'm really thankful for the place, the people and all there is around me.



September 29, 2017

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. apple cake with ground hazelnuts

:: 2. looking up into the pine tree

:: 3. onset of autumn

:: 4. mine and joel's bikes, i love the contrast and especially the age of mine... (25+ years)

:: 5. lunch, still able to enjoy meals in the garden, the afternoons are warm and fried rice with some sauteed hot peppers are perfect

September 28, 2017

the little trip to the tower

some of us went up to the eschenberg tower again. it has been many times already (this one has been very special) and especially in the moments of late summer, when sundown is not late anymore and it is still not cold in the evenings. those days are perfect for that little trip. the big three kids were all gone, so we had just thea at home and she was ready for an adventure. of course we too!
hopping on the bikes, we went up to the tower. and climbed the steps to enjoy the wonderful view. it just is spectacular and the trees are still in all kinds of dark green. in one little spot, the yellow of autumn has caught on....

and if we would have brought sausages, we could have had very yummy quick dinner...
if, yes we did not bring those sausages, so we had to make some fire sticks and enjoyed those a whole lot. our dear nature child, she loves fires to play with and the wind in her hair...
and we absolutely enjoy watching her and being entertained by her chattering away!


September 27, 2017

the baby hedghog

we sighted a little hedghog inside the chicken fence...
of course we had to rescue "him", as he seemed unable to find his way out the gate, again. what a wonderful little animal, curling up in a ball. with all its quills (uups, i just learned that a hedghog has spines. this would be the technically correct term, as spines are not hollow. they are hardened hair and taper off at both ends. quills have a hollow core and can be released at will, not so spines).

we have had grown hedghogs in our garden for the past years. usually two big ones, and yes they can be loud when fighting each other. this one seems rather small and young. it looked healthy and was walking off, as soon as we were quiet and observed from a few yards away. it would be exciting to have this little guy find a good spot in our pile of twigs and leafs and garden cuttings. i intentionally keep those heaps in different places in our garaden.

September 25, 2017

and "we" paint

i took the carpet out over a week ago, as it was on my list....
for last week, to be exact on my saturdays list, was painting the room. it is definitely not my favorite pass time, but it had to be. our friend moved out by mid july and after a few times when we hosted people, the room needed to be painted and by the end of the month it should also have a new carpet. of course i was not left allone with the task of painting. thea was a very good and mostly willing assistent. taking down the curtains, the curtain rods, cover up the electricity outlets and windows, door frames etc. and then of course helping with the painting itself. she was very much looking forward to do so. a bit of a bummer, it was for her, when i told her, that we have to paint the corners first. yup all the corners and trims and rims needed to be painted with the brush, before we could start with that all super exciting paint roller.
so the roller had to take a bit of abuse, while i was still working on those corners, thea got excited to play and to artistic exercices with the roller, in all kinds of ways...

never mind. when we got to use the rollers, she was happy and could not be stopped applying paint to the walls. it was fun to haver her work alongside. the time rushed by and before lunch (we decided to have lunch after we were done painting) was served, all was done. before nightfall, we were taking off all the paint and plastic covering. and well, the room is ready for the carpet guy to come and put a nice the new floor in.

and who knows, maybe as early as mid october we have a new friend living with us...


September 22, 2017

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. a very simple bouquet on our kitchen table

 :: 2. the rusty gutter pipe, not fun, but casting a wonderful shadow

:: 3. the chickens are laying eggs in very different sizes and shapes

:: 4. baking the third kind of cakes this week. lemon-apple-cinnamon

:: 5. studying math, amos is a wonderful tudor, and inbetween there is some magical music...