Monthly Archives: October 2013

Growing pumpkins in autumn

Lately I am planting seeds or whatever piece of plant indoors that may eventually grow into new life. As I enjoy follow everyday how my friend tree-in-front-of-my-flat is loosing its leaves, I am thrilled by the idea of observe new plants rooting, growing and, I hope one day, blooming.

The first seeds I planted were from pumpkin (I love them, so tasty!). Pumpkin should be planted in spring in order to harvest the fruit in early autumn, but I felt like trying indoors, the temperature and humidity are quite stable and close to spring conditions. What is missing maybe is proper daily sunlight… but so far, they are growing.

Today I was thinking what will eventually happen with the sprouts, will they realize this is a fake spring? That they are growing off season? And they will not produce any fruit? And exactly these words turned up into my mind like a spark. Happens often to all of us, we feel it is not the right time for this or too late/early for that. Like growing pumpkins in autumn or harvesting pumpkins in spring.

But here they are, my pumpkin sprouts, greening my room out of season. I will water them, and keep a proper temperature to make them grow. Maybe they will just wait until the right season will come again, or maybe they will grow despite days are shorter and outdoors is slowly becoming quiet, ready to welcome the winter. Whatever it goes, I am with them, doing my best growing even when sometimes I feel like resting.


Happy inverted Halloween!


That’s the spirit

That's the spirit

My friend tree-in-front-of-my-flat (namely beech) has day by day less leaves. It prepares itself for the winter, for the stand-by mode until the first springy sunny days will show up.

It is amazing how the leaves change color every day, I could look at it for hours. How many greens, yellows and browns there are!

My friend stands there whatever the weather looks like, whatever the season it is, growing at its own pace, in harmony with Nature.

That’s it, in harmony with Nature. That’s the spirit.

In progress

In progress

Every Monday afternoon I have my ‘Illustration in Natural Sciences’ course. It is the first time I try some serious drawing, and so far… it is great use a different zone of my brain, and my fingers are happy to feel they can do more than clicking the mouse and the keyboard.

It is a very basic course, where we learn some drawing techniques and some “post production” with Photoshop or similar programs, but I am enjoying it a lot.

This is the first step of my final project, a beautiful reddish autumn leave!

Sunday breakfast

Sunday breakfast

We usually start our day having breakfast, right? So, the first post of this blog is about… breakfast, best start ever.

A gentle cup of coffee with oat biscuits. Would you like to know how to do them? Of course, I’m telling you…

1) Mix one cup of oats, one cup of grounded almonds or hazelnuts and two bananas with a fork until you obtain the biscuit dough.

2) Shape the biscuits from small portions of the dough and place them in a oven tray.

3) Bake them in the oven at 150ยบ for about 20 minutes, until they turn slightly golden.