this week

I have so many photos to share. As in really, really many photos. And I am so behind. I like to share things on the blog, when they are still new, fresh. Right now that isn't possible. At least this post is an exception.

I have too many things going on right now. I'm not good at admitting things like this, and I'm definitely not good at giving up on things for the lack of time. I keep on thinking that I can do everything. This time I'm not so sure.

I think now is the first time ever in my life, where I am literally in need of more hours every day. I will go to bed at 1 am or even 2 am (and still wake up at 7 or 7.30 when my daughter is ready to start the day), I don't spend time on television, books, films, magazines (even though I desperately miss it all except for the television). And yet there isn't enough time. The blog, my photography, self promotion in terms of photography, my daughter and all the rest which constitutes everyday life is taking up all my time.

The good part of it? Everything I do, is something I love to do and want to do. I just wish I had time for a little bit of relax once in a while :-)

This week I did my first maternity session ever. I will soon share the photos with you. For now here is one single preview and let me just tell you that I absolutely loved doing this. It was such a different experience from what I am used too in terms of photography, it was so much fun and I am really happy with the outcome. I am going to photograph four more expecting women within the next weeks. Can't wait.

This week I went to two very lovely annual events in Florence. The first one was the Mostra dei fiori at Giardino dell'Orticoltura.

This is basically an annual flower fair held in one of the most beautiful parks in Florence. Besides the crowds of people (I went on the opening day, which just happened to also be the 25th of April, which is a holiday in Italy), and the very humid temperatures, it was a lovely experience. I shared an ice cream with Matilde sitting in the grass, and I was finally able to get inside the beautiful tepidarium, where I took a couple of photos. I will soon write a separate post about the event.

On our way home from the flower fair we crossed the railway at Le Cure and I spotted these poppies. I had to have a photo of them even if it meant taking it through the fence.

And today I went to the Mostra Internazionale dell'Artigianato which is an annual Artisans Fair in Florence. I had never been to it before, but it was a really positive experience, although I think the name of it is slightly misleading as lots of the partcipants have absolutely nothing to do with artisans.

However lots of regional food (including free tastings) and some nice ceramics plus an amazing Tibetan restaurant made the event a great experience.

Next week you will find a separate post about the fair.  Until then here are a few photos:

I'm not sure if I have mentioned it on the blog, but I have been without iPhone for almost two weeks. Actually it wasn't as bad as I had expected. The worst part was almost to use the antique "fold out" substitute phone, which was given to me. Some of my friends may have misinterpreted a couple of messages since I wasn't able to make smileys and other things :-)

Friday I finally received the message from the Apple assistance center, that my phone was ready for pick up. Well actually not my phone, since they gave me a new one (Just a couple of days before the warranty expired, how great is that!) I have to admit it was nice to be back online with the phone and not least in terms of Instagram.

I had actually been to Venice the week before without my iPhone, meaning no Instagrams from a city that would have been so perfect for Instagram. And because Venice suits Instagram so perfectly, and because I had the excuse that my iPhone was at the hospital, I decided to break an Instagram rule and upload photos taken with my Canon.

So yes, dear friends. The around 40 (if not more) Venice Instagrams, which have been spamming your home page the other day, were not taken with the iPhone. However, with a few exceptions, I don't think they would have looked very different, if they had been taken with the iPhone.

Well, that's it for today. For someone with a constant lack of time this post turned out pretty long!

Have a wonderful Sunday evening and see you next week.


  1. I haven't taken proper time to read through your blog for a while, for the very same reasons you described above... no time, so many projects, always thinking that I can do it all, in only 24 hours :) Oh well! So I really enjoyed the few minutes that I just took off my crammed agenda to actually sit, and read through your recent posts. I see I even missed a give-away! As always, wonderful insights from the Florentine life. Thank you Birgitte, and I hope you'll soon be able to enjoy more you-time again :)


    1. I'm honored to be able to steel five minutes of precious time! Trust me, I know how it feels. Haven't been able to read a lot of blogs myself these days.


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