2019 – Make a splash!

On this final day of 2018 I would like to sincerely thank you for being here, for following my stories and my photographs, for dropping by from time to time, and for liking and so kindly commenting my blogposts. 2018 marks the start of my journey on this site and I am grateful for everyone of you. You are a precious gift to me.

I look very much forward to more adventures and memorable encounters I gladly share with you next year. For now, I leave you with some splish, splash, splosh impressions ūü§©of a spring tide at its peak.

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Dear readers and visitors, I wish you a very happy, healthy, powerful, splendid, and splashy 2019! Take good care of yourself and keep in touch.

With gratitude,

Daniela

 

P.S.: As you know, the sea means a LOT to me. So now, as if needed ;-), I found evidence why the ocean is that essential:

A little greeting from my neighbourhood

Hello my friends

How are you at the beginning of this new month? Can you believe it is already November? Where did that year go?

Today, I simply like to share some impressions of my neighbourhood while I am recovering from surgery (phew, so happy all went well and it now lies behind me!).

I visit this place regularly and love to go there with my bike, for a stroll on my own, with my beloved hubby, and with friends. Almost every time I am here – including today’s story -, something special happens. Once when I was sitting by the little stream, for example, a dragonfly would come and sit on my bare foot to enjoy the last sunrays of the day, fly off from time to time and come back again. Mostly, she sat on my foot when she could have chosen to sit anywhere. I do have pictures of the encounter but thought you may not be that interested in seeing my foot ūüėú.

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The flight of starlings

Do you look up in the sky from time to time? If so, what do you tend to see?

I do it several times a day and I observe birds, weather patterns, the blue sky, rain drops, lightning, insects, sometimes a plastic bag :-(, clouds, fog, sun rays, sunset colours, airplanes, the moon, Mars, Venus, stars. It is so fascinating to see what’s going on above my head, and I love that wide and open space. Read more

On the fly like a hummingbird

You surely know the amazing flight of hummingbirds, don‚Äėt you? Some of you maybe even from the wild, many most probably from documentaries. They only live in the Americas.

As nature has it, however, there are birds elsewhere in the world that specialise in feeding on nectar. They are just not called hummingbirds. Sunbirds and honeyeaters is their name in places like Africa, Asia, and Australia.

So what about Europe? Read more

Greetings from Klöntalersee

Ahhhh, surrounded by green and blue.

My soul and body need both on a very regular basis. I actually crave for it everyday and that is why we are planning on having it whenever. Green forests, blue water. I do love deserts, too, though. It is nature with her sounds, her rhythm, her calmness, her seasons, her learnings, her beauty, her colours, and her rawness, that sparks my fire within.

What makes your heart jump? Read more

Lush, lusher, the lushest

What a privilege these days thanks to modern technologies to be able to write this new story while sitting at the edge of a river breathing in air filled with summery warmth and being refreshed after a bath in it. I am out of reception, though. Yes, thankfully, this still exists!

Grey heron, different species of butterflies, dragonflies, and even a European kingfisher hang out here with us. Just a mere 20 minutes bicycle ride from home in the city.

While the river is flanked by forest and as such the scenery comes in varied green tones as well, I actually wanted to finally take you to the Canton of Jura. Remember the postcard I sent you?

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Cows with a view

Thus my title. I think I have never seen something as lush and freshly green as this area in late spring, even though I hiked in rainforests on different continents, did my Master thesis in the biggest coherent pine forests of the Alps, drove hundred of kilometres through spruce forest in Sweden, walked trough the Valley of the Giants in Western Australia and the Giants forest in California. Never before did I feel like bathing in the lushest and most freshest #fiftyshadesofgreen. Maybe I just also was really in the mood for that green colour. Such a stupendous experience and a miraculous balsam for the soul.

What is your favourite colour right now? Read more

Sandy Feet

Talking of my feet being happiest when walking in sand along the beach in the About section, I would like to share a story about a place I am lucky to have often been to in the last couple of years, since my father-in-law and his wife emigrated to the small island of Lanzarote/Spain. We happened to visit them every year since their moving to the island.

Not a destination I would have chosen otherwise I fell in love with many of its aspects. The friendly people, the Spanish language, the barren volcanic landscape, the colours and flowers after rain, the plants that find just enough soil material and water to grow, the north of the island, the organic Aloe Vera products of Lanzaloe, and Playa de Famara.

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Just watching the waves coming and going. I can do this for hours on end. Easily!

It is the latter I wanna take you to today. But you can rest assured that I will write more about my explorations on this island in other posts. Playa de Famara is on the north shore of the island. Yet what is north, east, south, west, and in between on an island that lies somewhat from northeast to southwest in the Atlantic ocean, I find difficult to indicate. At least I never understand it the same way as my husband and my father-in-law do when we talk directions. For me, north means everything on the upper coast of the island and south therefore refers to the lower side. And yes there is a north tip and a south tip. No northwest and no northeast for me, basically. It means we need clearer explanations or a map whenever we want to be sure everyone understands where to go :0). Read more