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Dienstag, 31. Mai 2016

Wonky Adventure Countdown

Only four more weeks until my big OZ adventure!!! The last few weeks have been a blur of running errands, shopping and reading countless blog posts about packing, must-haves and must-brings.

So far I have bought my tourist visa and Australian Dollar, sewn several practical little bags and started on my capsule wardrobe.




Today's post is written on my new iPad with my new keyboard, testing for on-the-road-blogging.
So far it's more testing my patience...
I'll have to practice concise reporting!

Sonntag, 15. Mai 2016

Joaquin Sorolla - Spain's master of light






Today I visited the Kunsthalle München again ( http://www.kunsthalle-muc.de/en/exhibitions/details/joaquin-sorolla/ ) to see the wonderful exhibition of Joaquin Sorollas works.

Even when I  saw the first posters announcing the exhibition back in December I knew it would be interesting but it exceeded all my expectations. 

One of the major Spanish artists from the turn of the century and a contemporary of Monet, his works moved me deeply, filling me with light and joy. 














Please excuse the poor quality of the photos and if you can, visit the exhibition which is still on until the 3rd of July 2016.
 

Sonntag, 8. Mai 2016

Gardening Days in Freising







Last Saturday found me tracking the footprints of my childhood in the Bavarian town of Freising.
Occasion was the annual Garden festival. A carnival of colour where you can buy every plant imaginable, garden-related kitsch, furniture etc.

The weather was wonderful, the first real summer weekend and I enjoyed giving my new camera a worthy trial.  We let ourselves be carried along with the masses,  ambling through the impressive grounds of the former abbey Neustift.

Here are my impressions:
































Samstag, 23. April 2016

Wonky Life Update

What's happening in the wonky world, you might well ask. I've kept fairly quiet during the last month.
Truth is, with Easter, birthday celebrations, my fitness regime and not to forget my day job I've been a tad busy. On top of that I've been suffering from spring fever and had to take lots of naps in my spare time.




I've also been doing some sewing:



a vision in turquoise, a scarf for my favourite sister




sometimes I forget to make something for myself, so this little beauty is just for me


And now, with the great OZ adventure only nine weeks away I'm up to my eyeballs in lists. I have bought a new camera which needs to be figured out (total technophobe me). I need to get a tablet so that I can send news feeds to my faithful readers and either sew or buy a spongebag.... But I love the tingling sensation that fills me now when I think af what lies ahead and wouldn't miss it for the world.

The greatest pleasure lies in the anticipation after all!

Mittwoch, 30. März 2016

New sewing projects

Today I want to show you some of my new sewing projects:


 1. The Batman sleep mask:



2. The toothbrush etui





3. The shopper






4. Easter Egg Doilies
 




5. Suitcase Shoe bags





Sissi 2 is purring like a kitten and I'm very happy about a new fabric delivery, a pile of worn shirts in great designs!!


Montag, 21. März 2016

Challenge Over

It's been over a month and I declare the challenge officially over. Overall I feel that I've triumphed but some days I might have been a bit lenient with myself.

It might have been a bit optimistic to fitness challenge myself during the cold and pollen season. Most days I only managed to go for a walk.

The positive outcome is a change of attitude. The challenge has become a habit. I might not be able to move my behind to the gym in time for class on a Sunday morning after a night out but I can move my behind around the block for a walk.

On top of that I started to actually use my fitness tracker as a tracker and not just as a wrist watch.
Three weeks ago I realized I had managed to nail my activity goal on 5 of 7 days, a week later 6 out of 7 and last week I made sure to hit 7 out of 7.




It got personal and I ended up walking up and down my apartment just to reach the goal or let my friend drop me off so that I could walk home. Dancing counts and swimming too!

I haven't lost any weight so far but it helped to incorparate more movement into my daily life and change my attitude.

If you need some inspiration, check out Eddie Izzard's marathon challenge: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/tag/marathon-man

 

Sonntag, 13. März 2016

The grand unveiling of Sissi 2

Recently I had to sack my first own sewing machine, Sissi. 

If you are considering buying a machine yourself, pay as much as you can. My cheap Singer, which was all I could afford four years ago, didn't reach the high standards I was used to from my aunties machine and I missed its efficient quality and easy handling.

So after days of dithering and discussing it with my sewing aunt, who recommended the Swiss company "elna" and my sister, who owns one of their products, I decided to by the same model as my sister, the "elna 3210 Jeans".

So far I had only time to test the different stitches but I'm amazed by its quiet purring, music to my ears. I am soo looking forward to my next projects!