Consciously creating a beautiful life.

Wednesday 6 January 2016

Tales of snow!

This morning at 5.30 I went out of the house, with my parka over my pajamas, to let Lucy do her thing. Quite a difference to having dogs in Namibia, all I did there was open the front door and they all walked themselves.

Btw, it was 5.30 because it's only the 6th day of the new year, so my resolutions are still going strong. After the walk I did yoga and then made a (greenish) smoothie before waking Eva. :-)

But anyway, back to stepping outside. Yesterday the sidewalk was full of the residue of New Year's fireworks, empty champagne bottles and discarded Christmas trees.

This morning it was a winter wonderland! All the mess covered in beautiful white snow, with big flakes silently coming down. It took Lucy ages to pee, cause every time she put her bum down, it sank into the snow :-).

After Eva left for school I made a (quick) attempt at working, and then Lucy and I were off to find some snowy nature.

What a beautiful blessing!

Here are some pics from our walk:

She must have eaten her weight in snow today :-)

The white area on the right is the Berlin - Spandau shipping channel. Not much shipping
going on today...

She was determined that we are taking this stick home. I managed to drop it undetected
aftercarrying it around for some time. She clearly is Eva's dog, who also always expects
me to carryher stuff. And I'm clearly the same sucker :-)

Mirrors among the trees

The garden colony at the edge of the forest, all deserted now

Water and ice

Having fun :-)

Winter beauty


And another close-up. No idea why she stuck her foot in front of the camera :-)

A chair (Forest nymphs? Santa Claus? Dog walkers respite?)

Making a new friend (who is much better equipped for this weather)

Time to go home before her stomach turns into an ice clump from all the snow she eats

Wishing you the most wonderful day!

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Tuesday 5 January 2016

Greetings from a different world

It was a long time ago that I last visited this place.

Coming back here feels like meeting somebody you haven't seen in ages. They look kind of familiar, but you first have to get warm again with each other (and with the technical bits of publishing on this platform...).

So much has happened since my last post.

Eva and I left Namibia in June 2014, and are now living in Berlin. 
The house and the animals are still under the care of Eva's dad, apart from the chickens, who now live on a farm. 

I have turned my healing and coaching business into an online venture, which is great fun as long as the technology works :-).

Eva is a real teenager (and taller than me, scary that!). After a tough couple of months she now has lots of friends in the International School she goes to, and is taking constant advantage of living in a world city. 

Translated that means that I hardly ever see her. But she is happy and good at school and hasn't dabbled much in the things parents of teenagers worry about (I think, I hope, no, of course she hasn't!).

We live in an apartment in a seedy part of town (game saloons, Turkish fast food and, strangely enough, tanning studios). It is old and has high ceilings and a balcony and really dirty wooden floors I was supposed to sand down on moving in but didn't. 

And we have another dog. Eva and I lasted 6 months without any animals. We didn't want to bring the Namibian ones here, they are all free-ranging and big cities are probably not their thing.

So enter Lucy, who is hardly ever called that. Instead she listens (or not) to Flederchen (my mum's name for her, referring to the German word for a bat, cause she has slightly larger than normal ears), Mausi (Eva's contribution) and Bobbakins (that's what I call her. No idea why. No idea what it means either.

Anyway, she is very sweet and very loving and always hungry, and gets me to go outside even if it's minus 12 degrees, like today.

Funny how we moved from close to the South Pole to what feels like the far North.

Here are some pics from our new world:

 My favorite Berlin tower, seen through the lid of a trash can

The day Lucy joined us. She looked like a cross between a rat and a Chihuahua, and I wasn't
that excited about her. But seeing that she was Eva's birthday present (and subsequently her
choice) I didn't say anything. And bybnow she has really grown on me.

In the new apartment, still with hardly any furniture (see my fabulous cardboard cupboard!).
We left most of our stuff in Namibia and only took some suitcases with clothes. 

Her favorite summer spot, the balcony table. As we are on the second floor I fnd that rather
nerve racking...

At a lake near Berlin (this was of course last summer, by now the lake is probably frozen solid)

Eva's room, after some foraging in the neighborhood second hand stores

Taking a bath used to be so relaxing. Now I have little missy here getting really worry that I
drown. Or maybe she just doesn't like me out of cuddling range. In any case, the moment I
get into the tub, she whines...

Trying to stare Eva awake

Nap time

Cool kids 

Living room, with a couch and a cup of tea. Some things don't change even if you change

Summer fun!

Lovely tree in the neighboring park

Eva in the subway

Berlin impression

Can we pleeeeeease go for a walk now?

Potsdamer Platz with some Christmas lights

Mum and daughter, on a looooong train ride to visit my parents

Eva in our favorite coffee shop

Couch potatoe

Lots of love to you!


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Sunday 25 August 2013

Another website re-vamp

Hello dear, neglected friends

We are having a long weekend here in Namibia, and Eva is playing with a friend, which gave me time to re-vamp the new website:

What do you think?

I do like it but it doesn't feel quite like home yet :-).

Anyway, have a wonderful Sunday!

Lots of love,


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Saturday 1 June 2013

Make-over birthday party

This place feels pretty cobwebby and neglected. Nothing like a party to get it going again!

Yesterday was Evas birthday. She wanted a make-over party with a hairdresser, dressing up, and a visit to
the Skybar at the local Hilton hotel. She also wanted a limousine to take her there. At this, I drew the line :-).

But we had Margit cutting hair, and then I squeezed 7 girls into my small car and we went to the Hilton. They
have a glass elevator there. After riding up and down in it for six times the thing got stuck somewhere in the
middle. And then the lights went out. We sat there for about five minutes, frantically hitting the emergency bell.
Then the lights went on again and down we went.

Nothing like a good scare to make you feel alive! We danced down the street singing, and had a lot of fun.
Girls this age are just wonderful to be with!

Here some pics from yesterday (the party is still going on, at the moment everybody is outside playing ball
in pajamas and screaming loudly...):


Waiting in line:

This  much shorter:


Looking good:


Birthday cake and sparkly candles:


Breakfast in bed:

Have a beautiful weekend!

Lots of love,


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