2019 – At my Happy Place. Photos

Like every year I was of course at my beach again this year.
And as always I took photos.
My holiday has been over for some time now. But I didn’t get to choose the photos (almost 1000) for my blog. At the moment I’m lying at home with a cold and it’s so boring that I used the time to sort my photos.

This photo was taken right on the first day. We didn’t even unpack the suitcases but went directly to the beach. ❤ ❤ ❤
Luckily the pockets of my shorts were empty, because the shorts were sprayed wet almost up to my butt 😀

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Sunshine, waves, sand and the very special smell of the sea. What more could you ask for?

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If you are interested in maritime decoration like me, you have probably already seen pictures of handicrafts or furniture made of driftwood on the Internet.
Somehow I never paid attention to driftwood during the last years or it had already been taken away by collectors. I read that they are looking for driftwood on the beach very early in the morning.
Anyway, this year it was right in front of my feet.

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A little further away, I saw those two logs. I was wondering which way they had gone. Are they coming from far away or just a few miles from the beach?

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I’ve noticed the little sticks before, when I was on vacation. I always thought they put sticks in the sand to protect the sea grass and the sand during storms. I once pulled on one, and no, they weren’t put in. I think they are roots of a plant.
Don’t ask which one. I don’t know anything about plants hehe

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See that stone in the middle? These stones from the sea do not only look beautiful, they also feel totally good. They are wonderfully smooth and come in great colours.

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The next photo looks like I arranged it. No, I didn’t. I found it just like that on the beach and found the combination perfect 🙂

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There is no sandy beach without tens of tracks. Footprints, or those of seagulls walking on the beach, or traces of the huge number of dogs walking there.
The dog that made this footprint was huge!!! I once put my shoe next to it to show what giant paws it had hihi So you can see the ratio, I have UK size 6.5 😀

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No, it wasn’t that dog. That day it was soooo hot outside. The dog was sitting in a bus stop and I had to photograph him. He was a bit shy if you came too close. So I stood in the heat instead of in the shadow at the bus stop. After all I don’t have any fur that makes you feel the temperature even more.

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Our last night of vacation. Shortly after sunset. See how calm the sea is? Quite the opposite to the photos during the day. The sound of the waves was very soft. Really relaxing. We passed people who recorded the sound. It looked very professional. Maybe they make a relaxing CD out of the recordings.

The colors in the photo are the same as in reality. Simply beautiful ❤

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I love the sea (photos + film)

 

 

 

I love the sea.

No matter how the weather is, whether hot or cold, windy or rainy  I love to be at the sea.

Never before have I had the few days of vacation as needed as this summer.
In my last post I wrote that I had a construction site IN my apartment for 10 weeks.

Every year we went cycling by the sea, to a different place almost every day.

But not this time!

We took hours of walks by the sea, slept late, made no plans for the next day.
For a week we simply rested, enjoyed the sea, calmed our nerves.

Of course I took photos again. I think I have a million photos of the sea now, but still I take new photos every year hihi

I took this photo the first day. It was very cloudy and windy, perfect for kiting

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Here my favourite motive at the sea, waves that break

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We passed the bike to walk up the stairs to the beach.
No, that wasn’t our usual way to the beach. We went that way for the photos. As you can see on the photos, the weather was perfect

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Here you can walk up the steps in the middle of the dunes.
The brown is not withered but a special form of the plant Ericaceae. This plant can be found all over the dunes because it can grow on sandy soil and thus prevents the sand from being blown away.

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And now the best look of all when you’ve gone up all the steps. Down the stairs to the beach.
When I was standing on top, I made a little video with my mobile 🙂 The noise in the video is the wind and the sea

I hope you like the view too ❤ ❤ ❤

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On the beach – photos and sound

The last days I have been on vacation at my favourite beach ❤ ❤ ❤

One night I recorded the sound of the sea with my mobile. It was a little windy as you can hear 🙂

I’ve taken lots of photos

The next photos are made by low tide

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The sheep ensure that the dikes are firm. I think they just eat and sleep hihi

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I don’t know what these things were used for before the sea destroyed them

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Sunset – more people took photos there instead of in daylight hehe

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Dancing on the beach ❤ ❤ ❤

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How to make a travel pillow

This one I have done long time ago but I couldnt post it because it has been a gift for my godchild Sonja.

She loves to travel a lot with bus, car, train. She never travels without her own pillow.

When traveling she runs with her suitcase in one hand, her bag in her other hand and her pillow under her arm. When I saw this for the first time I thought about how to make it easier for her.

We bought a new pillow for her. Did she choose a small one? NOPE, it has to be a big one LOL

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And this is how I made it for her:

Material:

1 Pillow

2 different fabrics ( pillow 1 yard flannel, bag 1 yard cord fabric)

1 Zipper

3 x Clip buckles

2 different ribbons (pillow 40 inches, bag 2x 40 inches)

1 cord 40 inches

2 cord stops

I have chosen a nice flannel with cameras for the pillow.Sonja is an amazing photographer and what better motive I could have bought for her?

First cut the fabric for the pillow,sew the zipper on one of the larger side. (dont buy a zipper about the whole lenghts of the pillow because of the ribbons with the clip buckles.

Then cut the 40 inch ribbon in half.and put the clip buckle on one of it.

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Lay this ribbon in half like on the picture above and pin it with a needle 4-5 inches from the end of this side. When sewing this side, sew 3-4 time forward and back over the ribbon.

Close both shorter sides of the pillow. ( Open your zipper after this a little. Had a real fight to turn my pillow because I couldnt opened the zipper LOL )

On the last side put the second ribbon (dont fold it this time !!! ) in the the same distance as you did with the first ribbon and close this side.

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On the picture above you see the pillow with the ribbons, one folded, the other not. Put the other part of your clip buckle on it. Fold the end of this ribbon 3 or 4 times and sew it together. Otherwise your clip buckle will slip and will get lost.

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your pillow will look like this, when you attach it to a car seat or a bus seat 🙂

It isnt very hygienic to run with your pillow outdoors:Plus Sonja chose a very large pillow. Not so perfect when you will take it on your journey.

Birgid, the dressmaker of my sewing course made the proposal to sew a bag for this pillow. Not for the whole lenghts of the pillow but half of it. So I made the bag big enough to fold the pillow.

AND SHE WAS RIGHT!!!

Here comes the bag for your pillow:

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Cut the fabric:  2/3 the length of your pillow and add on each side of the bag 4 inch more then the width of your pillow.

Bag 1

Bag 2

Bag 3

Bag 4

Put the cord stops on your cord.

Fold your pillow and take it into your bag 🙂

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If I would do it again I would take a much larger ribbon below. This bag cant be attach directly to your suitcase because the ribbon is to short.

I also would chose a stronger ribbon for the bag and bigger clip buckles.

This is how it looks like.

But it will work this way too 🙂

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