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spring cleaning in june

This year winter was long, really long. Then came spring , a short one, sunlight and pollen invading our privacy even through closed windows. Now it’s almost summer with spring cleaning way overdue – high time to shake off the procrastination and just get to it. Cleaning the computer that is! Cleaning is a very tedious task and one cannot admit it’s not distracting. It’s like a treasure hunt in your file folders. So I found stuff ( oh yes) and I tried to stay on track, and then I found even more stuff and then I had to visit my neighbor for a coffee break  [kitchen temporarily closed for painting that I’m surprisingly not doing myself 😉 ] and  then back to work an finding stuff again… Maybe it’s time to share some findings then. I cannot believe it’s been almost two years!! Here:



new toy

New toy! Exciting! Remember when you were a kid and it was your birthday and you anxiously unwrapped your gift to find the exact thing you really wanted? Yes. That’s exactly how I feel although it’s not my birthday and I had to buy my toy myself.  I bought my new “freestyler”( sort of a handmade lensbaby)  here and thanks to lots of coincidences it got safely here just two days ago. New tool brings new excitement and new motivation…I just wish I had someone more cooperative to practice, because there IS a learning curve, but I will persevere 😉 and although I didn’t really get it for the purpose of portraiture these are the first results, bringing me what I love the most about photography – surprising, fleeting, unpredictable. Why was I waiting so long, why??!!

julka and musings

house projects are hard…you think you planned them oh so well,  but unexpected little things start to creep up on you the very day you get your first estimate. From then on you are stuck…there is either some stranger in the house poking your walls and probing the wiring, or you are just waiting for said stranger to come , and start, and finish and go…go already. And since we started lots of house projects back in February I’m exhausted of waiting, calling, waiting, nagging, firing and hiring, and endless trips to hardware stores, and paint chips and decisions…I want it done , now …I need my home back because I too have projects, of my own…brewing and brewing but not able come into fruition…I need peace and quiet…I need to shoot again…but in the meantime some pictures way overdue:

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Raksha Bandhan

To be a part of an event like this was truly inspiring – a tradition I had never encountered before and probably will never have another chance to photograph. It was a beautiful, love and joy filled event, something that I’ll remember always. Raksha Bandhan – a Hindu festival celebrating a special bond between brothers and sisters. The sister ties a rakhi (holy thread) on her brother’s wrist and he in return presents her with a gift and vows to forever protect her. Then they feed each other sweets. What a wonderful tradition and one that I would, without any hesitance, impose on my kids right away. At least that is what I thought I should do, since my kids are at the age when it seems the only feelings they have for each other are anger and hatred, and maybe just some annoyance on a better day. What a great reminder the memory would be of love and affection they once had for each other. Hope one day it will return to normal i.e. healthy/loving siblings’ relationship.

Jessica Klaus - LOVE these!

Malina Stanczak - Thanks Jessica 🙂

cherry blossoms pink

It was a long winter. It looked like it was never going to end.
All of a sudden the blossoms burst open and the leaves soon followed and now it looked like we’d skipped a season to a hot, muggy summer – something else to complain about.

Our vegetable and herb garden, abandoned since last October hasn’t even gotten a chance of a new life yet…but I still have hope to be able to plant my favourites …or is it too late?

Today feels wintery again, not freezing cold but a gloomy kind of day. The dampness gets right to your bones, and all you feel like doing is sipping hot tea…but something is missing. And this something is tasty, and fresh and fruity and cherry blossoms pink…cheesy and chocolatey too….mmmm…it’s official – it’s spring!

Time for a white chocolate and raspberry cake (gluten free! ):


300 g white chocolate
1 cup (250 ml) heavy cream
5 eggs
60 g sugar
250 g  mascarpone
1 cup ground almonds
1 tbsp vanilla extract
300 g raspberries frozen are good;

Melt the chocolate in heavy cream on a stove. Whisk egg yolks with half the sugar until they are light in color and fluffy. Add mascarpone, vanilla, almonds and melted chocolate and mix till smooth. Beat the egg whites with the rest of the sugar till stiff and fold them gently into the mixture. Pour in a 9 inch springform lined with paper and put raspberries on top. Bake in a 350F oven for 60 minutes, covered with tin foil. Leave  for several hours in the open oven to cool down and keep in the fridge of at least 4 hours afterwards.

Now it’s time for topping:

1 cup of heavy whipping cream
1 tbsp of powdered sugar
100 g raspberries
1 packet of gelatin ( this is optional – my cake had to travel so I wanted the cream to be stiffer and hold its shape);

Whip the cream with sugar and raspberries and put on top of the cake.
if you added gelatin put it back in the fridge so it sets.

Now it’s time to use your machinetta. It’s coffee and cake time.