September 22, 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 very simple bouquet on our kitchen table

 :: 2. the rusty gutter pipe, not fun, but casting a wonderful shadow

:: 3. the chickens are laying eggs in very different sizes and shapes

:: 4. baking the third kind of cakes this week. lemon-apple-cinnamon

:: 5. studying math, amos is a wonderful tudor, and inbetween there is some magical music...


September 21, 2017

under construction III

a lot has been going on on with our construction site. the roof is leak proof, we know this for a fact. it has been raining a lot over the past week and never have i seen any drop or water lines on this or that wall. the metal worker has started to work up there too, "dressing" the chimney with a pretty copper skirt. gutters are being put up again and all is going well under the warming autumn sun of yesterday and today. no rain on those two days, which is nice for a change.

there are many little details, which i enjoy looking at, while still new and shiny. and of course the scaffolding makes it possible to climb up and enjoy the view high over the usual, very down to earth view points.
there have been little picturesque sights, like those gutters or below a hand full of new screws in different sizes. i love to wander and take it all in. it is also exciting to talk a bit with the workers and learn all kinds of interresting facts about the work they do and the way things work. there are also unfamiliar smells in the air, as the metal worker is welding...



September 20, 2017

the odessea of tomatoes

i didn't have a big harvest, but just enjoyed the tomato plants anyway. i loved the ones we were able to pick and eat. in order to have them again next summer, i decided to try harvesting the seeds. it should work as it is an heirloom tomato.
and never the less, doing the washing and sorting the seeds, i enjoy the wonderful color those veggies provide. it's so fully red and strong in pigment, that i forget the tiny harvest...

well i put the seeds into the soil way too late and in switzerland, we just are geographically located too far north. the season is short and my plants were not strong enough early in summer. they carry some fruit right now, but those tomatoes will stay green... it has not been a summer with great plants and big harvests since i moved back to switzerland. and still i try every year, i can't go without trying and i shall not forget to put the seeds into the soil in early march next year, to have the plants ready by mid may and not mid june like this year. big fat note to myself!

September 19, 2017

soup season upon us

soup season is upon us, and so i got started with a vegetable broth and pasta letters for lunch today. it has been too long, since i have given this soup a spot on the table. the girls loved it, not just our two girls, but thea's friend too. and i absolutely enjoyed their love for soup...
maybe soup wasn't the real enjoyment, it was the letters! of course, the letters fulfill their duty with certainty.
everyone got crafty and creativ with arranging and writing words on the rim of their plate. and because thea and her friend made it home on time, we were able to linger with the soup and the broad rim, inviting us to write.

there was a second course too. apple tart, simple and delicious, loved by everyone. i knew i could not be wrong with this meal joice and i was right. not one child walked in and sad anything provocative or critically negative about the smells in the air... and so today was smooth sailing, i would call it a success. and yes i will serve the combo again.

September 15, 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. still baking most every day...

:: 2. the tape and scaffolding are still around our house, but it's mor sweet now then bitter...

:: 3. for a week now, the window sills are all cleared off, as the painters are at work

:: 4. and it is already time to light candles for breakfast at 6:40am

:: 5. getting ready for a weekend away with extended family, yummy!

September 13, 2017

the o so happy color read

this looks already very nice. i'm glad that the workers are making progress, as they have to fight the weather this week. it has been a mixed few days, with wind and rain and then again sunshine and running clouds. the skyes have been gray and blue in all shades of hue.
some days, thea hands the workers ice creme, the other day we bring them steaming hot cafe. but they brace it all and work on. it is nice to see the progress of their work. every day a bit more of those eavs are getting ready for the metal worker to get started.

and then there is the wonderful bloom in the boxes on our balcony. this too is wonderful to see and observe, how the geranium and daysies are strong in their second bloom. it is very pretty and after a bit of a stretch of almost no flowers by mid august, i didn't expect the plants to be so strong again. thank you mother nature!

some other parts of my little beginnings of garden don't look that impressive. i can't even take pictures, this would be too embarassing. but well, lets look at the lovely geranium and i'm happy and will forget the pumpkins and cucumbers which should have been growing until now...



September 12, 2017

communing :: living :: being

after a summer with everyone having all kinds of plans and doings, i feel like we have just managed to settle down a bit and gather together in our community. it has been a good summer in many aspects. starting out with a move out and a new person moving in. one person having a really good and stable summer, which is really not guaranteed, especially not on times when we as a family are on vacation and out of the house for longer than a few days. and of course our kids as well as myself, we all have had a their bunch of adventures.
we took the chance of having this wonderful scaffolding built all around our house for a couple more weeks, to "climb up" and capture the moment.

the work is making good progress. the two carpenters are doing a fine job and next monday the metal workers are starting with their part of putting up the gutters and eaves. a good two weeks more and the painter will also be done with renovating the windows.
it's a puzzle and it is exciting to see the progress. thea enojoys it the most, when she gets up, opening the window and greeting the workers on the scaffolding and roof...
and yes they enjoy a happy up beat greeting too!



September 8, 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. the rescued little truck in our garden, i fell in love with it and didn't give it away when closing our sand box for good
 

:: 2. this has been my every day chore for the past 10 days and two more weeks to come, baking and serving coffee to the workers. every day at 9am

:: 3. chopping veggies is the fun

:: 4. every day different veggies and different recipes, this one is a cabbage salad with onion and mint
 
:: 5. it is wonderful to have friends stopping by

September 7, 2017

anna bullinger-adlischwyler

i had a meeting in zurich today, in the early evening hours. so i took the joy to stroll through the niederdorf via neumünster und zwingliplatz. for one reason or the other, the light was perfect. as a late summer day - early evening light should be, warm and smooth, bright but not glaring hard...

the signs seemed new and shiny, but i'm sure they have been there for many years already. never the less one sign has been brand new, at least new to me and it is an interesting one. i love new things of course even more if they tell stories of woman long gone.
this new and special plaquette, tells a little bit about heinrich bullinger's wife (pastor at the neumünster 1531-1575), anna bullinger-adlischyler.
it is encouraging and i'm glad that we are finally honoring historic women and their work, life and acomplishements. it has not been done for way too long. and this one, anna bullinger-adlischyler has been very important. as we look back and see how the wifes of the reformed pastors have been very influential as this was a very new role. those women have given meaning to family life, to nurtering the children within the household and the importance of hospitality. creating a lively community in the church, organizing those rather big housholds and raising children in the mids of it all. being companions to their husbands, equal partners and standing strong in all the trouble the new reformed churches were standing up for the preaching and teaching of the word.




September 5, 2017

under construction III

it was a perfect day to take down the next part of our roof. the weather has been nice all day and it looks like no rain tonight either. this makes working on our roof so much easier. the carpenters took down all the old insulation, the rotten rafters and old decaying 2x4's as well as the head boards and undercovers. this part of the roof was in bad shape. all of the head boards and most of the undercovers have to be replaced. it appears as there was water leaking in at the chimney for the central heat. it must have been leaking for a long time already as even the rafter is totally rotten, it slipped right out.

for my part, i have been busy baking and making coffee....
it's something i enjoy and it seems to me, that the workers really enjoy and like my baked goods. and of course the kids do too, as they get left overs and new kinds of cake, i have not made in a while.
so lots of good things going on, on top of, as well as in the house...

September 1, 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. taking out a reading game, thea loves all kinds of games, time spent together is important to her

:: 2. loving the end of summer with it's bounty of veggies

:: 3. sitting in the shade and drinking water. at least for little pauses, the workers enjoyed the garden

:: 4. our chicks are growing, fun looking teenagers!

:: 5. having coffee, with "the man with the mask"....