Friday, 20 March 2015

Merry Ostara and Solar Eclipse

While the little man had a nap I made some hanging egg vases to celebrate Ostara this year. I first saw this on Gardenista and loved the idea; it's so simple yet so pretty.

hanging Ostara egg vase

This spring equinox is a very special one as there also was a solar eclipse this morning. Unfortunately it was quite cloudy and my rushed attempts to take pictures during breakfast failed miserably, but I found some regional clips on YouTube that captured the eclipse pretty well.

Blessed be.

Friday, 6 February 2015

My new backpack

I'm loving my Manduca and have been using it loads as a front carrier but as the little man is getting rather heavy I thought it was time to try the back carrying option. It's much more comfortable for my back, I can actually use my arms again and the little man seems to like it too as he gets to see the world from a different angle; it must be comfortable for him too as he fell asleep when we went for our afternoon walk.

Manduca back carrier

Manduca back carrier

Manduca back carrier

Manduca back carrier

Manduca back carrier

Manduca back carrier

PS: Did you notice the little yellow hat the little man is modelling? This is one of many things I knitted for him before he was born. His great aunt was nice enough to give me a bag full of knitting needles and vintage baby patterns from her grandmother i.e. the little man's great great grandmother and this hat was made from one of those patterns.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Blessed Imbolc

Imbolc snowdrops

Imbolc daffodil

As Imbolc traditionally is the time to bless the seeds I started my Imbolc ritual a little earlier this year to consciously watch something grow. It's been quite rewarding to see the seeds change every day and turn from something seemingly lifeless into very much alive seedlings and plants.

Imbolc seeds

The word Imbolc literally means "in the belly" and refers to pregnant ewes but also to the Goddess as the mother which made me think back of this time last year when I myself was pregnant and the little man was in my belly. Here's a picture of me from February last year; the stone I'm holding is representative of the size the little man would have been at this stage during the early second trimester of my pregnancy.

2nd trimester

IMBOLC by Karen Bagnard
IMBOLC by Karen Bagnard

The word Imbolc originates from the Gaelic word oimelc which means "ewes milk" but again I'd like to think of it in context of the Goddess as the mother and then relating this back to myself breastfeeding the little man. I think he's celebrating today with me by having an extra feed.

La Grande Maternité, 1963, Pablo Picasso
"La Grande Maternité", 1963, Pablo Picasso

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Seaside in January - Part 2

Same place, different day.

The little man was in need of some fresh air, so we braved the rain and headed towards Bridlington again for a walk.

Walking down some of the back streets to get to the abandoned harbour on such a dark and rainy afternoon was quite bleak and Morrissey's Everyday Is Like Sunday springs to mind: 

Hide on the promenade
Etch a postcard :
"How I Dearly Wish I Was Not Here"
In the seaside town
...that they forgot to bomb
Come, Come, Come - nuclear bomb.

But then look at my very first tilt shift miniature picture I took. That instantly brightens up the day.

And to really cheer us up we got a bag of chips (and scraps) which we stood eating in the harbour, in the rain, in January. I guess had anyone seen us they would have doubted our sanity, but we well and truly enjoyed it.

To top it all my phone decided to take this really artsy photo by mistaking a sneeze for a command to take a picture.

Who says rainy winter days are dull? Well, we had fun.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Seaside in January - Part 1

The weather has been lovely today, not like January at all, not too cold and most importantly sunny. The perfect day to take the little man in his buggy to Bridlington for a seaside walk and to enjoy some fish and chips in the harbour - me that is, not the little man of course.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Blessed Yule

Ice candle

Ice candle
Merry Winter Solstice.

All I managed to make to celebrate the shortest day today is this ice candle as unfortunately my frozen suncatchers didn't turn out as planned and the sun didn't really come out today anyway in order to take pictures. 
We did however go for a lovely walk by the sea today where the sky had turned all shades of red and pink, but as I wasn't expecting such great colours on an elsewise rather miserable day I didn't take my camera.

I hope you all enjoyed today and look forward to the return of the sun.


Saturday, 6 December 2014

St Nikolaus was here

Although the little man is too little to understand we've been introducing some German traditions already such as celebrating St Nikolaus day today.

Traditionally in Germany kids would clean their boots and put them outside their room on the evening of 5 December in the hope that St Nikolaus will fill them with some goodies (if they have been good). If they have been bad they will find coals in them the next day. Typically Nikolaus would bring some chocolates, nuts and fruit like he did for me on a plate (which is also traditional).

St Nikolaus plate

As the little man isn't eating solids yet and certainly wouldn't be having any nuts or chocolates he got some presents: a pair of boots (as he didn't have any to leave out for St Nikolaus), an English Christmas book, a CD with German Christmas songs and a little police car.

presents from St Nikolaus

And what better way to get into the spirit of the festive season and to celebrate today than with a traditional St Nikolaus children's song. Enjoy!

Friday, 5 December 2014

Birthday walk

It's my Birthday and the weather has been kind. Although it's been bitter cold all day - the kind of cold that makes it feel like your nose is going to freeze from the inside - the sun's been shining, so we got wrapped up warm and went for a lovely walk.

Birthday walk

Birthday walk

Birthday walk

Birthday walk

Sunday, 9 November 2014

25 years ago ...

... the Berlin wall fell. 

Had that not happened I wouldn't have been able to leave the GDR to live in England, which means I would have never met my lovely hubby and therefore the little man would not exist. I am so grateful for what I've got and would rather not think about how life would have turned out for me had that ugly wall not come down.

Although I wasn't quite 12 years old when it happened I knew back then that this meant something big and life changing. I still remember the news and those days at school when every day there seemed to be less and less kids in the classroom as everyone wanted to go across the border to see what it was all about. On Saturdays the classroom was pretty much empty to a point where they simply stopped teaching on Saturdays - hooray. Then finally the day came when my parents took me and my sister across to the West for a day and we bought our first kinder surprise egg and got some bubblegum and trashy toys from a machine.

Here's a look at the news from 25 years ago.

Today thousands of people in Berlin celebrate the fall of the wall with a great light art project called Lichtgrenze (light border).

As we can't be there to celebrate I made a little lantern for the little man to celebrate here at home.

It's made from black card and multi coloured transparent paper. It's hanging from a glow stick and to make it childproof I used a flickering LED candle.

handmade lantern

handmade lantern

handmade lantern