Friday, January 24, 2014

change of plans...

plans are useful and good. i make a lot of plans and it would be great if everything would always work out that way but i believe you have to be able to change them if you feel that the plan is not completely right anymore. people change, places change and plans also change.
 
our plan was to come to germany, take part in a 4 year program to learn bio-dynamic farming and somewhere on the way buy our farm. what we really wanted to do though is just buy the farm and start working on it! the program would have given us the opportunity to learn about farming and earn some money while doing so (that is what we thought - turns out the money is not worth talking about). i thought it would be a good base for everything else (including forest gardening and permaculture - that is what we really want to do). 
when we got to the farm last week (it is an amazing farm with a lot of really nice people living there) we really liked it but also started realizing how far away large scale agriculture is from permaculture or small scale gardening and how it is not exactly what we want. also we never lived with so many people, r. really needs some time to take a german course, i should do my drivers licence and a lot of other small things. still the people were so friendly and the farm so beautiful i had a hard time admitting that it might not be the best thing to do at the moment..
after a few days of talking we finally decided that we would not do the program and instead look for a farm (permaculture and all?) where we can wwoof or work with maybe enough time for us to do some the other things as well.
i have a hard time making difficult decisions like that but i am happy we did it and it feels good.
now we are looking for a small farm in the north somewhere prefferably with goats or other small animals, permaculture and/or a forest garden where we can live some months, learn and work and have the time to find our own space.


Sunday, January 12, 2014

making our rings...

some time ago we decided to make our own wedding rings (he would make mine and i would make his) and luckily found a friend that would help us with that. she makes beautiful silver jewelery, bowls, cutlery and so much more. you can see more of traudel hennigs works here, here and here.
so first we measured our fingers and decided on design and width of the rings.
then we had to cut a stripe of silver in the right length and width.
as they were a bit too thick, we made them thinner with this device (to me it looks like a giant pasta machine...it certainly works the same way =)).
 of course rings are round not flat so we bend the strip and connected the ends to form a ring.
 now comes the texture of the rings (hammering makes them bigger so we had to hammer and cut them to make them smaller several times).
 when the rings had about the right size we took off the rough edges on the outside...
...as well as the inside.
 and gave everything a nice texture.
 the last things missing were an r ♥ on my ring and a k on his.
his ring will go to be galvanized (he wants his to be dark) mine will stay this way. 
i could not have hoped for a more perfect ring with more meaning and am very grateful we had a chance to make them ourselves!
ps. i really hope we can use them soon as we are having some trouble with the papers we submitted to the OLG (high court) and now have a problem with our time frame..

Thursday, January 9, 2014

the last weeks...

we had a few busy weeks with christmas,
birthdays, 
new year,
trips to heidelberg,
parents in law visiting
 and much more
under each photo you find a link that takes you to some more photos on my flickr page. i hope you all had wonderful holidays and a great start into 2014. we certainly  had =)