Monthly Archives: September 2013

The season of books… the very, very season of books I mean. Recommendations very welcome!

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Cover of "84, Charing Cross Road"

On a Monday which was very much like its reputation …(you bet) – and facing an intense Tuesday .. I am dreaming of my tea- or coffeescented Loggia, the sunshine, the armchair and…books. Piles of them. Well, there is the perspective of a national Holiday on Thursday – so no reason to complain.

Who of you knows this feeling that Special books are for special seasons? I have posted about books and autumn before…and Helene Hanff, being mentioned in this other post, says herself in “Letter from New York” that october is the season to find yourself new books.

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Shakespeare and Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There’s one other Quote I really adore – it’s by Helene Hanff as well, from 84, Charing Cross Road:

I do love secondhand books that open to the page some previous owner read oftenest. The day Hazlitt came he opened to “I hate to read new books,” and I hollered “Comrade!” to whoever owned it before me.”                
—                   Helene Hanff                  (84, Charing Cross Road)

In Autumn, more than in any other season, my books have to be all about atmosphere. The colours and pictures in my imaginations while reading the book kind of have to match the outside world. Yes, I might have a certain nerd-factor… haha, and I can live with it.

Books which – so far – match this, are (hooorray, an excuse to write a list ; ) )

 – Letter from New York, Helene Hanff (very surprisingly)

-The Time Traveller’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger

-The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce

-A Monster Calls, Ness, Patrick and Siobhan Dowd

-Fool On The Hill, Matt Ruff

-Cookbooks with soup recipes

-Cookbooks like those by Cynthia Barcomi

-This I know, Susannah Conway

-The Hobbit …well you know by whom 🙂

-Narcissus and Goldmund, Hermann Hesse,

-“Liebesnähe” by Hanns-Josef Ortheil, not available in English yet

– lots of non-fiction books by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh and Matthias Ennenbach about Buddhism, mindfulness, buddhistic psychology…

 

Now you. Anything to recommend? I am listening. 🙂  Do you have favourite autumn reads? my shelf isn’t breaking yet. (yet)  

 

 

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Those photogenic furry roommates of mine – always ready to put their nose towards the camera

Yes. I am happy to have two very charming senior-rabbits (at least aged 7 or even older, and very much not telling they’re that age at the moment ^^) – who are the most curious creatures I have ever seen. Put a cardboard box on the floor: First thing to do is to go inspect the looks, the taste, the stability and whether or not it’s an appropriate extra home (besides the 4 boxes which have proved to be…something like us humans would call vacation homes ^^)

Same thing happens when they see me approaching with the camera. Most of the time. As you can see yourself:

He heard the sounds of the camera. And he often is to lazy to move both ears. Must be his age ; )

He heard the sounds of the camera. And he often is to lazy to move both ears. Must be his age ; )

Collecting all the hay leaves she threw down. She'd better... because she likes to turn their Little house upside down. "bathroom"-corner included..

Collecting all the hay leaves she threw down. She’d better… because she likes to turn their Little house upside down. “bathroom”-corner included..

Look at these eyelashes.

Look at these eyelashes.

The "where's my Snack- you can't resist my cuteness, can you?"-glance ...

The “where’s my Snack- you can’t resist my cuteness, can you?”-glance …

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Music at its emotional best – Glen Hansard performing in the most wonderful bookstore “Shakespeare and Company”, Paris

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English: The Shakespeare and Company store is located in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

If you imagine two favourite things -from separate categories -like Music and books (oh yes, oh yessss), they are not necessarily being put together. in this case, and this is almost too good to be true, my favourite musician …ever… Glen Hansard, played a gig in

the most, most, most beautiful

bookstore on this planet (to me) – Shakespeare and Company. If I’d known about it, I would have turned into a backpacker, being happy about a direct Train Connection between my hometown and Paris  and would have run to the store right away to get this. Like I said, it’s almost too much. Almost only 🙂

If you would like to listen to a clearly irishlooking guy with a great voice (with real emotions in it) and an outstanding talent for songwriting in a “sacred” Setting like Shakespeare and Company, treat yourself:

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On the outlook for atmosphere in this golden autumn start. A few photo impressions

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Learning from Water

I want to share a wonderful blog post both in words and photo. The Quote made me wonder if the fact that we are half water explains my longing for being at lakes or at the sea.

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Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress.

Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it.

Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone.

Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water.

If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does

Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad

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An hour in a coffee-pastry-scented oasis :)

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It’s a Saturday morning with this autumn-esque golden sunshine and my hometown is beyond crowded. It takes about 5 minutes to get a few hundred metres from A to B … The German mentality, very much unlike the Canadian/U.S. mentality could be summed up as “you need to pass me in this narrow little road? Try me! May I introduce to you: my elbows!”
So I took a break in the bestsmelling café of northern american origin 😉  in town, with good music and a choice of dutch, french, english, … voices talking and the scent of coffee, cocoa, cinnamon and muffins (lemon poppyseed right here, aaaah) in the air (and in the armchairs;) )
No, no spectacular piece of wisdom in this post, just the statement:
Won der ful!!

Have a good weekend everyone!
Best – Nic

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Three is a lucky number when it comes to music-video footage à la Glen Hansard: Once trailer and “when your mind’s made up”

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English: A picture taken and edited by me of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová during a show in Derry, Ireland in April 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Trailer of the movie I have watched (seriously – and as a whole – more than 30 times so far)  ….

 

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Hallelujah interpreted by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova

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Autumn – A Soundtrack for the Season

IMG_1907 (640x558)IMG_1758 (800x606)This year we are having a very golden-sunny start into autumn. This morning, driving to work, the light was amazing… As I am a quite associative kind of person, somehow the views of the countryside I was passing in this golden light, together with the Music in the car, Kind of left an imaginary cinnamon scent and taste in my “System” 🙂

Do you have for example music attached to a particular season, too? I have just started mixing my autumn Soundtrack 2013, and here is the tracklist:

 

  • The Swell Season: Papercup
  • Elvis Perkins: Moon Woman II
  • Regina Spektor: Genius Next Door
  • Kings of Convenience: Homesick
  • Gus Black: Certain Kind of light – acoustic
  • The Swell Season: Low Rising
  • Wilco: Sky Blue Sky
  • The Swell Season: Back Broke
  • Matt Costa: Vienna
  • Passenger: Let Her Go – acoustic
  • Death Cab for Cutie: I Will Follow You into the Dark
  • Wilco: Jesus etc.
  • The Swell Season/Glen Hansard: Say it to me now
  • Gus Black: The Afterlife
  • Feist: Gatekeeper
  • Damien Rice: Older Chests

To put you in the mood…here are a few excerpts of this playlist:

My very very dear The Swell Season –  it’s not a Clip I recorded, but: I have been to this very concert in Paris at La Cigale and will not ever forget it! ten hankies!

In this Clip of Say It To Me Now by Glen Hansard it was about the 5th string breaking in this concert… 🙂

And a heartwarming one of the same concert – Back Broke with the audience as backup choir:

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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