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Just a short post to introduce you to Peter Rosegger’s “Waldbauernbübel”. It’s the latest German addition to the LibriVox Catalog. 😀

The book is part of a larger collection called “Waldheimat” and deals with Peter Rosegger’s childhood in a Austria.

“Das Waldbauernbübel” ist nichts anderes, als eine Sammlung von Erlebnissen und Erfahrungen aus dem Jugendleben in der Waldheimat. Die Erzählungen sind in sehr verschiedenen Zeiten entstanden. Sie bleiben stehen wie sie gewachsen sind, doch habe ich ihre Formen und Launen noch einmal scharf unter das Gewissen genommen… (aus “Vorwort” von “Das Waldbauernbübel” von Peter Rosegger)

Here is one of my chapters:

It’s about a blind woman called Jula, who comes to live on Peter Rosegger’s farm and who minds the children and helps with the animals.

And here is the whole project: http://librivox.org/waldheimat-erzahlungen-aus-der-jugendzeit-erster-band-das-waldbauernbubel-by-peter-rosegger/


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With the weather being SO disgusting over the last few weeks – rain and snow and rain again and more snow and some more rain – I had quite a bit of time for reading and knitting and doing lots of other stuff.

At the moment I’m working on another red hat…. mainly to get over the trauma  of my last red hat. (see my previous blog post ;)) Only this time I’m pretty confident, that it will turn out fine, as I already knit a white one with the same pattern for mum and I actually have a safety line this time. Here is mum’s:


White Foliage Hat

Pretty, isn’t it?

But of course I took a pic with the one mistake I made showing prominently. See if you can spot it. 😉 Anyway, all pattern details can be found as usual on my ravelry page: http://ravel.me/aravis83/f22

For Christmas I got the “ Little House” series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Best Christmas present ever! The books are simply wonderful… funny, interesting, sometimes scary and incredibly hard to put down. I started reading the third book on Sunday and I’m already half way through. I simply love them… though they have one major fault, they are WAY too short. 😉


Reading, reading, reading...

Also there are the most beautiful pictures on the books. Oh, and the descriptions are so vivid especially those about the food, that I get actually hungry just reading about it.

Apart from all that I did a lot of recording for LibriVox over Christmas. My newest solo, the one with the short stories for children is almost halfway done, though I somehow managed to delete an almost edited longish section. Grrrr!

Also I’ve started another BCing project yesterday. It’s “Heimatlos” by Johanna Spyri. It consists of two stories. I haven’t read them yet, so I can’t give any details .. but both of them start out really really sweet. 😀

Sooo, can’t think of anything more to write about….

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Clover” by Susan Coolige – my latest LibriVox Solo is finally finished.  Originally Neeru and I started it as a duet way back in June 2009, but I ended up reading it all by myself when Neeru got too busy.

So don’t be too surprised if the quality of the recording changes somewhat between chapters as I recorded all even ones still with my old mic and all odd ones with the new one. Also I’m glad to say that my editing improved a great deal over time. 🙂


"I'm a messender, you see, Fwom Hymen's Expwess Tumpany."

Anyway here is the lovely summary Neeru wrote:

Clover is the fourth book in the popular What Katy Did series. After Katy’s wedding, the focus shifts to her little sister Clover. Their brother Phil encounters serious illness in the winter, and Dr. Carr sends him with Clover to the mountains of Colorado. Clarence Page, their naughty cousin from the other books, lives nearby. He is a rancher now with an attractive English partner, Geoff Templestowe, whom Clover falls for… (Summary by Neeru)

I simply loved the book, especially as Clover  has  always been my favorite character in the “What Katy did” series. Acutally I think it’s the best of the whole series. It’s just the right amount of funny and interesting and sad. Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. 😀

Here is chapter 1:

And here is the whole recording: http://librivox.org/clover-by-susan-coolidge/

The other 4 “What Katy did” books can also be found in the LibriVox catalog: http://librivox.org/newcatalog/search.php?title=&author=Susan+Coolidge&action=Search

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Just a short post to show off the beautiful cover Sonja created for my latest LibriVox solo of “Der Weihnachtsabend” by Charles Dickens (Thanks so much, Sonja!!!):


Beautiful Cover for Scrooge

Isn’t it absolutely lovely???

Oh and here is my second lovely-super-comfortable-vividly-Santa-Claus-red-cabled-finglerless mitten. As you can see in the background, I finished this one while watching “Wives and Daughters“.  (I absolutely loved the movie and will probably listen to it next. There is wonderful audiobook version in the LibriVox Catalog: http://librivox.org/wives-and-daughters-by-elizabeth-gaskell/)


Cable mittens

All knitting details and the pattern can be found on ravelry. Here is my page for this project: http://ravel.me/aravis83/f1

Happy New Year, everyone!!! 😀

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Der Weihnachtsabend

Proudly presenting my finished solo recording of “Der Weihnachtsabend – Eine Geistergeschichte” by Charles Dickens… and I managed to meet my own deadline. (YAY me! ;)) It’s the German translation of the famous “A Christmas Carol”.Here is a proper summary of the book:

Der erste Geist

1843 verfasste Dickens den Roman A Christmas Carol (deutscher Titel: Eine Weihnachtsgeschichte) in der Absicht, die Aufmerksamkeit des Lesers auf die Not der Armen in der Gesellschaft Englands zu lenken. Am 19. Dezember 1843 wurde das Werk mit Illustrationen von John Leech veröffentlicht.
Der herzlose Geschäftemacher Ebenezer Scrooge wandelt sich zu einem gütigen, die Not der Menschen lindernden alten Herren. Dickens bedient sich hierfür der Mittel der Groteske: Am Heiligen Abend erscheint dem alten Geizhals der Geist seines verstorbenen Geschäftspartners Marley, der zu Lebzeiten noch

Der zweite Geist

geiziger als Scrooge war, und prophezeit Scrooge ein düsteres Ende für den Fall, dass er sein Leben nicht grundlegend ändere. Danach zeigt sich der Geist der vergangenen Weihnacht, welcher Scrooge in seine Kindheit zurückversetzt, gefolgt vom Geist der gegenwärtigen Weihnacht, der ihn ins Haus seines ärmlich lebenden Schreibers Cratchit und dessen Familie sowie in das Haus seines Neffen geleitet. Der Geist der künftigen Weihnacht schließlich führt ihn zu seinem einsamen Sterbebett und zeigt ihm seinen Grabstein. „Die Wege der Menschen deuten ein bestimmtes Ende voraus, auf das sie hinführen, wenn man auf ihnen beharrt. Aber wenn man von den Wegen abweicht, ändert sich auch das Ende“, erkennt

Der letzte Geist

Scrooge, läutert sich und wird fortan zu einem anderen Menschen. (Zusammenfassung von Wikipedia)

It was the first time I read the book and really loved it. Of course I was kinda familiar with it… there must be about a million of movies. But as usual the book is MUCH better than any of them. It’s just the perfect kind of sweet and creepy and interesting and funny. I loved it.

Anyway you can find the completed recording here:


Hope you’ll have as much fun listening, as I had reading! Merry Christmas!!! 😀

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This fortnight’s poetry at LibriVox is a really sweet poem called “Christmas Morning” by Eugene Field.

Share thou this holy time with me, The universal hymn of love.

The angel host that sped last night,
Bearing the wondrous news afar,
Came in their ever-glorious flight
Unto a slumbering little star.

“Awake and sing, O star!” they cried.
“Awake and glorify the morn!
Herald the tidings far and wide—
He that shall lead His flock is born!”

The little star awoke and sung
As only stars in rapture may,
And presently where church bells hung
The joyous tidings found their way.

“Awake, O bells! ’tis Christmas morn—
Awake and let thy music tell
To all mankind that now is born
What Shepherd loves His lambkins well!”

Then rang the bells as fled the night
O’er dreaming land and drowsing deep,
And coming with the morning light,
They called, my child, to you asleep.

Sweetly and tenderly they spoke,
And lingering round your little bed,
Their music pleaded till you woke,
And this is what their music said:

“Awake and sing! ‘t is Christmas morn,
Whereon all earth salutes her King!
In Bethlehem is the Shepherd born.
Awake, O little lamb, and sing!”

So, dear my child, kneel at my feet,
And with those voices from above
Share thou this holy time with me,
The universal hymn of love.

Here is my recording of it:

Isn’t it just lovely? 😀

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Yesterday was a holiday here (YAY!!!) and having finished recording “Der Weihnachtsabend” by Charles Dickens (still have a lot of editing to do…d’oh!)  I started a new German solo. It is going to be a collection of cute, well known and not so well known stories for children. For now I have called the project “Erzählungen für Kinder” (Stories for children)… not very imaginative, but just couldn’t think of a better title.

Anyway the first story is from a picture book I particularly loved, when I was a kid. It’s called “Etwas von den Wurzelkindern” by Sibylle von Olfers . It tells about “die Wurzelkinder” preparing for spring and how they pass summer as flowers, blades of grass and beetles, till the cold automn weather forces them to return to mother earth.

Etwas von den Wurzelkindern

Here is my recording… be sure to look at the pictures, they are simply beautiful:

I’m still looking for more stories to record. So suggestions would be very welcome! 😀

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I’m a couple of days late posting…. but just like last year there is a wonderful advent calender of 24 lovely LibriVox recordings (in German) ready to download. It consists of poems, short stories, fairy tales, recipes… all with some relation to Christmas and winter! Here it is: http://librivox.org/adventskalender-2010-by-various/

Also I knit a couple more of those tiny Christmas Stockings:

More tiny Christmas Stockings

Aren’t they cute?

The pattern and my ravelry page can be found in one of my earlier posts. 😀

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Kara and I finished our tiny duet of “My Very First Little German Book” by Anonymous yesterday. It’s an incredibly cute English – German children’s book with beautiful pictures.

Die Muscheln

Here is the “official” summary:

An adorable picture book with 29 little lessons in German. Learn many simple and useful phrases, such as “How big the sea is!” and “Have you ever been to the farm?” The English parts of the book are read by Kara, and the German parts by Elli. You can read along and look at the pictures at: http://www.read.gov/books/german.html (Description by Kara)

Recording it was such a lot of fun. Kara read the English parts and I did the German ones…. Kara did the whole editing (Thanks!!! 😀  and we cataloged the whole thing together. FUN!

I really hope we find some more English- German books for future duets.

Anyway here is our recording in the LibriVox Catalog: http://librivox.org/my-very-first-little-german-book-by-anonymous/

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My latest LibriVox solo is finally done and cataloged. It’s Heinrich Hoffmann’s well-known “Struwwelpeter” and another really lovely story, I didn’t know called “König Nussknacker und der arme Reinhold”.  It’s about a sick boy who dreams of a magic land in which toys come alive.


König Nussknacker und der arme Reinhold

Here is my recording of König Nussknacker (Struwwelpeter can be found in one of my earlier posts):

Oh and here is the Catalog page: http://librivox.org/zwei-kindermarchen-by-heinrich-hoffmann/

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