August 21, 2017

friesland on the boat I

traveling to holland, more precise to friesland by train was the first challenge. the swiss rail way system almost failed us... but it didn't, as the conducter of the 11 o'clock train from basel to köln took petty on us, knocking on the door of her train, she opened it up again, even 5 minutes after it should have left the station in basel! and we gladly hopped on. other wise we would have stayed for the first night of our vacation at the train station in basel, unplanned and unwanted...

arriving in sneek and taking the long walk to the warf where we could check in on the boat was not all without grumbling. but we quickly forgot all the hard work to arrive on the boat and call it ours for 6 days. a wonderful moment to just be and take it all in. elias and joel got a 2h instruction on all of it and off we went. all seemed a bit out of my regular world and a new knitting project in hand... the fairy dust

spectacular landscapes. it is all flat, just plain flat and green! so new to me, so much sky to see and growing up in switzerland, having lived 12 years in the new england area, it is just so very different. and i could not get enough, the fastness of it all, the green pastures, the sheep and cows, the channels and just all of it. so special to me. all the bridges, under and over high ways...
especially that slauerhoffbrug outside leeuwaurden.

and impressive windmills, not just historic ones, but many modern electricity generating wind turbines belong to the landscape of friesland.

the evenings with such fast horizons were fantastic. the weather was still warm enough, so we enjoyed many hours on deck, reading, playing and just enjoying. moments of still and dusk covering me with beauty and awe.

August 11, 2017

the week :: through the lens

it has been on the back burner, i have not been taking a lot of photos for a while now, and that should change. so i put the "hand made" lens back on the camera body and got started this week. it touched me in a special way, as i wander and have the camera ready be it in the kitchen, or living room table... this enables me to see with new eyes and i like it. we will see if it sticks, it is a start to a new friday review of what caught my eye. there is to be said, that i was inspired by erin boyle and her blog "reading my tea leaves". she does a wonderful job and it is so inspirational to have a look at her photos...

:: 1. those little chicks are growing fast

:: 2. what a wonderful place to take an afternoon nap

:: 3. the low tech VR Cardboard v2 googles

:: 4. lovely cherry tomato crop, it's pretty and super yummy to

:: 5. this week was all about cooking for 47 international women and children, together with my ma

August 9, 2017

fixing the keyboard

fixing the 25 year old keyboard was scheduled two weeks ago, after joel ordered the nessecary pieces, in turkey. this seems to me helpful and recources saving service, the internet makes possible, with it's global trade, share and information.

those plastic parts (some kind of hammers) of the roland have been slowely braking down and one tone after an other got silent with the braking appart. that's normal to plastic pieces, of course i was aware of this. but still it seems strange, that a perfectly fine keyboard is aging this way. we also have had a broken piano in our household, regular stand up which had it's soundboard split appart, because of humidity and heat. and that one really could not be fixed anymore. in that respects, it seems easy to replace a few plastic hammers....

joel and amos had quickly taken appart the piano and replaced the broken parts. and yes it was a quick project, i was surprised. taking the needed parts appart and out and putting the new parts in place within a few minutes. and it all wroks again perfect!
now it is a much more joyful making music again, by at least a hand full of people in the house.