Sunday, August 31, 2014

We Made A Quilt Together !

 My youngest son is interested in sewing since he was in kinder garden. First he sews with his grandmother and me when we mend garment. Then when he was eight years old he did several children classes at Rita's Quilt and Patchwork Studio. He sewed purses, sewing accessories and some pillows. Every now and then he wants to sew on a new project. This year on Easter he started his first quilt. He chose his fabric and started a 'dissapearing nine patch' pattern. One Saturday in the Easter holidays we went to our guild's meeting and David started his first quilt. Since April the first sewn blocks stuck on my design wall and I waited for my suns new interest until August. Fortunately it returned in August. Here you can see him sewing on our terrace. We completed the quilt together. He sewed all the top and I made the quilting and the binding..... For the backing he chooses a fleece fabric.

David in our summer sewing room

highly concentrated......

In our dining room - trying to quilt with the walking foot

that's me on my brother....

we made it !!!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Elder Syrup II

In June I posted my Elder Syrup recipe for a syrup from elder flowers. Now in August I made Elder Syrup from elderberries. Here is the recipe:

Gather 2 to 3 kg of elderberries and extract the juice from them. I did this with a steam juicer. I got 1,5 liters of elder juice which I mixed with 25 g citric acid (from the drugstore) and 1,5 kg sugar. This time I cooked the syrup and filled it hot into bottles.

It's fine in sparkling water or hot tea and I love it in yogurt and muesli.

I love the coming autumn for the harvest time and all the delicious fruits we get now. 

And you what season do you love most? Please feel free to leave a comment.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Rafting On River Alz

I was invited  to a rafting tour on river Alz. We had lunch on the raft which drove slowly with the waters and enjoyed the rural environment. It was a silent tour through one of our most beautiful landscapes here in Bavaria (South Germany). The water quality is one of the highest in Germany, nearly drinking water quality. I did this tour often by rubber boat but this time I was really impressed. When driving by rubber boat I always sat very near on the water surface so I couldn't see over the reeds. On the raft I was above all and could look around and had a better view than ever before.

On this raft we moved down the river.

Seebruck our starting point. It's a village on lake Chiemsee. The river Alz is the effluent stream from lake Chiemsee.

Our tour went through a protected landscape on both sides of the river.

Along untouched river banks.

And reeds swayed by the wind.

Our "sister-raft" followed us down the river.

And a typically Bavarian sky was above us...

It was a very windy day.

At the end we arrived Truchtlaching.

A very nice village on river Alz.