In the past few years, house plants and urban gardens have (gladly) come back into our homes. And what’s not to love about them?
Living in the city in a flat without a balcony or garden, my options for urban gardening are sadly quite limited. Still, in the past few years, I have started to collect some plants and started growing some herbs outside my window. I’m already dreaming about how to grow my indoor garden once I return from my holiday in a few weeks. There might be a whole shelf of plants moving in this coming autumn!
Apart from all the inspiring urban jungles of my instagram friends (Siobhan forever being an inspiration), I have read and watched some great gardening and nature things lately and thought I might share them with you. I hope you find something new you like that inspires you to grow your own garden at home!
As I’m writing this, I’m sat on the balcony with the sun on my shoulders and an iced coffee next to me. Summer feels like it might never end. Nevertheless, August is actually almost over. You can feel the days getting shorter already, it’s not bright as day when my alarm rings in the morning. I will be on holiday the first two weeks of September and once I’m back, autumn will be here.
Last weekend, rather on a whim, I went for a little weekend trip to Antwerp. In my opinion, it’s the perfect place to go for a little sightseeing, shopping and coffee-shop hopping. It’s quite close to Germany as well, so on Friday, after work, we jumped onto the train and arrived in sunny Antwerp in the early hours of the evening.
Antwerp is small enough that you can walk everywhere, so that’s what we did. After setting down our bags at our lovely Airbnb we headed off for the old town and took a walk along the pier. The weather was sunny and perfect, so it was easy to feel relaxed and ‚on holiday‘ after just a few minutes.
Of course, for dinner we headed out for some chips – you need to eat chips while in Belgium. When we were full and happy we went back to our airbnb for a beer and to enjoy the evening. Originally we planned on going to some bar in town, but our apartment had the perfect rooftop. It oversaw the whole town, so we had the nicest place for a drink right at our fingertips. Added bonus: We could fall right into bed once we were tired.
To me, a good Saturday morning looks like this: Brunch with old friends, great food and lots of coffee. And luckily, last Saturday was exactly a day like that.
I made a little daytrip to my old home, Düsseldorf, where I lived for almost five years. I could never imagine moving back, but small trips like this always make me appreciate the city again. Especially, if there are great friends by my side!
As it happened, one of my best friends from school was visiting home as well. Our last meet-up was ages ago, so naturally, we decided it was high time to go out for breakfast together. When we were still at school, this was an almost weekly ritual.
Boy, it’s hot outside! I’m sitting in my flat right now, 37 degrees celsius outside, trying to stay cool with cold tea and ice cream. So instead of going outside in the blazing sun, I’m thinking back on my beautiful hike along the river Rhine last week…
With beautiful sunshine, but kinder temperatures, we hiked around the Siebengebirge on the Rheinsteig. It made me realise once more, that there’s so much beauty around Bonn. Forests and wilderness, right outside our doorstep!
We hiked the second part of the Rheinsteig, a long-distance walking trail that leads from Bonn to Wiesbaden. Most parts are easily reached by train, so it’s perfect for a day trip. You just hop on a train, hike around and then go on the train straight home at night.