Two Dispatches in Frankfurt/Main

two hospital rooms in the making for my current book art work “346”

It has been a bit quiet here in the past weeks, and admittedly, it has been a little quiet in my studio regarding messages in bottles. As always there are several reasons for this: My children were not in school for 5 weeks during the summer. In that time I had very little time that I could spent in my studio and thus I didn’t have much time making new bottles. At the same time, because we just bought a house among other reasons we didn’t go on a holiday where I could have dispatched bottles, and thus I still have a couple here – which I would like to dispatch but maybe not in the river Trent as that hasn’t proofed a good idea so far.
And then: My bottles quite often were related to my other art work. Currently I am working on finishing a really big project. The title is “346”, and I have been working on it for about two and a half years and am finally in the finishing stage. Much of my efforts currently go in there, therefore.
In the picture above you see the start of the box that will go with two very special copies of the book. I am making miniatures for this box pretty much as we speak. – And you now can finally see how I came to make miniatures for bottles before: I was practicing and seeing what I could do. Or maybe it was the other way around, and I decided to really make such a book after I started making miniatures for bottles? Both of it is true, I guess.

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Bottle No. 77

While I have not made more bottles, or dispatched any, others worked for me, and the bottle above and the bottle below were put into the river Main at Frankfurt last Monday. More about this in a short while. This is just some kind of heads-up, I guess. And I wanted to put something here in case someone already found one of them! As always I am wishing for finders who like and appreciate the content. And I would be happy about some kind of contact and notification when they got found.

Message in a Bottle No. 84

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Some of your might remember that I met with fellow message in a bottle writer Ina (bottled fortune) in Hamburg in May. Today I saw that there is a video online of someone who found one of her bottles. The video is in German. But I guess you can get the gist of it, even if you don’t understand what he is saying. Isn’t it great how speechless he gets when he sees her letter “uoa!”

Hamburg dispatches

Bottle No. 80 Small World – The Picknick

As announced and planned for a while now, I spent the last weekend in Hamburg. I met with my mother and two of my three sisters, and we spend a grand day exploring Hamburg. On Saturday we went on a boat tour through the new and old parts of the port. In the Speicherstadt I simply dropped bottle No. 80 in. I don’t think that it will leave the Speicherstadt. It will hopefully float around a little, excite a couple of people who turn out unable to get it out, until someone manages, and contacts me.

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Dispatch of bottle No. 80 Small World – The Picknick

On the next day was my scheduled dispatch day. I met with my sister in law Lena, and Ina from Bottled Fortune. We met at the Landungsbrücken and boarded the ferry to Finkenwerder. That is the same ferry I took three years ago. We were ver lucky with the weather.

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Ina and I with our bottles on the sundeck of the ferry

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bottle No. 78 “Small World – The Chair” ready to go in.

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and there it goes

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Ina tossing in her “puzzle bottle” – the message was cut up in at least 8 parts, from what I could see, and whoever finds it will have to piece it together first. – I like that idea!

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Lena putting in bottle No. 79 “Small World – The Deck Chair”

And then I put in bottle No. 74 “Small World – The Suitcase” of which unfortunately there are no pictures.

I wish all our bottles good travels and kind finders. I would write a little more, about how much fun Hamburg and meeting with Ina was, about the bottles, about the happy feelings I have now that I started to let the first couple of small world bottles go. But I am so tired that I have trouble keeping my eyes open. – Maybe I’ll write more another time, maybe it will have to wait until someone finds a bottle.

I mentioned before that things are currently busy. The main thing is that we are about to move house, and I will move studio. More about that can be found on my blog here. And if you want to hear a bit more about our wonderful day in Hamburg, head over to bottled fortune. Ina did a wonderful job summing it up!

Save the date!

selbstportraitJetzt mache ich es mir mal bequem um re-blogge einfach die Ankündigung von Ina. Bei mir war viel los in letzter Zeit, von daher die Stille hier auf dem Blog. Ich hoffe, ich schaffe es demnaechst mal aufzuholen.

Das Bild zeigt mich mit meiner neuen Haarfarbe, ich werde also hoffentlich leicht zu erkennen und zu finden sein an diesem Sonntag.

For all who will manage to watch the dispatch of at least some of my miniature world bottles in Hamburg this Sunday here the last details (in German).

The photo shows me, selecting which bottles to take. Unmistakably I have a new hair colour, and should be hard to miss.

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Kommt jetzt bei mir ein bisschen spontan, denn Hilke hatte schon im März ein Treffen in Hamburg angeregt. Ich konnte erst gestern definitiv zusagen. Nun würden wir beide uns freuen, wenn sich vielleicht noch einige Flaschenpostler (und solche, die es werden wollen) für das Treffen am

Sonntag, 22.05.2016 um 12.00 Uhr in Hamburg an den Landungsbrücken am Uhrenturm

dazugesellen. Wir wollen einen Ausflug mit der Fähre machen und natürlich mindestens eine Flaschenpost aussetzen 😉

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Wer also Spaß daran hat, kann jetzt noch schnell mit dem Basteln beginnen. Die nötigen Tipps dazu findet man bei Peters Beitrag Die Kunst, eine Flaschenpost zu gestalten.

Treffen an den Landungsbrücken, das Erkennungszeichen ist eine Flaschenpost in der Hand 🙂 Ich werde eine aus meiner Serie “Out of the Blue” dabei haben, allerdings ohne weihnachtliche Schleife.

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Upcoming Event: Hamburg in May

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Am 22. May werde ich werde mich nach einem gemütlichen Frühstück zu den Landungsbrücken in Hamburg begeben, und dort eine Weile mit den Fähren durch die Gegend schippern und Flaschen abwerfen. Ich würde mich sehr freuen, den einen oder die andere Flaschenpostbegeisterte zum Fachsimpeln zu treffen. – Und meine miniature worlds nochmal vorzeigen bevor ich sie den Wellen übergebe! Wenn du Lust hast, melde dich doch bitte bei mir, damit wir uns auf eine Fähre einigen können 🙂 Wenn genug Zeit ist per Email, wenn nicht auch per Mobiltelefon. Die Nummer will ich allerdings nicht öffentlich hier einstellen. Also am besten bei Interesse in Kontakt treten, nach Telefonnummer fragen, und dann spontan auftauchen oder auch nicht. Ich hoffe wir sehen uns, ich freue mich schon!

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Na, mal einen Blick auf die Flasche in echt werfen, bevor ich sie ins Wasser werfe?

The next dispatch is planned, and this time I intent to really toss in some of my miniature. If you want to take a look at them before they are maybe gone forever, meet me in Hamburg, Germany on Sunday May 22nd. After a relaxed breakfast, I will board one of the ferries at Landungsbrücken und use the local water transport there to get around on the river Elbe and toss several bottles. It would be great to meet others who are interested in talking messages in bottles, book art, art, weather and whatever, and help me say farewell to the little guys.

If you think you might want to come, let me know via Email. I can then give you a mobile phone number for arrangements closer to the date. For obvious reasons I do not want to post my telefone number here.

Bottle No. 85: Small World – Woven Chair

Message in a Bottle No. 85 Woven Chair

Message in a Bottle No. 85 Woven Chair

There is the chair again, bottled, with a book as always in this small world series. If you take a close look, you can see that there is also a miniature pencil included. And I had a new idea where to put the accompaning letter: I hollowed out a bit in the cork, and put a – miniature – scroll with the text there. Because the writing is necessarily very small on the paper, I felt a little insecure about whether it stays readable, and so decided to write the web address of this blog onto the cork. – Not so sure about the look of that. Well, I really ought to “post” those bottles to see how they will hold up to water and waves.

I am just about to book flights to Hamburg in Mai. – Maybe I’ll drop them into the river Elbe after all. Or maybe just a couple? I’ll see.

Und hier ist der Esstischstuhl noch einmal, jetzt in seiner Flasche, verkorkt und versiegelt, wie üblich in dieser Small World – Serie zusammen mit einem Minibuch. Eine neue Idee, wo ich den Beibrief unterbringen will hatte ich auch: Ich habe den Korken ein wenig ausgehöhlt und dort eine kleine Schriftrolle untergebracht. Weil die Schrift darauf notwendigerweise so klein ist, habe ich auch nochmal mit schwarzem Permanentmarker die Webadresse dieses Blogs auf den Korken geschrieben. – Da bin ich mir nicht so sicher, ob mir das gefällt. Naja, ich sollte die Flaschen wirklich auf den Weg bringen, um zu sehen, wie sie Wind, Wetter und Wellen standhalten.

Ich bin gerade dabei, einen Flug nach Hamburg zu buchen, Mitte Mai. – Vielleicht schicke ich sie auf der Elbe auf die Reise, oder zumindest einige der Flaschen.

Work in Progress

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starting the assembly of a piece of furniture, made from skewers and toothpicks

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I can’t just punch holes with an awl, that would split the skewer, instead I carve small holes with a carving knife

chair drying on my table. – A bit wonky, but in a cute way, I think

next day: the glue has set, and it is time to start weaving the seat

halfway done and briefly tempted to leave it like this

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there, all done. Finished chair with a match for size comparison.

There is not much to report at the moment, no dispatches, no finds… M. and I are in the middle of purchasing a house. Contracts have already been exchanged, and if not a complete freakish accident happens, we will own it on Friday, three days from now. We won’t move in immediately since we will have to do quite a lot of refurbishment, but in the near future. And so I am getting a little antsy about posting all messaged in bottles that I have made so far and which of course still contain this mailing address. (Not as the only, notas the primary method of contacting me, of course, and with the warning that it might no longer be valid when the message is found, but still.)

I am still wrecking my brain how to put them into scene before dispatching them. – And where to toss them in. I’d be happy to hear any ideas you might have.

I still like the idea of dispatching at least some of them into the river Thames, but it is unclear when I will be in London Obviously I didn’t make it for my birthday. Mhm…

Last Weekend’s Unusual Dispatch

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Rätselbild: Wo ist das?

Hallo, miteinander! Ich hatte in einem vorherigen Blogpost ja schonmal erzählt, dass ich letztes Wochenende Geburtstag hatte. Und wie angekündigt, hat mich mein lieber Mann auf eine Überraschungsreise eingeladen. Das Bild oben ist in der Garage bei unserem Hotel entstanden. Na, wagt einer einen Tipp wo wir waren? Ich finde ja, es sieht original wie in Hongkong aus (das haben wir vor acht Jahren unsere Hochzeitsreise hin gemacht). Aber wir waren in Manchester. – Das ist auch viel praktischer von Nottingham aus zu erreichen.

Hello everyone! I told you in my last blog post that it – will be, by now was – my birthday last weekend. And as expected, M. took me on a trip. The photo above was made on the parking deck near our hotel. Can you guess where we went? To me it looks so much like Hong Kong (where we spent our honeymoon eight years ago, by the way). But of course it was much nearer: we went to Manchester.

China Town in Manchester

China Town in Manchester

Ich hatte mir zum Geburtstag gewünscht, mal wieder schön Dim Sum essen zu gehen. Hier in Nottingham gibt es zwar hier und da am Wochenende Dim Sum in Restaurants zu bestellen, aber so richtig schön ist es erst in richtigen kantonesischen Restaurants, wo die Kellner mit Wagen zwischen den Tischen hin- und herfahren, und man sich auf den Tisch nimmt, was einem gefällt und was eben so vorbeikommt. Und das gibt es hier leider nicht. – Und so ging die Reise nach Manchester, wo eine größere chinesische Gemeinschaft gibt, und auch die richtige Sorte Restaurant.

I had asked M. for my birthday, to invite me for a real dim sum once again. He got to know and love dim sum restaurants when he lived in Taiwan before we got to know each other. When he later lived in the Minneapolis, USA, he took me to a dim sum place there, in memory of his old times – and I loved it! Since then we went many times whenever was possible, and it it by now mostly me draging him there. Although it is possible in many Chinese restaurants to order dim sum from a menu on Sundays (which we often did), neither Bonn nor Nottingham has one of the cantonese restaurants where they drive the food around on carts and you choose what you want to eat while it is passing by. – And I missed this! Therefore my birthday wish. And so M. took me to China Town in Manchester.

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Kunst in Manchester

We only had little time with two small children on one day in Manchester, and the weather was not really fine, and so we have much more to see and come again. – And I do hope and expect we’ll be back anothe rtime. Manchester seems an exciting city. For example we spotted this metal dragon waiting for something on what seemed like a ruin.

Manchester war überhaupt schön und beeindruckend. Zum Beispiel haben wir im Vorübergehen diesen Metalldrachen lauern sehen. Kinder sind ja von anderen Dingen begeistert als Erwachsene. Unser Sohn fand vor allem die ganzen geschlossenen Ladenfronten in China-Town aufregend, an denen wir vorbei gekommen sind als wir am Samstag Morgen schonmal eine Runde gedreht haben. An jedem Metallrolladen musste er Halt machen, mit den Fingern dagegen klopfen, und feststellen, wie “lustig” das ist. Was daran so amüsant war, haben wir nicht verstanden.

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Manchester geschmückt

Whole Manchester (not just China Town) was decorated because this week in the whole city various things happen in celebration of chinese New Year on Monday. – Very nice!

Weil kommenden Montag chinesisches Neujahrsfest ist, und deshalb an diesem Wochenende in Manchester überall Festlichkeiten stattfinden, war auch letztes Wochenende schon die ganze Stadt (nicht nur China-Town) mit diesen roten chinesischen Laternen geschmückt. – Sehr hübsch!

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Dim Sum – Naja, fast nur leere Bambuskörbe

And of course we finally also had dim sum. Unfortunately it was also the weekend of bad photography for me, it seems, and so I don’t have much to show you, I am afraid.

Mein Dim Sum habe ich natürlich auch bekommen. Leider war schlechte-Fotos-Wochenende, so wie’s scheint, und ich habe nicht viel zum Vorzeigen. Aber wir hatten viel Spaß und haben alle so viel gegessen, dass wir fast nicht mehr vom Tisch aufstehen konnten.

Dann war eigentlich Zeit zum Flaschen einwerfen. Ich hatte ja vor, zur Feier des Tages vier Flaschen einzuwerfen. – Und da viel mir auf, dass ich sie in der Hektik des Losfahrens am Freitag Abend vergessen hatte. Oh nein!

And after eating, we were going to go to the city center and dispatch the four bottles that I took with me – oh no! At that moment I realized that I had left them at home. We drove off on Friday evening in a hurry, and I simply forgot to put them in my bag.
There was nothing I could do about that now, of course. But I didn’t want to leave the city without leaving a bottle. And so I bought some lemonade in a glass bottle with a tin screw-on top and prepared the bottle in our hotel room:

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ein unschmeichelhaftes Bild von mir mit Flaschenpost

Weil ich so ganz ohne Flaschenpost abschicken dann aber doch nicht wieder nach Hause wollte, habe ich also in einem Supermarkt eine Limonade in Glasflasche mit Schraubverschluss gekauft, ausgetrunken, Etikett abgelöst und nach einen Brief geschrieben. Mein Sohn hat auch was gekritzelt, denn er wollte unbedingt mitmachen. Und dann habe ich noch zwei Bilder aus meinem Skizzenbuch, das ich dabei hatte mit reingelegt, und zugeschraubt.

I put in a letter (of course), and added two pictures from my sketchbook that I carried with me. My son added a letter of his own, because he wanted to be part of this, too.
The next day, we went to the River Irwell, which conveniently flows through the centre of the city, and dispatched the bottle from bridge road. Unfortuantely all photos of the event are blurry so that I have nothing more to show you. But then, you probably know by now how it looks like when I put a bottle in to a river.

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Am nächsten Tag habe ich sie dann direkt vor der Abfahrt in den River Irwell geworfen, stilecht von der “Bridge Street” aus. – Leider sind die Fotos auch alle verwackelt und unscharf. Aber naja, ihr wisst ja mittlerweile, wie es aussieht, wenn ich eine Flasche in einen Fluss werfe.

Nun ist eine Woche ins Land gegangen, und ich habe noch nichts gehört. Da die Flasche nur ihren Metallverschluss hatte, bin ich pessimistisch. Aber man kann ja nie wissen. Also dann “Weiter Gute Reise!” wieder ungewöhnlichen Flasche, die deshalb auch keine Nummer in meinem Projekt bekommen hat.

Because this bottle is so different, I didn’t give it a number in this project. It has been a week now, and I have not heard anything. I must admit I am a little bit pessimistic about this bottle. But you never know, and so I wish it another “Farewell and happy finders!”