August Break 2014 | Day Twenty-Six

I don’t have a lot of words right now, but I did want to stop in and say hello to you all.  My days have been filled with work-related writing and my evenings with half marathon-related training, reading, and early bed times.  Don’t worry though, it hasn’t been all work and no play.   Some fun celebrations brought me to Berlin and Delmenhorst (first time!) too.

Here’s a quick glance at the last couple of weeks of my August Break...

on the table
Day Twelve: On the table. Oh captain, my captain.
Bremen Hauptbahnhof
Day Fifteen: Blue
sidewalk in Bremen
Day Sixteen: Looking down
bookshelf
Day Seventeen: Bookshelf
stormy skies
Day Nineteen: Black & white
Bremen Sunset
Day Twenty: Peaceful
old wallpaper
Day Twenty-Three: Adorned

What have you been up to this August?  For more about why I’m taking a break this month, click here.

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August Break 2014 | Day Ten

Dear friends, so far this August Break has been a wonderful way for me to take a step away from a computer screen in the evenings and focus my energies on some other key areas of my world right now.   But I have been having fun with photography, even though I don’t respond to the prompts every single day.  Here are a few since the beginning of August…

Mensa
Day One: Lunch
Pattern
Day Two: Pattern
Day Five: Three
Day Five: Three
Reflection
Day Six: Reflection
Desk
Day Seven: Today is….
Glass of water
Day Ten: Drink

What are you up to this August?  For more about why I’m taking a break this month, click here.

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Another August Break

Remember last August when I took a break from blogging but still stayed connected via photography?  Well, August Break 2014 has arrived!

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Rereading my post from last year, lots has changed, but plenty has stayed the same.  I am still (much to my chagrin) writing my dissertation, but I promise you this time, it will be done sooner than later.   I’m also in the midst of intensive training to try to PR at the Bremen Half Marathon in October.   You know, ’cause I need an extra challenge these days.

In other words, it couldn’t be a better time to take a breather from sitting in front of a computer for longer than I have to.  At the same time, I look forward to the daily photo prompts to provide a little bit of creative photographic inspiration.   You can follow along daily over at my Instagram account, and I hope to share photos here every once in awhile too.

Feel free to join in if you like!

Urban Jungle | Watering

Do you guys remember my post last month about my new balcony garden?  Well, I’m finally sharing an update with you and taking the opportunity to join a little online community known as the Urban Jungle Bloggers (scroll to the bottom of this post for more info).   This month – fitting these very warm summer days – the Urban Jungle focus is on watering your plants.

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For the first few weeks after planting my balcony garden, I was watering the flowers using a pitcher from the kitchen.  It was fine and all, but clearly just a temporary solution.  Watering cans are one of those things  that — up until this summer – I haven’t ever paid much attention to.  But I immediately knew I was looking for one with a bit of an old-fashioned flair.  As soon as I laid eyes on this pretty, shiny watering can, I knew it was the one for me.

Balcony garden update

It kind of makes watering the plants fun and the nozzle ensures that I don’t over water them either.   The flowers seems to be enjoying themselves too.  The sandwort and tick sage are growing like crazy.  (Compare them to last month!)  The sage, on the other hand, grew a lot at the beginning, but then dried out.  I’ve trimmed the stems down a bit and it seems to be blooming again, but hasn’t quite reached the same height as of yet.

Balcony garden update

Balcony garden update

Balcony garden

I’ve even added more flowers to the balcony.  But this time I thought I’d see how they fare sitting on the ground with a bit of shade rather than hanging in the direct sunlight.

Balcony garden

How do you care for your plants during these hot summer days?

Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series hosted by 2 bloggers: Igor (Happy Interior Blog) and Judith (JOELIX.com). Every month they share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, DIYs and green tips & tricks. You can find additional inspiration on the Urban Jungle Bloggers Pinterest board and keep up-to-date via their Facebook page. Want to join? Subscribe to their monthly topic newsletter or use #urbanjunglebloggers on twitter and instagram.

Traveling. Running. Photographing. Living.

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