The Miracle of 3 Eggs

I always enjoy seeing baby animals, so I’m very happy Mother Nature rewarded me with such a beautiful gift: 3 new gorgeous tenants and a very busy mama bird, which works on emptying the bird feeder at an impressive speed.

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I watched them growing for weeks, from hatching, to getting bigger and bigger, until today, the big day, when they spread their little wings and left the bird nest!

Good luck little ones in your life’s journey! I’m glad you made it! Come back home soon 🙂


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The Feeling of Home

We’re born in one location, we grow up, we start our journey in life, but we have no idea about where we’ll end up. Life is not meant to be lived in one place, so we search the world for happiness, and we look for that special place, to make us feel at peace.

Regardless of how our lives change from one year, to the other, one thing will always stay the same: we need a home. Our story starts home, and it ends home.

When we think of home, what first comes in our minds is the place of residence someone has. We associate home with a building, where we grew up, or currently live in. We associate it with a city, an area, a country.

However, home is not a place. Houses are built with bricks and wood, homes are built with love and peace. Hands can build a house, but only hearts can build a home. Home can’t be materialized. Home is a feeling. Home is always that place we go back to, when our heart and mind look for peace.

Our needs, change in time, and so is our view of the world, and our definition of peace. The more we travel, the more we see, the more we understand about ourselves and the world around us. Seeing more, learning more, means the way we look at things changes.

Life takes you to unexpected places. Love brings you home.

We travel, we search for happiness, we move where our heart takes us, and after a while, we go back to the place we used to call home. We think that’s where our home is, but it just doesn’t feel quite right. It doesn’t make us feel comfortable anymore, we can’t find our spot, and we definitely don’t find inner peace.

 It’s a funny thing about comin’ home. Looks the same, smells the same, feels the same. You’ll realize what’s changed is you. ~  Benjamin Button

The place doesn’t change, or not at much, but still, even if it looks the same, it doesn’t feel like home anymore. Places don’t change, we do. Our experiences make us richer, changes our worldview and redefines the way we look at our surroundings. We slowly find out that home is made out of the people we love. Our friends, family, spouse.

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Home begins when we find ourselves, is located deep into our hearts, and as long as we’re at peace, home is anywhere we want it to be.

We should never tie home to a place or fill our home with furniture or other material possessions. We should fill our home with love, memories, people. Our homes are always carried insides us, and when we achieve true happiness, it gives us the wings to fly.


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The Challenge of a Bad Quality Picture

As a painter, I offered a few times already, some of my paintings, as a gift, to my loved ones. A few months ago, I painted for the first time one of my best friend’s dead pet, as a Christmas gift, and it was quite an experience. The pressure of getting it right, is always very high, when it comes to giving someone the chance of seeing their pet one last time, for the first time, through a picture.

Making a new friend who enjoys my work, I was asked recently to paint something for him. It was a hard decision to choose a theme for the painting, but knowing my friend’s German Shepherd died a few years ago, I’ve decided to take the challenge of painting his pet.

With only one very bad quality picture available, I struggled to make the dog look as close to reality as possible, and bring him back into my friend’s life. With the painting now completed, all I can hope for, is that I got it right 🙂

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Mega Windmolens – The Making of a Mega Wind Turbine

I mentioned windmills, from looks to functionality, in a few posts already, but I never actually took a closer look, at a wind turbine. That amazing machine, which powers up our homes, in a very eco-friendly way, deserves to have its story out there.

We see them on the fields, turning gently in the wind, and they seem big, but not extremely big. Also, from a distance, not much seem to happen, but once you get closer, you realize how impressive the machines really are. From the sound they make, to the size, to the speed with which the blades turn, they surely leave an impression on us.

Coming back from a trip, I passed by a construction site. At a second glance, I’ve realized what was actually being built, were a few wind turbines. Because of the enormous size of the foundation, I couldn’t tell from the start what type of construction I was looking at, but after the first towers were up, it was pretty obvious: mega wind turbines.

Compared to the already existing large windmills (149 m height, 3.0 megawatts of power), the mega wind turbine (E-126), has the height of 198 m, and can generate up to 7.58 megawatts of power! Absolutely impressive size and power, and it definitely deserves the title of the World’s Largest and Most Powerful Wind Turbine! (or at least, for now)

The Towers, Foundation and Start of a Tower, and Metal Tower Sections

The Towers, Foundation and Start of a Tower, and Metal Tower Sections

Every tubular steel tower is made out of sections of 20-30 meters (with an increasing diameter towards the base of the tower, for strength reasons), with flanges at either end, so the sections can be bolted together. Each section is transported one half at a time, and then put together on the site.

Once the towers are in place, huge custom made trucks, which travel only during the night so they don’t affect the traffic (as sometimes they need to close entire roads, in order to move further on with the transportation), bring the gigantic blades to the location.

With the 127 m diameter rotor put together, cranes and quite a lot of man power, the blades and rotor make it to the top of the tower, and the windmill is finished and ready to start the job.

Wind energy definitely came a long way, in the past century, going from propelling boats, to pumping water, to producing only 12 kW, to powering entire cities. Scientists look constantly for more ways to improve the performance of this fascinating machines, and considering the latest wind turbine, I think they’re doing a pretty good job.

Since the first construction of such an impressive machine, in 2008, it is estimated that only twelve such wind turbines are enough to power approximately 50,000 homes with environmentally-friendly electricity. Now imagine making it global! With more and more wind farm being constructed, the future can look pretty green.

I don’t want to protect the environment.  I want to create a world where the environment doesn’t need protecting.


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Music of Summer, Wildlife and the Vegetable Garden

It seems like just yesterday I posted the first few words on the process of starting the vegetable garden. Now, halfway through June, the first few vegetables are already ready!

One thing the vegetable garden taught me: patience. Being terribly impatient ever since I can remember, I went from excitement, to disappointment, to happiness, in just a few weeks. It looks like vegetables take ‘a little bit’ longer to grow, than I imagined they would. 🙂 Also, telling them apart from the weeds proved to be an almost impossible mission.

With the first radish making it on the plate, I must say, I was never more excited, than when I ate something I planted with my own hands! Very rewarding feeling!

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A tomato seedling and harvesting the first radish

Getting the garden ready for the warm season can be an interesting experience, especially when you have a lot of animals in the area. The more time we spend in nature, the more we see.

From all types of amazing birds, to frogs, to deer, to Jack rabbits, call the surroundings their home. Mother Nature surely provided the ultimate entertainment.

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Deer running on the field, a Jack Rabbit, Birds and a beautiful Bird Nest

On top of all,  the flowers are all blossomed now, and filled the garden with amazing colors, while the cherries and prunes are growing nicely.

Prunes and Cherries

Prunes and Cherries

Some of you might remember the post about planting white and purple tulips, from last autumn. Well, here they are. Absolutely gorgeous and I can’t be happier, considering that it was my first try at planting bulbs, and I succeeded!

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Tulips and other garden flowers

Welcome back summer, we missed your warm colorful music!


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