Saturday, May 17, 2014

Patterns

Everyone fond of handicrafts know how important it is to have inspiration. My mother has subscribed to a couple of really nice handicraft magazines since years and they tend to pile up in our corners. Still, nothing beats the feeling when there's a fresh magazine filled with ideas (and patterns to realise those ideas) which you take in yours hands to read. The problem is that when you want to do something later you pretty much need to browse through those piles to find the patterns you are looking for. Nevertheless, I still prefer the selection.

Today I bought some new magazine folders to sort them out, they are oozing over the edges of the old ones. I didn't exactly like the look of the folders, so I decided to do the thing I've wanted to do since ages. I saw it once in one of those magazines, but only got into it now: I wrapped the folders into old patterns. It turned out rather neat, and it's prefectly clear now what these folders contain. Lovely.

Patterns in patterns

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Bilzingsleben

Again the time has rolled by and my life has found new directions. A month ago after finishing my work in Lapland I moved back to Germany to continue my studies to Master's Degree in good old Bauhaus-Uni Weimar. (Those who still remember will know that I spent one semester here during my study exchange.) Thuringia is as good as always, even if it's been taking some time to get everything sorted and there's still lots to be done.

But there's also time for some excursions. Thuringia has much more than just beautiful nature and bratwurst. One of the reasons why I like it here so much is the history. Especially pre-history. And it goes much further back than the Sky Disk of Nebra. On Sunday, I went to visit the paleolithic site at Bilzingsleben, located few dozen km drive away from here. There is a small visitor center with a big story: there have been found some hominin remains of homo erectus, dating back almost 400 000 years. Naturally there is not much there to be seen, but some fossilised bones especially from the animals the hominins have eaten and used. But the feeling of standing on such place is absolutely awesome. And we don't even know if homo erectus was our cousin or forefather.

I love these kind of places and they are plenty in Thuringia. The funny part is that many locals don't have a clue how much history there is hidden in their backyards...

Homesite of Steinrinne Bilzingsleben (in German only)

Bilzingsleben paleolithic site