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Snapshot: New Kitty + New lens + Sunshine = Magic!

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Hi there. How has your week been?

I couldn’t let these pictures be saved to my hard drive without being shared. Aren’t they lush?

After my Canon DSLR decided to freeze up on me in New York, I finally collected it from the shop today, repaired and ready to go! Yay! I have been itching to try out the new lens I received for my Birthday last weekend. Isn’t it soft.

I’ve never had a macro lens before (55mm-250mm), so after adjusting to the feel and weight of my camera and having to move further back that I usually do, the smooth, soft click of the shutter felt like home in no time.

What better subject to shoot, than a brand new kitty cat? Our British Shorthair Minty was obligingly on hand, bathing herself in the afternoon sun. I laid on the floor a little further away than I normally would, zoomed in and enjoyed the show. The beautiful natural light streaming in the windows helped too. It’s so nice to have my camera back.

Have you ever had to live without your camera for a while? Tough isn’t it? Phones are just no substitutes.

There will be more New York Snapshots and Gus & Ollie updates shortly.

Have a lovely weekend,

jx

Handmade · Snapshot

Snapshot: Welcome Minty

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Something pretty special happened last weekend.

Last Sunday, just five days before my birthday, we adopted this beautiful little girl – who we like to call Minty.

Isn’t she lovely?

She is a pure bred Silver and Black Tabby British Shorthair kitten. She is 15.5 weeks old and has brought such fun and happiness into our home. She is such a pretty kitten, but it was her sweet nature and constant purring that won us over. We are so happy to have found her and I am afraid it means there might be a few kitten posts coming your way here or on Instagram. She’s just too photogenic 😉

British Shorthair cats have a tendency to love to be near you, but not on you. Next to you, but not on your lap. They’re very independent and don’t need to be in pairs for company. They are not particularly active cats, which makes them perfect for apartment living. They’re very happy to remain inside, lounging around in the sun or watching the rain out the window. These and many other factors make this beautiful kitty, the perfect fit for our lifestyle.

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Born into a family with cats, I have been a cat-person all my life. Lucy and Lucifer were the kittens my parents took in before they had children and who lived with us until they were 18 years old. They were the cats we dressed up in dolls clothes and push around the neighbourhood in our dolls pram. They were there for every birthday and Christmas morning until I was 10.

After their passing I remember our empty house and a feeling of loss. Like losing my best friends.

But after only a week, we found ourselves taking in 2 more stray kittens, dumped at the back of our house. A ginger & white female and an all ginger male. Chloe became mine and her brother Sebastian became my sister’s and we were ecstatic.

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My Chloe lived until she was 19, which meant she lived in every house and apartment I ever lived in, after I moved out of home. She was there when I did my grade 6 homework, right through to my University exams. She was who I came home to when I lived on my own. I was 29, when I finally believed it was time to let her go peacefully. It was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make, but I truly believe in my heart it was right for her.

Soon after I moved to Germany, to start a life with the love of mine.

Pretty much ever since then, I have dreamt about having another a cat, but knew the impracticalities involved. When we moved, we expected to be here two years, maybe three. We travelled regularly and spent long stints back home in the Summer, which meant having any pet would complicate things.

Not much has changed, except the fact we have now been here almost 8 years. Minty will no doubt change our lives in many ways – which I am prepared for. The difference is, we now have a support system around us, we know of a Kitty Hotel near by, I am confident enough in German to communicate with a vet and we live in a larger apartment than when we first moved here. Things will be more complicated now, but I don’t think it’s anything we can’t handle.

Welcome Minty ❤ – into our lives and our home. I think you fit in pretty well here already.

Thank you for letting me indulge in this life – event here. It means a great deal to me and I just couldn’t wait to share her with you.

jx

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Mini Breaks · Snapshot · Travel

Mini Break : Cricket on Helgoland

Bunte Kuh Collage, Helgoland, Hamburg, Germany, Heligoland Pilgrims, Cricket, Gus and OllieWithout wanting to sound complacent, when you live in Europe you get a little spoilt for choice, when thinking about a weekend away. Living up here in the north of Germany means London, Paris, Copenhagen, Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels, and Stockholm are little more than an hour away.

Extend that to 2.5 hours and we can be in Rome or Barcelona. In 4 hours? Athens, Lisbon or Istanbul. In 8 hours? New York or Dubai. Yes- it’s a travellers paradise deciding where to go next. Travelling to any of these places needn’t cost much either, if you’re on a budget – which sometimes makes the choice even harder.

But, after you live here for a while, you sometimes forget what’s right under your nose.

The gems in the country we live now – Germany.

And the island of Helgoland is one of them.  Continue reading “Mini Break : Cricket on Helgoland”

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Snapshot : Strawberry Season

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Hi there Friends 🙂

I am a little late with this post – but as you can see the wait is over! The strawberry huts are now open! Hoorah! They’ve been open a couple weeks already, which means our fridge and bellies have been overflowing with berry goodness.

Firstly – how cute are these huts! I love how they have little sliding and opening doors and windows, converting the shell into a functioning stall. A strawberry transformer if you will. Reminds me of something I would have played with as a child in the 80’s – perhaps from Strawberry Shortcake? Remember her?

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This delightful lady is serving in the hut closest to my place. Strawberries are sold by weight – mostly in 500g or 1kg tubs. When you stand there, smelling these deliciously homegrown berries – it’s hard not to buy them all. She puts them on the scales, make sure the weight is over the desired request – then adds a few more! So you’re always given more than you pay for.

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New to me this year, is a loyalty card – where you receive a sticker for every purchase – no matter which hut you purchase from (they are all over the city). Once you’ve accumulated 10 stickers – more free strawberries or berry products! Yay!

They also have homemade strawberry jam & raspberry jam. The bottles you can see are homemade strawberry sauce – which would be added to desserts or perhaps ice cream here. But where I come from, pretty sure it would be used for strawberry milkshakes 🙂 Mmmmmmm.

After a little googling, I’m actually not convinced these huts are Germany wide. Maybe someone out there knows their origin – but they seem to be predominantly a Hamburg thing. Just another reason we love Hamburg!

I wish I could send you all some of these berries – or at least bottle their perfume. One can smell them before you even see the hut – so you only have to follow your nose!

Enjoy your weekend – you can think of us eating berries, in this gorgeous weather!

jx

 

 

 

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Snapshot : A Bath of Flowers

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Bath of Flowers by Gus and OllieIsn’t this lovely? I have been meaning to upload photos of this for a while and share it with you – so here you are!

I think it’s pretty cool to walk home and know that I have neighbours out there that consider planting this old tub with flowers a priority. Every Spring, for as long as I have lived in the area – this old bath brims with colourful blooms. You never know exactly what they’ll plant – as each year has been different, but every time it’s a stunning collection of colour. 
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Instagram : May Round Up

gus and ollie, handmade in hamburg, Germany, baby, instagram, sock monkey, taking stockHello Friends 🙂

How are you? How has your week been? I thought I would post a small little round up of some of my latest posts to Instagram, just in case you missed them. The month of May seems to have been such a colourful one – which is just the way I like it. Continue reading “Instagram : May Round Up”