Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Days in Salzburg 蕯爾斯堡之獨樂樂


He came here alone....
看牠多傲氣!在蕯爾斯堡湖區牠獨自遊蕩、我也是從他方獨行來到......友善的相遇.....享受陽光下的奧地利湖光山色。
I'm also by myself...... in the scenic Salzburg.  The day I arrived was a brilliant Sunday. 
Families and lovers all enjoying in the sunny day
Lover locks on the bridge to tie their hearts.......
Locked the lovers.....
Shopping is not my cup of tea. Climbing up the hill for the overlook..... spiritual fulfilled.
Brilliant view of the old town Salzburg 
Up and up...... I was here on the Monchberg.....
Invited me was the stunning snow capped alps in the far distance
I can't help to explore more the Salzburg gorgeous scenery. Formerly a plan to Hallstatt was cancelled as I can't manage to book accommodation there and it's too far away for a day trip.

Instead I went to the Salzbourg Lake District by bus. First stop in Fuschl.
I was there in the early morning and usually quiet on Monday
I just took an hour along the lake for shots
Fuschl is a small village. After an hour I went to the next lake town.

The picturesque lake village St Gilgen is famous for Mozart's mother was born here

This quaint village is scenic and historic landmark of the countryside
The cafe chairs are covered with wool skins as it's still cold in April
Swans are in the sunny turquoise lake
My couple of days in Salzburg is more than enough for the stunning views in beautiful weather

Walked from dawn to dusk have to call it a day
Last glimpse of the old town
I'm here to meet this lonely cat, only I said he's lonely just like people thought that I'm a poor lonely woman! Who knows we're enjoy being solo at times !

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Days in Europe - on the go......歐洲行腳繼續上路

Now in the mid of my travels in Europe. I enjoy every moment being a solo traveller while 
sometimes with friends.  I'm not a sort of label shopper, I like strolling, walking, meeting friends, chatting..... sitting in the cafe for two hours.......... This is Martinus coffee campus in Bratislava, Slovakia - a book cafe I've been there for four times in a week.  Bratislava is the hub of my travels in Europe this time. A few hours later I'm leaving for Salzburg and Hallstatt for another leisure exploration. My friend said "did you say you're going for interaction or teaching this time, sounds more than a pleasant travel!".  I said yes, I've 3 purposes of this trip - sight seeing, interaction of my skills and attending workshop in Holland.
此行來到歐洲,「他他條條」的,香港朋友問我不是説去「教人」嗎? 看似去玩多些! 我説是「交流」! 是唷,看我前些網誌不是已提及了? 不過更主要目的是本周末去荷蘭參加的一個課程,未開課前順道在隣國走走,斯洛伐克是我的中途駐站,在斯洛伐克友人家中我有更多日子所以又教了她做了這帽子給她女兒。




Yes, interaction for me is a kind of teaching. During this trip I shared with my friends natural printing and wool felting techniques. This is the recent one I done with my friend Zeinad in Bratislava - a wool felt hat with 3D textural flowers for her daughter Layla.


A blue or turquoise hat goes with her coat
I layered wool with enclosed resist, then put my own eco printed silk chiffon as surface texture. 
The ruffled textures are dyed scraps of silk chiffon with eucalyptus and logwood.
That will be a warm hat for the sweetie in the long cold days in Europe

Martinus book cafe will again be my spot after Salzburg ......  back soon for the rich chocolate.
See the shortly Layla.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Days in a Europe - Hungarian colors 匈牙利的色彩



Days in Hungary were bright, colourful and cheerful with friends.
In the village Nagykovacsi, 15 km away from Budapest where my friend Betti lives in, I spent three days with her and interacted with our passions of wool felt and eco prints. She's very creative in wool felt and learnt intensively the traditional making. She's quite interested in my way of natural prints and textural nuno felted surface technique. Apart from taking sometime to view little village, I was happy to share with a bunch of lovely ladies the botsnical imprints technique.
These prints with onion skins, rose leaves and little euc are simply an intro.
Just two hours before my leaving, I showed Betti the making of a sample of textural 3D surface with the scraps of the natural prints made the day before.
With the chiffon as a base, I put some merino wool, curly fleece, mulberry silk, assorted scraps of silk, chiffon to make the textures.
Here's the layout
Some rubbing, rolling, scrabbling..........
Less than an hour all done - the flowers look with the previous day onion dyed scraps. 
Outcome speak themselves........



The days I came in Hungary in blue skies, the day I left a blue scarf - the intangible friendship with interaction.
Thank you for hosting me Betti, thanks for the lovely days with your family.
The sweet boys and girl as well the lovely cats are all in my memory.
I left Hungary by the coach back to Slovakia and stay again with lovely Layla for another time. Fun days ahead.......

Friday, April 17, 2015

Days in Europe - Impromptu sharing in Hungary 匈牙利的交流



In between my stay in Slovakia, my blogger friend Betti invited me to visit her in Hungary. Though it's not my planned trip to Budapest.  Betti was so nice to invite me to stay for a couple of days. This morning I was so glad to share my skills of botanical imprints and my honor to meet other friends of natural dye and wool felt makers.  These days I was so impressed with the brilliant weather and stunning views of Budapest and the village Nagykovacsi where my Betti lives.
當我抵達斯洛伐克期間,在匈牙利的網友 Betti 盛意的邀請我到布達佩期幾公哩外她的村莊幾天,乘兩個半小時過境長途車到底布達佩斯舊地從遊,這幾天的天空特別明朗,藍天白雲朵朵,在友人村莊歡迎我的還有可愛女孩及她的貓兒,我被邀與新朋友交流我的植物移印染技巧,也很榮幸認識其中一位匈牙利草木染專家及作者 Kemendi Agnes, 她還送給我她的簽名書一本。

I've visited Budapest some years ago. These days the weather was absolutely beautiful with blue skies and clouds.  We took the boat along Danube......
Such grand views of buildings...... the Parliament ......
The churches......
After the boat ride, we arrived in a few miles away village Nagykovacsi, home of Betti.
Can't believe my eyes these are the true skies. Pictures speak themselves how beautiful the village is.




More than happy to stay in my friends house is making friend with her gorgeous girl Zsofi. She's 7 years old, always wearing smiles and speaks softly and telling me stories...... Hungarian ! I don't know the language but guess from her smiles, laughs the funny stories.  These days I've so good moments with sweeties in Slovakia and Hungary they made me feel 30 years younger, as a mum then !
As my travel wishes are to meet friends and the four-leg friends. Always lovely to take shots with them. This is Zsofi's cat called "Yellow Eye". So adorable.
My stay in Betti's was fun to share botanical imprints.  It's not planned before my coming but we still found all the resources in a finger tip.  Simply wiped some rust from the rusty cart for iron, a little onion skin, rose leaves and euc.  That's all we made shades of color in 2 hours.
My honor to meet the new friends. Kemendi Agnes is a textile dyeing expert and author of a book. She's so kind to give me her book with autograph.
Thank you Agnes for the informative book.
I was also impressed with the natural dyeing done by Gemma. All the soft and beautiful color shades on her wool samples.
Thanks for Betti's invite. My pleasure to meet the lovely ladies.
Thank you Gemma for joining.
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