Ladybirds, Birds & Bees


Little ladybug on my arm
you wear a heart as part of your charm
You joined me on this sunny day
just for a moment then you flew away.
— Author Unknown


The saying goes that if a ladybug lands on You, be careful not to brush it off. Stay very still and count the spots. The number of spots will reveal the number of months You will enjoy good luck.

Then there are others who believe that we get to make a wish if a ladybug lands on our hand. The number of spots will be equivalent to the number of months (some say years) before the wish comes true.

And apparently, the stronger the colour red is on the ladybug, the better the luck will be.

I studied the ladybird’s wings with the intention of counting the number of spots on them, but then I realised that it had red spots on black wings rather than black spots on red wings — pretty much like the debate about whether a zebra has white stripes on a black body or black stripes on a white body — and I got so caught up with this thought that I forgot why I was looking at its back in the first place.

Thank goodness I managed to get some pictures of the ladybird though, for it sure was a beauty to behold.


We spent the afternoon visiting a textile deco shop because we really wanted some curtains in our apartment. There’s just something about having curtains — preferably white ones — that makes living that little bit more comfortable. I guess it must be the way it flows in the wind or how it softens the glare of the sun’s rays that makes it such a lovely addition to a living space. It’s just so very easy on the eyes.

We set an appointment for a lady to come measure the windows where we’d like the curtains to be, bought a rattan bin and a chevron-patterned mat for the study room, some gorgeous vases and also some fake flowers to put in the vases.

We also saw many many birds outside the shop. Do You see them all lined up on the rod on the roof of the house above? And on the power line below too?


Architecture was also something else that we managed to enjoy that afternoon. It is most definitely one of the biggest perks I see about living in Munich. There is, simply put, the most perfect balance of tradition, culture and modernity, and I cannot wait to bring You around when You come here for 5 months next year, Jo. 🙂


We got home and saw a little Mr. Bee waiting for us by the window ledge, rubbing his teeny weeny hands together. He must’ve just been out and about being busy and all, perhaps pollinating some dandelions.


And then I turned around to see Mr. Piggy from AngryBirds being all cosy on the sofa!


Papiiiiii, You’re the cutest.



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