Consider this an ode to my favourite flowers – peonies.
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I think people could hear me for miles at the Berggarten in Hanover, when I was emitting sounds like “aaaahhh…” and “ooohhh…” looking at all these varieties.
P.S. Boundaries between species are not clear and estimates of the number of species range from 25 to 40!
Have you heard of The Herrenhausen Gardens (in German – Herrenhäuser Gärten) in Hanover?
These are probably the most impressive gardens I have ever seen (I haven’t seen much of France though). They are made up of the Great Garden (Großer Garten), the Berggarten, the Georgengarten and the Welfengarten. I’m not sure how much time you need in order to see everything, but we’ve spent the whole day wandering in around and taking in that beauty (also discussing how many people they need to keep everything that tidy).
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Quoting Wikipedia & sharing my photos:
“The Great Garden owes much of its aesthetics to Sophia of Hanover, who commissioned the French gardener Martin Charbonnier. As its name implies, it is indeed a large garden, comprising 50 hectares of lawns, hedges, walkways, and statues arranged in strict geometrical patterns.”
“The Berggarten was created in 1666 as a vegetable garden for the Great Garden on a hill north of the Herrenhäuser Castle. Sophia of Hanover later transformed the Berggarten into a garden for exotic plants, and in 1686 a conservatory was erected.
The garden once served more than an aesthetic purpose – it was used to experiment with the breeding of plants normally native to southern lands in the northern climate of Lower Saxony. This experiment failed in its attempts to grow rice, but was successful with some other plants such as tobacco and mulberry.”
“The Berggarten has been transformed over the years from a simple vegetable garden into a large botanical garden with its own attractions.”
Every time I go away this blog remains silent, which is rather boring, isn’t it? On this occasion I was determined to post at least a few times while I’m on the road (no matter how tired I was). Here’s post No.1 – it tells a short story that will of course lead to a bigger, more interesting one, so please hop on board!
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My family is in love with Germany, we go there every year and, although we have already seen quite a lot of this country, it never ceases to impress us. We start our journey by deciding on a place we definitely want to see and then just keep going. We don’t book any hotels in advance, which of course might cause some anxiety, yet it always makes us feel that we are on a constant adventure.
The place we definitely want to see this time is Trier (South West), the oldest city in Germany, and we started in the island of Rugen (North East) – this pretty much covers the whole of the country, so lets hope it doesn’t take us too long to get there.
During the first day we almost reached Hanover. We stopped in Celle for the night, where we found a small hotel run by an extremely friendly Scottish guy named Leslie (I’ve never been looked after that well!).
That’s what caught my eye so far:
A huge bridge connecting the island of Rugen to the continent – it has a vertical clearance for ships of 42 meters (nearly in Stralsund).
June is the month for peonies, no wonder they had so many for sale on the market in Celle.
By the way, it’s a very beautiful town, definitely worth mentioning, so here are a few lines from Wikipedia and then some photos:
Celle has a castle (Schloss Celle) built in the renaissance and baroque style and a picturesque old town centre (the Altstadt) with over 400 timber-framed houses, making Celle one of the most remarkable members of the German Timber-Frame Road.
Summer issue of A Muse for Life went live today.
Make sure you don’t miss the latest articles and interviews, as we have put lots of effort into finding interesting people who like art, music, crafts, gardening, cooking and baking, traveling. By the way, you’ll even meet a talking dog – Shilton, who is looking for a loving home.
You can read this magazine online or download it onto your computer, here’s the link:
I hope you will enjoy reading it!
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P.S. I’d really appreciate if you could let me know what you think or maybe suggest what should be added/changed.
I’ve been so busy lately (Doing what? … You will see tomorrow, as that’s when the next issue of A Muse for Life comes out.) and this blog got neglected. I know that I haven’t been paying enough attention and the best indicator is the number of spam messages – this time 26! (Do people believe someone will read them? Dear Spammers, I never do.)
Anyway, the other day I had to think of some illustrations, but got sidetracked… Of course I felt guilty, but I couldn’t stop myself. Beautiful music + paint and brushes can do wonders. Oh, and lets not forget the subject – you do need something that would inspire you. After this relaxing session it wasn’t too difficult to decide what the illustrations should look like, so it seems that I didn’t loose anything at all and that sometimes it’s good to choose, lets say, a different “path”.
There you go, the result:
Any ideas what the flowers are? I once again invite you to be my art critics.
2013 is for reading and enjoying fabulous books.
Decor-Art is happy to announce that our cooperation with Cico Books and their sister company Ryland Peters and Small (RPS) has opened up brilliant opportunities to introduce you to their new publications on crafting, gardening and interior design. Every month we will be reviewing amazing books that inspire to create and to recycle, books that encourage to discover and to shape beautiful surroundings.
All reviews can be found on this Blog under the category called “Fabulous Books” (right hand side).
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Summer!? Yes, it’s finally here. Now all I have to do is… try and spend time wisely – do as much as possible (I don’t want to regret that summer’s over when the autumn comes).
How do I achieve this?
I managed to find some advice on the internet. Below you will find 5 ideas that should help (fingers crossed):
1. Resist the urge to rush.
3. Wake up earlier or go to bed later.
4. Silence all distractions.
5. Stop doing things that don’t bring joy or results.
Some more ideas can be found here, you can choose what might work best for you.
Oh, and as this is the 1st post this month, here are 2 June desktop images:
(Please click on the image to see its full version, then right click and choose the “save picture as…” option to download it onto your computer.)