September 28, 2023

*shades of pink

We had our first really misty mornings the last two days and I could not resist to be outside before the sun was rising and enjoy the wonderful view that was presented in front of me. The most magical time of the year has started. At daytime it is still very warm and I worked a lot in the garden. My dahlias are exploding right now with new flower buds! They can be so different in shade, even though they are the same sort. Some turn out completely white instead of pink and some even have some lilac tones. Every bloom is really unique!

September 26, 2023

*A mini vacation to the wood quarter

{Music: All that is lovely – Gåel}

And here a little movie of our time in the wood quarter that we had in the middle of August. The wood quarter is like a little Sweden located in the northwest of Lower Austria with lots of forests and lakes and you can find a welcome solitude there as the density of population is not so big. I shared a lot of pictures in the past made in this area. My grandparents lived there and so I spent a lot of time in my childhood there already and I still love this region so much!

September 25, 2023

*clouds in the lake

The outcome of the pictures made with my "new" zenit-E camera makes me really happy,
it is certainly similar to my first one that I had for many years and was one of my favorite cameras!
I also had it with me on our vacation in Korčula and I can't wait to get my films developed! Those pictures here are from our time in the wood quarter.
Our very summery September is coming to an end. Yesterday we dug out some potatoes to roast them in a campfire in the garden to end the day. It was very relaxing to just sit there and look into the flames and listen to the chirping of the crickets. It gets dark so early already!
I hope you enjoy those last September days and have a good start into the new week!

September 21, 2023

*Kitchen & Garden moments in August

{Music: Velvet Ring (Big Thief cover) – Emily Zhang + Day – Lorenzo Travaglini}

Next to all the fresh fruits and vegetables I did a lot of baking throughout the month of August.

The basic recipe for the two cakes is the same, only that the blueberry cake had blueberries in them, and for the apple-cinnamon cake, you add cinnamon to  the dough and prepare the apples like this: Cut in small pieces and roast them in coconut oil until they get a bit softer and then add a little lemon juice, sugar (if you like) and cinnamon and some flour to make the consistence more creamy, but you should still see the separated apple pieces. It should not turn into a mush. Then add to the cake dough when the dough is already in the baking form.

The basic recipe of the cakes is:

• Blueberries or apples (like described above) or any other berries or fruits
that are preferred
• 5 eggs
• 1 pinch salt
• 250g flour (spelt or wheat)
• 200 g sugar (I usually use half or even less than half of the amount)
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1/8 l water
• 1/8 l maize-germ oil

Separate the eggwhites from the yolks
and beat the egg whites until stiff. 
In another bowl beat the egg yolks
with sugar until creamy,
then add gradually water and oil,
baking powder, salt and flour.
Fold the egg white foam in the dough
and pour the whole mixture into a cake pan
lined with baking paper and add the
blueberries or apple mixture.
(Spread it evenly on the surface of the dough)
Bake for about 25 minutes in the baking oven 
at 180 degrees celsius. Every oven is a little 
different, mine is ready after 20 minutes, 
just do the toothpick test, to see if it is fully baked.

If you like, sprinkle the finished cake with powder sugar.


September 19, 2023

*freedom on my skin

Being naked has nothing to do with sexuality to me. It is a deep sense of freedom and when you were born with very sensitive skin like me, you feel the need of being free from the burden of clothes and fabrics every now and then to be able to let your skin breathe. When someone asks me in which situations in my life I feel the best and the most free, I would always say: when swimming naked in the ocean. But I'm not a FKK type of person, still I dislike swimming wear. It feels so uncomfortable on my skin, especially when stepping out of the water again, so I'm always seeking for places on my journeys where I can be alone with nature and dip into the ocean naked. 
My dear mother had her struggles with me when I was a child, because from early on I would get off my clothes all the time, also in the supermarket. I'm sure it had to do already with the fact that many sorts of fabrics feel like torture on my skin. Luckily my mother is a good sewer and she started making clothes for me that I was able to bear. In which situations do you experience the most sense of freedom in your life?

September 16, 2023

*Back again

I don't think that I ever saw Carniolan burnets (Zygaena carniolica) before, but here were a bunch of them sitting on a wild cornstalk (you can also see them in my last video). Such a vibrant red pattern on their wings, but I read that they are very poisonous.
We have been on vacation the last two weeks on the Croatian island Korčula that we wanted to visit since many years. It was really beautiful, much hotter than expected, but here have been very summery temperatures as well. I surely need some time still to fully settle again here, but I can say that I feel really ready for autumn to come with it's misty mornings and long evenings. I feel always quite energetic and creative when the heat leaves, let's see what the coming time will bring! 

September 15, 2023

*Under the moody August sky

{Music: Forget Me Nots – James Spiteri}

A little movie of the start of August, when it was quite gloomy and felt more like autumn than summer, but the heat came back quite quickly again afterwards. This is the first of three smaller videos with moments that where dear to me that I made recently and will share soon with you.

September 01, 2023


September started with a little bit of rain, 
I ate my very first homegrown watermelons, they were little, but so sweet and had luckily a lot of seeds that I will keep for next year. Grapes are also ripe already and I picked plums to dry for winter. My pumpkins needed a lot of time to develop, but since the extreme heat is over they have developed so nicely and I can't wait to harvest them. Perfect comfort food! We are always passing by this beautiful tree (last picture) when driving to the farm shop and finally I took my chance to make a picture of it. 
Have a good start into the new month!