Thursday, February 19, 2015

Knitting on my mind

I love to knit and during the last weeks spent nearly all my free time in front of the TV with one ore the otherproject in my hands. The most recent finish is "Birch" a shawl knit with Rowan Kidsilk haze, a mohair silk mixture.
 Want to see the whole thing?
I'm in love with it!
 This sweater was actually "finished" before I started with the shawl, all that needs to be done is sewing it up and adding the neck ribbing - any voluntieres?
My newest project: a cardigan knit with wool I brought back from my legendary US trip with a friend. I do not have a pattern, as I want a plain high closing cardigan with buttons in front, with set in sleeves and all I could find were top down (which I usually love), raglan or some creative front design. This wool calls for an oldfashioned, comfortable, warm cardigan and that is what it will end up as!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Winter in Bloom

To be honest, winter is not my favourite time of the year. Up until christmas I am too busy to mind the darkness and cold too much and Punsch only tastes really good if it is cold and - in an ideal world - snow is falling.
 Come January though I have enough from the cold and darkness and especially in a year like this when there is hardly any snow (though I do not need it in the city) winter just is too long and I count every minute the days get longer.
 Using a sunny Saturday afternoon for a long walk outside and training my eyes to notice small things I find a lot of plants that flower in winter or show that spring is not too far away yet. Not only left over roses from last autum, though they do give a lovely spot of colour or the hazelnut which has been enticed to open it's flowers due to some unseasonaly "hot" days in January, but bushes and trees that really flower in Winter. Like the chinese winterflower (Chimonanthus praecox) or
 the wintercherries (Lonicera).

 Looking up I discoverd the winter snowball (Viburnum x bodnantense) preparing to flower and on another twig the first open blooms.
A week later I found the first open crocusses.
 Snowdrops push up through the old leaves and
a red christmas rose is starting to bloom too.
 I have to admit though that I love the winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) most!
The tragic reality is that while these early flowers are messengers of Spring today it is snowing and there are many weeks ahead, which will bring more cold and snow. In the meantime I will have to dream of having a garden one day where I will only plant trees, bushes and flowers which bloom in Winter and early sping, so they help us to wait till Spring and Summer are back again.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A little bit of ice....

 Reflections in the still water of a partially frozen lake,
 ducks waiting for spring,
 looking right,
looking left, but no spring in sight,
only a frozen lake.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sunday in Baden

A walk through the quiet streets of Baden, which seems to be asleep on a Sunday mornig gave me the possibility to concentrate on little things, details often overlooked in the hustle and bustle of busy days.
Little windows show reflections of the winter sky,
faces of stone bask in the sun,
 and lunchtime bells lead my eyes upwards,
upward to the roofs to seek crosses,
 green details on yellow chimneys,
and red rosettes, airholes for an attic.
 Figures above doorways and more figures on roofs.
Lovely details to notice and remember a quiet Sunday morning walk by.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Winterwalk

Christmas and New Year, cold, wet, windy and snowy - and then finally a sunny day. Deep blue sky and sun reflecting from roofs - reason enough to get out and go for a walk. Not too far, just an for hour strolling around the neigborhood.

 
But look - traces of Christmas:
Trees form grafic webs against the sky,
nearly managing to distract from the golden churchspire.
The blinding sun forces the sight downwards, noticing details usually missed:

Then another tower glistening in the clear winter sun,
helping to notice others basking in the warmth:
 
Today it is grey, wet and cold again. What better way to warm up than yesterday's memories.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 - A Year In Review

2014 was a great year! I travelled a lot and all of it with wonderfull friends which made the experiences extra special.
January started out with a cruise through the Caribbean with my friends from Canada, where I snorkeled for the first time in life and took underwater photos.
February I could not find any photos but it is also the month I usually struggle the most with - grey, cold and seemingly no end to winter.
March was the start of spring and a friend and I celebrated it with a photo excursion to the Vienna zoo - a favourit place of ours.
April - hm, could not find any photos....
May brought a week in Croatia, painting in Porec, Rovijn and Piran and also a trip with my mum and sister to Mostviertel.
 June was also a month full of travel. I spent my birthday weekend painting in Wachau and also spent long weekends painting in Reichenau and Pöllau
July brought a  fun filled Sunday at an reenactment event at Vienna's Museum of Military History.
August - Vienna Zoo of course!
September I spent a week in Bad Ischl and it's surroundings - again painting.
October and November brougth another trip of a lifetime! A friend and I fullfilled our dreams of going to the International Quilt Festival in Houston which almost happened to take second seat to a visit at the NASA Space Center, Galveston beach and so much more.
We continued on driving to New Orleans, fun filled days with a steamboat ride on the Mississippi, visiting plantations, testing different drinks, specialities like poboys, gumbo and beignets but most special of all probably an excursion to the wetlands.
The end of our trip were 6 days spent in New York - an experience so huge, it is hard to remember it all.
December went by so quickly and was so full that all photos are 'just' I-phone photos on Instagram.
I am looking forward to 2015, curious what it will bring. While there will not be as many journeys I am certain the experiences will also be wonderfull.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Roses

Looking through the photos I took this year I realised how many flowers found their way in front of my camera.
 Front,
 side,
 depth of field,
simple,
visited,
 open to the sun,
nearly gone,
 just starting,
no matter - one more beautyful than the other.