Last Thursday we went East for a bit of winter adventuring. We try to plan a trip around our wedding anniversary each year and this year we went to a tiny village in the Czech giant mountains (this one) which is a 4-hour drive from where we live. The trip was actually a birthday gift for my husband who loves to snowboard but rarely has the opportunity to do so.
The village was rather pretty with many of the old buildings beautifully restored. The river Elbe runs through it (take a close look at the second picture, yes that´s a river) and it was quite picture perfect with all the snow (so-much-snow!!) and the sun. We got really lucky wih the weather.
I don´t ski or snowboard so I stayed back at our hotel during the day. I did a bit of exploring with Ludwig and went on a few particularly lovely runs along the Elbe. I didn´t have my big camera with me for either though so my Instagram pictures are actually prettier than the few photos you get to see here. Anyway it was a lovely trip - maybe not something I´d like to repeat every year since a ski holiday for someone who doesn´t ski isn´t the most exciting and also quite expensive - but it was good to get out for a bit and enjoy the Czech winter wonderland. And eat all the dumplings :) Have a good week!
Two weeks into the new year already! Time flies. We´re having proper winter weather these days, with lots of snow and freezing temperatures. All fine by me as long as it´s spring by March 1st (on the dot, please). It seems so much lighter already outside, although that is probably due to all the snow...
I´ve been spending all my money on table ware from Not Perfect Linen lately. I love their colors. This "Caffe mocha" table cloth is a new favorite. So so pretty. I bought sofa pillows (a custom order) in the same color and they are really really pretty too. I´ll show you soon.
Still baking bread! This one was a big success. Dare I say I am getting better at this? I still have a lot to figure out but things are improving. It´s funny how I´ve been baking decent bread for years but now that I´m pushing more out of my comfort zone I realize how much there is still to learn. Onwards and upwards!
Oh redhead. What would we do without you? Ludwig turns four on Tuesday. Ah, they grow up so fast. But seriously how can he be four already? We brought him home as a tiny puppy only like yesterday?
(For those with sharp eyes, that thing behind Ludwig is our broken dishwasher which unexpectedly and sadly died this week. Whyyyy. Buying a new dishwasher is *such* a not-fun way to spend money.)
Bonus picture! Ludwig is blurry because he was barking his head off for some reason, and Emma is totally like "whatever". Classic.
So a few weeks ago, on Winter Solstice, I turned 40. My husband gifted me a truly hideous flower bouqet and a truly beautiful new table for our dining room. The bouquet quickly went out of my sight and we had a lovely, quiet, sunny day. I have been in love with this table ever since.
I have wanted a new table since we moved into this house. Or if not a new table, at least a new table top. We had originally bought our Ikea Norden table for our old Berlin apartment and while it did have the right dimensions for the dining room, I just didn´t love the table top. I wanted something made out of massive wood. So I started begging my handy husband to build me a new table top and for my 40iest birthday, he obliged. The wood was provided by one of our neighbors who has a seemingly unlimited supply of beautiful old pine planks, one of his friends did the planing, and my husband did all the assembling and sanding and whatnot. The tabletop went on our old Norden base and hellooo, gorgeous new table. I have since treated it numerous times with a white pigmented oil and I hope it will keep its light color. I love it. When we had just installed it I went into the dining roo several times a day just to look at this table.
As for turning 40. Well. It seems everybody expects you to be devastated. Is this a women´s thing? I don´t think anybody expected my husband to feel terrible when he turned 40? Anyway I always (like even back in my 20ies), always had the feeling that I would like being 40. I kind of thought that at age 40, I surely must have figured it all out. Ha. Well I surely haven´t, but as a fact I have never been more at peace with myself than right now. And yes that extends to my body. It´s all good. Let´s do this, 40.
On a lighter note, there´s a horse in my dining room. I had the urge to switch it all around for spring so I brought in Horse. Horse had been living in my rear hallway so far. I bought him from here a few years ago but never considered him for the dining room until now. He is made from painted scrap wood and has all the right colors and I think I really like Horse here. At least for now. Also, spring bulbs. Because after Christmas it´s spring. Right? (I have such garden fever these days. I have already ordered all my seeds because I´m so impatient. Can it be March already?)
Last but not least I treated myself to a flower bouqet. Eucalyptus and white Amaryllis. And yes I might have told my long suffering husband to use this as an inspiration for upcoming birthdays. But really, it´s all forgiven and forgotten because look at this table. (Just please never buy me orange flowers again).
Bonus picture! Snowy fluffy furry Emma.
Have a good week!
Happy new year! Let´s take a look back at 2016 before we move on, shall we? In January, we went on a wonderful trip to the Baltic Sea and not only Ludwig enjoyed the snow and the sea. This year for our annual wedding anniversary we´re going skiing in the Czech Republic! Well Ludwig and I don´t ski, we´ll just get cozy in our hotel while my husband skis, but, you know. It just sounded better that way.
In February my house looked very much like advanced spring apparently. Nothing wrong with that.
In March we installed new shelves in the kitchen, again. These are here to stay although their tilt is getting worse by the day. We´ll have to do something about that, but otherwise very happy with this particular change.
It seems I was very busy in April and took very few pictures, but this one is my favorite from this month.
The walled garden looking pretty in May.
In June I finally shared pictures of the dark-painted library. I still love the result and sort of want to paint everything dark in my house.
In July I took my favorite picture of 2017. I´ve talked about my "cutting garden" throughout the year and I think it´s caused a bit of confusion. Basically what I did differently last year is to save some space in the veggie garden for cutting flowers, like this space in our large raised bed. So the cutting garden isn´t actually a garden in itself. I loved the look of it though and will do the same this year. And I just love this picture so much, especially with Lutz in the background!
In August I took a pretty pictures of my homegrown tomatoes. A bit deceiving since it was the worst tomato year ever. We´re planning some changes in the veggie garden which will hopefully improve things this season.
A riot of asters greeted us when we got back from our vacation in September.
Taken in October, another favorite picture, my dahlias - one more example for last year´s "cutting garden".
Freezing temperatures in November, which resulted in this pretty picture.
And last but not least, Emma contemplating over the advent wreath in December.
I was going to include a little personal summary of 2016 here but frankly I am more and more struggling to share personal things here. And then yesterday I read this post by the wonderful Cara of Peonies and Polaroids and I loved her words so much that I am just going to quote her here:
"I know that on a global scale 2016 has been a bit of a shit but if anything maybe it can remind us to hold on to the beautiful moments ahead, because however fast our journey in that handcart may be the moments of mundane magic, of everyday miracles, of the golden light will be there too."
Amen. May your 2017 be filled with golden light!