Category Archives: Beauty

Beautifully Simple

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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 sunrise

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!

and

Have a simply beautiful Day!

 

Happy New Year 2020

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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 

Remembering Christmas

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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

Passion Fruit Hedgerow

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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 Gardens 8th Smile

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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.