Summer around these parts

With August rolling in, announcing summer is approaching its end, my thoughts are already with fall. I’m thinking about infinity scraves, wool cardigans, cosy sweaters and boots. But nature reminded us that it’s not time to pull those things out just yet. We we might even reach 25°C later this week, so that means I have been nagging my dads ears off for full on royal bbq. I’m making the desserts! 
I have done a few posts about my surroundings before (here and here), and have been told many times by readers how lucky I am to be living in such a green environment. Although I’m an avid citytripper, I’m not much of a townsgirl. The noise, the crowds and the grayness of things are too overwhelming for this country girl. That’s why a few days after I returned from New York, I went into the green to snap some photos. I came across one man and his dog near the lily pond (photo 3). He complimented me on my camera and I petted his Border Collie. They seemed to be the only ones in the woods with me that evening, because I didn’t meet another soul untill I reached the nearby prison and its old chapel. I could hear the voices of the inmates and guards, but after a lonely cyclist, there was no one to be seen. I like to shoot photos of the old guardian houses and the chapel and always send them to our local archives. This time, they choose the photo of the bench you see above and put it on the website. I used my 50-300mm lens, since I was mostely taking close ups from afar like in photos 1,2 and 5, but the 50-300mm lens didn’t work that well for photographing the bench and chapel. I’m still not fully over my astonishment about how sharp this lens is at full zoom. Would you just look at that? While I had been petting that Border Collie before, I could not leave to stroke my camera a few times after I saw these photos on my computer. My sweet baby
So, since summer hasn’t left us yet, I decided to don myself in a summery outfit, namely my mint jeans and a new cobalt blue sheer top, make a raspberry smoothie and nagg for that bbq some more. I’m still making the most of it, eventhough our sky currenlty looks grayer than Gandalfs hair and the rain that fell last night may or may not be the reason why there’s a firetruck pumping out the ditch across the street. Hooray for summer. How many more days untill the end of the week? 
xo, Nikki


  1. 8 August 2012 / 12:16

    Such lovely photographs! Oh sweet summer, yes! Love this kind of light.

  2. 8 August 2012 / 12:59

    Your environment really looks wonderful! And your lense is indeed super sharp, what a great buy! Wonderful photos 😉

    xxx Anita

  3. 8 August 2012 / 16:20

    your pictures are simply stunning. i am also counting the days down to fall – there is something so extraordinary about cable knit mittens, a hot cocoa in hand while wearing your favorite wool jacket.

    i just left the city of chicago – my old home town, while i love it dearly there is something so special about coming back home to the smokey mountains of tennessee…so peaceful…so quiet. i adore walking the paths with only myself and my camera (penelope is what i call her). there's nothing quite like it 🙂 i can see that you appreciate the simple things like this as well.

  4. 8 August 2012 / 16:32

    WOW look at those gorgeous photos!!! I just love seeing where you live, it's a beautiful place 🙂

    <3 Cambria

  5. 8 August 2012 / 17:58

    What lovely photos and greenery.

  6. 8 August 2012 / 18:53

    Oh my gosh so pretty! I will be looking at this photos all the time when I move back to the desert of Arizona for school. 🙂

  7. 8 August 2012 / 19:45

    Beautiful photos! The greens are just so lovely. I have to agree, I love living in the city but I also love nature – the stillness is something I couldn't live without. You've captured the surroundings beautifully 🙂

  8. 9 August 2012 / 16:03

    Well! I'm your follower number 600, I love your blog, I think original super nice, keep it up, a thousand kisses.

  9. 9 August 2012 / 16:50

    These pictures are stunning! Your blog is adorable!

  10. 9 August 2012 / 18:41

    Bij deze nog een blogpareltje ontdekt!
    Hele mooie foto's…
    Ik hang toch ergens tussen towngirl en plattelandsmeisje, altijd blij als ik weer even van scenery kan veranderen 🙂

  11. 9 August 2012 / 19:07

    Wauw, deze foto's zijn zo mooi! Magisch
    En casa blanca was superleuk, alleen een pak drukker dan vorig jaar ^^ Maar daar blijft het ook bij, ik ben al jaloers op het feit dat jij rustig kan gaan wandelen terwijl ik hier vol examenstress zit te blokken :p

  12. 10 August 2012 / 00:23

    Oh my, these photos are amazing! I too have my mind on Fall. If only we didn't have to transition into Winter so quickly, right?



  13. 12 August 2012 / 18:15

    I'm more of a countryside girl too! Gorgeous photos, as always.

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