July 21, 2024

*Island Pag

In June we spent a few days at the seaside on the Croatian island Pag. Due to the sad circumstances I mentioned earlier this month, I did not film and took only a few pictures. So this is all I can show you. I love this island. Most parts look like a moon landscape with all the stones and sparse vegetation. I hope we can return in the future with lighter hearts and stay a little longer.

July 18, 2024

*through the heat wave

Good morning dear readers, we already hit the 35 degree mark last week and the heat wave is continuing. The tomato plants love it, for the rest of us, we have to do everything a little slower and with more deliberation. My first dahlias are about to bloom, I'm observing the progress every day with lots of anticipation! Nature walks are hardly possible, the humid heat is just too extreme, but every now and then, when my physical state allows it, I leave the house in the very early morning hours to visit a little sunflower field not far from our home and once a mild summer rain surprised me and I walked barefoot back home, wading through the just accrued puddles, feeling relieved from the burden of the heat for a moment. When I enter the garden, I feel the most imaginable gentle embrace. While I water the thirsty birches, I sit on the well and enjoy the shadow play of the leaves on the mossy ground before my feet. I preserved the first zucchinis and made some more jam and I fill little paper sachets with seeds for the coming year. All has its order and rhythm. Soon I have enough new clay pieces to fill the kiln. They just have to dry some more. Hopefully you enjoy the heart of July and you are absorbing summer with every pore of your being.

July 07, 2024

*The wind, the warmth & the swallows

{Music: Je te laisserai des mots – Patrick Watson}

Just a little getaway for the mind,
with the swallows in the warm summer winds.

July 06, 2024

*summer musings

Even though I caught myself already daydreaming of autumn, I'm embracing summer with all its benefits. How comfortable it is to wear loose summer dresses again and to feel the gentle strokes by the warm winds on my skin. The swallows follow me where ever I go and the herb garden is exploding in an abundance of scents. After a break of many months I finally worked with clay again. I want to enlarge my set of tableware with fennel flower imprints and it's only possible when the fennel is blooming which is now! I know that it would be easier to make a mold of a fennel flower that I can use over and over,  but I prefer to use for each peace an unique flower.

June 29, 2024

*the sides of life

June is coming to an end and I have been silent here for a while. There have been quite upsetting happenings in my family which made our hearts tremble, our minds occupied and our nights sleepless.

Apart from all the worries, we were able to harvest our first cucumbers, peppers and zucchinis and I'm happy to be able to work in the garden again even though we are in the middle of a heat wave. We are having a big variety of butterflies this year and lots of mosquitos!

The whole summer lies ahead of us and honestly all I wish for is to fill it with simple joys, like reading, swimming, feeling the warm winds on my bare skin, listening to the nightingale's song and sinking into soothing self-forgetfulness whenever possible.

June 13, 2024

*Into June with butterflies, snails & bees

{Music: Leaf – Matteo de Grandis}

June has started and it reveals a world in itself, a world of humming and buzzing and diligently business in the smallest areas of nature. The warmths activates everything in us. It is a soft expanding in all directions of life.

June 10, 2024

*what is given

It is possible, I suppose that sometime
we will learn everything
there is to learn: what the world is, for example,
and what it means. I think this as I am crossing
from one field to another, in summer, and the
mockingbird is mocking me, as one who either
knows enough already or knows enough to be
perfectly content not knowing. Song being born
of quest he knows this: he must turn silent
were he suddenly assaulted with answers. Instead

oh hear his wild, caustic, tender warbling ceaselessly
unanswered. At my feet the white-petalled daisies display
the small suns of their center piece, their -- if you don't
mind my saying so -- their hearts. Of course
I could be wrong, perhaps their hearts are pale and
narrow and hidden in the roots. What do I know?
But this: it is heaven itself to take what is given,
to see what is plain; what the sun lights up willingly;
for example -- I think this
as I reach down, not to pick but merely to touch --
the suitability of the field for the daisies, and the
daisies for the field.

{Mary Oliver}

June 05, 2024

*Welcome June – A happy list

A tower of the beautiful castle Raabs.

• dew drops on grass tops
• the scent of sun-dried laundry
• picking cherries & mulberries
• pink flower meadows
• watching "Where the crawdads sing"
• making fresh raspberry jam
(they got ripe so early this year!)
• planting a new blueberry plant
• my white oriental poppy is blooming for the first time
(I waited so long for this!)
• the return of the swallows

May 31, 2024

*A poppy month

{Music: Repeal the Union – The Gloaming + The Lobster – The Gloaming}

May is coming to an end,
it was a month full of poppies,
snail visits and other nature blessings.

May 30, 2024

*I want to be a garden

Ich will ein Garten sein

Ich will ein Garten sein, an dessen Bronnen
die vielen Träume neue Blumen brächen,
die einen abgesondert und versonnen,
und die geeint in schweigsamen Gesprächen.

Und wo sie schreiten, über ihren Häupten
will ich mit Worten wie mit Wipfeln rauschen,
und wo sie ruhen, will ich den Betäubten
mit meinem Schweigen in den Schlummer lauschen.

{Rainer Maria Rilke}

May 26, 2024

*In the heart of spring

The tiniest bunny I have ever seen in free nature was hopping around today in the morning in front of our kitchen window. I wonder where his rabbit hole is!

Do you know the Italian illustrator Monica Barengo? I follow her art since many years and I love her illustrated children books and never hesitated to get a copy, even when I do not speak Italian. The first photo is from one of them.

Last week I accidentally dropped my beloved Zenit-E camera. First it fell on my arm where it left a big bruise and then it fell further on the stone floor that we have outside in front of our house door. Some parts broke off and the back cover broke open, which damaged pretty sure most of the film. We will see! Bad news, the camera back does not close anymore, good news, the other broken off parts are not essential and so I try now to just tape shut the camera back with fabric tape after I inserted the film and I hope it will still work for some time at least! Also I have found more joy in photography again. After the hard winter everything seemed blurry in my life. Slowly I feel more connected to myself again. All the flowers and snail friends definitely help, too!

Yesterday we made a forest walk near the Kamp river, one of my favorite places and we spotted a mole that was crawling around in the foliage on the ground. It was a rare sight. I sometimes see one that is having a short look out of the molehill, but I usually don't see them crawling freely outside. Forest bellflowers decorated the paths and back home when I watered the garden beds I saw one of my favorite insects, the white plume moth. (German: Federgeistchen)

Have a good Sunday!

May 20, 2024

*May days

It took a while until I got my last film back from development service. I'm spending a lot of time in the garden, tending our vegetable plants, flowers and trees. The herbs are growing like crazy and the time of picking and drying for winter has started once again. All the blooming wild poppy around our home is elating my soul, I can't take my eyes off of all the red spots that are moving with the wind in between of all the fresh May green. I wish I could stop time a bit to not have to let go of this month so quickly. Soon I will be back with some new pictures of my wild cam, until that, enjoy your time!

May 16, 2024

*Little mountain trip

{Music: Loveland (Milky Chance cover) – Ocie Elliott}

We have been on a little mountain trip last weekend to have a change of air and a calm time. Our last time in the mountains is already two years ago and Sunny was with us. He loved such trips and I miss him every day! Time is flying so fast! Weather was still quite cool, but the view was stunning and we saw wild ibexes again.

May 04, 2024

*watercolor update

At least once a year I’m painting a tower that is surrounded by giant flowers. It is a comfort motif to which I love to return artwise. Same with animals with fruits and birds. 

May has started with a bit of very welcome rain, but now the sun is out and I spent the most time in the garden and resowed flowers that had not survived the strong late spring frosts. My little rabbit (the one from my last video) was sitting in my rucola patch and has observed me all day while working. He did not even escape when Ronald mowed the lawn. I enjoy his presence very much.
I also planted my new sorts of dahlias and overall I can't wait until all the flowers start to bloom!

May 01, 2024

*Through the April weather

{Music: I'm looking through you – Oak Studios + Summer – Oak Studios}

We had it all this April:
Summer temperatures,
frost & snow,
rain & hail
and a lot of wind!
It's never boring with all the wildlife in and around our garden.
Now I'm happy to welcome one of my favorite months of the year, the merry month of May!

April 23, 2024

*winter roses

Forecasts were right, it's snowing!

The winter roses started to bloom in early January this year and still did not stop. I wanted to prick my tiny tomato seedlings today in the greenhouse, but I think I will skip this due to the weather situation. I better make some more tea now and keep the kitchen fire going :)

April 21, 2024

*Starting the garden year

{Music: Andromeda – Jacopo Croci}

A new garden year has finally started –
I have missed having my hands in the soil!

April 18, 2024

*heralds of spring

The typical April weather has arrived.
After the short warm period, we had some rain.
Sun and clouds are alternating and we have frost again.
Even snow is predicted.
A mix of everything.

I started reading "The ten thousand doors" by Alix E. Harrow and so far I really enjoy it. My favorite morning drink is tumeric tea at the moment, maybe because it has a stimulating effect to the blood flow and is warming the body from inside. Ever since I was so sick in winter I have issues with blood circulation and I lost half of my hair. I never had so little hair in my whole life, but since some days I feel the hair loss goes back a bit and I'm hopeful that they will start to grow back in summer. It was just a too big strain for the body. But the body is really a miracle! It always thrives towards balance again.

Further I started reading & working with the book "The artists way" by Julian Cameron. I was still a teenager when I first read it and I only remember the "morning pages" and I think I did not finish all exercises, so I thought I start with it again. I'm sure most of you know this book already. If so, what have been your experiences with it, did it help you in any way?