A Picnic IS More Than…

“A picnic is more than eating a meal, it is a pleasurable sate of mind.”
DeeDee Stovel

Isn’t it deliciously said, my dear little Friends,

Who is with me for a picnic today?

There is nothing more delightful than a BBQ in a good company, right? Where did you go for a picnic last time?

You know I thought that sometimes we should get out of homes and social networks, we have to switch off our laptops and phones and throw then out of our busy minds. And why not to invite people to share with them your Sunday picnic!

The concept of the picnic dates back more than 250 years when it was considered to be a big event in the social calendar where the guests contributed food to the party. Now picnics get a more personal meaning. We love going out for picnics with our families and friends.

The word ‘picnic’ can be traced back to French roots almost a century after it was first seen in French originating from the word ‘pique-nique.’

The form of the picnic basket has evolved over the years to transform from a simple woven wicker basket to house more complicated features like separate hot and cold compartments, a detachable blanket for picnics and even a wine chiller. Nowadays, our picnic baskets look differently. Surely, we can put there some meat or fish and mostly vegetables with some beverages to refresh under hot summer sun. Yet I hope picnics are not so much for food joy as for the joy of being together and spend time with people whom you care for. Such a hectic lifestyle requires some unity with nature and your loved ones in calmer surroundings. Why not to grab some fishrods as well and impress your family with freshly caught fish that can be grilled with seasonings, hmm, I can nose the smell…yam. There is nothing perfect than a sip of tea  while watching the sunset over the river on the blanket! Such moments cannot be bought or found at social networks, they are real not virtual ones! Let’s treasure and enjoy them!

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Yammm!

Happy Mother’s Day

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Dear Mothers,

This gentle tulip I am presenting you today with the warmest hugs and wishes! Today in Ukraine we celebrate this special day and I couldn’t resist writing a couple of words on this lovely holiday!

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Early Mother’s Day celebrations can be dated back to the spring celebrations to honor Rhea, the Mother of the Gods, in ancient Greek civilization, according to some sources.

The modern-day origins of Mother’s Day can be attributed to two women – Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis, who were important in establishing the tradition in the United States.

I am grateful to these women who paid a special attention towards such an important even as honoring our mothers. Our mothers are the most important people for us, they devoted their lives to us and the least we can do is tell them a huge THANK YOU and give them the tightest HUG!

Whenever it’s celebrated in your country, please visit your moms and tell them how much you love them!

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Love you all,

Yours A

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Above Me Are the Alps

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My dear Friends,

Above me are the Alps and I found the way to get to them. I have never thought that I might be lack of right words to describe my feelings…but the time I saw them I couldn’t whisper a sound. I felt that mountains live in me, they are my vital part, I cannot live without them. John Muir said “We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us.” Lord Byron could not resist the beauty of Alps, so do I…

My thoughts are not gathered yet, I am like that castle in the center of the most beautiful and I am ready for a plunge…

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Have a wonderful and inspiring week!

Love you all,

Yours Writer

 

April in Flowers

My dear Friends,

What can be better than a new day with beautiful flowers smiling at you? April is in bloom and we cannot miss a new life. Every year spring comes differently (i mean weather calendar) and the first blossoms makes people as happy as babies. Being outdoor helps us forget about our worries and problems, and just switch off the brain. My heart jumps in pure delight when I spot the first crocuses. Don’t know why, but these little cuties are my favorite. Every flower has its charm, but these babes make me melt like an ice-cream. They are among the first ones after cold winter days. They are also not so easily found, but it makes them even more attractive to me. I treasure the minutes I saw them and press the button of my camera to capture their beauty.

How lovely to have a walk today and capture the perfect first blooming images! Life cannot be more colorful!

Hope you are happy today!

Thank you for walking with me today!

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Love you all!

Enjoy the first blooms!

Yours A

Eastern Orthodox Easter

My dear Friends,

Not everyone knows but Ukraine is mostly an Eastern Orthodox country that celebrates her Easter in the other day. There is one for the Catholic Church and one for the Orthodox Church. On rare occasions the two dates fall on the same day. The reasoning behind the different dates comes down to the church and the modern day calendar.

This year we celebrate our Easter today, 8th of April. Paska, along with krashanky – which are dyed hardboiled eggs, usually of one simple colour and meant for eating at the Easter feast – are placed in the basket with lit candles and brought to the church on Easter morning. The Easter baskets are blessed by the priest and taken home by the families. After the ceremony, and sometimes after going back to sleep, families celebrate Easter morning with food from the basket. I confess that many Ukrainians get used to putting not only eggs and paska into their basket but also ham, horseradish, vegetables and even wine. Thus, their Easter breakfasts are quite nutritious. I certainly would like to be different and bring in my basket with only eggs and paskas in it…

More interesting facts you will find in my book that is going to be published soon…very soon!

Happy Sunday!

 

Hello, Fish

HelloHal: Halból a legjobb! Best Fish in Hungarian!

Hello Hal Fishbar located in a food bustling part of Pest is certainly distinguishing itself. As you enter the place you are welcomed by a magnificent wooden setting, a delightful marriage of home coziness with pillows at windows and the luxuries of modernity. Almost at once my gaze fell on the big wall decoration showing the map of fish places. This is a lovely idea that catches your attention. The wooden décor allows the simplistic beauty of food to shine, though beauty is not the only thing bringing folks to Hello Hal.

The menu offers a wide variety of mouth-watering fish dishes. There are not many places in Hungary where you can taste fish since its national cuisine is mostly meat-oriented.  Therefore this place is of particular interest to me as I am a seafood lover. I like Hello Hal and would like to become its ambassador to advertise it to locals and tourists.

Kiváló hely, isteni ízek, kiváló személyzet. Komoly gasztronómiai projekt unikális a magyar piacon. Csak így tovább!

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International Day of Happiness

Dear Friends,

Have you every heard of the International Day of Happiness?

The International Day of Happiness was introduced by the General Assembly of the United Nations during 2012 and was celebrated for the first time in 2013.

The original idea came from the Kingdom of Bhutan in the Himalayan region of Asia. There, the population is thought by many to be among the happiest in the world due to the holistic approach to life and the amount of importance which is placed on the well being of people and communities, as much as material wealth.

I guess it is a good reason to stop for a moment and think about what is happiness? You may find the answer at once or think of it for a longer time. But it seems to me that happiness is when you feel yourself happy no matter of anything. Hell with everything, I am happy today to share my recent photoworks (a good reason to make this day special and order a canvas here pictorem):

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And what is happiness for you?

Happy International Happiness Day to You! Be happy!

Yours Ann

Share Your News

Dear Friends,

How about something to read?

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Hope my first issue was entertaining! In case you would like to get a copy of it to your email, please contact me via the comments. I also invite any of you to join my newspaper team and write with us. I really need creative writers who is eager to share his/her great ideas. I hope to devote some issues of my newspaper to many talented bloggers who would be eager to give me an interview. I am willing to create a newspaper where everyone can write and read something that is important/interesting for people and world in general. Let’s have fun and share it with others!

Looking forward to hearing your ideas and welcome to my team!

Love you all,

Yours A