Hug Holiday

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Today  29th June is Hug Holiday– my kind of holiday!

Hug Holiday Day encourages us to give hugs to those who need them. On this day, people go out and give hugs at senior citizen centers, hospitals, and other places. The focus is upon elderly, sick and invalid, lonely people and anyone who needs the warmth, cheer, and love that a hug provides.

This very special day was created by the “Hugs for Health Foundation”. According to the Foundation:

” Hug Holiday is founded on the premise that hugs, friendship and volunteer support are vital components to the overall senior care plan.”

Celebrate Hug Holiday Day today by giving plenty of hugs to people, surprise them, and enjoy them yourself!

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Keep hugging, not only today but always.

It feels gooooood!

“Yogi Petz” – book is out

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Sketches in Stillness brought its’ first book out. 

” Praised for their originality, charm and simple depiction of powerful truths, the little sketches compiled in this book have brought inspiration, comfort and clarity to countless people around the globe.

In this very first volume the author/illustrator Francois Lange, invites you to enjoy the art of living in the present moment through his widely popular little cartoons ( the Yogi Petz) “

I had featured some drawings of Francois Lange in a post before here.

When I saw his first book, I had to have it, the drawings are so sweet and his wisdom is incredible.

The book arrived in happy drawn paper…

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the Yogi-firefly drawing inside

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This little guy “Yogi Ant”on the envelope

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The book is called ” Drop the rocks”

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Signed in the book…

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The book was wrapped lovingly and I could feel the love unpacking it.

A page in the book…

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I am a big fan and love this book so much.

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If you are interested to buy the book please visit the shop…. get yourself a copy and enjoy!

 

 

Facebook page: http://www.sketchesinstillness.com

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Twitter: twitter.com/francoislange

 

A new Award and an “oops”- A big Thank you

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My friend Terry  has nominated me for a brand new award, thank you so so much!.

And just looking back I found a draft I never posted… oops…. it said

Sandra from Quirkybooks nominated me for this new award. And I only just noticed that I am so behind with this.

A new one for me, thank you Sandra so much!

So I shall put both together!

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To Terry and Sandra , thank you so much for this award! I truly appreciate it and honour it.

And I found more… I need to do more dusting in my blog…. Ralph gave his bloggers this golden blog award and I love it, so I shall display it too!

 

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It makes me feel special and Golden!

It goes well with my blog too as I always say

Shine on….

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You all make me very happy!

Sorry about the lateness but……( better late than never)

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Now you know! ♥

 

Wishing you a wonderful Day!

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Crochet Curtains

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I do love knitting and crocheting , when time allows, well mainly in Winter really.

I had learnt how to knit and crochet in school and always enjoyed it.

Those curtains were easy to do just following a pattern.

Carmen had asked me to show her my crocheted curtain I did which was hanging in the bathroom before I renovated it. I never took a picture so I did one now.

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more detailed:

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I also made a short Butterfly one for the kitchen window. Again it is stored away as I have a blind in the kitchen.

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I crochet this little coffee mug as a sort of coaster for the kitchen!

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Do you crochet or knit?

 

 

 

3 Years -Thank You

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3 years and my blog is still running with the help and support of

YOU

my lovely people whom I love and  cherish.

I couldn’t do it without you.

A heartfelt and emotional thank you to all of you from the very first followers 3 years ago to the very new ones.

Everyone is welcome to a little oasis of calm and reflection, beauty, positivity  and music.

This blog gives me all that and more with your comments and your love I feel.

 

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So today I let you take in the beauty with photos I took last week in Germany (big thank you to my wonderful sister and her beautiful garden)

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“Schalbenschwanz”

 

 Wishing you a wonderful day and many hugs to all my cyber friends!

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from Ute  ♥♥♥

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Peaceful walk

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I enjoyed a peaceful walk to a clothes shop the other day. Next to the shop was a church I always liked and it had open day so I went in. It also has beautiful church yard with wild flowers, old gravestones and plaques – like a trail – explaining some of the features, like the mini beasts there, birds, and come special trees.

I did buy some nice summer trousers – no picture :-)

but here are my pictures from the church yard.

I am sharing the beauty and calmness with you!

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When you stop and look around

this life is pretty amazing! 

 

 

♥ Rhubarb Season ♥

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I saw this dessert over at Sally’s Blog. I love Rhubarb and I tried it.

Rhubarb Butterscotch

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It was delicious and I can only recommend it.

Here is the recipe, really easy to make too!

Off course I did some rhubarb Crumble too , that was too quick eaten before I could take a picture…..

Do you like Rhubarb?

What did you make out of Rhubarb?

Love to try more recipes!  Thank you!

My Bathroom – finally

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It has been some time that we started to do my bathroom.

It took a long time, but doing it yourself on weekends is not that easy .

Well now it is really done and we all love it.

See the before and after pictures.

Sink before and after

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Bath and toilet before and after

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Whole room before and after

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The new window

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  The whole bathroom seems longer and more spacious than before.

I do love my shower so much more now!

And with candles around , having a bath is almost like in a Spa.

Now I can really relax there!

 

… off to a shower  now…

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See you later….

 

Battlecry – Two Steps from Hell

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Two Steps from Hell have done it again –  more tracks released – hurray!

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Even if you don’t know about them you surely have heard some tracks not knowingly – on TV or in films as trailer music.

 

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A new album with 26 tracks is out – Battlecry from Two steps from Hell

” The eight studio album under the Two Steps from Hell banner to be made public by project composers NP and TB the aptly named “Battlecry” offers 26 new movie trailer , war documentary and death defying gymnastic routine-ready of expertly crafted, epically resented audio melodrama. As per usual most of the tracks are instrumental but guest vocalist Merethe Soltvedt and Felicia Farerre lend their voices to a pair of songs.”  – Excerpt from their website.

 

For me this is another amazing collection of epic music of my favourite musicians.

Some tracks remind me of other music composed by Thomas and Nick.

This collection is more epic, dramatic and monumental and the name “Battlecry” does its justice.

Movie trailers perfect for war documentaries and film – you can let your imagination go.

For me the full orchestral tracks are the best.

My favourites are Victory, Never back down, Cannon in D-Minor – an orchestral masterpiece, Release me, Last of the light, No honour in Blood and Star Sky.

The best classical music of our time.  This is real music!

Epicness at its best.

Thomas and Nick never disappoint instead they get better and better.

Looking forward to many more amazing new tracks……. or even a concert in Europe one day????

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1.None Shall Live

2.Stormkeeper

3.Victory

4. Wolf King

5. Rise Above

6. Spellcaster

7.Never Back Down

8.Red Tower

9.Cannon In D Minor

10.Blackout

11.Stronger Faster Braver

12.Battleborne

13.Last of the Light

14.Ultraground

15.Release Me

16.Freedom Ship

17.Amaria

18.Flight of the Silverbird

19.Outpost

20.Unforgiven

21.Across the Blood Water

22.No Honor In Blood

23.Sariel

24.Star Sky

25.Battleborne – Instrumental

26.Star Sky – Instrumental

Listen for yourself to  Never Back Down and Star Sky

 

 

Looking forward to Classics Volume 2 which is in the making!