February 9, 2016

cuttinga :: knitting


that's my day, the gardeners are cutting our chestnut tree, the apple tree, the black berry bushes and the big ivy on the south-east facing garage wall. there is so much work going on around me and so i have to keep my hands busy too. knitting with a wonderful strand of noro yarn from japan. i have had it in my stash a long time and just didn't want to get it knit away mindlessly.
so i found the right alpaca, a wonderful soft to the touch yarn. so i got to cast on a moebius shawl. i wanted a bit of a pattern but not much, as the noro strand is so pretty and has a nice cclor fold to it. so this is life for the moment. it's raining today, the gardeners are taking all the cuttings away and our chestnut tree is left bare and it looks kind of sad. though i'm happy it got a good pruning and the tree will shoot forth again in just a few weeks. though my thoughts are all wrapped around the coming week, when we will be out in the snow, up in the mountain. though for now, i'm organizing the luggage, as we send it ahead to be able to travel lightly on saturday.


February 8, 2016

bike cleaning

it's the beginning of february, and definitely not the season one would think of bike cleaning and fixing and getting ready for some good riding. though as winter seems not to come this year, or has already left after a couple days of cold and snow, it feels right. in addition, our kids ride their bikes all year round, to school and back, this makes a daily commute of st least 10km. so in that perspective, it has been an excellent winter season and of course one needs to have a ready running bike every morning. if the boys bikes are not ready on a monday morning, mamas old one is being pulled out and without asking being used. by now i know and they both got a "talking to". as i really do appreciate to know where my bike is, as i use mine also frequently. never mind. i'm the kind of mama which is glad and happy if the kids get to ride and move their bodies, so i don't mind too much. but asking would be nice.

though the cleaning, fixing pumping and taking care of is usually joel, he is really good at it and so he has reserved a couple hours of the past two saturdays to work with both boys on their vehicles.
thank you joel for doing such a splendid job and yes, we don't do all the work, there is a very nice and friendly bike mechanic near by...



February 5, 2016

this 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. the tower, we climbed it and i love the look down

:: 2. a fantastic cloudy morning

:: 3. finishing up a baby surprise jacket and being very happy

:: 4. a few fires were lit this week

:: 5. my favorite anis mold