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Addictions

I have got a number of them: shoes, jackets, yarn, hostas, geranium, my garden in general AND technical stuff  … did I mention shoes? :-) :-)

The beginning of this week it was yarn again. Actually, it’s been yarn for year. I got a big enough stash to knit socks for every member in my family including my extended family.

So, here I was after my doctor’s appointment needing to fill a prescription. Next door to the pharmacy is a store that sells the most beautiful yarn and there was a SALE! ;-) Somehow I ended up with a bunch of Tiffany Yarn. With no idea beforehand what to do with it, I purchased it. Oh well. There is always a reason to justify SALE purchases.

At home I was going through Ravelry projects, when I decided to try a triangular shawl for the first time.  I am not a pro at this knitting thing, really impatient when it comes to complicated projects.  Knitting this was actually a lot of fun and I finished in 4 days. I might as well brag a little. What else do I have a blog for? :-)  Mr. B approved.

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Just rambling …

While watching Inspector Barnaby on TV tonight, wondering whether the town of Midsomer will  have any inhabitants left soon comparing the number of murders with the actual number of inhabitants and seasons, :-)  I was also browsing and “googling” a bit. That’s when I came across this quote:

“Most people, early in November, take last looks at their gardens, are are then prepared to ignore them until the spring.  I am quite sure that a garden doesn’t like to be ignored like this.  It doesn’t like to be covered in dust sheets, as though it were an old room which you had shut up during the winter.  Especially since a garden knows how gay and delightful it can be, even in the very frozen heart of the winter, if you only give it a chance.”
-  Beverley Nichols

Reading it made me stop and think a little. Many people whom I wouldn’t ever consider true gardeners are like that. Everything concerning their garden is considered a chore. Part of that is “cleaning up” the garden in September and October and never wasting another thought on it until early spring. Tediously they “clean up”. Every perennial is cut down. The stems of long gone blooms of hostas are cut down to the ground. Oh, don’t forget the once beautiful rudbeckia. Never could they leave it there during the coming winter.

In the 10+ years that I have had my garden, I was never like that. As my garden gets older I like it more and more, also during the winter. Of course, this cold winter makes me yearn for spring. However, looking at the perfect white snow cover I get excited at all that is to come.

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Have a wonderful week!

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What’s a girl to do in this weather?

Waking up this morning to find everything covered in snow was quite nice, even though I am ready for warmer weather. However, it’s winter, I guess we’ll have to live with it a little longer. As gardeners we keep the color “green” in mind. However, a good freeze doesn’t hurt, correct? Personally, I am hoping the freezing cold will kill the slugs that mutilated a lot of hostas last year.

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While I am reminiscing about warmer days, I am working on warming someone’s feet. :-)

Socks

The “zoo” is taking it easy as usual.

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Have a great week everyone!

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Trip to Norway

This summer we had the opportunity to go on a cruise. Starting in Hamburg on to the North Cape of Norway. What an experience and also a great way to relax for us. You cannot escape once on the ship, right? :-)

Here are some impressions from our trip:

Had to buy a troll :-)

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The perfect place to relax and recover from a busy year!

Terrasse

Great food, great restaurants on board!

Great food! Great restaurants!

Perfect view with some delicious champagne and other snacks in the lounge. Loved to be spoiled like that.

Perfect view

Geiranger Fjord! Breathtaking to wake up to a view like that.

Geiranger Fjord

It never gets dark. We were there in July and the skies were amazing.

Beautiful sky!

Ålesund, we were so lucky to have the best weather while there. Actually, better than in Germany all summer. It is really a beautiful city to visit.

Alesund

Coming down from the mountain Dalsnibba, where you have a great view to Geiranger Fjord, you pass the lake Djubvatnet.

Dalsnibba

Flowers in Tromsø at the market. Other than that it was quite a cold and foggy time there on the day we visitied.

Flowers

Very important day – Germany won the World Championship! They made sure we had reception on the day of the game. I will always remember where I was on the day the Germans won the championship. :-)

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Last, but not least  … unfortunately, all good things come to an end. We spend some time in Hamburg before we flew back home. Let’s see where our next vacation will take us.

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Crafty “stuff” ….

Not being able to be outdoors brings out the Suzie Homemaker in me every winter. HOWEVER, my “old” knitting addiction showed up again about 1.5 years ago. I admit I’m powerless and I gladly submit to this addiction. :-) My stash of yarn has increased dramatically and will – along with my sewing projects- keep me busy.

Here’s what I have worked on during the last weeks.

Currently this cowl is on my needles. Made of Merino and Mohair yarn. I must say I really love knitting it. Got a little ways to go, but it is fun to knit and so lightweight, soft and I am sure it will keep my neck warm this winter.

Cowl

I have been knitting lots of socks during the last year and also bought a number of books about socks. Knitting them while watching TV relaxes me and keeps my mind off “things”.  This past year a lot of Hundertwasser yarn by Opal has been used, but also others.  They were welcome Christmas gifts for some lucky people this past Christmas.

Socks - yarn by Opal Hundertwasser

Socks

 

I did mention I enjoy sewing, too?  Well, here’s a simple beanie I made for a little girl I know. It is reversible jersey and fleece.

Beanie

 

Here’s the other side of it.

Beanie

 

Here’s a knitted one that made another little girl and her grandmother happy.

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Until next time. :-)