10 June 2014
Whether picnic, BBQ or party, next to Germany’s favourite Kartoffelsalat, a Nudelsalat (pasta salad) is never far away. It’s also great on hot days like this - we’re currently in the middle of a heat wave with temperatures around 35 C - where you can cook the pasta the evening before after the weather has cooled down, and then just throw everything together after work the next day and you have dinner for about two days. This recipe comes courtesy of my brother. Serves 4-6 adults as a summer meal, or more if it’s just a side dish.
8 May 2014
After all the craziness of the last few weeks - overseas trip, illness, attempted break-in etc. - the boy and I escaped to my sister in the country for a few days to recharge. There’s nothing quite like sleeping in (well, as much as a toddler allows for), feeding rabbits, baking bread and going for walks, to make you see the world through rose tinted glasses again.
Some sustenance for the train journey!
The cutest little train station.
My sister’s beautiful garden.
The boy was obsessed with the rabbits and feeding them flowers - we did not have the heart to tell him we was helping to fatten them up!
Little excursion to a pretty awesome playground.
Freshly baked bread!
Time for some gardening.
On the journey home: “When can we go visit Auntie J. again?”
21 April 2013
Hello and a slightly belated Happy Easter to you all!
Sorry it’s been a bit quiet around here recently. We went on holiday to Scotland at the beginning of April, where I managed to pick up a pretty bad cold. This then morphed in to the worst sinus-ear-infection-combo I can ever remember having, and I’ve pretty much spent the past ten days ill in bed. Add to that the fact that someone tried to break in to our basement - they didn’t succeed, but they mangled the padlock so much we now can’t get it open either and need to wait until everything opens up again after Easter to source something to cut the padlock open. Sigh. Anyway, we decided to kick all that bad luck in the teeth and improvised on some Easter decorations. Thankfully the chocolate was all hidden away in my wardrobe, and not the basement, so at least the Easter Bunny could do his duties! Here are a few photos from our Easter weekend. Hopefully you all had a slightly less stressful time than us :)
31 March 2014
And here’s March in snapshots, according to my iPhone (mostly):
30 March 2014
Here’s a little review of what’s been happening this month:
The Library of Unrequited Love, by Sophie Divry, Neverwhere, by Nial Gaiman, and some Scandinavian crime novel in German translation, the name of which I have forgotten.
Sunshine on Leith (2013), in Edinburgh, with an old friend. Ensuing homesickness was inevitable. Also Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) and Monuments Men (2014), both at the cinema - a rare treat!
I listened to…
I’m not ashamed to admit it, after watching Sunshine on Leith I went on a bit of a Proclaimers listening spree. Altogether now, “I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more…”
I came back from my little trip to Edinburgh at the beginning of the month, and after my mini museum marathon there only made it as far as the Jewish Museum back in Berlin. I did, however, visit the ITB tourism trade fair, which was quite an experience, as well as the famous Mauerpark together with some fellow bloggers who were visiting Berlin.
Other things that happened…
My parents and brother came to visit for a few days, and it was not only nice to see them, but also to go on a rare ‘date’ with the husband, leaving the boy behind to be entertained by his grandparents and uncle :) We took the opportunity to check out the Tajikistan Tearoom, a somewhat hidden gem in Berlin and well worth a visit!