Monday, 22 May 2017

It's Rhubarb Season

What a lovely cake this was, definitely going into the save folder for future reference. If you want to try yourself this is the recipe.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

From Mitte to Neukölln

On Thursday, it was a lovely weather. 28 degrees and a blue sky. We took the train to Mitte to do some errands and walked the walk back to Neukölln with Fleur sleeping in the pram. There was people everywhere, they all wanted to enjoy the nice summer weather. I managed to get quite a lot of colour on my arms, so after a couple of days with so much sun, I was happy to have a partly cloudy Saturday so my sensitive winter-skin could have a mini break.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Maternity Visitors

For the past three months we have had so many visitors at our place. They all wanted to welcome little Fleur into the world. They have come from near and far and the ones that couldn't make it all the way to Berlin have send greetings and good wishes. Fleur has been showered with lots of things like baby clothes, toys and books, and our home has never before been adorned with this many flowers. It is amazing how a little baby can create so much joy just by being present.

Another amazing side effect: some people I lost touch with got back in contact after learning about the news on this blog, so Fleur has also re-connected old friends, which I am very grateful for.

We still expect some people who has not made it here so far. Just this weekend Pauline will come from London to visit, and we can look forward to more visitors over the summer.

Friday, 5 May 2017

The Fig Tree

The fig is no longer stuck inside. Now it has been enjoying the evening sun on the balcony for the past month.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Sprouting Herbs

A couple of weeks ago, I did a bit of gardening. I had saved some seeds, that I harvested from our balcony back in 2015. Last summer, I forgot all about them, because we travelled so much, but this year we will try to make a kind of wild meadow in our flower boxes, so there won't be too much to tent to besides watering.

I have planted coriander, chives and basil. I was surprised by how fast the first chive appeared, then a couple of days later followed the coriander - Right now it has the lead. The basil still remains to be seen, but I am hopeful. When they have been cultivated for a while they'll move to the balcony for the summer, but right now I enjoy having them in the kitchen window so I can follow their daily progress.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Spring Back and Forth.

The Germans say: Der April macht was er will, and April really does. So far we have had beautiful spring days, almost bordering summer where we could go out in t-shirt, and now it is wet and cold. Weather forecast says rain for the next 10 days, which is quite depressing. Even if everything is blooming and looking freshly green, spring is just more enjoyable when the sky is blue and the sun is shining.

We have manage to bring a little bit of spring inside, as someone butchered a tree in Hasenheide and I took some of the leftovers. So now we can follow the development at close range. I still hope that the forecast is wrong and that easter will be - if not warm - at least a bit sunny, so it will be nicer to take my daily walk with the pram.

I hope you will have some good easter days and enjoy the time off.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Brunch at Sweethearts

At Agora - which I wrote about some years ago - the new cafe Sweethearts opened. They call themselves a brunch cafe, but they don't really serve conventional brunch.

Last weekend, we met John and Lisa there for brunch. I have to say I was a bit disappointed by the menu; there was no sign of pancakes.

The day prior, we had passed a cafe at the canal where someone was eating pancakes outside and it reminded me that we have not had any since Fleur came - it now seems like a long time ago. But despite my slight disappointment in the menu, which seemed more like lunch/dinner than anything else, I have to admit that the food was really good and I can imagine this kind of brunch serving a hangover really well.

I must admit that I don't care too much for the new pink interior, but it is definitely a place I would go for brunch another time.