The Storr

You know, in every other country you go sight seeing. In Scotland, the sights kind of watch you. That’s what it seems to me, because very often I didn’t go looking for this or that. Just took a road from A to B and stumbled across them. The Storr and The Old Man of Storr…

Fairy Pools, Skye

On Skye you have to go visit the Fairy Pools, of course. Even though it’s rather on the beaten track and just about everyone has already seen them, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. Since I have, some time ago, studied geography and loved geomorphology a lot, to me this was really interesting, seeing…

Near Staffin Slipway

These rock formations can be seen from the beach near Staffin on Skye. This is also where you can see authentic dinosaur footprints. The beach is really beautiful and worth spending a few hours.

Early Morning on Folkestone Beach

I am not much of an early bird. Given total freedom, I usually go to bed late and get up not too early. But on our last day in the UK, I had to get up early to get an photo of the beach at dawn. It’s been a beautiful summer’s day. After coming down…

Marsalla

Homemade by Schrabben Hof. And really tasty ❤

Sint Jans Hospital, Bruges

In the summer of 2004 I have been to Bruges – and fell in love with it. It was rather work than anything else that brought me there. Back then I was still at university, studying Art History and struggling with it. Because Art History had not exactly turned out as I hoped it would….

Nachgeschaut: verwunschen im Schinkenkeller

An einem Sonntag im tiefsten Sauerland. Radfahrer und Wanderer im Wald wundern sich über mystische Klänge. Lyrische Geige, quakende Frösche, klingende Akzente, wabernde Klänge. Auf dem Weg zwischen Silberg und dem kleinen Steinbruch am Schinkenkeller trifft eine Gruppe von kulturinteressierterten Wanderern unverhofft auf eine Erzählerin, die Geschichten aus Irland mitgebracht hat. Noch im Nachhall der…

Postcards from Edinburgh: Guthrie Street Steps

Steps are something very mundane and trivial. We are using them every day, often complaining about their existence. Like, why isn’t there an elevator? They are one of those parts of our lives that go widely unnoticed. Which is why I still don’t exactly know why I was so interested in seeing exactly these steps…

verwunschen…..

… ist die Atmosphäre im ‚Schinkenkeller‘ sowieso schon. Der ‚Schinkenkeller‘ wird Auswärtigen kein Begriff sein. Und mit ‚Auswärtige‘ meine ich alle, die nicht im Einzugsgebiet von einem Kilometer darum wohnen. Es ist so ein kleiner verwunschener Ort irgendwo in einem Waldstück in der Gemeinde Kirchhundem im Sauerland. Ein Ort, den man wohl nie erfahren würde,…

Strawberries

I am starting to like still life photography. It’s getting easier 😉

Endlich geht’s wieder los!

Am 13. Mai 2018 – also auf Muttertag – ist es wieder soweit. Der Schrabben Hof ist endgültig aus seinem Winterschlaf erwacht und öffnet nun seine Pforten wieder. Während wieder viele Oldtimer-Trecker sich auf eine Sternfahrt zum Hof machen, öffnen wir die neu eingerichtete, voll gepackte Trödelscheune. Neu hinzu gekommen ist ein extra Stand mit…

Schrabben Quark / Original Sauerland

`Nen ordentlichen Quack Quark mit `nem Schwapp Sahne verrühren. Dazu ein, zwei Zwiebelchen – dies sind junge Frühlingszwiebeln, daher die Endung ‚chen‘ – fein gewürfelt, jeweils ein Händchenvoll Petersilie, Dill, Schnittlauch und falls vorhanden Pimpinelle (nicht Pimpernelle – das ist was anderes!) klein schnippeln und unterrühren. Mit `nem Fitzelchen Knoblauch vermengen (nicht mehr als ein…

Barn Door / Tain Pottery

The Tain Pottery I told you about in my last post has a beautiful outside, too. Even though it’s right of the A9 the premisses are like a small oasis. But most of all this old barn door caught my eyes. Yes, it looks like a painting, but it’s not, it really is a photograph…

A Word About: Tain Pottery

Strangely enough for Scotland (just kidding! Stop throwing stones :-D), it was a wonderfully sunny day when we visited The Tain Pottery. It was kind of mandatory. Our host, Fiona of Holly Lodge, Strathpeffer, served our breakfast on plates, cups and bowls from this very pottery. Since we liked the design so much, she send…

Harris Colours

Teal – at least to me – is THE Harris Colour. Maybe that is my fascination with the Isle, because Teal is one of my favourites. Whenever you see Harris photos or paintings, Teal has a vital role. This colour, more than any other, kind of represents the Isle of Harris. At least, subjectively, to…

A little bit of Harris

The day on Harris might, in hindsight, be the most impressive one of the whole trip. And that is saying something. Harris greeted us with very typical rain. Heavy rain. And lots of it. Plus wind. Which is why I can show only a little bit of Harris. The Isle of Harris is part of…

Leaving Harris

This is the view from the ferry onto Harris and Lewis as you’re arriving or leaving. This is one thing I love about the Outer Hebrides: the staffage of the landscape with misty valleys and those interesting de-saturated contrasts. As some of you may remember, on the ferry ride to Harris, I had made the…

Uig Bay in the Early Morning

I took this photo from the patio of our pod at The Cowshed before going down to the ferry to Tarbert, Harris. It was very early. I think I recall getting up at 3.30 am in order to catch the ferry. There was only one possibility for a day trip to the Outer Hebrides and…

Rubha Hunish

We didn’t plan to walk this path. Instead we were taking a driving tour around the northern part of Skye, intending to take a walk somewhere. This is where we parked our car and took that walk. It took us longer than expected, but that might be due to taking photos on the way. Touring…

Saurians

Last year, on our trip to Duisburg, we took a look a Zoo Zajac. It’s supposed to be the biggest pet shop in the world. I don’t want to start a discussion here. I know – just like zoos – pet shops that sell living animals are not undoubted. We went there to see items…