Sunday, February 4, 2018

La Gomera and Tenerife

Since a couple of years my husband tries to convince me to travel with him to the Canary Islands. „I don’t like islands, there are too many tourists and no natural citys“ these were my words against such a trip. His arguments that the natur ist faszinating, that the tourists gather in special spots and we can avoid them didn’t work on me.

But this year I needed the sun and the light. The weather in Hamburg was so bad - cold, rainy and grey that I just wanted to escape and to spend some bright, sunny and warm weeks anywhere. 
We planned three weeks holidays. One week in La Gomera in Valle Gran Rey and two weeks in Tenerife.

On the ferry from Tenerife to La Gomera we met a woman who knew everything about Valle Gran Rey. „It’s not your first time“ I asked her „Since 30 years I come here every year. Everybody is smiling, the sun is shining and there are no big parties“ she said. And thats how it was. 

We hiked a lot in the rainforest, through terrace landscape and to beautiful small bays.
























We visited small and not so small villages, we were just sitting in the harbour watching what is happening arround us.





I was very sad to leave Valle Gran Rey. The house that we rented in Garachico, Tenerife, „Casa de Nedi“ was so special, decorated with so much love and passion , that the week in Garachico turned out to become a very unique experience.


We were fascinated and enjoyed this elegant and quiet old city and it’s interesting history.




We hiked in the region of Spain’s highest mountain El Teide and experienced the impressive lava landscape around us.


We spent some time on different beaches, 



visited beautiful towns, and we always had time for café con leche or sumo de naranja fresco.





















Saturday, December 9, 2017

Shoes


All this started as I was looking for space in our shoe cupboard for my new winter shoes. I noticed that there were some empty shoe boxes because I got rid of some old shoes the other day. I wanted to use these boxes for other shoes but how will I know which shoes i have put in which box? „I can take a picture with my phone", I thought but then remembered that my printer was not working. „So, I can sketch them, this can be fun.“ It was snowing outside for the first time this year, so what can be nicer than spending the afternoon sketching my shoes cosy at home?








While sketching my shoes I realized that I had an emotional relationship to some. 


I love red shoes and I love boots. I bought these FLY red boots 6, 7 years ago. In that time I knew only one shop in Hamburg that had FLY shoes and it took me a whole year until I finally bought them. I still love them and wear them a lot.


These shoes I bought in London while visiting my most beloved R & P. R and me spent the day together in London and we ended at the Clarks shoe shop in Oxford street. Now, always when I wear them I think of R. and that day in London.

Also, these blue boots remind me of R & P because I bought them in their hometown Leamington Spa.


These are shining silver shoes. I fell in love with them immediately because they are very comfortable, pure leather on the out- and inside and they where half price! I was very unsure about buying them because I am not the type for shining silver shoes… But after a week of going to that shop every day I finally bought them and I really love them!







Also with these shoes I've had difficulties to decide. During a sommer holiday in Austria at the end of a rainy hiking day with my friend C., we visited Schladming and investigated the shops there, especially the shoe shop… I loved the orange shoe lace, but actually I didn’t need any shoes…  C. was very patient with me as it took me a long time until I finally bought them. Everytime I wear them I think of C. and our time there.










I had so much fun sketching my shoes, getting lost in memories and stories that I actually forgot the reason for this big mess. The sketches are way too big to fix them to the edges of the boxes. „I can take a picture of them and print them smaller“ but then I remembered: „the printer doesn’t work…“

Friday, November 17, 2017

Hamburger Hauptbahnhof

The central train station in Hamburg "Hamburger Hauptbahnhof" is an impressive steel construction from 1906. It was a big task for me to sketch such a massive building. 


But even a bigger challenge was to catch the atmosphere inside and around the station.
Funny how sketching does change things. Usually I try to avoid passing through this busy, noisy and full station. But as I started to sketch it, I was fascinated and returned several times for more sketching.








Although I passed the „Wandelhalle“ (shopping area in the station) many times I never noticed this beautiful flower shop. A. - with whom I was for the first time sketching - insisted to draw this shop. So I did it too. Now I know that it’s a well known flower shop in Hamburg.




Sketching with coffee :)
















Thursday, October 26, 2017

Autumn

Autumn is not my favorite season. Honestly I really don’t like this time of the year. Summer (which we didn’t really have this year) is over, the days get shorter and shorter, and it means that the next 5 months will be grey, dark, wet and cold. But nevertheless I do see the beauty of this period. I cannot ignore the beautiful play of the nature and get very impressed by the its main actors: the trees, which go through these dramatic changes every year.