The new year has started
and I try to make life simple, beautiful and happy.
Often we complicate life and it is not necessary.
Make it simple
enjoy the long hugs
the walks in the fresh air
the flowers along the road
sitting in peace
a chat with a friend
a smile for a stranger
feeling the breeze in your hair.
Have a beautifully simple Day!
Have a simply beautiful Day!
Wishing all my friends all over the world
a wonderful and happy new year!
May it be filled with love, good health
and full of happy memorable moments!
Sending you all my love and
thank you for your friendship over the years!
cartoon from Sketches in stillness
My Christmas Memories
When I was a child in Germany
we celebrated Christmas in the evening 24th December.
Dad would get a real tree in the morning and we were allowed to help
decorating it with our handmade decorations
like paperchains, straw stars and lanterns etc.
We made candle holders out of walnut shells.
Then we were sent out the room for a while.
We had to listen for a little bell.
Once we heard the bell we went into the room with anticipation.
The tree was lit (with real candles) presents under or next to the tree.
We did not open presents then.
Mum sat at the piano and played Christmas carols, we sang to it.
Then us children played Christmas carols on the recorder with my mum.
It was a wonderful happy, warm and peaceful feeling.
Then a record was put on with the Christmas story and a choir singing carols,
only then we started to open presents.
Everyone was happy, Dad watching the tree carefully with the candles.
We loved to blow them all out.
After all this Mum served a lovely small dinner with filled Vol-au vents,
and home baked Christmas cookies.
We spent a happy family evening together.
Always a magical Christmas for us, a special time,
and I remember it fondly filled with so much love.
Christmas tree 1969
Christmas Tree 1983
Dramatic colours on my way to work in the sky
with these amazing sunrises.
Another day more like fire
It is great to start the day with natures’s beauty.
Passion fruit or Maracuya is such a beautiful plant.
I do have 2 pots at home and I received blooms too.
On my travels I found a station on the Underground,
well this station is overground further East
where a whole fence is covered by a Passion fruit hedge.
Blooming and having fruit at the same time.
I made a collage of my pictures.
I keep admiring it, it is amazing
that it grows as a hedge so well in London
as it is native from South America.
I do know it grows well in Cornwall too,
as my friend blogger here shows.
Kew – a destination always worth it.
When ever you go,
it is exciting.
Every time there are different plants blooming,
there are more plants to discover and
I can practice and take pictures with my new phone camera.
You can never get tired of this beautiful Garden.
Some close ups
Please click on the individual photo to enlarge,
All photos taken by me at Kew Gardens.