April 22, 2016

the week :: through the lense

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. we had to trim the apple tree in the back of the house, naomi rescued a few branches for me

:: 2. our oldest practicing. it is lovely to listen and an up lift to hear him do so almost every day

:: 3. the book jumped at me from the shelf at our local library, wonderful to find the world in it

:: 4. lots of spring greens, this time mixed with beets, carrots and lentils, very tasty

just four today, i have no more to show for.
next week will be quiet on my blog, i'm on vacation better said, helping with a kids camp.... lots of fun and little sleep, lot's of noise happy and even more excited!

April 21, 2016

food waste

there was a food delivery on tuesday...
we have a source of unexpected loads of groceries. every other week on tuesday evenings, we get 5 big crates of all kinds of food. lately many pounds of maroon puree and lots of the deliciously chocolate covered waffle cups. 20kg of apples, 18pieces of mango, sausages we will be able to grill at least half a dozen times. chicken hot dog sausages for the next kids program to feed the whole big group a wonderful snack. there are of course also odd things, like "saure rüben" (similar to sauerkraut, (but fermented beets instead of cabbage). on tuesday we got lots of berries, not seasonal, but organic (though i feel rather strange, eating berries imported from spain, which have been grown and harvested by under payed immigrant workers)...
but for us it is a way of helping to reduce food waste. it's all groceries which have been thrown away by stores and as you might expect, still wonderful and delicious to prepare and feed the family. what i didn't take a photo of, topinambur soup, it is a wonderful soup, though my people really don't like it...
i'm eating soup for lunch and dinner, it's fine, there are people not eating at all.

April 20, 2016

the color of today

its all yellow, on this sunny wednesday with a wonderful bunch of yellow tulips. there is no more to add to this day, as just look into the so beautifully built flower heads.

of course it was not all, it started with a smooth breakfast into this morning, the kids not quarreling with me or each other, but enjoying breakfast and bible reading around the table, with the first rays of the morning lurking behind the trees. having coffee with my dear neighbor friends, chatting and enjoying the friendship we have been building over the past couple years. this really has become an anchor in my week. every wednesday, we meet and talk and learn german together.

it got even better, we are getting ready for a new flock of chickens...
tearing down the old fence and making a list of items still needed to build a strong fence. joel wired the chicken coop, in order to mount a warming lamp. you read correctly a warming lamp, as we are getting chicks by the beginning of may. o we are all so much looking forward to welcome young animals into our garden. so much joy, so much color in my day!