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Montag, 25. September 2017

Wonky Heidi goes to Cornwall part 3


The Tremenheere Sculpture Garden has been on my to-do list ever since I discovered it on Instagram a few months ago. It is hidden away in the countryside close to Penzance.

We walked up a forest path, which reminded me of a New Zealand rainforest, beautiful, wild and full of subtropical plants.

We had a map to find the sculptures and look up the artists.

"Slip of the lip" Peter Randall-Page RA

"Black Mound" David Nash RA

Perspex Wind Sculpture Michael Chaikin

My absolute favorite by James Turrell RA:
"Tewlwolow Kernow (Twilight in Cornwall)"
An elliptical domed chamber designed as a space from which to view the sky.

Entry to the chamber.

We had such an amazing time, exploring the 22 acres, enjoying the view across Mounts Bay, discovering the works of art and the flora.

Sonntag, 24. September 2017

Wonky Heidi goes to Cornwall part 2

St. Michael`s Mount

I have rented a cottage in Marazion, the little village closest to St. Michael`s Mount. It is amazing to be able to see the island, with the castle rising up majestically from the sea, from nearly every point.

The island is so close to the shore that during low tide you can walk across the cobbled causeway. It feels like walking at the bottom of the sea.

You can walk there, visit the village and its two shops and cafe and restaurant for free but if you want to see the castle or gardens you have to buy a ticket. To reach the gardens you cross an emerald coloured lawn looking out to sea. They are nearly vertical, clinging onto the mountain for dear life and you feel like a goat climbing up whilst admiring the view and at the same time the stark castle walls towering over you.

From the top of the gardens you need to descend once again, walk around the mount and climb up to the castle entrance from the other side. The whole island is a National Trust property so you know what to expect. The view from the terraces are priceless though.

One the way back the tide was already in so we had to go by taxi boat (2 Pounds). It fits about 10 people and the journey can get quite choppy. But I told myself (not a good sailor!):  All part of the adventure!!

Donnerstag, 21. September 2017

Wonky Heidi goes to Cornwall part 1

Sketch & Stroll St. Ives

Isn`t the internet a marvellous thing? While planning my trip I stumbled upon the programme of the St. Ives September Festival, including some events of the St. Ives School of Painting, the Sketch & Stroll.
Of course, being an outdoorsy kind of event, it started drizzling as soon as the last participant had crossed the threshold of the Porthmeor Studios

Never-the-less we ventured out, 7 of us led by Ges, the tutor, in case it would stop. 
And of course, true artists suffer for their art!
Needless to say, it didn`t. Stop raining. All day.

We walked through the crooked lanes of St. Ives to a shelter at the end of the Harbour for a quick sketch and then onwards. After an hour of strolling through the rain we drudged back to the Porthmeor Studios and the cellars for some indoor sketching. 
In the cellars we found the amazing installation by American Mark Dion, "The Maritime Artist."

Please check this out, as I had a technical crisis and lost all photos of that day:

Mark was there, weaving baskets and we had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sketch there, literally becoming part of the installation.

All-in-all I had the most inspiring day!!

Dienstag, 12. September 2017

Cornwall Countdown

Only six more sleeps and I will be lifting off for my big UK adventure. Nearly two weeks of meeting friends and re-visiting my favourite places.

My first stop will be Marazion, where I'm hoping to visit St. Michaels Mount. In St. Ives the September Festival is on which I'm very much looking forward to.

After one week of coastal fun, I'll be heading  to the big city lights of London!! I can't wait to tell you all about it.

Samstag, 26. August 2017

Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art

Recently on a rainy Saturday for which I originally had planned to learn how to ride a Vespa we had to find another form of entertainment. I scoured the internet and stumbled over this little gem:

The Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art

Hidden away in a little alley in the city centre of Munich we didn't know what to expect but we loved it. The current exhibition is called: The Art of Writing.

"Visitors can expect a high quality museum program in which street and urban art build a dialogue with other genres of contemporary art. The young art form of street and urban art will be presented to visitors in a smart way with a diverse educational program through the use of lectures, film screenings and guided tours." (from the programme

I especially loved how they transformed what must once have been an old factory building or warehouse into this stunning exhibition space.

It also offers a great little restaurant called Mural:

The door to the "Ladies"!

Donnerstag, 27. Juli 2017

SUP-ing on Lake Starnberg

Last weekend, after years of wanting to try it, I finally managed to give SUP - Stand up paddling a go. 

My gym had organized a 1-hour session with the surf school at the Nordbad Tutzing on Lake Starnberg and even sorted out rides for everyone by carpooling.

I was quite anxious about how difficult it would be to stand up on the wobbly board but honestly - piece of cake! I only fell in right at the end! 

There were 15 of us and 2 guides who took us out on the lake and it was pure magic. It was a quiet, slightly overcast morning and the scenery of the alps in the not-so-far distance - breathtaking! 

Granted, it wasn't very easy to heave my belly back on the board  but with the calm instructions of the guide and a team mate stabilising the board from the other side I managed just fine.

If you ever get the chance to try it - go for it! I would recommend an introduction course to learn the basic technique.

I'm hoping to get another chance this summer and am very keen to try out the SUP in Cornwall on my holiday in September. Obviously now it's time to get a Gopro-camera!

Dienstag, 25. Juli 2017

Happy Wonky Heidi

Instead of telling you about the usual stuff that makes me happy like chocolate and cake I want to tell you about last nights Sing-along-concert.

I've said before that it is my deep belief that singing makes you happy and it certainly works for me.

Luckily in Munich we have a thing that's called Volxgesang, which comes from the word folk musik (

(copyright: Volxgesang)

It's basically an evening at the pub where you can sing-along to about 25 old-time favourites and chart-hits being accompanied by guitar or piano. The song texts are projected to the wall because we all know that we never can remember the lyrics. 

Julian, my favourite entertainer is a proper Robbie Williams on stage and knows how to please a crowd.

The one rule the organizers have is: You can never sing too loud or too off-key! 

Yesterday the set list contained songs like, unfortunately I can't remember every single one:

Hotel California
Morning has broken
Lemon tree
Dancing Queen
Mercedes Benz
Country Roads
Here comes the sun

German/Austrian titles:
Ham kummst
Ich war noch niemals in New York
Über den Wolken 
Freude schöner Götterfunken
Am Tag als Conny Kramer starb
Du entschuldige, I kenn di
Griechischer Wein

So you get the gist. It is soo liberating to sing out loud in public, no matter how out-of-tune and I always keep waving my arms like Pavarotti, full of passion. I can't wait for the next concert but as I can't make the September one I'll have to wait until the 21st of October. 

Come and join me, it'll be a night to remember!