On top

On top
.. finding peace and tranquility on an afternoon walk.


A day at the Park


Well camouflaged


outspoken in brilliance















Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

Khalil Gibran – Lebanese artist, poet, and writer – 1883-1931.

Sun’s Disk Setting


: shaped like a circle or ball

: shaped like a cylinder

: having curves rather than angles

Sunset is distinct from dusk, which is the time at which the sky becomes completely dark.It occurs when the Sun is approximately eighteen degrees below the horizon. The period between sunset and dusk is called twilight.

A few lines


Life is like
a fine line:
Along the line
down the line
-fall in line
-are in line
-line up
-line up against
-line up alongside
-line up behind
-line up for
-line up in
-line up on
-line up with

Careful not to:

be out of line
cross the line
get lines crossed
step out of line
take a hard line
spin a line
fall for hook, line and sinker!

Don’t –
line pockets or
put life/neck or butt on the line.

The right lines:

-run down some lines
-lay it on the line
-line with
-fluff lines
-party line
-feed a line
-give a line
-get a line on
-lay some sweet lines on.

Hard lines

dead cat on the line
be in the front line
draw battle lines
in the line of duty
in the line of fire

Somewhere along the line,
they will make you

-toe the line
-bring you in line
-sign on the dotted line!

One has to draw the line somewhere
so –
drop a line or
hold the line.

At times –
take the line of least resistance!

Always –
read between the lines!

There is a fine line between
top of the line
the end of the line.

Bottom line?
I’m walking a thin line
now out of lines
going off line!

Picture Perfect Day


The day wore Greek colors yesterday….


Clear blue skies shone a flattering light on the lake


The bird sanctuary was a surprise


Herons nesting and my good camera was out of batteries, what a shame…


I told the silly goose not to pinch me…


Swimming coincidentally is only allowed for animals. 

To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure*** is the most perfect refreshment.

Jane Austen -English novelist, 1775-1817

***lush green vegetation.

Clean sensations

Clean sensations

I have already posted my recipe for quick and sensational cupcakes for any occasion.
For days those raspberries in season have been speaking to me…I am also sick of the prefab jams, so I decided to make some jam.

Quick no fail raspberry/kiwi jam:

500 grams of fresh or frozen Raspberries
500 grams of Kiwi
500 grams of canning/preserving sugar
juice of one lemon
(some empty jam jars)

Peel the kiwi and chop into chunks, wash or defrost raspberries and place the fruits in a large pot. Mash the fruits with an immersion blender or pop into a blender first. Add the juice of one lemon and all of the canning sugar. Mix well! Put on maximum heat and keep stirring.
(As soon as the fruit mixture begins to heat….watch out – you are in for an olfactory overload!!! Your whole house will smell like heavenly raspberries!!!)
The fruit mixture has to bubble, then let it boil(still on maximum heat and stirring constantly) for 3 minutes. Cut off the heat, and remove from stove.
Fill the mixture into the prepared jars at once***, screw on the lids and put them upside down for 5 minutes.
This recipe can be used for almost all fruits and the combinations are endless. Just remember that the ratio has to be 2:1 ( 1000 grams of fruits to 500 grams of canning sugar!)

***Here is a little tip from Jamie Oliver about sterilizing jars.
Wash jars and lids, leave them to dry upside down on a clean tea towel. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Place jars right side up on an oven tray,(not touching) and put them in the oven for 10 minutes. Place the lids into a pan with boiling water for 10 minutes.


A few weeks ago I accompanied a friend to pick up her puppy from the breeder. An early morning drive to the suburbs of Kevelaer, 70 km North-West of Essen. It was a lovely drive on an empty Autobahn and then through the country side.
Who knew, that there are still wind mills around? I mean, everything is being replaced and outsourced…the mill appeared suddenly, dark and gloomy in a way, with those clouds rolling in the sky.
For a moment, I had don quixotic thoughts. Endlessly charging at the boundaries and challenges. Tackling one and another one appears.
Melodrama is not my thing, so I focussed instead on the freedom presented to me on this fine day. Free: from the tedious long hours of the work and the endless to do lists in my head.
Listening to some opera on the radio, the world was wonderful, the world speeding towards and away from us.
That is life, misty images appearing – coming closer – then suddenly clear, become memories.
The thing is, to always be able to use it to rise above it all!

Under spring’s flowery spell

Under spring's flowery spell

Threshold: A point of entry or beginning

It seems that winter is finally behind us and nature is stretching it’s limbs everywhere.
What a joy to observe the flowering and leafing of trees, birds chirping and people all around awakening from their winter lethargy.
Life at once becomes pleasant, filled with colors, smells and sounds. Sunshine and blue skies propelling you into action. The sudden urge to leave the “lair” and spend time outdoors.
Spring the messenger of summer.