The Pickled Mushroom

Art, Roses and Vegetables

May 11, 2009
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Thanks to all my Aussie friends for keeping writing to me, your mails/comments always make my day 🙂 I hope we’ll always stay in contact.

School is slowly getting normal again, and I am seeing things a bit more calm now, what I like or don’t like. As expected, I find maths and biology frustrating. Biology is a whole lot of chemistry, which I stopped after last year because I just don’t get it, and it’ll be a lot of work to catch up. Maths… well, we’re doing calculus and are just starting local maximums and minimums. Wellll. I’ve done all this with Mrs Angove last year, but here, in German, I just don’t get it. Everything is put into endless, complicated words, when it could all be so simple. The annotation is weird now, and I can’t seem to get back into writing German “1”s again. Oh dear. This might take a while.

I wrote my first German SAC today – I didn’t have much time to get into the topic or anything, but I think I did alright. Hope so, at least. The only thing: what in the world is “contention” in German?!

During the test, I noticed that the peacock is still there. That is, there is a male peacock that lives on the grounds of the neighbouring school and you can often hear him call for (nonexistent) female, and it does get a bit annoying after a while. If you’re lucky, you can also see him sitting on the roof 🙂 Frankly, I have no idea why he lives there, but apparently he likes it.

I am finally back into my art. I’m very excited – I got my first commission! Paid, even! I was asked to draw the horse of someone off a picture. He (the horse) is very beautiful and I am happy and nervous at the same time, because a paid commission is something really big. What if I don’t get it right? What if they don’t like it in the end? I’ll just have to see and work hard.

I’m very happy with my little desk. I love sitting there with my pens and papers spread out, some nice music on my mp3 player and just sketching away. I’ve got a sketch I am working on that I want to work out in watercolours, and I reckon it’ll keep me occupied for a long while. I’ll have to do a lot of research – portraits and anatomy, birds, sheer fabric, shells and fossils, how white surfaces reflect colour, watercolour textures… I am excited. I love art. I wish I could spend all day drawing and painting.

In a drawer, I found my two pads for layout markers, so I can delve back into my box with copic markers again. I feel a bit silly – I’ve spent lots (and I mean, lots) of money on them and now I have 40 of them lying around (which I haven’t used in two years) and the colours all don’t really match. Sigh. That’s so typical of me.

Since Saturday, I share my room with two small rose plants, in pink and white. The pink one is called Latea, the white on Prima. (Yes, I’m the kind of person that gives everything a name. My violin is called Emma, and my sewing machine Lucy, but they’re not named after anyone in specific, although I now know people called like that.) Prima is standing on the shelf next to my wardrobe, while Latea is usually on my desk or window sill, depending if I open the window or not. Latea has a bud that is opening slowly, and I love doing a sketch or two or three every night to document the process. It keeps me inspired.

It had also been a week and a half now since I have become vegetarian and while that is not such a long time yet, I am very happy with it. I eat more healthy, I eat guilt-free, and I learn to cook lots of delicious things. So far, I can make awesome potato-soup (remember me to put up the recipe some time) and today I made minestrone that still needs some working on, but my mum loves it already. It makes me happy to cook for the people I love. I also love making my food from scratch instead of resorting to junk food so often because I can’t be bothered. Especially considering my spiritual beliefs, it is a very satisfying and rewarding process to choose a recipe, pick out the produce myself, take it home, prepare it, cook and, finally, eat it. It gives me a deeper connection with what I eat and what I am. I still could not figure out how to get my pictures on this computer, but I am working on it, promise.


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From Melbourne to Düsseldorf – A Travel Diary

May 9, 2009
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Here is, as promised, my travel diary. I wrote it during my journey from Melbourne to Düsseldorf to keep myself occupied, and also to give you people something to read here 😛 It took me until yesterday to get around to typing it, it’s a bit long.

And I want to put a bit of a warning here: I was practically sleepless for over 30 hours, jetlagged, sad because I was leaving and at times just generally grumpy. I tried not to edit it too much typing it, because I wanted it to show what I did feel at that moment instead of prettying it up, because that’s what a diary is about. So if you think, “Oh, she’s whining again!”, yes, I probably did whine a lot. It’s also quite random at times. If you think you can take it, go ahead 😉

Oh, and never mind the wonky times, I couldn’t be bothered to write all the different local times for all three countries. (Australia, Germany, Singapore) If you want me to, I can still edit that, though.

Enjoy!


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A Bridge

May 5, 2009
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Since I have come back from Australia and have a lot of people asking how I’m going, I thought it might be the opportunity to give my blog a revival. It is, at the moment, a very ugly blog. I don’t know much about web design, but maybe one of these days this page will look better. Who knows.

In any case, this blog is to keep people generally updated about me, to document my life in Germany and Germany in general for you, to put out there the word about my favourite books and films, to promote my own art a bit, even though it’s not much at the moment.

So in the next post, it begins.

Oh, and I changed the name. Again. Princess, because that’s still a great part of what I live and love. Bridges, because I want this page to be a bridge between my life here in Germany, my life in Australia and my life online.  I hope you will enjoy the read.


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