Friday, November 24, 2017

Finally a bit of sunshine

It's been a very grey and depressing November, but the past three days finally brought a bit of sunshine. Immediately there is the desire to take pictures again. As long as it is grey, colours don't talk to me, and everything is dull.

Last apples on the tree

Last leaves, seen from above

Reflection in downtown Landshut

I have been taking walks or doing my Nordic Walking excercise and it has been very good for my mood. The past two weeks have also been rather intense with regard to the fight for a work permit for one of the  Senegalese students from my class last year. Right now it is looking rather bad, but we haven't given up yet. What I admire about him is the patience and acceptance with which he is going through all this. Whereas I could scramble up the walls because of Bavarian bureaucracy etc. he just says everything comes as it supposed to come, and he thinks everything will be good eventually. God means well.
(I just hope God hurries up a bit with meaning well because I am not sure how long I can keep this up...)
So any stitching that happens is rather on the side, some longarming for a customer this morning, several other things piling up. And the next selection for the fabric club is in the making, the first color is in the washing machine as I am writing this.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

A week flown by

It's been an emotionally very intensive week with several things going on on the refugee front in my life, and I don't want to go into detail about this.
I have done a bit of therapeutic sewing on a traditional quilt that I want to give as a present for Christmas, I have found two people who will be doing four bindings and tunnels for the 70,273 project. Some knitting, again more on the therapeutic side.
Too many things going on...
But I did manage to take a few photos throughout the week. On relaxing walks, or when walking to school.

Frozen spider web - another, still more complete one that I wanted to take
a picture of collapsed just as I was focussing to snap the shot...

We haven't seen the sun in days, colours are very dim
and the greyness is suffocating...

Sunday, November 12, 2017


It's November, and this year the month is living up to my most unfavorable expectations.

But I have been sewing, quilting, planning, even though you would not assume from the frequency with which I have been presenting it on the blog.
I have quilted more pieces for The 70,273 Project and sent off some to be pieced.

I am working on the next challenge for the 12 by the Dozen Group and have posted a teaser on the blog.
I am working on a traditional bed spread which I want to give away as a present for Christmas, I am planning quilts that might be made for entering Quilt National, if I ever have the guts to do that.

And I am still involved with refugee things. I sent a letter to the editor in repsonse to an article in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, which was published and which has resulted, amongst other reactions, in the very unpleasant experience that a know right-wing radical took the trouble to find out my e-mail address and sent me a blasphemous mail about how stupid I am and that I should not invite all those stupid Africans to come here. Which I hadn't done in the letter, nor have I ever done it anywhere. All I want to achieve is that people who are here are being treated as human beings, and that Germany, and especially Bavaria stops waging a war against a few refugees by maintaining 'law and order'. I did receive positive responses, too, and even the author of the article I responded to wrote to me in a very positive manner. So overall the positive responses were more numerous than the negative ones.
I wonder where this country is coming too...