Sonntag, 22. November 2015

November Blues

This has been a unseasonably warm and weird November! With temperatures around 15 degrees Celsius and emotions running high both at the office and at home I felt really low and drained.

On top of that I felt strangely uninspired at the sewing machine, trawling through the internet for gift ideas for christmas, fearing that my inner sewing goddess has shut up.

This past week I had leave from work and spent it at home, feeling tired and listless, frustrated that I didn't get through my chores as quickly as planned. I hardly got anything done. Only a bit of sketching which still gives me lot's of pleasure. 

But maybe I needed that. Maybe my body had decided, I needed a break and lot's of sleep. This morning, on my last day of leave I look outside my windows at the rain and snow, as the temperatures have finally dropped. Proud that I have managed to sort out my balcony with hours to spare before the snow arrived. I needed to empty the flower pots and stow away the furniture.

While I put away some stuff in the basement, as well as my winter boots I got out my Christmas decorations and from the balcony I carried in my selfgrown tree. I hope it will thrive inside. 

Thinking of Christmas, I feel optmimistic for the first time in weeks. Just before Christmas Eve I will travel to Vienna with my brother for a short break, involving lot's of mulled wine and Austrian delicacies.

After Christmas it'll be time to start in-depth planning for the next big Australian Adventure in July 2016. I'll be touring Queensland and am looking forward to countless teas and coffees with the delightful Lady A. Now if that's not enough reason to finally cheer up, I don't know....

Sonntag, 1. November 2015

Autumn Hiking

Last Friday I joined a bunch of very energetic, young colleagues on a hiking trip to the Brunnsteinhütte, right at the border to Austria. There were 18 of us and the weather was beautiful. It took us nearly to hours to reach the chalet or mountain hut where we gladly fell over some refreshments.

After a short break my colleagues headed on towards the summit but I just couldn't face it, having thouroughly overexerted myself with the climb to the hut.
So I stayed behind on my own, sitting on the sunny terrace, sketching and enjoying the breathtaking view. 

At first I regretted not having brought my Kindle e-Book-reader but in the end I enjoyed the forced time-out with nothing to distract myself. Nothing but pen and paper.

We had arranged to stay the night and watched the sun vanish behind the mountains before we headed inside for dinner.

It was amazing to watch the time pass, the fog rise, the night sky. The accomodation was very basic though with only a compost toilet about 50 metres behind the hut and  no hot water.  The dormitories were freezing and we didn't get much sleep, although the reasons for that were probably large amounts of alcohol...

In the morning, after very basic ablutions and breakfast we shouldered our backpacks and headed down the mountain again, meeting lots of early-bird hikers on the way up. 

I won't ever forget the beautiful views and ever-changing skies during our time on the mountain.