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cristina
Iceland
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Finally winter arrived last week with plenty of snow. Our freezer is stuffed with enough chard to bring us through a long winter and there is still kale and red cabbage buried under a foot or two of snow. The unusual mild autumn prolonged our growing season considerably and the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Might be the season of the witch
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Everybody is busy outside these days. Thanks to my lovely neighbour our vegetable patch grew considerably in size so I spend hours planting all sorts of cabbage (white, red, green and black - whatever this one might be), leek, chard... while my love tries desperately to keep up with the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at Might be the season of the witch
Thank you, Sarah! I'm quite curous if my little son spinns this particular thread further and where his tale might go. This one is his to tell, I'm only the illuminator.
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January is over... days are flying and crawling at the same time. We're still in the middle of winter - and are going to stay there for the next two or three months, I suppose. But, oh, the days are getting longer and the sun went from appearing for 20... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at Might be the season of the witch
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Given the fact that I have to juggle two little kids and a (admittedly not very tidy) household, I managed to do quite a bit of work. Two drawings that where half finished for ages are now done and almost on their way to new owners. Another one is nearly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at Might be the season of the witch
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Autumn leaves and berries, dramatic clouds, last tomatoes and the first snow, skeletal trees in early morning light... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at Might be the season of the witch
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The nethermost lands are where nobody is really looking anymore, in the shrubs, the undergrowth, the small and hidden places visited only by foxes, birds and, maybe, children. The natives of this forgotten realm make their homes in apples, mushrooms, at times even in some left behind soda can or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2015 at Might be the season of the witch
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Finally! My prints arrived in truely icelandic manner: with plenty of delay. The postman wanted me to pay postage but his card reading thingy ran out of battery (very icelandic) and I didn't have enough cash (you see, I try to keep up with local customs). So he dropped my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2015 at Might be the season of the witch
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I walked alone yesterday, no kids, no dog, nobody asking hundert questions per minute, nobody trying to drag me in the nearest ditch or towards the occasional sheep. It was't a long walk though, just a few hundred meters down the hill to the farm there. This may be not... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2015 at Might be the season of the witch
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The year is going into darkness... I saw the first star a few days ago, the streetlamps are on in the evening (so yes, we have evenings again after a glorious day lasting two months), the grass stands almost at shoulder height on the pasture next to our house. Even... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at Might be the season of the witch
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A friend and I started a year or so ago to wright/draw a children's story. She provided the text, I was responsible for the visual part. It may be not the most unusual of stories, but we thought it charming. Well, saying that we are stuck halfways is an exaggeration.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2015 at Might be the season of the witch
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No words needed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at Might be the season of the witch
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I love books. Not only reading, losing myself in stories or being intellectually challenged, but the thing itself. The texture of paper, coarse to silky, the smell of it, ranging from musty cellar to the slight sweetnes of an expensive illustrated book, the sound of paper on paper when turning... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Might be the season of the witch
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The leafs just begin to unfurl - and it is already almost mid-june. Yes, this is Iceland, I know, but still I would expect a little bit more of a summer month. At least it doesn't freeze at night. We started this year's gardening season some days ago with a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Might be the season of the witch
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Finally, after some six weeks, I'm done with this one and my fingers are itching to begin something new... And at last, something like real spring might come in a day or two. I have enough of the cold wind and those nightfrosts and I'm seriously running out of windowsills.... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Might be the season of the witch
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I think I like it. I wasn't sure at first (like almost always) but it turned out fine. It's still not finished, though. I have to change the red a little bit - and add the white spots, of course. Well, some child or other wakes up and/or starts bothering... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Might be the season of the witch
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It was, indeed. The first day of icelandic summer. As it should be, the grass was white with frost yesterday morning, thus making sure that the summer is going to be a nice warm one. Well, that's the theory, at least. Right now it's cold but still, you can feel... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Might be the season of the witch
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There aren't many heirlooms left from my mother's moldavian family... it's like everywhere, old stuff is worthless and has to be thrown out in favour of some China-made rubbish. Well, you can't hinder progress. But a few things survived, and something even found it's way to me. My great-grandmother weaved... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Might be the season of the witch
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no exit death form dream counterpressure - pressure no exit error the end restriction the end fit in separation one question try again Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Might be the season of the witch
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Oh, it's beautiful right now, the sun shining on white mountains, melting away the last remnants of snow here in the valley. Yesterday, Reykjavík felt like spring. But who knows what comes next? Four days ago we had the worst storm this winter, with metal sheeting (luckily not from our... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Might be the season of the witch
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Being as clumsy as only a woman in the last days of her pregnancy could be, I managed to destroy our internet connection. Iceland being Iceland I couldn't buy a replacement stick in Borgarnes without extensive and contradictory phonecalls to the Síminn headquarters. But hey, I like this. Being born... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at Might be the season of the witch
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I really love icelandic winter, going into darknes and emerging again, the wind, snow, even the rain... but now I find myself more and more often staring longingly in the seed drawer. Maybe three more weeks and I can start grow seedlings on the window sill. Last year spring arrived... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2015 at Might be the season of the witch
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I promised to post some of my older artwork. Here we go, beginning with the pathos only a 17 years old could muster after reading Baudelaire. I expected my teacher to give me again some lousy grades like the year before, when I tried my hand at Edgar Allan Poe... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Might be the season of the witch
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There is a little snowstorm outside. Well, you would call it a storm in some other parts of Europe, but after living in Iceland for a few years with the neighbour's garbage container sailing past on a regular basis, I would call it merely windy. This was a proper storm... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Might be the season of the witch
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Currently I'm working again on the Nethermost Lands series. The very first was a gift for a friend, the second a gift for his then little niece. Afterwards I made here and there a drawing - only to stupidly lose them all. That's an embarrassing story but at least I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Might be the season of the witch