flowers, landscape, nature, photography

WPC: seasons

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This week’s topic for the weekly photo challenge by “The Daily Post” is “seasons”

Although, this image is nearly one year old, but the weather conditions are nearly the same. It’s taken right in front of our kitchen window.

After a quite warm (around 7-10°C) and snow-less winter, we now have temperatures below 0°C and a little bit of snow every other day.

Snowdrops and crocuses are already blooming, and even many daffodils are out.

Take care have a great weekend!

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culture, history, landscape, nature, people, photography, travel, world


610_7351-e_wToday, I take you on a trip to the north-western coast for visiting an old castle built by the Venetian Republic many centuries ago when Corfu was part of their state.

It way uphill ist very steep, but well paved. At the foothill you can find a tiny parking lot and a restaurant. I wasn’t in the restaurant, because we have had another plan for that day.

Just in case, you plan to climb up to the castle, I’d recommend taking enough water with you. There is no option to get some (expect in the restaurant). But, it’s really worth climbing up to the castle, you have a wonderful sight over the cliffs and the sea. The air smells like a fresh pizza from all the wild herbs.

Stay tuned!

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Happy Valentines Day

610_2437_wI found this in Lisbon last year. Many people set up a small metal heart and hung it on the grids. It’s a variant of the love-locks mounted on so many bridges. On every trip I do, I find places with these locks labeled with names and dates. I’s always interesting to see how old some locks are or what kind of lock the couple has chosen to symbolize their (hopefully eternal) love. For those of you, not familiar with the idea of love-locks, jump to this post on Pont de l’Archevêché in Paris, where I explained the idea.

I already posted many of these love-locks. Unfortunately I forgot to label them all correctly or included the images in regular posts. But you can find many of them by following the tag lovelock.

Take care!

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How about Kumquat?

610_7967_wDid you ever heart this name? It’s a small fruit from the citrus family. I have to admit, I’ve never heart  of them before. The fruits look similar to very tiny oranges in color and structure, but the shape is a little bit like a long drawn-out egg or an olive. Their size is similar to a large olive or a date (fruit of the date palm)

You can’t eat them. They are very hard. But, the people got the idea to cook them very long. After about 2 days of cooking the fruits are edible and taste quite good. Now, they are sweet. You can get them candied or pickled in kumquat sirup. We tasted both variants. The candied variant was way too sweet in our opinion, but the pickled ones were good. We bought a 500 ml glass to take them home. The dealer (and producer) told us, even the open glass is good for another year. Thus, you don’t have to eat them all at ones. That’s good. In my opinion, you can’t eat more than two or three of them.

Other usages for the kumquats are making marmalade, syrup or liquor.

Stay tuned!

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Monochrome Madness 2-44


Today I have a beach finding for you, taken during my last trip to Helgoland. I guess, the owner of this snail house got a victim of a predator and the ocean waves rounded the edges. Now, it’s laying on the beach. Unused and useless.

It’s my submission to Monochrome Madness Competition organized by the Australian photographer Leanne Cole. Each week you can find many other fantastic monochrome images.

Take care!

landscape, nature, photography

WPC: time

610_5650-sc_wThis week’s topic for the weekly photo challenge by “The Daily Post” is “time”

Albert Einstein once said, time is relative. And it depends on the situation, you’re in. When kissing a nice girl for five minutes feels like lasting only a second, but sitting a second on a hot fire feels like being for hours in that place.

Take care have a great weekend!

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Visiting an olive soap manufature

610_7743_wToday, I have another craftsman for you: a soap maker. He produces soap from olive oil following a traditional receipt. As he told us, ones there were many of them on Corfu and everywhere in Greece. He told us, he is the last one on Corfu and there were only 5 more in Greece. What a pity.

He explained the whole process of making the green olive soap for the body, the more sensitive soap for the face and the (white) curt soap for washing the clothes.

The small soap tower in front of him are soap bars from different age. The lowest one is a fresh bar and every next level above is an additional month older compared to the level below. Do you see, how the structure and the color changes? In the gallery blow, there is an image of the whole tower, where you can see it much better. The bar on top of the tower is a cut-through-bar, so that you can see the inner parts. You can see, in the middle the bar is still green and not ripe to be used. A fresh bar of olive oil soap can’t be used. It has to ripe for at least half a year.

In the image above, you can also see two of his tools: the hammer to stamp his seal in each bar in the right and in the left a tool to cut the whole soap plate in smaller pieces. Both of them are also in the gallery below in detail. The cooked hot soap is poured in the rectangular flat mould. After cooling down for some time, the hammer prints the seal in each future bar and then is is cut in pieces. He has to wait for the right moment. If he waits too long, the soap is too brittle and might break. Behind him to the right you can see one storage shelf for the rising process. These shelves are also in the gallery a little bigger.

In the gallery you can also find images of his shop and how the soap is sold.

Stay tuned!

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