Friday, July 30, 2010

The last days

I love bread with cucumber
The field next to my parents house favorite berry
In my grandmothers garden
My grandmothers garden
in the garden
Our dog
A cup of tea
A cup of tea
In my aunties garden
In my aunties garden
My sister turned 17 today

I am back at my parents place since a couple of days and it feels really special ...
a bit like I moved back as all my stuff is now here and packed into shelves, closets or brought up to the attic...but also very much like I do things and see people the last time for a long time...It can be a weird feeling being in a farewell mood for a few weeks, sad because of goodbye hugs and chats but also really exciting when I think about everything which is waiting..
I am so glad that I could spend time with the people I care about so much...
and also do things at home I quiet like to do....

#1 enjoyed the fresh taste of a bread with butter and cucumber
#2 The wheat field right next to my parents house
#3 our neighbour is selling all sorts of berries and I love their blueberries. One day I couldn't help myself and ate one pound of them and also one pound of raspberries..Oh Summer!
#4/5/6 In my grandmothers garden...which is full of memories
#7 Our dog who likes to relax on the bench
#8/9 Some great green tea and a chat on a Summer evening
#10/11 In my auntie's garden
#12 My sister turned 17 today. We baked cakes for an afternoon tea this morning. There were some raspberries and blueberries involved : )

.....Next time when you read from me I will be in Sydney...

Take care

// Maria

I can't ever come back, If I never go
I don't ever explain, if I never know
I won't ever take it, if I never give
and if I never live, if I never live, if I never live...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Goodbye Hamburg

last coffee...
the blueberry pastry ritual came to an end...
Last time at the farmers market
cherries from the farmers market
last view out into the garden

My last days in Hamburg went by so quickly...and it was great to spend some good quality time with people who became so close to me over the last years living there...I am so lucky that I met them and it was not easy to say good-bye...

A few images of some "lasts" during the last days there...

#1 A good last coffee break between the crazy packing
#2 I enjoyed my last blueberry Franzbrötchen for probably quiet a while
#3/4 went the last time to the farmers market and bought veggies for our last dinner...but had the first cherries
#5 took the last shade image in our kitchen
#6 had the last view out into the garden...

Right now I am sitting between all these piles of things thinking how I should manage to just bring 23kg with me...and also thinking about all the new things which will happen soon...
It is all really exciting...
but nevertheless,
Hamburg I will miss you! It's been wonderful.

Sunday, July 18, 2010


I had nine images on my polaroid left...the film was already exired which you could tell on the spots in the images...

When I was packing my cameras together yesterday I realised that I still had 9 images on my polaroid camera left. We thought it would be nice to take a few images in the street right in front of the which I walked along so often and in which I took several images during the time I was living here...
The film was expired and you can tell on the spots in the images but I thought it looks funny especially when you look at them all together in a row...I like how the spots somehow frame the image....

How are you today? Hope you are all enjoying your Sunday...


Friday, July 16, 2010


I got new glasses on Monday
I got new glasses on Monday.
After 3 years wearing the old ones every single day it is a bit weird to
see these new frames now sitting on my nose when I look into the mirror. I like them a lot though but I guess I need some time to get used to them...

Speaking of old and new things...It is my last week here in Hamburg and we are packing everything together right now. There are bags and boxes standing everywhere. It is a bit a weird feeling...I guess I am just not good with farewells..


I am going out to have a lovely dinner with dear friends tonight....

Hope you are all well..


Monday, July 12, 2010

A summer weekend

Oh it was a warm weekend here in Hamburg. It reached 35° but felt actually a lot hotter..
We were having friends over for a little birthday & farewell-party and just had a great summer night with good food, drinks, music and most of all lovely people. I realized this morning that I didn't took one picture of this night which is a shame...but than again it was just better to spend the time with our guests chatting and laughing...

Today we were cleaning and resting indoors as it was just too hot to do anything outdoors (I wonder how I should survive an Australian summer ; )
We made a really nice, fresh dinner which could be my favourite Summer dinner...

#1 A quick lunch on Saturday between preparing the party
#2 Sun on my feet
#3 Yellow birthday flowers of my friend and flatmate
#4 Resting
#5 I really like this plant and I think it flowers even look like a butterfly
#6/7 We got fresh squash and broad beans at the farmers market yesterday morning
#8 I love podding the beans.
#9 A squash, broad bean salad with rocket on a lemon dressing with mint
#10/11 we had them with potatoes from my parents place, such a fresh Summer dinner.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


the morning sun of a hot day
Café Johanna
We enjoy the days together, the sun, Summer, the last days in Hamburg...

#1 The morning sun in my room last Friday back home
#2 A dramatic sky on Tuesday....when we were on our way to...
#3/4/5 café Johanna to have a lovely breakfast....and to start the day...
#6 walked through the city and visited this great store
#7 biked to the great Wohlers Park to read there...
#8/9 park view
#10 I love this sun-shadow play on the ground of the park

Oh and we saw Broken Social Scene last night...they were so good....if you ever have the chance to see them live...
you should ; )

I am looking forward to eating the first blueberries soon : ) This is what I love about Summer...

Thursday, July 1, 2010

cakes and farewell

Farewell cake
Farewell cake

I had my last day at work yesterday and baked three cakes on Tuesday for my colleagues for a little farewell tea&coffee.
I actually could just take a picture of the strawberry cake as the mess in the kitchen was too big and my fingers full of dough and chocolate after getting the other two cakes ready. They were quiet good it was a lemon cake with caramelised walnuts and an extra chocolate cake with cherries.

It is weird to imagine that you just stop going to the place you went all the years..every morning, sitting there and spending more time with your colleagues than with your family and friends. I met really great people at this place and some of them even became friends...I will miss it, I really will..but I am so excited about everything which will start soon.

I will be in the air on my way Sydney in exactly one month....but before that I will pick up Will from the airport tomorrow and we will spend some time here in Hamburg and back home with family & friends, get everything ready for the move and look forward to our new life.