playtime in spring




Our spring shoot was set in the countryside behind the small town of Neckargemünd that is not so far from Heidelberg. What was so fascinating was how the change of sunlight would affect the colour of the grass in just split seconds: bright yellow/green back to a darker green shade.

These two lovely mums are also fellow bloggers that I have met over cyberspace, and then I was fortunate enough to bring them alive in my pictures. These two little princesses (both aged 4) learnt the art of blowing bubbles for the camera, while at one point having to turn around so that they wouldn't get an eye full of bubbles. Miss A had the upper gum advantage of being able to blow more bubbles—with her two front teeth missing,as she was able to make more room for that air! After we had finished eating and it was time to pack-up and go home, Miss L pikes up with, "I don't want the party to finish!"

 Check out the ladies blogs: Mama with flavor and Wright at home. 

...for more portraits of the day

Silvia & Thomas



It was one of those summer days where the sun would hide behind the clouds, and then hi! I’m back out again type of a day. Silvia and Thomas’s wedding started at the Heidelberg registry office that is situated in the mainstream of this romantic city: lined with restaurants, cafés and a lot of tourist. The latter was a small challenge, as we had to be persistent with one Chinese tourist by pleading with him to stop taking pictures of the newlyweds— “But I come from China, and I want a picture to show my wife,” was his argument. We then moved up to the Heidelberg castle, where Thomas had proposed to Silvia one year earlier. The reception was then held at the Hoher Darsberg that is peacefully nestled up on a country hill; it was here that we made a few afternoon portraits of the pair within the surroundings of this classy and natural setting.   Have a great marriage you two!  

You may also like to have a peep at Hanna Mari and Joachim's wedding.


...for more of Silvia & Thomas

potato & paprika soup


During our winter, I haven't made soup as often as the previous years, so I thought I had better snap into gear and do so before the end of our cool season. There is something quite satisfying about coming inside from the cold outdoors, then heating up a serving of soup to diminish the chill.

What had also prompt me to make this potato soup with the spicy paprika, was due to the abundance of the powdery substance we already had in our cupboard. Peter's (my hubby) Hungarian colleague arrived at work one day with his gift of Kotányi Paprika Csípös from a recent trip to Hungry, and would brag (I won't tell you what he really said) that this Hungarian paprika variety beats any powered paprika on the German food market "hands down" as far as its strength. I have yet to open the second 100g packet that the fella has given us, so I wonder just how many potato and paprika soups we can endure over the course of time. The soup is rather wholesome, and has a touch of crispness with its pre pan-fried potatoes and croutons that is added to the mixture. This soup recipe is definitely a keeper in my books, or I should say blog, so there will be more use for this red powder to come!

What do you like to cook with your powdered paprika?



Last summer, we discovered a stylish and accomplished ceramic gallery whose wares are made on its premises. It was only by chance that we came across the gallery that is set in a street of half-timbered houses in Oberderdingen (try saying this a few times!), while out sightseeing with our Australian visitor. The town is full of charm, which I vow to return to make a photo session for a later post. It was here at Töpferei Wenzel, where I found the denim blue bowl that was used for this potato soup. Their prices are very reasonable for the quality and the workmanship of their tableware. The prices range from 8 Euros for the smaller objects (such as the tiny vase that I've used in the top picture), to 15+ Euros for a soup pot and for the larger food containers.

Töpferei Wenzel also produces contemporary lamps and art pieces for the home. Their charming rooftop figurines shaped as cats, foxes and witches...just to name a few shapes, are iconically fixed to the rooftops of homes in our Kraichgau region. I highly recommend a visit to their website, and Herbert Wenzel speaks English for International enquires.

 Next-up...the soup kitchen will open again, and more Töpferei Wenzel pottery to come!