…to our blog. Come on in and make yourself comfortable…

We are Mr. [c] and Ms. [m], living this life and writing this blog as a couple. We both are art historians specializing in late medieval painting, but for most of the time that’s not what this blog is about. Rather, its main concern is with the more recreational activities we indulge in during our free time. These include, but are in no way limited to: Cooking and baking, knitting and sewing, listening to music and going to the movies, reading in bed and walking in the great outdoors, visiting exhibitions and museums, historic sites and monuments which – surprise, surprise – more often than not turn out to be medieval abbeys and churches and castles.

When we created this site back in faraway 2010, we were both living in Vienna, Austria, so many of the places we have written and still write about are in or near this city. However, in the autumn of 2011 [m] moved to London to do her PhD there, and since then our blog has in many ways turned into a tale of two cities with a lot of London and England related stuff on it as well…

Contact us
…at  penbrushneedle[at]gmail.com if you have any enquiries.
Knitters may also find us on Ravelry where we appear as ‘derStrickaere’ and ‘indigotweed’.

Please note
…that all content from this blog is the sole property of [c] and [m], so if you want to reproduce or distribute any of our words or photographs please ask in advance. Any use of material from this site without our express permission constitutes copyright infringement and fraud!

Please also note
…that despite careful control we do not take over responsibility for contents of external links.


  1. ear m and c,
    am smitten. Here in the hills of WV. Mr C in reply to a ravelry message referred to your blog so off I went in search of photos of Italy. and found so much more. Tho the photos certainly worth the trip. Extraordinary light
    and shadows…

    I’m off now to p/u a friend for meeting and dinner. Originally from Japan she has been my friend and ceramics teacher for many years. Her late dear husband was a dealer of posters and 18th cent prints. They shared a gallery, Garo, where they hosted dinners once a month. She now carries on in her studio and hosts delightful dinners in her home.

    somehow it all feels connected. Thank you for a window into inspirations.

    with love,

  2. Dear m and c,

    For your lovely post on the windows of Bern’s cathedral, thank you! Discovered it while trolling for bits on yarn stores there. I’m a librarian living in Geneva for this year, traveling when I can to visit bookstores, buildings, scenery … and yarn sites.
    And I suspect I’ll return to your blog for inspiration,
    with thanks,

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