An eye on grapevines in February

A warm welcome to this new story!

Today I’d like to start a series that will accompany us on a monthly basis throughout the year. Are you in to to see your wine grow, develop and change over the seasons?

Isn’t it mind-boggling to watch nature awake after (the European) winter? To witness nature coming into the tender green of spring dotted with rose, red, yellow and white flowers, insects flapping over meadows, birds singing to their fullest?
In summer the light green is turning into a darker heavier one changing into a colourful blast in autumn before going to what looks like a deep sleep at the beginning of winter. Read more

Mummy mallard and her ducklings on an expedition

Once upon a time when Ladybird was on her way to work and just got off the train, she was stunned to see a mallard (Stockente in German) walking around on the other platform.

What the heck! She did not believe her eyes. What was the animal doing here in the middle of a very busy city quarter away from the lake and several meters below street level?

Ladybird stood still for a while watching the duck as people around her minded their own business. She soon realised that the duck was calling and immediately thought: “Oh my, this is mummy looking for her young ones. I’d better help her.” Read more

Welcome to Kla

Do you know that feeling of itchy feet?

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.

Have you been to Kampala? Read more

Flower Bouquet

The sun is shining, the sky is blue, the temperature freezing cold, though. Still the birds sing and the air smells a bit like spring.

While it may somewhat feel (if you ignore the icy mornings) and sound a little bit like spring, I reckon winter still has us in its grip. It is January after all.

Having said that, the title and the featured image of this story is flowery. What? In winter? Yes, you will see colours, flowers, and green landscape pictures today. For arid regions amazingly come into bloom whenever there is enough rain no matter what time of the year.

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A sea of trefoil in Yé, Lanzarote.

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G‘day 2019

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!

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Here is a little sunny smile for you from this cutie. Did you know that ladybugs are a sign of luck in many different cultures? 

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 Loosing my virginity 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?

 

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 🤩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: