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Friday
Feb242017

FOOD & FARM feature.

Hello! Breaking my blog silence to tell you that I´ve been featured by FOOD & FARM magazine in the current spring issue. FOOD & FARM is a newish magazine focusing on growing your own food/understanding where it comes from/making yummy things with it. My husband actually read it yesterday and told me that "this is a rather cool magazine" so there you have it, the highest praise from a person who doesn´t generally like magazines (for the record, I agree with him).

Also FOOD & FARM graciously offered to give away five copies to my readers so if you want one, please send me an email with your postal address. The first five people to email me get a copy. Since this is a German magazine this only applies to my readers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. EDIT: All copies are gone, thank you for your interest!

Happy weekend! I´ll be back next week with the regularly scheduled program.

Monday
Jan302017

A blog break. 

I am going to take a blog break during the month of February. I´ll be back in March, just in time for the new gardening season! Have a good few weeks!

Tuesday
Jan242017

Three days in winter wonderland.

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!  

Sunday
Jan152017

Mid January.

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.

Tuesday
Jan102017

A new table, turning 40, and a horse in the dining room.

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!