Home for the Holidays

  It’s quite fashionable to moan about the white Christmases of yore and how they don’t happen anymore, but I honestly can’t recall any. It’s not just that I cannot remember a snow-apocalypse type Christmas, I simply can’t say if there was snow, ever. This is probably partly due to the fact that I was…

Houses We Built

Anyone can take pictures these days, you don’t even need to subject yourself to the hassle of carrying a camera around: your phone is smarter than you and always readily available to fire away.   The problem is that, in the meantime, we have kind of forgotten how to actually look at things. And see…

The River of My Dreams

  I have those moments of great weakness (usually at the very end of summer, right after having returned from some sunny Mediterranean island) when I start waxing lyrical about how I love the sea, even in the tragic circumstance of having been born spectacularly far from any such body of water, and being, if…

Flowers and kittens

  I was thinking it’s high time for a post of great importance and weight, touching on subjects totally relevant to our times and offering much food for thought.So here it is. Flowers and KITTENS.                                         …

My Own Private Sakura

Of course everybody’s got a camera these days, or at least a smart phone with one, so the Internet is aflood with yay-blossoms-blooming-trees-spring-is-here-yay shots.I have of course already admitted to being week minded enough to not resist a pretty flower, but these blooms are most special to me, because they come from my grandmother’s garden. …

So This Was Christmas

It started with Easter weather, but went on to become quite polar. The cats did not break the tree, hard as they tried, but the little one tested her first snow. The red star shone on, and I can still find a store or two that sells Christmas candles for dinosaurs like me. All in…

The Christmas Post

Crăciun Fericit! Boldog Karácsonyt! Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noël Buon Natale! Hyvää joulua! Frohe Weihnachten! Feliz Navidad! God Jul! Срећан Божић! Bon Nadal!                  

Early Autumn Lights

I love to follow the changing of the seasons in parents’ yard and garden, because it’s all so contained, I know every nook and cranny, so all alterations that would be small elsewhere, are very vividly noticeable here. Early autumn is almost never cold, but the light shifts into a muted hue, and all fruit…

Easter in the Making

I usually had two Easters growing up (one Orthodox, one Protestant, one Romanian, one Hungarian) and I never really discriminated between the two, since they meant twice the excitement of Easter eggs.  It also took some pressure off Easter- if it wasn’t pitch perfect the first time around, there was always the second try.  …

Little March

 A Mărţişor is a little trinket with a red-and-white ribbon given as a spring greeting gift in the early days of March. Bulgarians have a similar tradition- but they only have the ribbon part, which is missing out on hal f the fun, really. Said objects come in many shapes and sizes, from the classical…