February 24, 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. on our kitchen table, tulips in full bloom

:: 2. playing with her plate is still fun!

:: 3. full bloom in the new house

:: 4. the old part of the new house

:: 5. the supper pretty color of the shutters, on the new house

February 23, 2017

new friends and neighbors

for a while now, we have friends staying with us. a couple and their toddler, they moved back from nepal at the 1st of december, after spending 2 years in nepal. doing charity work and educating local teachers all over the country. a wonderful family, we didn't know them very well before they moved in with us. over the course of the past 11 weeks we got to love and enjoy them a lot. our community has been richly blessed by their presence and it we all especially enjoy the restless little boy. he is as happy and energetic as a 3 year old can be.
lots of games being played and books being read to and with him, especially by our four older kids. thea got the tracks for the trains out once more and those tracks have been put together countless times. yup and the tracks, locomotives and wagons go along when they are moving into their own little house, just around the corner.
it was lots of work for them and their workers to finish up all those lose ends. put in wooden floors, insulate and paint the entrance hall, mount lamps and finally move in tomorrow and saturday.

thank you for staying with us dear friends, i'm sad you move away. and at the same time i'm thrilled that you will live just around the corner from us!
in some ways, that's exactly what it means to build community. to enjoy friendships and be blessed by people being put into my "courtyard". becoming neighbors...

February 21, 2017

pincone harvest

the snow is gone, and all the pine cones appeared from underneath. it would have been a boys chore to collect the pine cones in early december, but it never happened. it turned out to be ok, as the snow was not laying long enough to have the cones rot. which i expected, as it never does around here. we had a cold january and some good snow, for certain, and i'm glad for it.
but all that is gone and the snow drops are already pushing hard with their green leafs, it should not be much longer until they appear in their white little frocks.

so today was the day, elias had the time and was happily collecting two big bags of pine cones. thea and her friend were gladly helping and of course had a lot of fun with the big brother!
and so we approach spring times, mud season is lying ahead...