... your kayak and head to the New Danube!
None of the usual creative posts today as the heat in Vienna (and in our flat) already makes it hard to focus and enjoy some crafty time in the studio. So this post is all about recreation.
I really believe that - if we can - we have to go out regularly and gather new experiences and impressions so we can move on - and forward (!) - with our artful journeys. Freeing our heads from daily routines and being open for "life" has an influence on our creations and our creativity! Livin' the life (with everything it has in store for us) is nourishment for the artist. Otherwise we end up reproducing the same stuff over and over again (not because we want to but because we have no creative pool to take from). But enough of that art-science blurb...lol
As some of you might already know I recently finally found a kayak that I can easily transport and store at home (instead of having to find an expensive rental place for my old kayak that measures about 11 ft (= 3 1/2 m) and doesn't fit with our basement compartment - and therefore is far away from me, stored away at a farmhouse barn in the Salzkammergut ).
Living close to the Danube (and its lovely sidearms and wetlands) it is kind of silly not to have a kayak or other kind of boat, right? Especially when kayaking is what you love and miss...
So when I found that there are inflatable kayaks that have rigid built in frame parts so they keep track almost as well as hard shell kayaks do, I was sooo happy! They can be stored away in a bag and are put up (and also put away) in about ten minutes!
Then, when I had happily ordered and received my kayak, the weather over here went really cold and really bad. Grrrrrr! But today finally was the day for its maiden trip and it was just perfect!
So this is me...erm, my boat (but with me behind the camera)...paddling on the New Danube towards the city of Vienna. The New Danube is a discharge flume for the Danube that usually has very little drift - so it is our favourite place for swimming. And of course it is also perfect for some relaxed kayak-strolling.
There are even some short side arms that are worth exploring! I saw some really big fish today and also a grey heron and a cormorant!
Gliding in the shade of the trees alongside the New Danube was so lovely and refreshing!
And some of the most beautiful spots can't be explored overland - so I was happy to be on the water - in my brand new fab kayak! :)))
And this is how it looks ready to be stored away! There's even space for my paddle inside the bag! And I can still lift and carry it, which definitely is of some importance too (lol). Very cool! ;)
So I hope you don't mind my different kind of post today - but I had to share at least a fraction of the joy and fun I had today!!!
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend too!