I hope you all had a great July so far! I know that June has been a bit slow and not all that exciting on the blog, but I promise that things will pick up again this month - if I manage to not pass out because of the heat, that is! Remember how I complained about not liking high temperatures in this post? Well, I probably shouldn't have said anything because Germany is currently experiencing a much crazier heatwave - we're talking temperatures around 39 °C (that's 102 °F!) here - and it really just makes me want to hide in the basement until the weather becomes more reasonable again. Oh, and did I mention that AC isn't really a thing in Germany?
But that's enough whining about the weather!
Last weekend, my parents and me visited an old family friend in the countryside of Franconia and it was easily the most relaxed and de-connected two days I have spent in the a long time. I purposefully didn’t ask for the Wifi password to keep myself away from my phone and instead spent a lot of time playing with my camera and exploring the incredibly beautiful surroundings and when I arrived back at home I felt both rejuvenated and full of inspiration again.
I may not be ready to permanently move to the countryside yet, but as a country girl at heart I do dream of living in a beautiful old house surrounded by lush fields and deep forests one day and spending a weekend away from the city was definitely a welcome and peaceful retreat.
If I ever specialize in a particular type of photography, it may just be garden and flower photography – there’s just nothing I love taking pictures of as much! If I pass by a pretty bouquet of flowers it usually doesn’t take long until I get my camera or phone out to take a quick snap and so it was no surprise that I spent a lot of time getting as close as possible to all the beautifully colorful flowers in the garden and I was absolutey blown away by how intricate and rich in detail all the little petals and blossoms were.
Another part of the garden I absolutely loved was the vegetable patch. As a passionate cook, there are not a lot of things that make me as excited as the sight of freshly grown produce and should I ever have a garden myself I know I will definitely devote a good chunk of it to growing a few vegetables myself. I just imagine that it would be so lovely to have perfectly fresh lettuce, strawberries and tomatoes whenever you want them in the summertime!
One morning, I went on a walk over the fields before breakfast. I am not a morning person and always have trouble getting out of bed, but the the light that was falling through the bedroom window was just too beautiful to resist. It was a calm morning, almost on the verge of silence, and the grass of the path that was still wet from the early morning dew crunched under my fairly inappropriate choice of shoes. I marveled at the hues of the barley and watched mesmerized as the mist was making its way up from the valley and decided that – in that moment – I was truly walking in the fields of gold.
In the afternoon, I tried to flee from the sun and found refuge in a light and airy conifer forest. In my imagination, I walked away from our world and entered a magical kingdom instead and when I had gathered enough inspiration to write my first fantasy novel, I turned my attention away from the tall and spindly trees to the ground which was covered by blueberry bushes that had the most delightfully sweet fruit.
I certainly don't live in a giant city, but taking two days of from the internet and textbooks still had me leaving with a calmer mind. And who knows - maybe one day I will become a proper country girl after all.
Where would you like to go on a staycation?