First: a knitted scarf I am really happy with – sporting a quite spontaneous stripe-design, using up some wool I still had in my closet for ages (leftover from a felting-tryout where I discovered I strongly dislike felting). I very much like the colours and the scarf is very cosy, just what I need right now where the November weather is starting to show its nasty side.
Second: some pics of the Thanksgiving Table Decoration I put up when I hosted a small family dinner on that occasion. The menu started with a beetroot-carrot soup accompanied by polenta-cakes and zucchini pesto, followed by two-kinds-of homemade gnocchi (pumpkin & sweet potatoe), brokkoli & romanesco and a light sage sauce, to end with a crumble (blackberries and – of course – cranberries) with rich & fluffy vegan cream. It was lovely. The pictures of wild animals on the menu cards I made take into account each family member´s favourite one – dad´s is the eagle, mom´s is the owl and mine is the wolf :-).
Third: some pics of my favourite walking area bathing in the (last) sunny-golden October-light. I admit I am besotted by the view you have to the left and to the right onto that little streamlet when standing on that tiny bridge. I love it.
So far, the nearby lake is my favorite spot to indulge in beautiful colors and smells of nature. Only about 20 minutes walking distance from my place, I enjoyed a thorough photo-session even though the weather was a bit tricky…cast over and wet. Ah well, as soon as there is another clear sunny day I´m off to that place again. Took a snack and a bottle of hot tea with me and really had a blast being surrounded by dense trees and glorious autumnal colors & smells. The trees around the lake are wonderful, those next to the water look almost like mangroves, their roots holding on to the land fiercely.
Went on a little trip to further explore the nice area, took some pics along the way but especially in a beautiful vast forest about half an hour away (by bike) from my new home. Will visit there again for sure. Glad to have moved house in this still sunny and outdoor-friendly month being able to look around before daylight-hours become scarce.
took some pics in the area where I live now, the first short trips by foot & bike were lovely. I especially like the converted buildings of the old convent, the old mill and the idyllic surroundings. They really did a great job by filling the buildings with an interesting gallery and shop, a restaurant, a venue for meetings & conventions, rooms for an adult school and some holiday flats and of course a little museum. The river which runs there is so pretty and all this lush green is so calming. As a real country girl, I feel very comfortable here and enjoy the outdoors, and sure don´t get tired (yet) of taking pictures of trees, rivers, meadows, cows, horses, more trees & rivers, old charming buildings and even more trees.
Just a few miles along the river, there´s an impressive sculpture-park by a local artist who´s been around here since the 70´s, named Wolf E. Schulz – he sure has a great body of work. And it´s an inspiration. He uses different kinds of wood and combines it with metal, I find his creatures really wonderful.
had an enjoyable walk this mornng with one of the sweet shelter dogs, Tommi, who has accompanied me a few times before. Cute little fellow – friendly (except when meeting other dogs he somehow can´t stand, but hey – he´s a Terrier!) and agile, likes to hop on a bench and get cuddled real thoroughly. Lovely weather, cloudy but with a nice summer atmosphere, especially when being surrounded by high grass, wildflowers, fields and medows.
brilliant weather for walkies as long as it´s not too hot. Yesterday was just lovely, I had sooo nice company, another shelter dog I really fell in love with, Bob. So sweet and friendly, so good-looking and cuddly, cheeky and playful…and he has these floppy puppy-ish ears, you know…aaawwww. I was really absolutely enchanted and enjoyed every minute of the walk, and so did he. He seems not to be used to deer, so his first encounter with those animals which are so common here was quite amusing as he commented the sighting with a surprised and deep-breast-baritone “Wuff?!”. It´s a bliss to be able to walk regularily with such wonderful dogs and I can only recommend it: if you like dogs and live near a rescue center / shelter, grab the chance. It is so rewarding and so joyful. Of course it can also be a bit heartbreaking, for I really really wanted to take this cutie home straight away. But one day it will happen. Anyway, the summer shows its beautiful rich colors and even though the day was a bit cloudy, I found the fields with all the different plants really beautiful. Although it´s my usual walking area, I never get bored – throughout all seasons, there´s plenty to see.
Took quite a few walks recently, and enjoyed taking some pics & playing around a bit with the colors and structures. I was especially enchanted by the sunlight shimmering through the leaves, creating a subtle luminous and dreamy atmosphere which I found incredibly calming.
There is a new mixed media painting in the works, which I might post as work-in-progress update in the near future…we´ll see how it goes.