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Tea’s ready!

Before heading for the farmers’ market in a bit, I felt like sharing with you that I now have my favourite tea for the autumn. What? Yes. It’s as simple as that, or maybe not?

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This tea is home-made by a little bio-herbal-pharmacy in my hometown. Every year in autumn they make this herbal tea with natural cinnamon flavour, which has to rest before going on sale. It’s got organic cinnamon oil to rest in (or so I was told, I am not too familiar with the exact making process) and beside herbs it got pieces of apple, orange and lime, cardamom… it’s an oriental note and it makes you dip your nose into the package before brewing it 🙂

As the herbal-pharmacy isn’t exactly around the corner from my place, I phoned them to ask if the particular tea is already on sale. They said no and asked how much I’d like of it once it’s ready. They wouldn’t have started the production of it before early November but getting a phone call about it made them actually get the tea ready (it takes 2 days or so). So a few days later, last Thursday, the pharmacy called to tell me that “my” tea is ready.

Oh happy day, it’s fresh and spicy and warms you from the inside. And it’s like the smell matches the multicoloured leaves outside. I am just being thankful for little shops going the extra mile for customers. And I am more than happy that an older Lady asked me if she could “have a sniff” at the package haha and then bought several of them, too.

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

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a big thank you, ‘happy friday’-wishes and a precious link for everyone interested in artmaking

Ready for having friends over.

Ready for having friends over.

First of all: happy friday, dear you, who is reading this blog post. I hope you are happy to start the Weekend (soon, especially depending on which time Zone you’re in 🙂 ) Here’s a Piece of cake for you – and I am baking a sweet whitebread with a Brown-sugar crust and Brown sugar crumples in it (and will share this virtually with you guys, too, soonish)Yesterday, in my contentment of early finishing desk work and soaking up the autumn-ish atmosphere of my surroundings, I did a very spontaneous, really heartfelt post, I just wanted to find an Expression of the mood I am in… The comments by Sherry, Sherry and Michelle really warmed my heart! Thank you, dear ones! I did intend to offer some atmosphere-ish scent by writing… but I wasn’t sure whether not this would be perceived the way I wanted it. Your comments really showed me that it worked, I felt connected to you guys! Like almost with one foot in Ontario with Sherry and Sherry even 🙂 (No, I don’t have particularly long legs hahaha)

Painting is stillness to me - as I mostly paint without Music or audiobook in the background (unlike sketching for some reason...) Just the very gentle sounds which are being created by putting colour on canvas/paper.

 

Now let’s talk about artmaking (always!). Tara Leaver, whose Website I recommend anyway to anyone interested in starting to pursue a creative take on …life…posted a blog entry about making art which got your own Fingerprint on it, means, which actually looks like you yourself created it. This is the very Stadium which I find very interesting. Because I have a pile of paintings and other things which might just start to learn Walking by themselves..but they still have “collaged copies” of my “Gurus” in them 🙂 Which isn’t a bad Thing. I love Tara’s take on this Topic and if this got you intetested – go and see yourself.

http://taraleaver.com/2013/09/on-having-a-process/#comment-7641

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Autumn is the time of books, apple-cinnamon-streusel-cake, my favourite tea from a local herbal-tea-store, music by Elvis Perkins or The Swell Season…and feeding the soul with amazing colours of this famous artist called nature. Today: focussing on an autumn-ish book by Helene Hanff.

There are books in every room of my Appartement. And I wouldn't want it any other way.

There are books in every room of my Appartement. And I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Cover of "Letter from New York: BBC Woman...

Cover via Amazon

Today is Thursday. Some friends I know call it vice-friday, haha. Nice. It’d be even nicer if I had Friday off..but let’s not complain. On Fridays I have a Group of four very unique and inspiring Kids aged 7-11 for a combined social skills – art therapy – mindfulness Training…a group who always makes my heart grow and gives me plenty of reasons to smile.Also, I can say that all desk-work is done for today. So I am facing a late-afternoon and evening off work, cooking veggie soup, enjoying my The Simple Things Magazine…. and look at the pile of books lurking at me to finish the wonderful one I am just reading (the very new one by Susanna Tamaro: “Per sempre” is the original title, not sure if it’s released in english yet, the german title would be translated as “my heart calls out your Name”)These days when autumn knocks on the door (very suddenly this year) I am in the mood for seasonal things, such as:

-Books, books and books (and then: audiobooks),

-Creating things, like painting, crafting/decorating with coloured leaves, and all the usual inclination to draw on index Cards and such (while listening to audiobooks)

English: Cinnamon

English: Cinnamon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

-soup,
Extended walks in the park with or without camera (with or without Memory Card^^)

-cake with apples and cinnamon -cinnamon rolls (oh goodness, yes!!)                                                                                               

-tea – my favourite herbal tea with a slightly oriental note – freshly made by a “herbal pharmacy” in my hometown.

Just when I stood in front of my book shelf, a dearly loved book caught my Attention:

Letter from New York, by Helene Hanff

This book is a love letter to New York, a book which wraps you in pure atmosphere and a book which is best recommended to be read in autumn!  It makes you want to book your flight and walk a dog in central park. (for example). Helene Hanff describes her unique everyday-life as an author living near Central Park in a house with a bunch of Apartments. You’ll get to know her neighbours and I felt like I was her room-mate during the time I read her beautiful takes on her living in her beloved City.

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A gift from my friends’s garden

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Here you see some particularly special blackberries and cherrytomatoes..
They are in my food top ten anyway but a box of these are a gift from my friends (whose younger daughter is my godchild) – grown in their garden. This makes them even more special to me … and reminds me of doing the extra mile more often in different aspects in life… 
A lovely sunday to all of you.
Best,
Nic

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Sunday – Day # 25 of The August Break

Sunday mornings are something of a treat to me. There is a Radio Station called WDR2, “West Deutscher Rundfunk” it says (=western german broadcasting) which has a 1 hour interview with interesting people each Sunday at 8 a.m. . So no sleeping in on Sundays. Getting up in time to get a Cup of coffee ready and listening to this amazing Radio Show.

The woman doing the Show, it’d be called “Sunday questions” in english, really has a wonderful way to talk to people and she has the most interesting people to talk to. A year ago she talked to Imme de Haen, a woman who bought a beautiful old redbrick farm house in northeastern Germany in the middle of spectacular landscapes and started to offer retreats there.

This morning the light was quite autumn-like already. Especially at 7:30, I love to be a “half-early” bird and be up at this time of the day when everything is so quiet and the ligth so special.

Usually, while drinking the first Cup of coffee I take a look at today’s prompt theme of The August Break. I had already taken those photos you’ll see below, capturing the atmosphere (and the aforementioned plum cake ^^)  this morning and it was only then that I discovered today’s theme is …

Sunday

 So, here is Sunday morning:

Beautiful flowers from yesterday's Farmer's Market down the street

Beautiful flowers from yesterday’s Farmer’s Market down the street

Ready for having friends over.

Ready for having friends over.

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Sunday also is a reading day.

Speaking of this: have you heard about the book “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry”?

Although I still have unread books in the shelve, I went back to read this book on Friday after seeing an article about it..and… I must admit that this book should have been part of my post “The August Break- Books” …

The book is heartbreakingly deep and beautiful. I so went on this pilgrimage with Harold and could not stop reading. Harold develops a real mindful attitude while on his way and his way of being able to listen to people he meets along the way, almost reminds me of Michael Ende’s Momo.

Here are a few quotes for you to get you ….more curious/going to the next library or bookstore ..

“You got up, and you did something. And if trying to find a way when you don’t even know you can get there isn’t a small miracle; then I don’t know what is.”  
―     Rachel Joyce,     The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry    

 

“Beginnings could happen more than once, or in different ways.”  
―     Rachel Joyce,     The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry    

 

you could be ordinary and attempt something extraordinary, without being able to explain it in a logical way.”  
―     Rachel Joyce,     The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry    

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/jan/06/unlikely-pilgrimage-rachel-joyce-review

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The August Break – Day # 20 – “taste”

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With delay: The August Break – Day # 10 – red (a tasty choice)

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The August Break – Day # 9 – “taste”

 

It’s interesting, isn’t it, how we are all able to gather a sense of taste by perceiving a visual imput. (the psychology-neurology-intested parts of my personality speaking there…) Today’s photo is not just a random photo hopefully turning out nice. It’s got several meanings. First of all, this morning, I took time to sit on a sunny bench and read passages of Susannah Conway‘s wonderful book “This I know” …and by coincidence (or not 🙂 ) reading a passage which deals with yummy tasty Food.

This made me go to a bio-deli-store today to get my lunch organized. I love my summer break for this – spontaneously getting off to do something like just getting good food at the other end of the town 🙂

The lunch I got simply consisted of some good bread (French Baguette called “Bonjour”, if that isn’t promising, eh?), prosciutto crudo, peppers filled with cream cheese, a little bit of parmiggiano reggiano.

Lately I find myself reflecting on the impact travelling has had on me. The very very first, so top 1 of all countries I have felt most at home, is CANADA. There I travelled 4200 km between Toronto and Gaspé and back in several loops, plus staying a fantastic week in Toronto and wondering if I should maybe burn my return ticket. 🙂 As a friend and I were lucky to rent a mobile home we kind of had “simple cuisine” for almost a month. I LOVED it. Loved it! A sandwich with cream cheese and fresh tomato: best food ever. Not to speak of little pancakes with regional maple syrup or spontaneous bbq’s with  co-campers and crazy salads along with grilled cod. Bliss. 

What is stuck with me is the very deep love for Canada and also the love for the quality of simple food. By simple food I mean fresh food without fancy stuff. Fresh tomatoes with freshly ground pepper, an apricot, eating a pink Grapefruit, a fresh apple as a snack while sitting at Lake Ontario..

The slovenian people (I stayed in the Triglav National Park, not too different from Canadian landscapes by the way) are known to have a lifestyle of “enjoying slow food”. Little bits of yummy veggies, herbs, spices, olive oil, a good piece of bread. there you go. sit, enjoy and eat for at least two hours, mindfully appreciating the fresh taste.

The people in Greece are very good in pulling off the slow food appreciation, too, they are some of the most accomplished ones. And I hope it rubbed off on me. So,  to make a long story short, of course I didn’t go travelling only because of the food, but food sure is something very typical, something your senses can grasp, while travelling, some way to sense the culture and mood of the areas through which you’re travelling. (by the way, canadian Readers: I also had Poutine! it wasn’t too much my taste because of the cheese but I had to have it. All Canadians told me I had to. 🙂 )

Here’s to simplicity of meals – preferredly enjoyed from eco-bio sources. 

 

mediterranean lunch

mediterranean lunch

 

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