This week involved:
- going back to work after a two week’s vacation
- visiting my mother at the care unit
- some sewing ( not easy with my little “helper” )
- finishing to empty and superficially cleaning the apartment in Hamburg ( Yeah! ).
It has been now been a little over two years since i moved into my apartment. And i think i never shared the “after” of the office/guestroom. As a reminder, here is what it looked before:
It has come a long way since then. Some phases i did not really take pictures of, but i purchased in the beginning three of these Muji-tables because i love their clean and simple look. One was sold in the meantime ( the size was smaller than the two i kept ). There have been some Expedits, also sold meanwhile.
Today my office features a large working space ( 120 x 120 cm ) by putting both tables together into a square. It is nice as i have enough space to do crafts like sewing on one side and computer / admin-related stuff on the other. The sewing side still needs a stool, which i still need to purchase though.
In exchange of the Expedit unit i had before, i “hacked” some IKEA kitchen wallcabinets into a sideboard ( approx. 40 cm deep ), using two 60 cm units and a 40 cm unit and some chrome feet. On top i will put a wooden board eventually to cover the visible screws.
As my bedroom this room also has a convenient nook which houses a sofa which can be transformed to a guest bed for two. When no guests are there, it doesn’t take too much room as it fits perfectly into the nook.
When i moved from Switzerland to Berlin i donated a lot of my books, those you know you only read once. Part of the books i kept are now on wall mounted shelves above the sofa.
In my office i also feature some of my vintage items such as the JVC TV from the early seventies, old telephones, Grandpa’s typewriter and his old desk lamp.
And i like to surround my self with wise quotes and inspirational song texts which i fix on the wall below the window with washi tape.
People close to me know: I’m a huge Davis Bowie fan since i was thirteen. I was introduced to his fabulous music during a ski-trip with my school, when one of us played “Starman” on his guitar in the cabin where we were staying. It was the year when radio stations played “Let’s dance” and “China Girl” up and down.
Since then i’ve always loved his music, especially the albums from 1969 to 1978/79, which are just awesome. I actually wanted to marry him, ha !
I was thrilled to discover that an exhibition about the artist is shown at the Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin, initially until august 10th, but now until august 24th.
And i should not miss this one !
So on tuesday i went, and did not have to queue up, as i had purchased an online ticket with an time slot to enter.
I dove for three hours into his history, career, music, artistic universe, with an audio guide on full volume to savor the music. And looked at the stage costumes ( gosh, what a slender guy !), understand what has driven him and still does. I forgot time and surroundings. It was awesome and well curated by the Victoria and Albert Museum of London.
If you happen to be in Berlin before august 24th, go and visit the exhibition. I recommend buying the ticket online in order to avoid queuing up and waiting to get in.
As my mother is not able anymore to live on her own, We are currently emptying out her apartment, where she used to live since 1986. This is what the all in my sister’s old room looks like, after all these years.
Since beginning of June we ( my sister, her partner and me ) have been sorting through the apartment every saturday. Which implied traveling early in the morning to Hamburg, then work the whole day there, and traveling back in the evening in order to have at least one day a week of relaxing at home. This saturday we have mainly finished the sorting and packing up. We are exhausted. Going through a whole life of stuff is physically and emotionally difficult, a lot of memories came up, stuff we had long forgotten about which were part of our daily lives during our childhood.
But now it is done, just need to transport the things we keep to Berlin and put them in storage.
For those who followed this extraordinary story on the net, like i did for some years already, the John Maloof’s documentary about the life and story of Streetphotographer Vivian Maier is now screening in Berlin !
I have been hoping to see it for quite a while and discovered this week that some cinemas in Berlin are showing it right now. So i went yesterday evening to Cinéma Paris on Kurfürstendamm and watched it. I loved it though many facts where not unknown to me !
One of the photographers interviewed about her work said that she had the rare ability to enter the private sphere of total strangers and that is how she accomplished these very authentic photos. And that this was also due to the fact that she used a Rolleiflex where the viewfinder is from the top so that you don’t have to put the camera in front of your eyes to take a shot.
If you love photography and especially street photography this documentary is a MUST.
Life is busy at the moment, my sister and me started emptying our mother’s apartment ( she’ll be moving to an assisted living facility ) which is physically and emotionally exhausting at moments. Plus the fact, that we have a three hour car ride to get from Berlin to Hamburg…
Anyway, here is one of the ( now ) vintage gems i found there and now has its place on my balcony.
As the sun was coming through yesterday i took advantage and took some shots of my urban garden ( aka the balcony ) as it is. I’m happy to be surrounded again by greenery, some plants were given to me or found for almost free ( had to make a little donation at somebody’s fence ) on the street, like the strawberries.
The balcony has been secured by a net, as Coco finds everything so interesting that she’d risk to fall down.
Of course, i planted some tomatoes again.
And the happy cat enjoying the sun and to spend some time outside.