Friday, 24 March 2017

Let There Be Light

One of the things I enjoy most about this time of year and the low hanging sun is that on good days rays of sun manage to reach all the way through the pantry window and into our bathroom.

Soon we will be enjoying the sun outside instead, but in the winter/springtime it is nice to cherish little things like this.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Spring Feelings

Last Saturday, we had some beautiful weather here in Berlin. And for the first time this year, there was the Dicke Linda weekend market around the corner from us - something I have been missing throughout the winter as the place to get regional fruit and veggies on the weekend.

After a visit to the market, we took a stroll with Fleur in the pram while we enjoyed the almost 15 degrees outside. Getting out of the house is something that I have started to appreciate more and more during the last month, as it is no longer myself who makes that choice at the moment, so whenever it does happen I enjoy it to the full.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Birthday Visit

It has become a bit of a tradition that my dad would come visit us for his birthday, and this year was no different. He came to celebrate with us and to meet Fleur for the first time.

His birthday was mostly celebrated inside with some good food as the weather wasn't too good. We managed to sneak out for a walk in the morning while it was still a bit sunny, but before we made it back home the rain had already started. However, the walk gave us some appetite for lunch and the amazing birthday cake I had managed to make - with a bit of preparation (I wanted to try out a crepe cake for a while and this Martha Steward recipe immediately spoke to me). As always with my father, there was a lot of craft beer tasting over the course of the day and in the evening we finished the culinary fest with a round of sushi.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Baby Blanket

The past several months, in my quest to find nice ideas on baby knitting and crochet I have become a bit of a Pinterest addict. I stumbled upon this blanket, which inspired me to do something similar. I found it impossible to find a nice premade baby wool blanket, so I am happy that I could just knit one myself. This one in gather stitch is definitely not difficult to make. Anyone who knows basic knitting can do it.

In January, I bought this amazing wool from La La Berlin in collaboration with Lana Grossa. I really like the color mix, so when I saw it in the store amongst the many other bowls of yarn it was the obvious choice. Since I used big knitting needles, the blanket didn't require a lot of time. Anyway, I had lots of time to kill while in the hospital.

It sure is nice and comfy for Fleur to rest in.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Ups...

Right now we have beautiful sunny weather in Berlin and on top, it is pretty warm and almost feels like spring.

A little mishap happened while it was still freezing outside. The fig plant that I bought 2 years ago on our holiday to Bornholm needed to be taken inside to be protected during the frosty nights. But as we don't have anywhere really cool inside to place it - the coolest place being the pantry, which is still at least 18 degrees - the fig plant thought spring had come early and started to sprout. Now it even produced its first fig, The plan was to put it back outside as soon as it got warmer, but now I think we need to keep it inside until summer arrives in Berlin.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Sunny Schöneberg

Some weeks back, before Fleur arrived, Vincent and I went to Schöneberg to do some baby shopping. There is a cluster of different stores over there, so we thought it would make it a bit easier instead of running to places all over town.

I think I mentioned this before, but I always enjoy going to new places in Berlin with a specific purpose. It makes you take new streets and discover new sides of the city, that you otherwise wouldn't have found. This day we found this nice little French bakery with some really delicious pastry and bread.

It was a sunny and cold day, and Schöneberg - though bare and winterlike - presented itself at its best. After wandering for several hours we had lunch at Route 66 - a very American diner around Pariser Strasse.

In the end, we were exhausted. Who knew baby shopping would be so demanding? It makes me grateful that most things can be ordered online and shipped directly to your doorstep.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

An End to Life as We Knew It

My life is overflowing with beautiful flowers right now...

Last Sunday, on the 29th of January, our little girl saw the light of day. She was three weeks to early, but could not wait any longer.

I was happy to get it over with. In the end, I spend a week in the hospital before she came - as they discovered I suffered from per-eclampsia - which was an outlandish experience all together.

It was strange to go there and know that I probably would not be going back home before I had given birth. Our home all of a sudden became this foreign place, because I knew it would be completely different once I stepped in there with a newborn.

The hospital is such a weird place to be cooked up in. It feels like time stands completely still and it just becomes this vacuum. Days melt into each other between all the routines that needs to be done every day at certain times.

However, leaving the hospital was also with mixed feelings. It is a safe place in many ways, and it felt a bit scary to jump out and having to take care of everything on our own. Now that we are all home it is of cause super nice, and we are exited for how things will evolve with a new little person in the house.