Monthly Archives: April 2009

on the way

we are on our way to our next home. mentally. i don’t know yet where it will be.

on our last trip to england i learned some things for our further plans. … before, i was thinking about being on the road for a while. travelling, through south europe e.g., before settling somewhere else. now this does not seem to be such a good idea to me … it is about the difference between being on the way and arriving somewhere. of course we don’t need to go somewhere with the intention to stay there for the rest of our lives. but i guess we should have the chance to arrive. to go down. to come home. good luck … the children do not seem to need too much to accept a new place as a new home. most important is that we are together!

sunny sunday

a sunny afternoon in our garden, with dear friends & some tasty raw treats.

i forgot to take pictures from the whole buffet, but here is a photo of the cake i prepared:

yellow blossoms cake

a heart-cake, decorated with wonderful dandelion blossoms

moreover, we had green burgers, sushi, hummus, tomato sauce, japanese radish salad, two more cakes & wild greens in abundance!

i really enjoyed the time, the company, life! what a wonderful world!

fairy bag

today’s breakfast for my little one … inspired by a receipt in one of her favorite magazines (prinzessin lillifee). they called it “feensäckchen” and of course it was a cooked dish … ours’ was raw & vegan.

actually the bag was tied up, but i was not fast enough ...

actually the bag was tied up, but i was not fast enough ...


look what's inside ...

look what's inside ...

raw pancake (banana and ground almonds), filled with strawberries. the pink dip consists of banana and strawberry, the chocolate dip is made of banana, carob and coconut oil. she loved it!

the only thing missing is the colourful m&m’s they used in the original receipt. i have not found a way to create a raw replacement for them. so if you have any ideas please let me know!

spring in hamburg

coming back to hamburg the city is greeting us with wonderful weather. springlike temperature, sunny & warm. i found stinging nettles, dandelion, goutweed and leafs of the lime tree in our and our neighbours’ garden & next to our house! & what a beautiful sight out of our kitchen window: the cherry tree is blowing 🙂

blossoms1
blossoms2

life without internet

i don’t know how i should live without internet. not only that most of my work is based upon it. i also handle almost everything via web or email. organizing, research, getting information, networking. and because my friends are too far away to see them as often as i’d like to i use emails and the web to stay in contact & to share in our lifes one another.

so what was really hard during our last visit to england: we did not have internet access. i have a surfstick to connect to the net via mobile telephone system but the radio signal in our house was too low.

good luck we found a cafe/gallery in newport, the quay arts centre, with a free wi-fi hotspot. even better, they also have an old imac where my little one could play while i was answering my emails and so on. we went there every other day 🙂

coast

i like the landscape in south england – the hilly landscape right besides the coast & the sea!
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does anybody know this? smells marvelous!

does anybody know this? smells marvelous!


sheep
view to the mainland (portsmouth)

view to the mainland (portsmouth)


the beach beneath the coast path. sandown.

the beach beneath the coast path. sandown.

isle of wight

our really(!) small house near sandown:

the blue one at the end of the road ...

the blue one at the end of the road ...

behind the house there is an idle peace of land – we called it our “nettle paradise”. stinging nettles in abundance, and also a bit of chickweed. it is only a few metres to the coast path, a few minutes to walk to the beach. every day we made a walk along the coast path, most days ending at the beach, enjoying the sun, playing with sand, water, stones, eating fresh algae … fucus

on the afternoons, we made excursions … played miniature golf, visited “horse country” in binstead: stables, ponies to ride, piglets & donkeys & a small museum.

besides the blacksmith' workshop ... lots of luck!

besides the blacksmith' workshop ... lots of luck!


a military history museum in cowes with old cars & tanks. shopping at tesco’s – a big supermarket, also offering a fairly wide range of organic fruit and vegetables. the quay arts cafe in newport where we found a free wi-fi hot spot …

the isle of wight is small, only 27 miles maximum width. it is hilly & the streets are narrow & winding so one better does not drive too fast. this was my first time driving on the left … required a bit more concentration the first two days but then it was really easy-peasy. thanks to lisa (my navigation system) … she was a great relief! & i love the roundabouts they have there … many! always offering the chance to turn around 🙂

on the road

we are back in hamburg for some days now … actually i intended to blog our journey while we were on the way but unfortunately we did not have internet connection most of the time. so here are some impressions of our journey for you:

we started on thursday, 2nd april, with our borrowed vw-bus.

we started on thursday, 2nd april, with our borrowed vw-bus.

our baggage

our baggage


as usual we took lots of food with us: 10kg oranges, 5kg avocados, papayas, bananas, apples, sunflower-seeds, dates …. and one bag of clothes 🙂 we had to put our sleeping bags etc between the seats

first night, in margarete's house in appelhülsen

first night, in margarete's house in appelhülsen


empty & no heating - it was quite cold the two days we stayed there. but with a garden full of yummy greens.

empty & no heating - it was quite cold the two days we stayed there. but with a garden full of yummy greens.

on saturday we continued our trip – started at 7am, to oostend (belgium), the ferry to ramsgate, went on to portsmouth, another ferry brought us to fishbourne on the isle of wight where we arrived at about 11pm.

to be continued …