Category Archives: Summer in the city

The Squirrel Days of Summer

Fall is upon us and there is a nice crispness in the air in the mornings. Some weeks ago, however, temperatures were reaching 39° C (102F). Too hot for me, and clearly too hot for what we have come to … Continue reading

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July

Yes, I know. But better late than never. And I also know that I’m repeating myself, but that’s part of the point. (And this year’s photos are better, so there is that.) Look at this trunk (or whatever that’s called … Continue reading

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You say potato, I say Kartoffel

I rescued a broken rain barrel (with a crack at the bottom) from my mother’s compulsive need to discard everything — a compulsion, btw, that is the exact opposite of that of my paternal step-grandfather, who needed to save everything … Continue reading

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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 gift from our neighbour

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Sometimes I doubt

… whether I really should have taken on this house, what with all the time and effort and money it eats, and whether I was right to involve the Husband in this project which holds great sentimental value for me … Continue reading

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Summer

Came upon this guy when heading to the compost (cellphone pic only, sorry). Does anything say “summer” better than this?

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