Friday, October 30, 2009

Back in Sydney

Sydney. Yes, it is warmer here than in Hamburg, but the real difference is the light. In Hamburg the sun is low in the sky already, even though there are two months until the shortest day. In Sydney the sky is wide and blue and the light intense.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Singapore airport

Where oh where are the orchids gone? Singapore airport was synonymous with orchids for me ... but not any more. Probably they are still there, but not in the new terminal. Instead there is a room full of butterflies...

a 'relaxing Koi pond'...
and quite a few leg and foot massage machines. Two nine year olds were trying it on their three year old brother and finding that his legs were too short. But they told me it was good ... so I tried it, and they were right.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Hamburg: Elbe Frolic

Late October, a sunny Sunday draws people out of their homes to catch the last late autumn sunshine on the banks of the Elbe. Dogs frolic, people meander and the mood is mellow.


Great enormous container ships grind their way along the Elbe ...

and a sailing boat drifts past.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Goodbye bike

I sold my bike on eBay. I was very fond of my bike and was sorry to see it go but on the other hand the girl who picked it up was delighted to have it and I am sure it will be happy in its new family. Odd how inanimate objects can steal your heart.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Hamburg Etchings

Finally I have some Hamburg etchings on

The Town Hall and Michel Church, Swans on the Alster in front of the Town Hall,

and springtime in the woods in Rissen.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Gino's (Gallery and) Eiscafe in Rissen

Gino has served the most 'Italian' coffee in Rissen for as long as I can remember but only recently did I discover that he is also fond of art and has a professional gallery system in his cafe. Last week I hung some of my etchings and paintings at Gino's. The waitress Andrea (pic below), bright faced and twenty years old, tells me she works a 6 day week and is 'always at the cafe'. But it feels like a family and she seems to enjoy it. Gino is friendly and supportive and has a loyal clientele who drop in at all hours. There are now three artists with their work on Gino's walls so he could really change the name of the cafe to Gino's Gallery Cafe.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Autumn = Herbst

Autumn, autumn (Herbst, Herbst) and out come the umbrellas. Leaves are starting to turn,
and bright berries are everywhere.
Most leaves are still green in Hamburg but the days are noticeably shorter (2 minutes shorter each day) and it wont be long until everything is yellow ... then bare.