August 31, 2023

*the taste of late summer

It's been a while...
At the moment we are sinking in vegetables and fruits, so I started another preserving round! I also did an unusual amount of baking this month. It is all so fresh and tasteful, it is truly an exceptional time when it comes to yummy food! The intense heat wave is over and it begins to feel a lot like autumn. I worked with clay again, started a new crochet project, took apart my sewing machine to oil and make it work again, changed a vintage dress to make it fit me and I prepared three little movies with many nice moments of the recent weeks. My summer asters have started to bloom and the flower bed was never more beautiful! How do you feel at the end of August? Are you looking forward to autumn or are you trying to hold on to the last bit of summer feeling? I used this summer well and did a lot of swimming which I really need to be ready for the colder season, I feel fulfilled and prepared. Much love + until soon again!

August 20, 2023

*Moonshadows & soap bubbles

{Music: Moonshadow (Cat Stevens Cover) – MIIL}

A tiny video
simply for the joy of being alive.

Be grateful for the wind,
the flowers, even if they wither
and all the tiny creatures out there.

We are here to bloom as well,
as wildly and freely as possible!

Life is full of beauty and endless opportunities.
Just choose one today
and step out of your own shadow.
The moon will shine for you anyway.

Nurture your soul
and stay young in your heart forever.

Never stop playing and asking questions.

Never stop expecting miracles.
Because they are always there
for those who want to see.

August 18, 2023

*let it bloom & camera stories

Do you know the let it bloom magazine already?
It is one of my favorite magazines and it's all about the beauty of flowers & nature and people who are dedicated to them. It's a real treasure with it's clear design and big photos and I love the paper it is printed on.

Except for the fossil urchin, I brought the stones with me from our vacation at the sea in June. Do you also like to walk along the beach collecting pretty stones and sea glass? It's hard to resist for me!

Some time ago I took the risk to get myself another second-hand Zenit E camera after several mispurchases. Most people just don't know if the camera is still working that they are selling and in the most cases it just doesn't properly. I had my old Zenit E for several years, it was my most used camera and sadly at some point it stopped working for good. I think it was in 2019. I thought just getting another working Zenit E will do it, but it didn't, all the models that I tried afterwards had a totally different outcome of pictures. The colors were far too virulent and saturated for my taste and so I was not truly happy and lost the joy in my "newer" Zenit E camera. But recently I gave it another try and got myself another Zenit E model from Ebay. Trying the first film role in a new old camera is always scary, I already have noticed that not all shutter speeds are working properly, so my fear was even bigger that the film will be ruined, but to my surprise it worked with the remaining shutter speeds and the pictures turned out similar to my beloved past Zenit E camera! Maybe it was only a coincidence and the light was just right, but after trying it out more, I will be able to tell more for sure. I really hope I will be able to have this camera for a long time now!

August 16, 2023

*Une vie

Recently I read the book "Une Vie" by Guy de Maupassant. It was published in 1883 and I really loved it, especially the way he described all the feelings that nature evokes in the main character. It's a fabulous book and I can imagine to reread it in some years. 
We have been on a mini vacation in the wood quarter over the long weekend. It was super hot again, so we decided to stay close to the lakes to be able to jump in and cool down a bit every now and then.
On one of our forest walks we met a really likeable couple that is living in an isolated house in the middle of the woods with their children and dogs. It's always nice to get to know like minded people. 
At the moment our home is full of flowers and soft summer light. I love my dahlias, they are a pink dream and even beautiful when they have withered. I took far too many pictures of them already! :)

August 10, 2023

*Calm your senses

{Music: Cloud - Emma Jackson}

It is so easy to get overwhelmed nowadays by all the noise and busyness in this world, the many screaming adds everywhere and the hectic that is often feelable, so I enjoy some calmness in the youtube world as well. I hope this video helps you calming your senses a bit!

August 09, 2023

*between wild yarrow and carrot flowers

The temperatures had dropped so drastically over the weekend that I first time since we are living here made a little fire in the stove in August to warm me up a bit. By the way it is now exactly 10 years ago since we moved here and back then it was also an exceptional hot summer, but this year we do have both, high temperatures with extreme dry weather and low temperatures and quite some rain. Parts of Austria are already flooded and people had to be evacuated from their homes.
It was a sad morning today, the injured pigeon that I found yesterday (I'm pretty sure she had crashed into a car or agricultural vehicle, because she could not fly anymore and her right eye was very sore) died in the night. After I gave her shelter she seemed to do a little better, but today it was clear that she must have had really bad internal injuries, I saw that blood came out of her mouth when I inspected her corpse. What a sad way to start the day, shoveling a little grave and crying over this innocent creature.
The meadows are turning colors and are full of wild yarrow, carrot flowers and viper's buglosses. It is a very pleasant sight, especially when the sky is a bit moody like on my pictures, it creates a certain atmosphere that I really like.

August 04, 2023


August has started with moody weather. It is raining every now and then and the sky is mostly covered. On my early morning walk I saw three more hoopoes! And on our big apricot tree was a squirrel, sitting and patiently eating a nut that I have placed outside. I'm always excited when I see a squirrel in our garden, because we do not have many in our area. Today I noticed that the blackberries became suddenly ripe, I decided to make some jam. Contrary to Ronald, I don't eat a lot of jam, but blackberry jam is my favorite type! My dahlias are blooming so abundantly, I would have never imagined that they would grow so well here with our intense climate. I also got back a developed roll of film, here are the first pictures, I think you can easily feel the warmth of July through them. Enjoy your weekend!