One of my favorite herbs is rosemary. I love the smell and… well, everything else about it. I sometimes drink rosemary tea when I have a headache and that works wonderful for me. It doesn’t really work as a painkiller, but it helps to think more clearly. I also use the essential oil for that – diluted in olive oil, dabbing a few drops on my temples. (But please be careful if you want to try any of that – it can make your bloodpressure higher. Mine is always on the lower side, so that’s okay, but if your’s is high it’s not safe. Always do your own research before trying herbal remedies).

In folklore it’s said to protect from evil and to purify. Well, that never hurts, so I hung a few bundles around the house (also, or maybe mostly, because I love how it looks)

(picture to the right is in the toilet – I figured the smell would be nice there too)

I have been trying to grow rosemary here and I actually did get cuttings rooted and growing a few times, but somehow they all die on me after a while. I don’t understand what’s I’m doing wrong. I tried putting them in the ground, leaving them in potting soil, watering them a lot or not at all, shady spots and sunny spots… I don’t know. It’s weird. I had some at our last house in the Netherlands that the previous owner planted and they grew really big while I more or less ignored them. But hey, I’ll just keep trying, so I saved a few cuttings and put them in water.

(yes, that table is getting full. It still makes me so happy to look at it)

The sky

There are so many thoughts in my head, but I just can’t find the words. Some people have such a beautiful way with words, but I have always, even in my published novels, been writing in a way that is very down-to-earth, and easy to read and understand. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, in fact, that’s what people liked about my books, but sometimes I feel frustrated.

I would like to be able to expres what these beautiful skies mean to me. How I feel lighter, calmer and comforted when I look at them.

I tried, but what I wrote didn’t make any sense. The sentences didn’t flow and the words felt unnatural. I was trying too hard. So I’m just going to keep it simple and down-to-earth.

I love looking at the sky and I hope these pictures bring you a little bit of joy too.