Taking stock

June 25, 2013

I spent this past weekend house-sitting for my parents who were away for a few days… While I had brought some of my work, I also took the opportunity to enjoy my parents’ incredibly well-stocked pantry, the swimming pond and the garden. Having taken along my camera, I sort of took stock of what was still in bloom there…

…and what was already past its best before-date…

After a while I realised that I seem to do that every year in spring / summer when my parents are away (as is testified by this and this old post of mine).

Another slightly weird realisation that came upon me: I actually felt guilty about taken a photo of this raspberry…

…just before picking and eating it. Well, I guess there goes my food-blogging career…

Welcome to the Snow Blog!

January 20, 2013

Ok, I give in… Really, I wish I had something more interesting to blog about than just snow, snow, snow, but the way the weather has been here this past week, it is virtually impossible to think about anything but snow.

But you know what? I’ve come to realise that in a certain sense this has always been The Snow Blog. Or, at least, that snow has always been a topic we blogged about whenever it came up – or rather, if you excuse the pun, whenever it came down…

Well, admittedly, there was only one single post with (a little) snow in it last winter (Meanwhile, back in Vienna…, published Feb. 7, 2012) but that was because a) we didn’t blog too much altogether that winter and b) there was hardly any snow back then.

But back in the winter of 2010/2011 – our first winter as bloggers – we did quite a few snow-related posts, starting with the not too imaginatively titled Churches in the Snow (Dec. 1, 2010).

Speaking of “churches in the snow”, here’s a picture of Vienna’s 18th century Karlskirche (St. Charles’ Church) taken on Thursday

There was more snow to be seen in our next entry, Urban Outlaw, from Dec. 4, 2010.

Then came White Hanukkah (Dec. 8, 2010), to which I already referred in Tuesday’s post.

Some more images from a snowy Vienna were included on Jan. 25, 2011, in The truth ain’t always black and white…

Moving on into the 19th century, architecture-wise, here’s Vienna’s Natural History Museum as seen on Thursday

And, finally, loads and loads of snow appeared – as you’d expect considering the title – in a post called You got to walk that snowy valley…, published on Mar. 1, 2011. Well, that was the last snow-post in the winter of 2010/2011 and apparently I was quite happy about that back then – the last sentence in that post reads:

“That said, I still hope that was the last of winter I have seen for this season – can we please have some spring now?!”

And finally, the 20th century: The famous Wotruba Church, designed by sculptor Fritz Wotruba in the 1960s, on the outskirts of Vienna (photo taken on Saturday)

Luckily, though, I’m still not sick and tired of snow and winter right now. With the weather forecast for next week announcing temperatures constantly below zero (degrees Celsius, that is), it looks as if it will be quite some time before all that snow will go away…

Gratuitous photo from one of Vienna’s many parks to underline the fact that I’m not tired of snow yet. I only hope you share that sentiment…