Saturday, 12 September 2015

How I Spent My Holidays

My father has a small wood atelier where he makes guitars, and wooden toys for his grandchildren, with my brother. I like this small creative space. Actually, this is where I have spent my two week vacation this summer. Last year I showed you my modest start as a wood carver. This year I just couldn’t get away from carving. At first, I just wanted to make two baby spoons for my twin nieces who just started to eat solid food. I thought I would need at least two weeks for this project. Well, I did them in one night. Then I decided to do another spoon for my son, then a butter knife and a spoon for my niece, some scoops for me, a few more spoons… In the end, I had to use all the wood leftovers for some tiny salt spoons.

I think this is a beginning of a new addiction. Luckily I don’t have any carving tools at home - otherwise I would have to close my ceramic studio.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015


I just came back from our trip to Croatia. Croatian coast can be quite chaotic during the summer so I really admire the tranquillity of the moments my brother took on the Island of Krk. 

 Here and here are some impressions from the previous years.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Wanderlust #2

I have lived in several countries and cities by now and I have moved a lot. I learned soon that in order to feel welcome in a new country, you have to learn the language of the country you want to become your new home. Another way to get to know your new homeland is to be open to the new food and new cooking methods. Well, you have to be open.

When we moved to the Swiss mountains some five years ago, I encountered a whole new way of living. I was surrounded by forests, lakes, wild streams, hills, mountains and juicy meadows. I was hiking before, but it was never something I would do more than twice a year. Suddenly, going high to the mountain tops was becoming a necessity. I would wake up early, hike all day and be at home in the evening. Well, soon I noticed that the most beautiful moments in the mountains are late afternoons and evenings. The time when the hikers are gone and the animals come out of their hide-out. There is a different kind of silence up there. 

When my dear friend from Berne came to visit I was so thrilled that she agreed for a small adventure. We decided to spend the night 2300 m high under the open sky in a sleeping bag. It was magic. Apart from eagles and steenboks we had the mountains all for ourselves. We had a cheese fondue by the lake for the dinner – the best one of my whole life. I woke up in the middle of the night to see the most beautiful sky full of stars. 

We have only spent one night outdoor, but it felt as if we were on a holiday for a week. Here are a few impressions if you’d like to see. Also, here you can check the same day tour a year ago.

Can you see a face in the middle of the lake?

Friday, 10 July 2015