Sunday, 24 June 2012

Midsummer Night's Party

A friend made her mind up to host a real midsummer night's party in her garden. So yesterday everyone came with things required for such a party. Someone brought a box full of cut pinewood. A friend brought his fire cage. Others brought food such as quiche or salad. I brought roasted vegetables, my traditional party food, and battered lovage blossoms, a new recipe from "Miss Maple's kitchen laboratory".
 If you don't know what lovage blossoms look like:
 I'll show you the battered blossoms in one of the following posts.
 First we got elderflower drinks and ate the delicious dishes from the buffet.
Then everyone had to put candles into the water tub with a secret wish in his thoughts.
Later we lit the fire. 
The fire is a symbol for the light and warmth of the sun.
Our friend taught us two Yugoslav dances and it was much fun and laughter to dance around the fire holding hands and trying to focus on the steps - forwards, backwards, sideways, spin around.
She told us about ancient midsummer night customs in different parts of the world, which was so very  interesting and magical.
We put fern fronds into the fire.
 It's said that fern produces a golden flower at midnight of midsummer, that drops its seeds immediately. These seeds should be able to make you invisible. Also fern was highly coveted for strong spells of love.
Not only did we see the sparks of fire against the dark night sky but also nice glow worms flying by caught our attention.
Later we burned birch twigs, the birch signifies for a new start and reincarnation.
The birch sap is also a favoured ingredient of love potions.
 It's a symbolic tradition that couples in love should leap over the fire to reinforce their relationship, to strengthen their future and to prove their fidelity.
After that we still drank wine and talked for hours due to the unusual warm night and were all happy to have beloved friends like these to enjoy the short time we're here on earth.
Have a colourful, warm night!
Miss Maple

Friday, 22 June 2012

Overgrowing roses and catmint

A quick pic before heading off to my sister-in-law's birthday party. 
Picked some roses from my garden that have to be an addition to her present.
 Standing in the middle of the overgrowing catmint and roses jumble.
 I bought the heart necklace long time ago at a cheap shop.
I'm wearing a dirndl resembling combo:
blouse: H&M
skirt: H&M
vest: Orsay
shoes: C&A
Nothing thrifted this time!
Have a colourful day!
Miss Maple

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Pink roses

A collection of pink roses from my garden for you, my dearest readers.
 I hope they will cheer up your heart as they did with mine.
Maybe you can see some pollen beetles inside the blossoms but I think they don't do any harm to the roses.
The small purple roses at the bottom are called "Veilchenblau", in English that means "Violet".
I've chosen them just because of their name, it sounds so lovely. My mother and my friend own them too.
 You may see that my lawn is full of weeds but I like it and I wouldn't like to have a perfect lawn.
Have a colourful, pink day!
Miss Maple

Monday, 18 June 2012

A Midsummer Night's Dream

One of my favourite movies with one of my favourite actresses: Michelle Pfeiffer.
Enjoy the trailer!
Make sure to watch the film whenever you have the chance. You'll be enchanted.
Have a happy midsummer night - without human donkeys!
Miss Maple

Friday, 15 June 2012

Chartreuse - one of my favourite colours

I found a website that will tell you more about this marvellous colour. 
Enjoy the pictures from that fabulous site.
Here you can see an antiques dealer's living room in chartreuse.
 Chartreuse is great when mixed with black and grey like here.
 Not really chartreuse but beautiful after all: a green bedroom.
Or would you like to have a house painted in chartreuse.
What do you say? Isn't that such a wonderful, warm and elegant colour?
Have a colourful day!
Miss Maple

Monday, 11 June 2012

New cabinet for my glass

Guess what I found at my local op shop: a cabinet in a special very, very soft chartreuse for only 3 €. It's great for presenting a part of my huge glass collection and I started at once to try some decorating. Enjoy!
 Can you find the little differences?
The blooming branch is a snowball tree. When we were kids, it was my grandmother's idea to make a snowball fight in the middle of summer with all the blossoms of her viburnum. She herself threw the most snowballs. Although she loved her garden to death she loved us grandchildren more and was happy to see us having fun all day.
 The following photo is taken with flash, which made the colours colder and everything looks much more transparent.
Some more variations. Which one is the best? Tell me!
My niece loves pugs, so this will be her birthday card next time.
Picture of Amish children taken by the famous photographer Bill Coleman.
He portrayed Amish people in a hidden valley somewhere in Pennsylvania for forty years.
That was the invitation card for the opening of his exhibition in our town last year.
There's also an illustrated book about Amish life called "The gift to be simple".
I would like to buy that book some time cause I've been interested in Amish life since I was a young girl.
 And that was the hidden background.
Have a colourful day!
Miss Maple

Present from Mr W

Look what Mr W brought me after he had visited a fleamarket on Sunday. He knows me best. 
Isn't that bowl not only so, so, so pretty but also very useful for storing fruit.
Have a colourful day!
Miss Maple

Friday, 8 June 2012

Pink champagne

I found a blog out in the blogosphere that is so gorgeous I had to recommend it at once. That's the blog
 "Pink champagne". It's from the lovely Hope Adela Pasztor. I couldn't stop browsing her blog and in every new post you think/mean to see another girl cause she looks fresh and completely different: mysterious, fancy, crazy, lovely, fantastic, divine, ...
That's what she says about herself:
Fashion is a magical and creative form of art. My clothes are the paints, my body is the canvas. Writing, styling, modeling, and exploring the world of vintage: it's what I do and who I am.
Make sure to pop over to this fabulous blog and enjoy browsing.
Have a colourful day!
Miss Maple

Hugo Cabret

I saw the film "Hugo Cabret" today and was both stunned and enchanted.
The nostalgic 3D-film plays in Paris in the 1920s and is about an orphan who lives alone in a Paris railway station and his adventures with a broken mechanical man. It's a fairytale for cinema enthusiasts and admirers of the 1920s. The film received enormously positive reviews and got 5 oscars this year. It's produced by Johnny Depp and directed by Martin Scorsese. Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen and Jude Law are starring among others. Make sure to watch "Hugo Cabret" if you have the chance.
 Unfortunately my video upload doesn't work so I can't show you the trailer on my blog
but here's the youtube link.
Have some colourful, nostalgic hours!
Miss Maple

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Carot gnocchi with two sauces

Last Sunday I tried a new vegetarian recipe. It came out easy to make and very tasty and - that's only important for silly girls like me - these gnocchi have a wonderful vibrant orange colour. So I'd like to share the recipe with you, my dear readers.
For four persons you need 1 kg carots. Cut them in big pieces and boil them until they're soft. Add 200 g of crumbled feta and blend the mixture in the food processor. Then you have to add 280 g flour, a pinch of nutmeg, a pinch of garam masala and one egg. (I added two tablespoons of semolina cause I was afraid that the dough was too soft, but maybe you won't need it) Bring two litres of water to a boil, salt and make gnocchi with the help of two teaspoons. They're ready when they come to the surface.
I made two sauces:
1.Tomato sauce from two scallions, olive oil, a can of 400 g of tomatoes, salt, freshly grounded pepper and oregano.
2.Cheese sauce from 200 g of crumbled Gorgonzola melted in 200 g of cream. If you want it spicy you can add some salt and pepper.
That's another combination of my favourite recipe: roasted vegetables. We ate them for dinner with white bread. This time I decorated the veggies with quarters of orange slices to add still more colour. Haha!
Have a colourful day!
Miss Maple
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