When birds are busy

Hello sunshines,

Birds are busy
nurturing their youngsters.
Flowers are blooming
and showing us their beauty.
The sun is shining.
(Actually it's bloody hot here.)

It must be summer!

I started painting again.
A Robin this time.
After a beautiful photo I found in a magazine.

When it's not so hot outside
I take my camera with me (a simple compact camera, easy to carry)
and go of for walks in the countryside.

See the two little ones between the feathers of the Grebe?
Curiously watching what's happening in the world around them.

These photos of the Grebes are from last year actually.
Shhh, don't tell...

Nearby there's a beautiful path along the pastures.
I spot so many things every time I walk there.
Wishing I had a better camera
with a good macro and tele features
and a tripod.
Ahhhh, that would be heaven!

Photographing these little ducklings would have been a lot easier then!
They were so quick, always on the move,
playing and learning how to search for food
between the water lily leaves.

There were also swallows busy feeding their youngsters,
flying to and fro.
Five nests under one roof.
But alas, they were hard to catch on my camera.

Another photo from last year is the one below...


If you look carefully between the grass
you might spot these little ones...

And once in a while I spot this Cormorant,
sitting on the wooden pole.

The beauty of nature,
only five minutes from my home.
I feel blessed indeed.

It's comforting to me.
Especially when life shows it's harsh side.

My father passed away this week.

I feel kind of bewildered at the moment.
A floating boat, not knowing where to go.

So I go where I find peace always.
And I'm so lucky as to have such a place so close to my home.

May your heart be bright and sunny
as is the summer day.


Woodland walk

At photo community blog


is the word prompt this week
chosen by dear Ros.

I'm trying my hands on black and white photography.

We went for a walk in the woods yesterday
so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to join OBW again this week.

Come rain come shine...

Luckely most of the day was sunny but I loved the refreshing rain!

Always fun to make photos of people making photos...

Will try to make a blog visits round very soon,
because it's been way to long now and I start missing you all very dearly!

Hope you're having a summer full of joy.


Hello hello at AppleApricot

Still having a blog break due to whatevernots.


Here's a quick hello hello
because Our Beautiful World turns ONE this week!

Happy birthday OBW!!

Word prompt this week at OBW is

Baby you're ONE

Post a baby photo of yourself around one year old.

There's prices to win and a blog hop!

The challenge and prices are open to entries for two whole weeks.


So, I dug up my baby album and
here's baby me...

Da da.

I won't be able to take part in the hop and prices, I'm sorry.
We're in the middle of house re-do.
Breaking legs and necks in the mess that is.
But I didn't want to be a total party pooper of course!


Wishing you a sunny week
and lots of joy.


Have a break

Hello dears,

Hope you are all doing well?
Thank you for your sweet visits and words.
They mean the world to me!
I appreciate it very much when you take time for that.

At the moment for me it's time to take a little...

I really need to take some time to focus on my family and health.
So I decided to take a little break from blogging.
Though I can never promise you to turn off my computer completely
(addicted? hmm...)
and I will probably pop up here and there once in a while.
Or twice in a while...

I know I said this before, that I needed to take a break
and then wouldn't take one, lol.
But I must.
So here's a serious attempt this time!

(I think it's funny that you can see a little bit of
the word "not" below the word "break" in my photo.
It wasn't intentional.)


This week I chose the word prompt for

It is


Include a word or words in your photo.

I think words can be so powerful and meaningful
and I love love love typography
and found this very suitable word in a favourite magazine called Flow.


Wishing you a wonderful time ahead
and see you again soon!


Cup of eggs and blossoms

Hello hello,

There is another tree in the neighbourhood
that belongs to my favourites.

It has delicate blooms in spring.

(By the way, the tree is on public ground,
otherwise I wouldn't have dreamed of picking some flowers!)

Unfortunately, I'm no good in remembering names.

Thanks to you I now know what a Magnolia is...
Hope I'll remember this time!

Do you know the name of this one?

The little porcelain cup belonged to my late grand aunt.
I think it's so sweet and beautiful.

Blossoms, eggs and singing birds.
The happy things of spring.


Is the word dear Kirsty chose for us this week at

Hope to see you there!

Wishing you all a beautiful sunny day.


Spring is here! Meanwhile on my worktable...

Hello dears,

Europe here.

Anyone fancy some spring?

Let me send some sun rays your way,
because here the weather is so mild and sunny.

(WOYWW'ers: Second half of the post,
after my ramblings about flowers and yah... more flowers,
you can find the worktable part.)

Most of the times when I'm out and about I forget to bring my camera.
But luckely my cellphone has a camera too!

I have to say I'm getting quite addicted to Instagram at the moment.
Click, quick edit, and send.

These square shaped photos are all taken with my phone.

The tree above is my favourite one in our neighbourhood.
I love how the big petals of the blossoms make a soft tapestry on the ground.
Of course I forgot to take a picture of that.

But I also love how the sun shines through those beautiful petals.

And also through the petals of the tree above.
I love the effect of the light when a photo is taken against the sun.

In a forgotten corner are these sweet little blue ones...

Meanwhile, whenever I get the chance when it is not so sunny,
I try to finish a fabric wall hanger I'm working on.
Yes, well, it's taking a while.

So, here's what's on my worktable at the moment.
If you work your way through the bushes, you'll find this...

I'm still deciding on the hanging part
and on some other things.

But who cares really when there is sun to be enjoyed!

Who else is on my worktable?


An adorable little plant who found it's way to my table today.
Who could resist such a little one? Surely I can not.
I have a weak spot for wee plants.

I hope he'll enjoy his little place.
He got the best view, so I don't think he'll complain.

He had his own little name badge.
In case I couldn't understand him when he was introducing himself.

(And in case you didn't know, "Bambino" is little child in Italian).

Isn't that cute?

Oh, and yes, you're right,
months ago there was not a single plant to be seen on my worktable.

But there's an invasion going on now.
They seem to take over my work space.
As long as they don't quarrel, they're most welcome to stay.

No room for mess anymore on this table.

Space is becoming increasingly scarce!


So, here's my WOYWW for this week.

(WOYWW = What's on your workdesk Wednesday)

Thank you Julia for hosting!

Wishing you all a sunny day!


Blooms and Genevieve

Dear blog friends,

At this side of the ocean it's spring.
I know that some of you are still in winter cold weather.
Hold on dears, spring will come.
And soon too, no doubt, it's almost April now!

So let me bring you some happy spring blossoms.
I hope they'll cheer you up.

Lot of editing this time.
Just really having too much fun with pixlr and photoshop,
you'll have to forgive me.

At Our Beautiful World
this week's word prompt is


and chosen by dear Bonita.

When busy editing,
a beautiful study for a painting came to my mind.
It's by John William Waterhouse.

What is she thinking?

Perhaps she's writing a postcard to a loved one.
With mixed feelings. Like the card below...

Here's a woman, writing to a man during World War I.
He's a French soldier stationed in Germany.

Picture what she must have felt, when she wrote the card below...

It reads:

"Henri got another tooth, a big one.

She wanted to write him some happy news about little Henri.
Was this little boy his baby son?

And this beloved man, Célestin is his name,
did he return from the war?


I think this is one of the antique postcards I sent to Ros?

Please feel free to use it for your own arts and crafts.

Wishing you a beautiful Sunday
and a sunny week.

Footy note:

Actually, I'm NOT in a soft pink mood at the moment.
It's earthy colours and calm blue today.
But I had these photos prepared already, so soft pink it is!

Do you have such colour mood swings too?
And what is your colour today?

Tell me, I'd love to know.