This picture was taken by one of the people I'm most grateful for in my life: the highly talented @jennyisconfident - calling her my best friend would miss the point. She's more like a sister from another mister to me. Her mum is not only my godmother, but also used to my nanny during the first years of my life, so me and Jenny, who is only a few months older than me, grew up together and formed a very close bond. But our story is not only one of a friendship that will last forever (which I'm sure it will). For quite some time, for almost seven years in fact, I thought I had lost her for good. I was 18 when I fell in love with the boy she liked a lot at the time. We started into what turned out to be probably the most functioning and passionate long-term relationship I've had so far. The price I paid for it, however, was Jenny. I hadn't explained myself properly to her before she found out, I was unconfident and scared - and when she did finally found out, to both her and me it felt like I had betrayed her. She couldn't look me in the eyes or even be near me in the years to come, because what happened triggered a kind of trauma in her. It took me over two years to stop mourning her and to accept that while I had made an active decision back then, I had no power over the consequences now. When she wrote to me this spring that she had heard I was moving back to Cologne and she'd like to meet me again, I almost couldn't believe it. And when we sat down by the river Rhine to talk about all the years that had passed, during which we had only heard about each other via our parents, it felt a little surreal - not because we had gone separate ways, no, but because it felt so natural to talk to each other that it was like we had never ended that friendship. Like these seven years had been nothing but a phase of amnesia. I'm beyond grateful to call Jenny my sister from a different mister again, because that is what she has always been and always will be. She's a part of me. Not one I have to mourn anymore, luckily! 💚My favourite plant at the moment: my big P. Verrucosum from @nelumbogarden. It just won't keep growing 😍 it has more than doubled since I got it in summer!