Monthly Archives: July 2012

summer in Germany

We took our annual summer trip to Germany in the middle of July. Marcus’ father has a house on the edge of a lake and protected wildlife area. We spent most of our time in the woods and on the water, enjoying nature and the quiet. There was no internet, but lots of fresh fruit, nightly barbeques on the back terrace, the spotting of deer, reading books, and dancing in the fields.

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weekend links

Weekend Links is a collection of the interesting bits and pieces that I’ve come across on the streets and online. I hope you enjoy them as well!

1. Seeing the average color of the London Olympic sky, updated every 10 minutes (pictured above, via Jessica Stanley)
2. Listening to NPR’s summer music preview
3. Watching a fine art photographic parody video by Maisie Broadhead (via bundleofbooks)
4. Visiting ‘t Nieuwe Diep, a small distillery Amsterdam’s Flevopark (via the lovely Manja, pictured below)

photography by sarah natsumi

Sarah Natsumi is one of those people that oozes creative talent, whether she is taking photographs, making a film, designing a website, or applying a paintbrush to canvas. Her Etsy shop has a beautiful collection of vintage inspired travel photography, from the beaches of Spain and the parks of Amsterdam, to the mountains of Japan and the deserts of Texas. She also has a collection of European city postcards that capture scenes from some of my favorite cities.

I met Sarah in Amsterdam in 2007. She needed a bike, I had an extra one for sale, and a friendship was born. Five years later, she recently returned to her home in Austin, Texas and this city just won’t be the same without her. For now, I have her beautiful Romantic Amsterdam photo collection (below) to remember her by and now a great reason to visit Texas someday.

weekend links

Weekend Links is a collection of the interesting bits and pieces that I’ve come across on the streets and online. I hope you enjoy them as well!

1. Viewing the project Just Here’s Fine by Victoria Hannan, profiling the cab drivers of London (pictured above, Gerry who’s had his badge for 51 years)
2. Finding the project Beyond the Flavor, which looks past the ingredients to hear the stories behind meals in Virgina
3. Wanting to visit this house on Sauvie Island, Oregon
4. Planning to make a ginger and coconut oil sugar body scrub
5, Loving the one package, one fire concept from Deutsche & Japaner (pictured below)

urban aquarium

A beautiful art installation in the Portland International Airport by artist Sayuri Sasaki Hemann. Handmade jellyfish are suspended in a large-scale aquarium. The project aims to ‘create a dialogue between viewers about context and displacement and about the unexpected.’

The jellyfish are styled after the Sky Jelly, A Midsummer’s Night Dream (real name!), Portland Rain, Electric Moss Jellyfish, Magic Jelly, Moonlight Parade, and Sunset Jelly. I would love to unexpectedly come across this work while headed to a flight.

Photos by The Weaver House

exploring Vinkeveen

Nothing says summer to me more than water, a wooden dock, and swimsuits. The forecast for the weekend was rain, rain rain, but on Saturday morning the sun was shining and we dared to head out to explore until the rain arrived.

Our destination was Vinkeveen Lakes, a water recreation area with 12 sand islands and plenty of room for sailboats and waterskiing. A road crosses through the middle of the lake with houses on either side overlooking the lake. Marcus and I headed to a small beach area on the north side of the lake and claimed a secluded dock extending over the water. A moment to lie in the sun and carefully watch the clouds pass overhead.

weekend links

Weekend Links is a collection of the interesting bits and pieces that I’ve come across on the streets and online. I hope you enjoy them as well!

1. Appreciating The Quiet Farm, a concept and shop of products for ‘a life where time is made for time to be enjoyed’ (pictured above, via)
2. Loving the music of The Lumineers (via)
3. Admiring what looks to be a great weather app
4. Counting down the days until the Breakfast with Strangers project hits the road (via my dad)
5. Discovering a popsicle recipe roundup and trying out the yummy roasted strawberry and coconut milk pops (pictured below)
6. Reading the article ‘The Busy Trap‘ in the NYTimes