Category Archives: Beauty

Spring has sprung – I love this season.


We are renovating our house and the days go by really fast.

As we are doing everthing ourselves, it takes time.

Yet it is fun and very rewarding.

Now with Spring our daily garden tour is a delight.

So many flowers ….

Isn’t that beautifully colourful.

Our Walnut – found in Germany is also growing beautifully.

The frogs have been busy too. 🙂

And when it was cold we were cosy in front of the wood burner.

is a lovely reminder
how beautiful 
change can be.

I love Spring –

the change makes me happy

What change did you see in your surroundings,

which make you ‘Spring -happy’ ?

Kew Gardens 29th Smile – Orchid Festival


This years the inspiration comes from Cameroon.

Beautiful displays

make this festival wonderful.

Crafted animals from Cameroon say hello.

Many beautiful Orchids were on display.

Hanging, standing, stuck into the animals,

reflecting on the water.

A very colourful display

with such a variety of different orchids

with amazing sweet fragrances.

An orchid in a deep forest
sends out its fragrance
to appreciate it.

All pictures taken by me in Kew Gardens

Egypt Holiday memories final – Part 7


Mummification Museum

In Luxor we visited the interesting Mummification Museum.

The Jackal head of Anubis

Last glimpse of Luxor Temple.

At last I got to ride a camel.

A fantastic experience.

Adventures are the best way to learn.

The holiday was amazing and I will treasure all those memories.

We met lovely people, food was delicious and plenty

and all Egytians were always smiling and friendly.

We made fantastic beautiful memories.

It was a holiday of a lifetime.


Egypt Holiday memories Part 6


Old Cataract Hotel

This is the hotel where “Death on the Nile” -from Agatha Christie was filmed.

We went to have Afternoon Tea.

While waiting for the tea we roamed around and enjoyed the amazing hotel.

It had closed for 3 years to be refurbished to its current glory.

Winston Churchill stayed here among other famous guests.

The cruise went back from Aswan to Luxor.

We had a bit of time on deck, it was windy during the journey,

still wonderful to watch the banks of the Nile go by.

Towel Management

Every day we came back to the room, our towels had a different shape.

I loved it. ❤️❤️❤️

Collect moments,
not things!

Egypt Holiday memories Part 5


Next was Philae Temple.

This temple was being flooded, so they decided to relocate it closeby.

There were 47,000 pieces which had to be reconstructed.

Philae Temple

There is a little temple extra for Hathor.

Hathor is portrayed on these columns- from right to left her smile gets bigger.

Aswan Market

The Market was beautifully colourful with many spices and goods.

Of course you had to barter the Egyptian way to buy anything, it was fun.

Hibiskus was plentyful and the tea and juice tasted divine.

I googled my symptoms,
turns out 
I just need a vacation.
😉♥♥♥ 😊

Egypt Holiday memories Part 4


Further along the Nile we came to Esna where Edfu Temple is.

Edfu Temple

This temple was for Horus, the God with the Falcon head.

His wife was Hathor and his parents were Isis and Osiris. Horus wanted revenge as Seth had killed his father. Horus found Seth and killed him after fierce battle. This is all documented on Edfu temple.

Next was the massive Aswan Dam

A impressive Dam is built to control the flow of the Nile. When they open it, they have the flooding season.

The Lotus building at Aswan Dam. Behind is Lake Nasser.

You don't need magic to disappear,

All you need is a destination.

Egypt Holiday memories Part 3


By speed boat it went to the Valley of the Queens.

First we visited 3 Toombs.

Toombs of Rameses I, Rameses III and Merenptah

My favourite was the smallest of Rameses I as the colours were best preserved.

Next was Hatshepsut’s Temple

A very impressive temple.

Hatshepsut is portrayed with calf ears.

Hatshepsut dealt with Myrrh trees – shipped them out to other places.

This is an old remaining myrrh tree root at the foot of the temple.

On the way back we stopped by the 2 Collosi of Memnon

A vacation spot out of season 
always has a  
very special magic.

Max von Sydow

Egypt Holiday memories Part 2


After driving 5 hours through some desert we arrived in Luxor.

The Temple Tour began with

Karnak Temple in Luxor

Luxor Temple in Luxor.

The temples are connected via the long Sphinx Avenue

In front were 2 Obelisks, one of them is now in London on the Embankment, called Cleopatra’s Needle

It was very interesting to hear about all the Egytian Gods.

Luxor Temple by night was rather magical.

Starting in Luxor we went onto the Nile cruise for 7 days.

It's better to see something once
than to hear about it  
a thousand times.

Egypt Holiday memories Part 1


Hello, I’m back in the cold from a beautiful 25 degrees Celsius Egypt, at the Red Sea.

We had a wonderful holiday in Hurghada and up the Nile.

We had a lovely hotel, great food and fun.

We were snorkeling in the Red Sea to watch amazing fish.

What an adventure it was.

Our guide with the ‘Dolphin’ = me

The weather was warm around 23 to 26 degrees Celsius.

The Red Sea was 22 degrees.

We loved every minute of it.

A vacation is 
having nothing to do 
and all day to do it in.

Robert Orben.

Kew Gardens 28th Smile – my 1000th post


This post is my 1000th post

Let’s celebrate with

a Kew visit on a cold day

has its beauty.

Frost makes beautiful pictures.

There are also still Autumn coloured leaves

even now in December.

Frost – grasses – colour pictures from the Kew visit

Even in Winter Kew Garden

has so much beauty.

What good is the warmth of Summer
without the cold of Winter
to give it sweetness.

John Steinbeck
All pictures taken by me in Kew Gardens