Category Archives: Odds and ends

Spotted in passing: the organ grinder

Coming home from the dentist yesterday, I came across this gentleman who looked not unlike Heinrich Zille, the illustrator who used to draw his predecessors on the streets of Berlin a century ago. I’m not sure why he picked our … Continue reading

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A girl can dream

In response to the infamous selfie, the Guardian has set up a site for the (obviously much more interesting) shelfie. Consequently, I’ve been spending more time than I’d care to admit drooling over other people’s bookshelves. It’s also reassuring to … Continue reading

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The smallest plant

I have been potting and repotting the past few days, getting the plants ready for autumn and winter, as we might be away in October. While fiddling around with this plant I suddenly had this little guy in my hand: … Continue reading

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Conversations with our neighbour

(Grunting noises from behind the hedge.) Me: What’s wrong? Her: Oh, technology is defeating me today. Me, interpreting the sounds: Your bicycle pump? (Rummaging sounds from her shed.) Her: Oh, this one is better! Me: You should throw the other … Continue reading

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August Amaryllis

There are, of course, guides on how to get your amaryllis to bloom in December (scroll halfway down here, for example). Alternatively, you can put your amaryllises on a neglected windowsill in the spring and pretty much forget about them. … Continue reading

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Alien landscape

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Alles neu macht der … März

“Letty felt like a governess in a Victorian novel arriving at a new post, but there would be no children here and no prospect of a romantic entanglement of the widower master of the house (…) Letty had often found … Continue reading

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