The magenta river

 

In the red evening sky the sun says goodbye to the earth

in enchanted magenta colors

Total quietude, only a sky lark is singing joyfully,

hovering above a golden field of grain,

up and down and flies away

A hidden nightingale contributes a line of notes,

just very short and hurting  beautiful

fairy tales of princes and princesses that are happy

are in my mind

The river is slowly flowing, there’s nothing but silence

Little swirls are running ashore in circles

trying to touch a bleached piece of wood with their wet tongues

The sun is disappearing behind a cloud

and adds a cold silver glow to the magenta river,

mysterious and so precious like jewelry

Everything is mysterious and filled with a distinct yearning

From far away, from the woods

a cuckoo is calling nine times,

then three times

Then total tranquility

I’m alone in this world


for H.

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Our garden in May

This time of the year is really beautiful. Everything is blooming, there are a lot of insects in our garden, butterflies, bees, bumblebees, European hornets etc. Today I’ll show you some of the flowers and shrubs we have in our little garden.

Strolling through Hamburg

Around Easter I made an excursion to the place where I have been born. It’s one of the nicest places in Hamburg with lots of old and beautiful houses which fortunately haven’t been destroyed in WWII.

My Greek father worked in the embassy to deal with the reparation payments from Germany and he got a huge flat in an old house close to the embassy from the British occupation forces. I still have a very nice photo of him standing in front of a wonderful old car with the plate saying “Greek Military Mission”.  He even had a driver.

I lived in this flat for 20 years and then moved to a smaller flat in a more rural area at the North-Eastern boundaries of Hamburg. We are surrounded by forests here, it is very green, but Hamburg is in general very, very green. We have a lot of parks and 2 huge lakes in the center which you can travel with old steamboats. Hamburg is amongst the 10 most beautiful towns in the world next to Vancouver etc. We have a lot of dikes and bridges here, more than Amsterdam and Venice altogether. Our harbor is huge and very interesting but this will be a story for another post.

Sometimes I love to return to the place where I stayed during my first years, even though there are some sad memories related to it. Let’s take a stroll together.

 

The colors of spring

In all colors of spring I only see your face

shining with joy like the sun on narcissuses

and the keys of heaven are in your hands

In my sleepless nights

I’m walking under the moon

to catch a falling star for you

who is so far away

I’m looking up to the Milky Way

and Andromeda understands

that there’s a tender flame in my heart

Pick me a tulip, a primrose,

some hellebores in wonderful soft colors like an aquarelle

what else could I ask from you?

And in my darkest hours when demons haunt my soul

give me a hug for an eternity

yes, it rained, these are dew-drops on the flowers, no tears

Happy Easter

Dear friends, followers and viewers,

looking out of my window I see snow, everything is white and kind of sleepy and numb. It’s quite rare to have such a cold weather in April.

This time I have photographed some Easter decorations and handicrafts which I have made for this feast. You will see the first spring flowers I found in our garden in some very nice old little vases, one of them looks like a broken egg. All these old things are about 100 years old.

The light green and dark brown eggs in an old plate are not colored; they are real eggs from very old chicken races like araucana etc. and they are very healthy.  Further you can see the huge egg of an ostrich, which I decorated with a wreath of ivy and a piece of bark from a birch tree as well as an old porcelain box and cover from the art deco time in egg-shape which is quite rare. Last but not least I have decorated two very old pudding molds on my living room table. When my son was small, he always got a pudding in the shape of a rabbit for Easter. We usually get marzipan eggs as a present here. They are really delicious.

I embroidered a white hare, sewed three rabbit sets for our kitchen table and painted a rabbit as well as a Canada goose on thin plywood. The rabbit and the goose are meant to be impaled on sticks which I put in our garden for decoration in springtime amongst the narcissuses or tulips, but there’s only snow in the garden right now.

I hope your feast will be more sunny and warm. Have a nice Easter. I want to thank all my friends, followers and viewers for their support and approval for my blog.

 

 

A little handicraft

Dear friends of my blog, after a long time without art (due to lack of space), I have started a little handicraft which always makes me very happy and I would like to share this with you.

Some months ago a friend gave me an old, quite nostalgic chip box. I had it in my cellar and always thought, it would be nice to paint it. Unfortunately there was a sticker in the middle which I couldn’t remove completely. But I found a solution, I painted a heart in the middle so you can’t see it anymore. I painted some spring flowers in a kind of wreath on the chip box. I’m more an illustrator with pencils than a painter but some time ago I bought some cheap acryllic colors to widen my abilities.

Right now I’m sewing a lot, too. I visit thrift shops regularly and sometimes find nice fabrics for 1 Euro which I transfer into shopping bags so that we don’t need any plastic bags. I think they are quite nice looking and they are nice presents for friends, too.