October 24, 2014

{this moment}

A Friday ritual.
A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
Inspired by SouleMama. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

October 23, 2014

fruit leather

i have been given 1kg of quince, we love quince jelly as well as fruit leather. quince is kind of a treasured fruit by me, though also a bit challenging to get the work done. the fruit is very hard to cut and after cooking (15 minutes in the pressure cooker) i put it through the food mill. never the less it still had lot's of little "stones" in it... so then i pushed it through the kitchen sieve.
to my delight it kept it's color very well and so on to the next step, adding sugar and cooking, stirring, cooking for quiet a long while.

we made quince fruit leather 4 years ago, so i had a general idea, how to go about it. spreading the mass thin on two cookie sheets and let them dry for 3-4 days. the fun part, was the cutting and rolling the leather up with sandwich paper. they will serve well for yummy snacks, taking along to school.

October 22, 2014

the birds

it really was exciting to experience the big birds at the falconeria of locarno. we didn't even know of this place until we checked in at the campground office last week. just super interesting and such an adventurous presentation of those birds, the whole family was at awe.
elias with the camera in hand (of course not just the little one, but the big honking "car" of a lens), he took many pictures, i just show a few of them here. with so much grace, those birds flew over our heads, just over and over again. the owls cut it super close and almost touched our heads. the vultures are just super big, and cool naked heads they present, wow!

the smallest was the hawk pilgrim, though they were able to show him off in his speedy approach, i have not seen birds of prey, so close and still in such a natural habitat. look at that uhu...