Rare repairs – Hugh’s Photo Challenge: Week 7 – Funny Or Strange Signs

This weekend, my family and I went on a very long walk in Paris, it was our thanksgiving walk. We went to republic and made our way through the sights of flowers and candles by the Bataclan. It was definitely strange, and difficult to grasp (I will probably write about it towards he end of December).

But the heart wrenching part of our walk was only limited in time. I discovered many streets that I had never been in before. There was a tiny café with only two tables, even though it was tiny it was inviting.

One of the things that captured my attention was a little sign advertising a repair service for umbrellas and ombrelles. What a great service in a world where umbrellas litter bins after each windy rain.


Please check out the other signs over at  Hugh’s Views & News

© Solveig Werner 2015. All rights reserved.


A big thank you!

Advent Sunday, Advent CrownOh my, there are two days in my perfect posting month, and I am really struggling. So today I would like to thank you my readers!

Thank you for reading, thank you for encouraging me to write and be creative. Thank you for all your comments and compliments! (I will try to make my way through that commenting backlog). Thank you for having shared posts this months and the other months too of course. This month turned out impressive in terms of page views.

I want to thank all of the bloggers who agreed to participate in the advent calendar that will be happening on this blog between the 1st and the 24th of December! Thank you so much! Continue reading “A big thank you!”

If we were having coffee 28 November 2015

IMG_3829 If we were having coffee, then I would tell you that I am about to step outside, to go to my parents’ apartment to see my family. So that means that I won’t be around much.

Yesterday we celebrated Thanksgiving, it was great with a lot of good food. Today the celebration continues, we will be visiting Paris, not sure what yet. And eating a lot of food, hey it’s Thanksgiving… So that means I might actually have you join me for coffee in a café this week. Continue reading “If we were having coffee 28 November 2015”

Horrible Teachers No Girl Wants To Have

Last week, I read the post The Thing All Women Do That You Don’t Know About by Gretchen Kelly and an avalanche of memories came back. Not just this post triggered them, there is also the fact that recently I have been thinking a lot about teaching, good and bad methods, about teachers good and bad. So I had already thought about the bad and the amazing teachers I had in the past. But I had not though about the elements that made some  bad teachers horrible, until I read the post I just mentioned.

How many women remember the teacher that made them uncomfortable? The teacher that made them pick up the turtle neck sweater they dispised so much? How many girls still do this today? How many bad grades are the result of being scared of a teacher? Continue reading “Horrible Teachers No Girl Wants To Have”



fondation Louis Vuitton, ThanksgivingToday is Thanksgiving, a celebration that my family fully embraced while living in the US and exported to Europe.

My first Thanksgiving was celebrated 15 years ago in New York with my mom’s cousin. I don’t recall the turkey, the food or anything really. I have a small recollection of the decoration of the apartment. But I remember one thing: we watched so many Indiana Jones movies that I eventually fell asleep in front of the TV.

Continue reading “Thanksgiving”

Poetic Images

seashells in waterEven though our trip to Normandy this September was very short in days, we arrived a Monday and left a Wednesday after all, we definitely managed to make the most of our trip.

In the morning before heading home, we purchased a lot of fish and headed for a walk along the seaside. It was low tide again, but the changes from one day to the next were remarkable. By the sea every day is unique. Of course every day is unique everywhere, just by the sea we realise this a lot easier. Continue reading “Poetic Images”

How to make a blogger happy

National Blog Posting Month, NanoPoblano, NaBloPoMo, 2015There are many ways you can make a blogger happy. Maybe you have a friend or family member who blogs. It is not necessary that you blog yourself to make another blogger happy.

  1. Follow their blog, no need to join a blogging platform to do that,all of the people who follow my blog by email are actually people I know physically.
  2. Share a blog post on your social media, via email, tell your friends by word of mouth about that great blog you discovered.
  3. Comment on a blog post, many blogs allow you to comment without being part of a blogging platform. All you need to comment on my blog is a name, an email, and a comment.
  4. Talk to the blogger about the post you read and enjoyed, my mom did this recently, what fun! It’s like a comment but not written 🙂
  5. Rummage through a blog’s archive, bloggers like to check their stats and will be wondering who is giving them a little spike in views. 
  6. If you are part of WordPress, then hit the like button on the posts you like.
  7. If you have a blog, mention another blogger, a post of theirs in your post.
  8. If you have a blog, have a blogger do a guest post. Some people will never reply to a call to participate, but you can always send them a message to invite them. I am sure they’ll be flattered!
  9. Be honest! If you have nothing nice to say, then don’t say it though.
  10. Give virtual hugs to bloggers who have a heavy heart due to events in their lives, cheer them up! If a blogger has grown quiet, check on them and see if everything is alright. 

That’s just a list of ten things. How do you make bloggers happy? If you have a blog what does make you happy?

© Solveig Werner 2015. All rights reserved.

Chalk Lines

Last week, on the lookout for positive images from Paris, I came across something that was both beautiful and sad. Maybe sad is not the right term, maybe melancholic.

Dead leaf

I don’t stare at the ground, but keeping a vigilant eye is important as there can be some minor accidents regarding shoes, it has gotten a lot better over the last few years as the fines dog owners have to pay have risen… If you don’t clean up after your dog or carelessly cast away a cigarette bud and get caught the fine is now 68€!
So yes, I do look at the ground, but it is not where I expect to find beautiful things to take pictures of, especially if it is a sidewalk and not inside a park.

What I saw on the ground were chalk like lines that nature had traced around the corpses of dead leaves. Like a proper crime scene, the leaves were gone and the lines still remained.

Dead leaf I smiled and pulled out my phone  thinking of the beauty of dead leaves, of comical stories featuring leaf police officers. Leaves have a short life span, after a few months their death is imminent, but it does not seem as if they are mourned much. Or are they? Are those lines proof of nature mourning the dead leaves.

Do you sometimes come across unexpected things on the ground? Do things you see make you wander off into strange stories?

© Solveig Werner 2015. All rights reserved.

Never Quit

I recall a poster that was located outside the library of my middle school, on it was a Macintosh menu (from the late 90s) the curser had selected “Never Quit” (normally on a mac it would say quit here).

The first time I saw this was over 15 years ago, and the last time I did was a bit over 12 years ago, but I still remember very well. I guess that the way the message of never quitting was conveyed struck a chord with me. Continue reading “Never Quit”

If we were having coffee 21 November 2015

If we were having coffee, then I would greet you with a smile and a hug. I would propose that we sit down for a warm cup of tea and a chat.

You would probably ask me a whole lot of questions, which is understandable seen recent events here in Paris. I would assure you that I am fine, I’d underline that writing over the last few days has helped me a whole lot digest what happened. I am grateful for all the supportive comments I received over the last week, they have been truly heartwarming and touching. I’d also like to thank the person who added my post to the coffee share linky last week.

After talking about all the serious things, we’d move on to lighter topics. You’d probably notice how my apartment suddenly seems bigger. The scaffolding was taken down about a week and a half ago, and it does feel more spacious, the power of optical illusion…
I’d talk a bit about my daughter who is very clingy at the moment, she is teething again and wants to be hugged all the time (she wants to be hugged all the time anyways, but now it is a bit more). She has tried herself as an installation artist at my parent’s house the other day.

Installation art

I’d probably tell you about my teaching adventures. I am seriously wondering if teachers teach or if they just expect their students to know. I don’t mind teaching history (some of my students have history and literature in German, as they are in international sections), but what I think a bit worrying is that it is expected of the kids to teach themselves everything on their own and to understand texts that are over 500 years old without any background knowledge. It’s not as if they were university students…

If we were having coffee, then I’d tell you that my NaNoWriMo project is currently on hold, I just could not continue. But don’t worry, I will get back to it, just I won’t finish 50000 words in November. What counts for me is that I started writing a bit more seriously.
I would be all excited about one thing, my blog has been copying my daughter and is experiencing a growth spurt! Now it’s the first month in which I got past the 1000 views/month, current tally for November is 1134 views (best before that was September with 715 views). I suppose that daily posting has it’s effects, but also the confidence that I have gained lately.

How are you doing? What are your plans for the weekend? For the week to come? What are your projects for Thanksgiving? We have a family reunion on Thanksgiving my dad’s father, brother and sister all come with their families, and my best friend is invited too! If I remember correctly we will be 19 people!

Before I forget, I have a project in the works for December, I want to turn my blog into an advent calendar. Sharing traditions, photos, memories, christmassy short stories. And I was wondering if maybe a few of my readers want to be part of it as a guest? Maybe to share a christmas (or that of another holiday you might celebrate in December) family/national tradition, a memory or a nice wintery/christmassy/festive story? Do let me know 🙂

I do wish you a great weekend with lots of joy! Go on check out the other coffee share posts over on Diana’s Blog Part-Time Monster and join the linky yourself!

© Solveig Werner 2015. All rights reserved.