In the beautiful and lush region around Fort Portal in Uganda over a 1000 women craft change by producing handmade high-quality baskets that are exported to England every three months.
Initiated and developed by Anne, the ladies develop their own natural colours, dye the raw material made of raffia, banana fiber and papyrus into a rainbow of colours, and handcraft the baskets. The products therefore come in stunning combinations and patterns.
Pink and turquoise
Blue and red
Yellow and blue
Talking to these wonderful souls is very inspirational. They kindly open a window into their lives when we visit for my husband‘s amazing social enterprise Communauts.
There are two “pathogens” I don’t know a cure for….. the travel bug and the Africa virus, except for packing up and hitting the road, of course ;0).
Sometimes a brilliant movie like The Queen of Katwe filmed authentically in the very location helps ease my wanderlust and brings me back to being grateful for all the moments and memories I have already collected in all kind of corners on this beautiful Planet Earth. So I dove into these memories by watching the true story of a girl growing up in Katwe, which is an area of Kampala or Kla (pronounced Kala) as the capital of Uganda is also known among locals.
Ethiopians and Eritreans only just began their new year yesterday, as I was told, and the Chinese only will on February 5.
What have you who already are in 2019 been writing onto the first pages of the book called 2019?
Hopefully, already some colourful, touching, and funny stories!
Laughter, hugs, walks in the woods, and in the fresh snow, watching Queen of Katwe, being curious about what 2019 brings, all sorts of feelings, and much more is written in mine. I was not only writing, though, but also reading.
That is Michelle Obama’s autobiography Becoming and oh dear, I virtually delved into it and can hardly put it away…. I love autobiographies of people who fascinate me anyway, so after finishing Branson‘s Loosingmyvirginity lately, this one came in very handy. Today I set a digital bookmark on page 367, shortly after Barack asked her to marry him 😍. Whoa! Luckily, I still have more than 600 pages to go including her time as the First Lady. I guess, this is called a book recommendation 🤪.
Are you reading it as well or is it on your booklist for 2019?
I would like to wish those of you who celebrate a very Merry Christmas. May it be full of love, peace, and laughter.
Spending some time on Lanzarote we attended a concert by Christmas Voices. We were not only pampered with Christmas carols, but also got to hear some stories. One stuck to my mind and even though it was written around hundred years ago, it has a great meaning still today. More so, I think, it is quite independent from any religion and much more resonates with a kind and mindful everyday attitude. The only thing that has luckily changed is the use of gender words. Please, think of everyone whenever you read men or man. Read more →
How do you feel about snow? Does it make you dance? Does it give you the joy you so often experienced as a child? Do songs like the one in the title of this post come to your mind and stick for the day? Or is it simply a nuisance to you?
Do you get any snow at all in your corner of the world?
White landscapes are magical and snow is a natural wonder for me. So today, I feel like sharing some winter photographs – which I have taken in the Swiss Alps – with you. It wonderfully coincides with the first snow of the season in the lowlands of Switzerland for we awake to a winter wonderland this morning. Unfortunately, it does not last long as temperatures have already risen above zero and streets and pathways have immediately been “cleaned” with snowploughs.
Most people here still hope for a white Christmas in the cities and lower regions, but it is rare these days. Mountain resorts, however, are lucky as snow has fallen in huge quantities lately. The following pictures give you a little idea what to expect when visiting the Swiss Alps in winter :0).
Many of you enjoy summer now, some of you experience warm temperatures and around twelve hours of daylight all year round, and a lot of us see the days rapidly getting shorter and the nights becoming longer at this time of the year.
That is why I thought to share a little collage of those long dark nights in December, which actually become quite sparkling and twinkling in our cities.