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Sonntag, 24. Mai 2015

The Spectacular Blogtacular Bonanza in London ...

is happening in less than three weeks time. The Social Media Machine has been going wild. There's a Facebook group where the attendees can get to know each other and exchange information, as well as Pinterest boards and Instagram posts. I'm also hoping to win a place on the Blogtacular Photowalk!

It's soo exciting and I'm slowly crossing things of my list.

Here are a couple of essential gadgets, the UK plug adapter and the power bank for my weak-in-the-chest mobile battery:




My lovely friends from JMS Design (http://www.jms-design.de/) sacrificed their Friday night to help me with my business cards. In a matter of hours I had a printing file uploaded and ordered. Here's a sneak preview. What do you think, aren't they marvellous? I certainly can't wait to hand them over to my fellow Blogtaculars.




Until then I should probably get a blog app for mobile blogging, get a roaming tariff and figure out what to pack.

I'll be staying for a long weekend in my favourite city and am also looking forward to meeting my friends, catching up over lunches, dinners and drinks! You know who I mean, folks! xxx

Montag, 11. Mai 2015

Yodelling for the advanced

Last Saturday my beloved siblings and I packed our bags and took a drive to Kochel on Lake Kochel, near the Bavarian Alps, for our advanced yodelling workshop.

We met up with Barbara, our coach (http://www.jodel-kurs.de/) and 8 other like-minded singers at the Hotel Waltraud, a small family-run hotel, beautifully located for a relaxing stay. 


behind the hotel

We started off with repeating the songs from the beginners course and then got on with new, more taxing stuff. 
After a delicious lunch we went for a small hike towards a vantage point, with a beautiful, inspiring view across the lake.


amazing shot taken by my sister




Aim was to experience yodelling in its true form, communicating with each other and across long distances. There was a wonderful echo.



outdoor yodelling







After dinner we went back up there to watch the sun set and sing some more. It was unbelievably beautiful.



again my sisters picture


 Back at the ranch we had a few drinks and then headed to bed early as our first point on the agenda was at 6:40 am to climb back up to greet the day. 

There were only five of us with the rest still in bed but it was a very special experience, and I'm glad I  mad the effort. All of us were still sleepy and our voices not warmed-up so our singing was completely different. Softer and improvised, even Barbara was impressed. Unfortunately the skies then opened and we hurried back to the hotel for breakfast.

 



The task for Sunday morning was to write our own piece of yodelling and to perform it. The writing ws the easy part. I'm seriously considering taking some singing lessons. It's so hard to hold a tune and even harder to sing in front of a bunch of strangers all by yourself.

Unfortunately I can't share my very own Yodler here with you, as I don't want any hassle with plagiarism once we hit the charts! So for now I'll keep it secret.

After lunch we packed up and drove to the nearby river to experiment more with the travelling sound and frighten the locals.

At around 3 pm we said our goodbyes and left for home, exhausted, hoarse but happy! What an amazing weekend.

I'm very happy to report that the weekend cheer still holds whereas usually it doesn't last until 9 am on Monday morning!

Sonntag, 3. Mai 2015

Hey - it's May!

And isn't it faboulous to start it off with a long weekend, celebrating the International Workers' Day? Even better, living in catholic Bavaria, I have two more religous holidays to look forward to.

Unfortunately the sky celebrated by opening its floodgates so I after hitting the gym I holed up inside devouring this fab book. 
It's the moving tale of Sally, who is an incredibly singer who only sings in the safety of her wardrobe. We follow her from a difficult childhood with seemingly cold and unsupportive parents in the West Midlands to London to become a wardrobe mistress at the Royal Opera House.
After an amazing summer in New York, she returns to London to keep a promise - studying to become an opera singer although she is crippled by fear and insecurities...




 


I found this bargain at the local Oxfam. I discovered charity shops in the UK but they are really rare in Germany. We have fleemarket shops where people can sell their stuff without the hassle of going to markets but hardly any to support charities. 

I can't wait for my next trip to London in June (yay, less then six weeks to go). One of my favourites is Traid (http://www.traid.org.uk/), which specializes in clothes and even has a collection of clothes they designed from second-hand donations.

But before the trip there's loads to do and decide:

- What to pack.
- What to wear to Blogtacular.
- Designing and ordering business cards for Blogtacular (uh, must hurry).
- Checking out "Time out Guide London" to prepare for exciting events and restaurants. I wonder if that Bugs and Insects place is still open.

Sonntag, 26. April 2015

april impressions


A wonderful day out in the countryside.




Where's the snow when you need it?














A room with a view!












Old-skool Munich


















Just behind the office, a hidden treasure.




Awesome concert: The Levellers. Finest folk-punk-rock from Brighton!

Sonntag, 19. April 2015

Time flies, already I'm back in the system for a whole week and the easter leave seems like a distant memory.

My ten days off were packed with activities:

- the big paint ( you saw the amazing result in my last post)

- two visits to the cinema: Kingsmen (sooo funny) and The second best Marigold hotel (gotta love Dame Judi)  

- saw the exibition "August Macke and Franz Marc" at the Lenbachhaus and treated myself to a new annual pass for this great museum.

- celebrated mine and my sisters birthday 



- countless lunches and coffees with great friends and family

- a visit to Ikea, garden center, a work wear outlet (unexpected interieur design delights)




- had Sissi, the sewing machine, serviced and the laptop upgraded

- went for a lovely spring walk along the river





Donnerstag, 9. April 2015

The green room will make you green with envy



Before
  
After years of dithering, last Friday finally saw the dawn of the big paint!
It took several trips to the hardware stores to make up my mind about the shade of green I wanted. It's called "olive grove", personally it makes me think of moss. 


 

Luckily my brother had offered his services, as it turned out, I didn't have a clue on how to start.
But in his calm manner, he managed everything from start to finish. So my advice, get yourself an experienced painting buddy!











From a friend I borrowed a laser spirit level, which was an enormous help when it came to taping a straight line. All in all it took us about 5 hours (including a pizza break during the drying period).

  







The expensive tape didn't keep its advertising claim so there is no razor-sharp line and there's an area that is not perfect but I don't mind.

At first I put the furniture back as it was before but during the evening I found myself turning around all the time instead of watching the still white wall opposite. So in the morning I re-arranged the sofa and am now much happier with the result. It makes the room smaller but 100 % cosier.



 
Not quite there yet.


Perfect, being able to admire wall while watching the telly.



My conclusion: How could I have not done this before? It takes little effort to get such a stunning result.


Sonntag, 29. März 2015

Make do and mend

Today I'm finally sorting out the mending pile. 


The favourite shirt with the shredded ribbon that I couldn't bear to throw away.





The new party top with a neckline I thought I could get away with in the changing room and didn't dare to wear in real life. Simply fixed with a piece of lace.


The bargain t-shirt with potential if only one was a proper seamstress. Well, maybe some other time... Rome wasn't built in one day after all.