Thursday, December 26, 2013

2013



In the last few years (2010 & 2012) I was looking back to the months which have passed and went through posts and photos, which is one of my favourite things to do in the end of the year.  Again, I wanted to look back with a few lines to each month and take you on a little time journey with me. 

January
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We had a such a quiet and peaceful start into the new year earlier this year by going to the ocean for a swim and just be at home and read all day. I also made terrariums with friends (which photos later got published in the Weekender magazine), went and saw an amazing Anish Kapoor exhibition and went for a long weekend back to Tasmania. I love this little island and there is always so much to do. We went for lots of bush walks, icy cold swims and had the best cherries of our lives. 

February
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I meet Laura Jones through a mutual friend and felt very lucky to be invited to her beautiful studio in Alexandria on Sunday morning in February. I took a few photos just before her exhibition started a few weeks later and she was in the middle of getting everything ready. It was such a lovely afternoon, she was telling lots of stories over tea and some pieces of chocolate. I feel in love with her beautiful floral paintings and could have spend ours in her studio studying each of her artworks.  
Laura's studio visit post

March
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Melbourne is always such a great city to visit for a weekend. I booked a trip in March to see a friend and also had some time to stop by Elizabeth's (Primoeza) wonderful new home. She is such a beautiful person (in- and outside) and we had a lovely few hours drinking tea and just chatting along. It made me wish to live closer to Melbourne in order to being able to have such catch ups more often. Her new home/studio is so stunning and tastefully arranged. I was thinking about it a lot after I had left. She is such an inspiring person with a ton of great style. 

We also cooked lots of new dishes from new cookbooks in March. I love to try out new things and we discovered a few new favourites. 

Elizabeth's home post 

April
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In April we travelled to the US to spend some time in LA, San Francisco and drove between those two cities along the Big Sur and stopped here and there for a night, like in Ojai. In the last few months after our trip, my thoughts kept on going back to our time there and small moments from our trip popped up in my head and reminded me of what a great few weeks we had there and how much I enjoyed California. 
I would really like to go back as there is so much more to explore and a lot more to do and see. I would have never thought it, but I really fell in love with LA. This city is so diverse, there are so many amazing places, neighbourhoods, architecture, little shops, restaurants, things to do, like hiking in the city. We also had such great food, met wonderful people, saw great art, just drove around with the windows down ......and felt in a way that we would think back  and remember it being a great time.  

This is video from the song Balmorhea // Pyrakantha was shot in LA during twilight and it just stunning and reflects the vibe of the city I got there as well. I really want to go back!    

The Huntington Gardens in Pasadena was one of those magical places we discovered there. 

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In May we spend a weekend in the Blue Mountains with friends. We rented a little beautiful house, packed great food, board games and had a great time away from the city. We went for hikes (got lost once) and enjoyed the beautiful nature, which is only a 1,5h drive away from Sydney. 

June
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We had a lot of rain and work in June and spent most of our time at home, wrapped up in warm clothes, relaxing on the weekends and going out for Autumn walks to catch up with friends for quick coffees. 

July
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July on the other hand was golden and full of blue skies and sun. It was such a wonderful Winter this year and I enjoyed it so much to go for cool Winter walks, make fresh vegetable juices in the morning, eat lots of fresh food to keep healthy. The sun and light in Winter is really special in Sydney and on late afternoons I love to walk through our apartment to catch the shades here and there. 

August
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We went for more walks and explored new neighbourhoods in our city, always accompanied by a good coffee. I also celebrated being 3 years in Sydney   

September 
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September was such a great month as my sister came all the way from Germany to visit us. We went for our first swim in the season in our favourite rock pool at the beach, cooked so much good food with her, showed her all around the city, chatted and just had such a good time with her. I wish we would live closer to each other! 

October
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Well, and then there was New Zealand in October. I don't know why it has taken us so long to spend some time there as this place is so close to Australia. It is so beautiful that it's almost hard to describe in words. We went for lots of hikes and spent most of our day outside exploring, adoring the landscape, the colours of the scenery, breathed the fresh air - even though we only had 10 days we saw so much and could clear our minds very well.   

November 
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We went to Perth in November to spend some time with Will's family which was wonderful. November was one of these month which we just wanted to have over as soon as quickly. I guess not every month is great and leaves you back with the best memories. But those sometimes make you more wise, re-focused and prioritize on the important things in life. 

December
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In the beginning of December you notice the great vibe of Summer and how people are getting ready for their break. I love this feeling. It might be hard for a European to get into the Christmas spirit with 30C and warmer every day but I certainly can feel that this month is special. I started to go for swims before and after work again in my local pool 
Had lots and lots of catch ups with friends, prepared Christmas lunches and enjoyed the vegetables and fruits of the season. 
Mid month I slowly started packing my bag for our trip back home to Germany. I am so happy to be at home and seeing all my friends and family. I celebrated my 31st birthday on Sunday and felt the love of all my family and friends who came by (until the jetlag kicked in) to share stories, tea & christmas cookies with us. 

And what's next...I look forward to going to Munich for New Years eve and having a great night with dear friends over a cooked meal, after that we will spend time in Berlin in Hamburg before we fly back to Sydney mid January. 

I wanted to say thank you for coming by here, for leaving lovely and encouraging comments or for just stopping in to say hello....THANK YOU! 

To a wonderful 2014. May it be exciting and full of adventures but may there also be enough time to focus on the important things in life and to find enough rest & energy for yourself.

I look forward to the new year, take care!

Maria 

PS. If you haven't seen it yet, I created a little Schorlemaedchen Facebook page 

14 comments :

Ida/FarWestLogbook said...

What a lovely year you've had, Maria. Happy holidays and a happy new year!

mieke willems said...

so nice to see these again! i remember most of them! and i'm so glad you are still blogging as it seems to become less popular since instagram...
happy holidays maria!

querido diário said...

It was a good year Maria!

Lisa said...

Such a nice year you must’ve had.
I wish you a wonderful 2014!

Sarah Alexandra said...

Beautiful photos. Its good to reflect on the year. I always think a year goes by so fast but when you look back at all the experiences you had it make you think that there was a lot that happened and people just tend to forget.

Irene said...

Maria, ich hoffe, es geht 2014 so wundervoll weiter auf deinem Blog. Es ist immer schön, hier vorbeizuschauen. Liebe Grüße aus Wien!

Andrea said...

So schöne Bilder - magisch! Auf ein tolles Jahr 2014 - ich wünsche dir alles Liebe. Weiter so :)

Hello Sandwich said...

What a lovely round up of 2013, Miss.
Let's meet in 2014, please!
xoxo

Debie Grace said...

What a lovely year it has been for you! Happy New Year to you and your friends and family! :)

P R I M O E Z A said...

I always enjoy your yearly round ups :) Happy 31st and I hope you're having a wonderful time in Germany xx
ps. thank you for the lovely words, hope you're planning another visit to Melbourne soon.

Roshca said...

Love this post so much! OOO

Roshca said...

Love this post so much! OOO

Litet arkiv said...

happy 2014 to you! your 2013 looked so beautiful

La Nymphéa said...

toller Jahresrückblick. hoffe, du hattest eine schöne zeit in Deutschland :)