August 11, 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. those little chicks are growing fast

:: 2. what a wonderful place to take an afternoon nap

:: 3. the low tech VR Cardboard v2 googles

:: 4. lovely cherry tomato crop, it's pretty and super yummy to

:: 5. this week was all about cooking for 47 international women and children, together with my ma

August 9, 2017

fixing the keyboard

fixing the 25 year old keyboard was scheduled two weeks ago, after joel ordered the nessecary pieces, in turkey. this seems to me helpful and recources saving service, the internet makes possible, with it's global trade, share and information.

those plastic parts (some kind of hammers) of the roland have been slowely braking down and one tone after an other got silent with the braking appart. that's normal to plastic pieces, of course i was aware of this. but still it seems strange, that a perfectly fine keyboard is aging this way. we also have had a broken piano in our household, regular stand up which had it's soundboard split appart, because of humidity and heat. and that one really could not be fixed anymore. in that respects, it seems easy to replace a few plastic hammers....

joel and amos had quickly taken appart the piano and replaced the broken parts. and yes it was a quick project, i was surprised. taking the needed parts appart and out and putting the new parts in place within a few minutes. and it all wroks again perfect!
now it is a much more joyful making music again, by at least a hand full of people in the house.


August 8, 2017

dip dye

we are in the middle of summer brake and amos is coming up with all kinds of ideas. he has been working a summer job for the last two weeks. he has it all set up very nicely, and it turned out that he was much faster then the companie was planning. so his bike carier job was usually before noon and he had all afternoon to get into skate boarding as well as all his books.

an other idea popt up, doing a few different things with fabric dye.
one project was done with a print and uv activated paints. the other one is a dip dye coloring process. this kind he worked with a couple t-shirts as well as one of my kitchen towls. and a day later he dyed an other shirt, no pictures of that one. it has been dipped vertical, and i can tell you, it does look good and that color, a strong olive is really nice.

there is more to come, as amos also bought an ultra marine...


August 7, 2017

black berries

the black berries are delicious this year. unlike last year, when they were very sour, so mostly the chickens enjoyed them. not so this year... of course the chickens would love to eat all of them regardles of taste. they jump and fly up to the berries, even the little chickens are flying.

over the past week i was able to put two containers filled with that delicious, juicy blackness. a good helping has been put in a "bircher-müsli" for dinner and some more is beeing eaten by me and everyone else stopping by the brambles near the pool.
it is absolutely to joel's enjoyment, that the brambles are so close to the pool. as he is spending a few moments and some more time than really wanting to, near the pool. there is the pump and chlorine, the ph level and all other little things needing checking and taking care of. so it's not more then right, that the blackberries are one of his favorite summer treats.


August 4, 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. a first to make chocolate fudge, i think the next time i should use white refined sugar

:: 2. a wonderouse clock seen in shaffhausen

:: 3. after dinner out, big brother takes his little sister home on the pack rack...

:: 4. old tree trunks are fascinating

:: 5. after the hail storm, woha and it's lots of fun

August 3, 2017

chicks

our little chicks are a lot of fun and they do so well. seven hatched and one died within a day, so we have six, still very lively running around the coop as well as the chicken run. we had to put a finer mesh of wire fence up, but that works now very well.
they all love the fact, that there is a big black berrie shrub within the chicken run... desserts over and over again!

it's summer in full swing, litteraly..

August 2, 2017

the chamber pot

one of my antique chamber pots has been in use now and then, not for it's intentional purpose, but on display. this time as a kind of a vase. with a few sticks from behind the house, some hot glue and then lots of rosemarie twigs, tyme and lavender.

the rosemarie bush in front of our house, is growing wildly and it started to crowed out all the other plants, so i needed to trim it quiet a bit. there is just so much rosemarie i can use up in the kitchen, but just putting it on the compost pile didn't seem right either. this bouquet on our ktichen table seemed just right and it is slightly fragrant but not over powering. nice to look at and i absolutetly love greens and flowers indoor as well as in my garden