5.7.15

snail mail June

First letter is from Katyha from Australia. She sent me the cutest sticky notes!

Pretty postcards I got in return for a pilea baby.

Another sweet letter from Joy. Look at the cute crochet fish!
Go, and check out her new "All about vintage" blog!

A sweet sticker postcard from Lily + one from Sandra from her trip to Saint Louis!

And last but not least, a big surprise package from my friend Larissa.

Thank you all for continuing writing + surprising me!

3.7.15

time




All is growing –
and so am I.

28.6.15

cucumber girl







If I had to choose one vegetable plant that I enjoy to take care of the most, I would pick cucumbers. This year I have 4 different sorts. (Korean, White, Lemon and Luffa (from Karolien)) I'm stacking them, so they can grow up and the fruits don't touch the ground. Again I have problems with powdery mildew this year, but I feed the plants with wood ash and sprinkle them with a mixture of milk and water and sometimes camomile tea, which helps really good. Sunny likes to lick off the milk from the leaves again :)

Further I harvested first onions, garlic, peas, beetroot, kohlrabi, lot's of strawberries, mulberries and raspberries. My potato plants are full of potato beetles, but I decided that because they were in the majority to quit the field and let them where they are ;)

Have a wonderful Sunday + until soon again!

26.6.15

underwater






First of all, everyone who wonders how the little deer is doing, I have good news for you! It survived! And they brought it to a lady that cares currently for some other little deer, so that it won't become too tame and is able to live as naturally as possible. You can imagine how happy I am about that!

Secondly some underwater pictures I wanted to show already. Everyone who knows me a little better, knows how much I love water, it's my essence. When I'm underwater I sometimes feel like staying there forever and I have dreams in which I'm drowning and in the moment I give up, I am able to breath again. If I feel unwell, I take a bath and put my head underwater as long as possible. If I experience something bad or just had a long day with lots of impressions, I literally wash them off from me and feel renewed.
But I also had some not so nice experiences connected with water.
When I was a child a man at the public swimming pool, that was a completely stranger to me, suddenly grabbed me and pushed me underwater, again and again and again. No one was helping and he was enjoying my panic. And one time in Portugal I got caught by a big wave, that pressed my whole body to the ground, face ahead. I had not the strength to resist and come up again. Fortunately my then-boyfriend saw what happened and got me out of the water. I was in shock, my face was bleeding and my bikini top was gone. But I remember very clearly my thoughts when my head smashed to the ground and how time suddenly seemed to extend. Fortunately those happenings did not lessen my love for water.

How about you? Which is your favorite element?

21.6.15

conifers



When I moved here, I found the big conifers close to the house a bit oppressive. But since living here for some time now and got to know the climate better I value them evermore. They absorb the water from the ground, so that the cellar does not get too damp and when it storms and rains they don't scare me, they even give me the feeling they are protecting the house. And when it is very hot and you step on the terrace, they make everything smell so good that I actually don't have words for it. They remind me of my childhood adventures in the woods where my grandparents used to live, near the Czech border. Further the woods in this area are mostly broadleaf forests which is a bit unusual for me also. It cooled down a lot here and it is raining more often. I gave myself a break after being sick and very busy the last weeks. Reading books and magazines that waited for me like forever on the shelf, writing letters, dreaming and drinking tea, simply taking it easy and enjoying myself. 

19.6.15

Oh, deer!





Well, some days are much different than expected.  Yesterday in the morning I heard that strange noise that sounded like a a weird bird noise that I never heard before. It would not stop and as it got louder and louder I opened the window to look what it was. Suddenly a little deer showed up and obviously it was searching and screaming for its mother. But no mother deer was in sight. When it noticed me it ran away somewhere to hide in the bushes. I asked my father-in-law if we have to inform someone and he said that if it is now in the bushes, better not disturb it, so that it does not jump on the street. Hours passed and still I heard it screaming. It was horrible to bear. In the afternoon the screaming got so loud again that I looked at the window again and I saw it walking around the house, stepping into our garden. I observed it for a while until I saw that it got really close the busy road. So I ran outside and caught it. I was a bit stressed what to do next, so I called my father-in-law again and he informed the hunter. Both came as soon as possible and we all assumed that maybe the mother deer died somewhere or at least does not find back. I asked the hunter what to do now and he told me that I can either raise it or put it back in the field. He told me that there are no such places where you can bring such wild animals to be raised. I could not believe it! He went along with me to bring it back to the field where it hid out again. I felt quite desperate, because I knew somehow it would cry the whole night until it would just die miserably. And I neither have a stable nor I have the right food for it and you can not just feed it cow milk. Hours passed again. At six o'clock I went outside again and looked for it. To my surprise it did not run away when it noticed me, rather it was walking towards me when hearing my voice. I brought some sheep milk and it drank a bit. Now I felt even worse, because I saw it would work to try raising it. Against the advice of the hunter I called every institution that I could find on the internet like animal ambulances and animal welfare groups. Everyone told me something different, but no one really wanted to help. Finally one animal ambulance quite far away told me they will help me. The woman on the phone gave me the advice to wait until dawn and if the deer is still there she will organize someone that collects it and brings it to a place where they are able to raise it. Again waiting. When it got darker I looked outside  to see if it is still there, but I could not find it in the high clover field. But somehow I could feel that it was still there. Short before I wanted to give up I saw a brown little bundle on the ground. The deer! It was sleeping and so I called the woman again and she told me to catch it and wait for the man that she will inform quickly to drive to me. No sooner said than done, and so I waited with the deer on my lap until this man arrived. I told him the whole story and he said that the hunter was totally wrong and with his advice it would have been better to shoot it immediately than letting it die miserably in the field and that of course there are ways to help such animals. And that it was right of me to give it the sheep milk, goat milk would also work, but this works only for the first feeding, afterwards it needs a specific milk preparation, so I did everything right. You can not imagine how relieved I felt! To know that it is now in good hands and does not have to die. Of course we all don't know if it will survive in the end, but at least it gets a real chance.
So this was my extraordinary Thursday. Now I'm looking forward to some normal days, also because I'm still not feeling that well after that ugly flu. Have a good weekend!

16.6.15

garden update








I'm having a terrible flu since last week, so I stand up early when fever is lowest, water my plants and get back to bed for the rest of the day. I have to show you the progress of my veggies, because now all goes so fast, cucumber and tomato plants are growing several centimeters every day, it's a joy to watch! Did you know that there exist plants where the upper part is a tomato and the lower part a potato? (It is called TomTato) If you see the last two pictures you get a clue why it is possible. The second last picture are my blooming potatoes and the last one is one of my blooming litchi tomatoes! See the similar flower! If you want so see some more pictures, have a look at Lotte's and mine garden album. 
Have a good week and take care of yourself!

12.6.15

oh comely





Some time ago oh comely magazine called out for sending photos of cloud shapes and tell them what we see. I sent them my dolphin cloud and did not know that it was selected until I opened the magazine, so it was a nice surprise!

10.6.15

analog garden update







As I already told I want to revive my old analog cameras more again.
Those pictures were made about three weeks ago. I have a weakness for pinks like the carthusian pink. Maybe I will cultivate different sorts in the future. Zucchinis started to bloom. All rucola, spinach, radish, mustard leaf and salad is harvested by now. With the hot weather I have to water at least twice a day, each time 2 big container full of water. Luckily we can use well water for the garden! At the moment you can see changes every day, so another garden update will follow soon. Have a good day!