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black and white love

I have some little sewing news to share (not that I’ve actually made something, ahem *must get back to sewing*), but I’ve been kept from taking photos by a nasty cold which had me in bed for days. So until I get that post up, here’s a peek at a new photo series I’m developing.
connection series. fotografie kristina koehler
I like color photos but in my heart I always love black and white best. Especially those that document connection of any kind between people and animals.
connection series. fotografie kristina koehler
connection series. fotografie kristina koehler
I’ve decided to make this a little series which I hope to add to during the year. If you’re interested in following it, I’ve posted some more images on my photo blog and will continue to add and share them on Facebook!


a very late easter post

So sorry for disappearing for weeks and not even managing an Easter post! I have no idea where the time went, I meant for this post to go up right after Easter but then work and stuff got in the way and now it’s the middle of April already! I’ll try and be a better blogger, promise. And I can tease and tell you there’s a big announcement coming up pretty soon photography-wise.
But first, Easter weekend! I spent the long weekend on the beautiful dutch island Ameland with friends (yep, just like last year).
We were looking forward to a few days of rest and outdoor time and enjoyed every minute of it.easter weekend. tidytipsy
easter weekend. tidytipsy
easter weekend. tidytipsy
Even though the weather didn’t always cooperate (no, it still isn’t spring yet over here, yes, that is snow on the beach), we spent hours every day just walking the island, resting at the beach café’s every now and then for a nice slice of cake or some fries. Working inside most of the time makes me forget just how hungry some outdoor time makes.
Or how good it is for body and soul. Walking is a bit like yoga, you move your body while completely resting the mind with the added advantage of fresh air.
easter weekend. tidytipsy
easter weekend. tidytipsy
easter weekend. tidytipsy
In the evenings we ate delicious home cooked dinners, mostly fish we had picked up fresh from the day’s fishing in the village, and settled down for some creative time. Somehow, between us four women, we worked on two sweaters, a pompom-rug and I knitted a tiny baby vest for my friend who is four months pregnant. To be shown here on the blog as soon as it’s washed and blocked and has some cute buttons added.
easter weekend. tidytipsy
easter weekend. tidytipsy
easter weekend. tidytipsy
easter weekend. tidytipsy
We even colored some eggs on Easter sunday before setting out again.
easter weekend. tidytipsy
easter weekend. tidytipsy
easter weekend. tidytipsy
I have some more images from our beach trails up on my photoblog.
The rest and workout was much needed after the long winter and I’ve decided I really enjoy walking and hiking so I will try and find some nice trails in our surrounding areas to keep it up on weekends.
Now, wishing you a resting weekend!

stolen moments

Every year I am amazed at how beautiful autumn is.

A few stolen moments, here and there, on my lunch break, on one of the rare occasions I bring my camera to work. I try to walk around a bit every day after lunch, taking a few deep breaths of fresh air and stretching my legs before sitting down again at the desk for the rest of the day. Even when it’s raining, even when I don’t feel like it. I feel better for it every time.

It gets dark so early now in the evenings that I’m trying to soak up the light at midday.
I’ve a busy weekend ahead of me (if you want to know what I’m always so busy with, check out my Facebook Page) but I’ll try to fit in taking a few pictures.
I’ve sewn not one, but two wearable items in the last few days! I think my sewing vibe and I are on the up again, hurrah 🙂

scotland – the story and the video

Here goes, the looong post about our week in Scotland! Make sure you’ve got a bit of reading time for this one…For those of you who want to skip the details and go straight to the video: you’ll find it at the end of this post or here on Vimeo.
We started out our week-long vacation by flying over to Edinburgh and picking up the car we rented. Instead of staying in the Edinburgh area we made straight north for the Highlands, to Inverness. The drive up was quite interesting…first of all my boyfriend had to get used to driving on the left side and then the weather was a tiny bit capricious. We had sun, clouds, rain, hail and snow all within the first three hours of being in the country.
In Inverness we stayed at Dunhallin House, a lovely guest house where we were made immediately very welcome. The only drawback was that the walk into the city centre was quite long (we should have known though) and despite what we had read we didn’t find Inverness city particularly charming. So we headed straight back to get the car and drove out to Culloden Battlefield to watch the last bit of sunshine of the day and have a solitary walk along the battle lines and gravestones in the moor. Quite a magical place with lots of heather in bloom and brightly colored mosses!

Just a note: these photos are bigger than the ones I usually upload here, so do click on them to view them bigger and better!

We started off our first full day with a real scottish breakfast. Well, the boyfriend did, while I had porridge for the first time in my life (yum!) and fruit and toast.

We needed the warm breakfast, too, because the weather continued to be unpredictable and most of all, pretty cold. We headed up to beautiful Nairn beach, but cut our stay short due to a heavy shower and decided to have a look at Cawdor Castle and Gardens next.

We didn’t buy the indoor pass, since by then the sun had reappeared but took a quick look around the walled garden and then proceeded through a hidden “secret garden” kind of door into the land behind the castle for a walk that would take us about 2.5 hours through beautiful woodland.

The first thing you notice in the Highlands is that the air is just so clean and fresh and good.
Quite tired after our walk we headed to the lovely Beauly Gallery for a warm lunch and, refreshed, then set out for the breathtaking scenery at Glen Affric. We took all three marked trails around Dog Falls and spent about three hours in the woodlands, never meeting a single person on our walks.

We got back late and literally fell into bed by that point.
The next morning we bid farewell to the Inverness area and Dunhallin House, though we would dearly have liked to stay a bit longer, and spent the day driving on the shores of Loch Ness. We took the smaller, South road (B852) which held some of the most breathtaking scenery of our whole stay in store for us. Thanks to it being a wet and dreary day we had the area (and the single track road) to ourselves for the day and visited Dores beach (photo below), the Change House and Boleskine graveyard.

The Falls of Foyers proved to be spectacular and despite the rain we walked a small trail in the surrounding woodland.

The real highlight of the day was not a tourist attraction at all…it was this small clearing right behind some trees lining the road that I saw driving by. I told my boyfriend to stop the car and walked back to it. I’ve never seen a more magical place. It was very boggy, the ground completely saturated with water and you had to watch your step very carefully. The wet grounds had made mosses take over the whole area and it was eerily quiet except for the trickling of water. If there ever was a place to make you start believing in fairies and elves it’s this one…I still get goose bumps even writing about it!

The photo really doesn’t do it justice! Mind you, we did find an iPhone on a tree stump there that someone must have forgotten…so the real world is never far off.
Since we still had time, we headed back up the Loch about half way on the north road and visited Urquhart Castle. Quite overrun by tourists even on that quiet day, but still well worth a visit!

Our next place to stay was Distant Hills Guesthouse in Spean Bridge and once again, it was even better than we had hoped! Beautiful rooms with the option of choosing a DVD to watch (which we did every single night we stayed there, since our day tours usually left us too wiped out to go out for dinner) and very good breakfast and packed lunches. The owners Peter and Lesley are both lovely and eager to provide help and tipps and road maps for a memorable stay.
Since it continued to be cloudy and rainy the next day, we set out for a longer drive up to Eilean Donan Castle and the coast around Plockton (as suggested by Peter) and found the weather there much better and the scenery again incredible. We ate lunch in the sunshine by the sea and visited a farm afterwards.

Bluebells everywhere, sheep with their lambs slowing down our progress on the road and Highland cattle grazing in the middle of a tiny village. What a day!

I’m starting to worry this post will be the longest I’ve ever written, but I’ve still got three days left to tell about!
The next day we went up to Glenfinnan to see the Monument and of course the viaduct, a.k.a. the “Harry Potter Bridge” (let me tell you, the monument is much prettier than the bridge) and after that we explored the beaches at Morar, the “Silver Sands of Morar” on foot.

Quite a bit sunburned we headed back down the coast to our next stop, Ariundle Oakwoods, a nature reserve. I’m running out of superlatives here, but Ariundle was another highlight and an absolute Must-See in the Fort William Area.
Another magical forest, but stretching on and on, quite an eerie place to be walking in on a late afternoon.

And we saw a pine marten! A live, cute, wild one, hunting for food in a hollow tree!

And as if to prove it could still get better, we saw seals playing in Loch Sunart on our way back. You can’t see them in the photo, but they were taking a break on an island in the loch, as well as swimming and fighting and bellowing.

After the long day it was time for our favourite dinner in Scotland, yummy and salty fish&chips.

We took leave of the Fort William area and Distant Hills the next day to drive back down to Edinburgh via the Glencoe area and the Trossachs.
The weather by then had turned warm and sunny and driving through Glen Coe left us awestruck.

At last, we made it back to Edinburgh and after getting lost about five times, managed to locate our hotel. After the friendly and cozy guest houses we had stayed in we were a bit underwhelmed by our hotel and the very pricey restaurant attached but we only had one day left anyway. We filled our day in Edinburgh to the brim by visiting Edinburgh Castle early the next morning (nice, but too expensive), walking along the Royal Mile and visiting the Georgian House (lovely!).

Our Edinburgh highlight was visiting The Real Mary Kings Close, expensive and touristy yes, but also so interesting, spooky and funny (ask for the tour guide Robert!). See some more info here.
Whew, if you’ve made it this far, congratulations! As you can imagine we came home filled to the brim with places and stories and impressions. Quite overwhelmed really! We loved our 7-days-see-as-much-as-you-possibly-can-tour of Scotland and I hope you enjoyed this account of it and maybe took away some tipps for visiting the country yourself.
And NOW for the video, which I’ve spent hours and hours cutting in the last few days. You can watch it here or view a bigger version over at Vimeo (which I’d recommend). Enjoy 🙂


It’s slow coming this year, but every day there are more blossoms on the trees.

We’ve had temperatures up until 19°C for a few days, but now they’ve dropped again to barely above 0. The quick temperature and weather changes have us all pretty tired. I took a day off work last week on the spur of the moment and spent it at home in my pj’s, cuddling the cats, sleeping, watching movies and doing some potting and planting on the balcony. It was just what I needed and I felt tons better on Saturday already.

I can’t wait to have the world green again.

at the barn

I honestly couldn’t think of a fitting title and I didn’t want to call this post ‘even more Holga photos’. But that’s what they are basically, more Holga photos and I am really loving them. The Holga is the camera I take to work (I couldn’t not take a camera, I feel naked without at least one camera in my bag), because it is so lightweight and inconspicious. I have a half hour lunch break during the day, but as I am actually eating lunch during work I can just wander around Cologne in that time. You’ll probably get lots of Holga city shots on here in the coming weeks 😉
Ok, enough rambling, here are the pics, developed at home again:

The barn is one of my favourite places in the world, I can’t even explain why. Some more western shots of my friend:

And a last one that wasn’t actually taken at the barn, but I really like it (it’s called ‘Rainy days call for pretty shoes’):

Today is a bank holiday in Germany, which is why I had time to write this post in the first place. Planned for today is: sewing, horseriding, taking photos and barbecuing, all in bright sunshine 🙂
Hoping you are all having a nice day too!

first holga photos

Here they come, my first Holga shots and also my first 2 self-processed rolls of film (both Ilford HP5plus)!
I think the Holga and I got off to a good start, though so far I’m having trouble finding the right focus point (apparently it’s not quite in the middle either but a bit to the right). Hence there’s only one photo that’s really and truly in focus and it’s the best shot from the two rolls:

I have to apologized for the bad quality scans. I got prints done and scanned them because I can’t scan negatives but I can see now it was a bad idea and a sad waste of money: the quality of the prints is appalling and this is not the first lab that I’ve had this problem with. I think I’ll have to dig into my savings to buy a scanner after all. Scanning negatives apparently is the only option if I’ll be shooting more film.

The up side is: I will definitely be shooting more film in the future. I am totally in love with my Holga and my Om-2N and have a lot of fun using them.

I went to another barn event today (a Quarter Mile Race on the local race track) and took along all three cameras and did indeed use them all! Each one is unique and I find myself looking for totally different motives, and seeing completely different things, depending on the camera I have in my hand. It’s fascinating and just an awful lot of fun!
Ok, two more horse shots (of course):

This one is pretty badly out of focus, but I still liked it too much not to show it:

orange studies or: project 365

Inspired by Julie and Jaqui I too am now doing Project 365. When I first read about it I thought it was a good idea but wasn’t sure if I wanted to try it. I didn’t want to feel pressured to take a photo every single day. I am feeling bad enough about not getting enough work done on my thesis day by day, I didn’t want to add the guilt of not having taken a picture.
I chewed on the idea for quite some time though and it grew on me. I looked through my photo folders and realized I was taking pictures nearly every day anyway! So surely the pressure wouldn’t be too bad, right?
I’ve been doing it a couple of days now and it has been so much more amazing than I imagined! Such an eye-opener, in every sense of the word. Instead of feeling pressured at the end of the day to just take a photo I find I am walking through the world with an open eye for beauty more than ever. I feel I finally SEE.
I had a long day yesterday, travelling 3 hours by car to a business meeting, sitting around there waiting for clients for 6 hours and heading back home. Still, yesterday’s harvest was bright and colourful and lovely and I can’t decide on a favourite at all:

If you’re thinking about doing Project 365 too, go ahead and jump in! You won’t regret it!
By the way, I am planning a major shop update over the next two weeks. I will be adding a bunch of lovely prints and maybe some sewing, so stay tuned 🙂