July 20, 2018

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. black berries without thorns

:: 2. true camomile, very lovely and nice smelling

:: 3. jam cooking done
 
:: 4. putting the camomile away and knowing it will be used for healing

:: 5. vacation, finally it's all here and the time is happily spent in the water

July 19, 2018

apricots and more jam

i visited my parents and their neighbor has an apricot orchard. the fruit are just about now ripe and ready to be eaten. four weeks ago a big hail storm hit the orchard and there is lots of harmed fruit. i don't mind and we all like apricots, especially the local ones. my dad and thea went over to the farm store and bought 1kg, thea didn't even wait until they were home, she tried the fruit and absolutely liked it. within no time there were four apricots eaten. we quickly decided to go over again and buy a lot more to cook jam and eat as much as we liked.
it turned into a 2 hour jam cooking adventure, my dad and thea cut the fruit. and together with my mother we cooked and addes this and that for different flavors. one batch was with oranges (damaged ones from the little store in town) an other batch was mixed with peaches.

and for the pleasure of using up old fruit, we cooked a batch of old banana and overly ripe kiwi. with that one, we added a little bit of williams (pear "brant wine"), just for a jinx of flavor. i liked it fresh from the stove, and we will see later how it will taste when cold and on a buttered bread.


July 18, 2018

lots of green

it's all so very green. i didn't expect it to be so very green in the middle of july. the heat of summer is upon us and for a while now, rain has been super scarce but still, nature is abundant with all it's deep greens...

:: the poppy after it's lost all the red...

:: 2. the grapes, at their growing stage. lots of sun is still needed.

:: 3. the little sweater is just being taken out and finished up, in it's bold green.

:: 4. green beans being harvested and their ends cut then quickly boiled and frozen for the winter.

:: 5. kiwi skins, the kiwi was cooked into jam. o so very yummy.