My view – every single day!
You may have noticed my absence on here so I thought I’d check in and tell you about our summer holidays in Schleswig-Holstein and Northern Germany’s Baltic Sea Coast where we’ve been spending the past 3 weeks.
For those who’s geography is a bit vague, Schleswig-Holstein is Germany’s northern most county bordering Denmark’s Jutland to the north, the North Sea to the west and the Baltic Sea to the east, giving it it’s name ‘land between the seas’ (Land zwischen den Meeren). I grew up here on the Baltic Sea coast and have been spending the last couple of summers back at my childhood home. Mainly to spend time with my family but also to give my own kids a taste of how I grew up and what shaped and influenced me.
I’m loving revisiting my old stomping ground and it’s on reflection and with the wisdom of age hindsight that I realise and appreciate how lucky I’ve been to grow up in such a beautiful spot. Don’t get me wrong I clearly remember the grey, cold and windy days that seemed to last from October till well into April sitting at home and longing for some action – any action. But since there were more cows than inhabitants in my village entertainment was somewhat limited.
However, the beauty of the countryside with it’s woods, gentle hills and farmland as well as the stunning coastline still takes my breath away. I’m convinced there’s no fresher air or more dramatic blue skies anywhere in the world but this is coming from an expat who’s spent the last 20 years of her life in London… #nuffsaid
One place that always grounds me is sitting on the beach and looking at the sea. The sand here has got a beautiful white/grey colour and is soft and white and I love covering my bare feet in it. Luckily our kids seem to share my enthusiasm for the beach and as long as it’s not raining you can find us digging, playing, cartwheeling and swimming (them, not me!) on the beach and in the sea. A great way to get rid of their boistrous energy and a sure fire way to ensure a good nights sleep.
Since our arrival we also jumped on the train and headed further north/east for a short stay with some great friends in Copenhagen which also gave me the opportunity to catch up with some of the city’s latest design trends and craftsmen thanks to my hip friend Leonora who was born and bred in Copenhagen and who has her finger on the pulse on everything interior.
More of my discoveries once I’ve eaten my gazillionth ice cream.
Happy sandy feet and wet shorts – not going in any further! 😉
PHOTOGRAPHY | Annie Kruse