Favourite Friday: Fair/Market

My favourite fair is the historical medieval market/fair in my old hometown. It takes part every year on one of the the weekends in October, and it is quite a spectacle: heralds, priests, caged and tortured “prisoners”, witches running around screaming, lots of arts and crafts, smoky food stalls, smaller animals like sheep or ponies, musicians, and other performers like fire-breathers or stilt-walkers. It is fun to wander around, look at all the nice things, learn a thing or to from the spice vendors, try exotic dried fruits or “dragon eggs”, or try your luck with your archery skills. For kids there is even a wooden carousel pushed by people, not powered by electricity! Oh, the colourful costumes, the aroma of spices and fire … tomorrow the fair will be opened. I’m pretty excited, because I missed it the last four years. Oh boy, how I missed it. On Monday university will start again, but this weekend we’ll have fun. “Let’s drink a toast to tomorrow, and one to days long ago” (Blackmore’s Night: Toast to tomorrow). Nah, I won’t drink alcohol I guess, but rhytons look really cool.

Favourite Friday: Flowers and Seasons

Welcome back to the second edition of “Favourite Friday”.  As the weather outside is not really summer like yet, and the sky is more grey than blue, how about something nice?

Favourite Flowers: white roses, and I like green plants like ivy and fern, they give me such a nice feeling with their barely noticeable earthy aroma and a notion of fantasy worlds. Generally I prefer blossoming trees (Japanese cherry trees, apple tree blossoms) and wild flowers (e.g. corn flowers) over blooming plants inside, because too many smells combined in a confined space make me uncomfortable.

Favourite Seasons: late summer and the European equivalent to Indian summer. The times when the air and the soil exhale a soft, warm, slightly dusty breath and a faint aroma of hay, the trees are full of leaves and maybe a glint of fire in the sun. Deep blue skies. Happiness. The times when I long to run through open fields. Our church wedding will be in the mid of September this year, could there be a better time?

Tell me about flowers/plants and seasons that make me happy, please?

Favourite Friday: Words and Colours

Sometimes I have no clue what to write about. So I got the idea to do something weekly like many other bloggers do. It will be about things I cherish and enjoy. Favourite things. Simple things. And I invite all of you to comment a lot and tell me what about your favourites in the weekly category/categories!

Let’s start with words and colours!

Favourite (English) words: serendipity, lush, and cerulean (favourite words in other languages are another issue … for Swahili I’m considering shaghala-baghala “chaos”, mjinga “uneducated idiot” (yep, I use this a lot …), kabisa “completely”, and matatizo “troubles”; in French maybe papillon “butterfly”, and in German it would be some funny, randomly made up composite word … )

Favourite colours: current favourite is cerulean blue (which inspired me to start this stuff), and indigo, but what really is my favourite colour keeps changing depending on season and mood. Mostly natural, not too bright ones. And I like colours with pretty names, obviously :)