Friday Flow #54: Why Food Porn?

I once read a blog post about re-blogging your own older posts. I put a lot of thought into this and somewhat liked the idea. By mere coincidence I stumbled upon this random post I wrote last year, which doesn’t belong to any particular topic I’ve given to my menu – it has nothing to do with the Konmari Method or my Tidy Up Challenge, nor is it part of one of my photography challenges or projects, and it’s not even a Friday Flow issue… But somehow it would do a pretty nice Friday Flow issue, I thought… and so I’m allowing myself to re-post this post as this week’s Friday Flow because I think it deserves a little bit more attention 😉 Hope you think so too!

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For this trip I bought myself a tablet to have an easier access to planning and booking information. I vehemently disliked the idea of a modern phone, so this seemed to be a good alternative. But now I realize – it’s  a blessing and a curse at the same time…

The fact that I know there’s free wi-fi available somewhere makes me want to go online and surf around the social media. In a way it’s very nice. I also have the possibility to look around WordPress with more time and even write this post.  And yes, I’ve done lots of information searching and planning and booking which was very efficient. So that’s really nice.

On the other hand, I always keep the urge to want to share a moment in the back of my head. It lingers there and scratches me and wants to blow itself with importance. Oh, I could take a photograph of this or that with my tablet and share it here, there, and everywhere… and I must say it takes away some magic of the moment.

Today I treated myself three times with food somewhere out. The first time was a delicious tomato and basil home made soup with home made bread. I photographed the sunny place where I sat with my camera and brushed the idea of food porn away.

The second treat was looking soooo good and beautiful that I took its picture with my camera AND my tablet, wasting some time trying to figure out how to do it..

The last treat was a very beautiful looking small pizza with a massive leaf salad with nuts, oranges and huge chunks of parmesan cheese.  And then I told myself to stop that nonsense…

It’s all good and well, but why do we tend to get carried away by such things? Why would someone else be interested in what I’m eating? Why share it on social media and like it? Why not just enjoy the moment and keep it in your heart? Of course you could say that for everything else, I’m not implying that photography is nonsense, I mean, I love photography to bits myself. But it’s that weird new thought I felt to take a photograph not just for the sake of it but with the immediate thought of sharing it here or on other social media. And I didn’t like that…

So no, I have no picture for you in this post nor will I tell you what that wonderful second treat was. I won’t share that picture anywhere but with someone very special to me only… through Whatsapp and my glorious new tablet😄

The Story With The Compost Bin

Moving houses after splitting households always means you need to buy a few things for your new home. I was very eager to go find myself a compost bin (yes, I’m a recycling freak! Read more about it here) and happily collected one a few days ago on a big shopping day.

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no room for the green compost bin 😦

The disappointment that crashed upon me when I realized it was actually too big for it to fit in the cupboard next to my trash bin was immense… I thought the Swiss were so well organized that there was a regular standard size in compost bins because in all the stores I went to I only ever saw the one size… I tried to squeeze it in but there was no way it would get to the big enough space behind the narrow hole. Whoever designed the kitchen had clearly no clue about recycling compost bins…^^ I then tried to leave the bright green bin underneath the kitchen table, wanting it to vanish and hide but catching a glimpse of it every time I sat down to eat, which didn’t make me happy either…

It really unnerved me – this was not my vision I had when I started with the Konmari method. My goal and vision was to have empty floors and nothing cluttering them. I don’t mind the paper recycling container as it sparks joy in a very weird way (maybe reminding me that I’m so glad I can be recycling all these papers? *lol*) but there’s only one corner underneath the kitchen table that can hide things, anything else behind it slowly makes its way to your visible space and it’s just not sparking joy. I also thought about leaving the container bin out on my balcony but then I though about me sitting in the balcony and relaxing in the sun… and catching an eye of the rather unfancy green compost bin, in worst case, even smelling it…

No, that’s not how I want to spend my sunny days out it my new balcony. That’s not my vision of a nice uncluttered space. So I needed to get rid of the bin – best to take it back since it was only a few days back that I had bought it and brought home.watermarked-tn_my new balcony

I then went back to the store with the receipt and straight onto the information desk. A rather unfriendly and very local woman attended to me and I explained her the issue. She wasn’t really paying attention anymore and started to look at the ticket and proceeding the action of taking back the bin. I was happy. Until she asked me for some sticker that was on the bin when sold…^^ Yes, that sticker who is always the first one to be ripped off and thrown away after you buy something new… I hadn’t been using the bin, but I did not think of the sticker anymore and explained it to her and in a distant tone she told me that she couldn’t take it back because that darn sticker was missing (in other words…). I pointed out that the bin was in a perfect condition and only bought a few days before that, which she could see in the receipt. She kept on ranting about it in a distantly polite way and proceeded to work on something on the computer with my receipt… After a while she had it figured out and handed me my cash back.

What was the fuss all about? – I thought to myself, since she clearly was able to take it back anyhow. I was happy, once more, and thanked her for helping me out when she let out another (polite!) rant about how she now had to discard the bin because they can’t sell it anymore. I was flabbergasted at the whole situation… Surely they could get another sticker from their storage areas or use another one when selling? I mean, how many times have I bought something without a darn sticker / bar code on it and therefore just another same item was scanned in order to proceed the sale? It’s not as it is an impossible issue… I tried to explain that to her but she wouldn’t listen and kept repeating that she can’t do anything about it. I then said she could at least give it to someone for free but she wouldn’t have any of it…

I left the store feeling utterly bad and guilty… Now I  was the cause of some unnecessary waste – me, that always tries to avoid that… Me, that always brings things you can still use to a Brocki / Charity Shop in order for them to be re-used, specially if the items are new and in perfect condition… Would it not have been better to not get the money back and bring it to the Brocki instead? On the other hand, why do I have to feel guilty if a store isn’t able to manage such things in another way?

I felt absolutely torn about this whole issue and wonder – what do you think about it? How would you have reacted?

Mural May 2016 Résumé

May made room for June and so my Mural May 2016 Photo Challenge finished. I’ve been working on this idea for a long time and tried different ways to do it in my mind. Finally I settled on the “Mural May” title and started to prepare the pictures, browsing through my photographs from home and abroad. It was so interesting to see the vast range of murals I had been photographing during these past years, and it was at times quite difficult for me to select the pictures I wanted to display for my daily challenge. Due to work and my moving situation I nearly missed the deadline but eventually forced myself to start it up, and from there on there was no way back. I went on with it and am glad I did – or else I would have had to wait until next May^^

I’ve had a wonderful blogger who shared her entries with me in the challenge (see here, here and here) and I would like to thank you, Mara, very much for your kind nudges and your solidarity 🙂 I am aware that I could’ve done much more publicity in advance in order to invite several photographers to this challenge, but I simply didn’t get round to do so anymore. But I’ve learned something for next time 🙂 Still, I’m very glad I tried this and also managed to make room for a platform to share my collected photographs of all sorts of murals 🙂

Posted photographs were taken in Ireland, England, Scotland, Holland, Greece, Germany, Bolivia, France and Switzerland.

I hope you enjoyed them, here’s a small gallery for you to see them all in one spot. You can also visit my category “Mural  May” in the photography section of this blog to find more information about each picture and read through the comments made for each blog entry.

Any thoughts on the project are more than welcome, I’m eager to hear 🙂 You may also post your own found mural photographs here in the comment section below, I’d love to see what other beauties there are in the world ❤

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