We had our best friends over to pick mushrooms last October. Unfortunately the weather was bone dry for two weeks in advance and our harvest wasn’t as good as three weeks in advance. But anyway: Good food, good friends and lots of laughter. Those days that will stay in mind.
We had friends over and took a hike over Dammwiesen to Stienitzsee. The weather was quite unstable and we had to take a big stop at the ice cream parlour in Hennigsdorf, which is great for the food – yes, there’s not only ice cream – but you really have to close your eyes for the interior from hell.
And if you ever want to see cute donkeys, take a stop at Mühle Lemke. There is also a great shop for organic food for humans and all sorts of animals. Most of Pavlov’s food comes from there.
Autumn is coming and the glorious glows already show up regularly. We have a very, very good mushroom season this year, and sometimes we don’t even know what to do with our harvests. Luckily we have a drying machine. And no, we don’t eat the mushrooms in the pictures, except of the parasols.
We had the best four days with our dear friends Nicky and John from England and I still can’t believe that GB is not EU anymore. But the world is turning and this time it seams to turn back and forth like crazy. I don’t know if I will ever feel prepared for sh.. like that.
But with a short retreat on the countryside one can imagine, that the world and its mannerisms are far away – even if they aren’t – and just have a relaxed time in the woods.
We went to Rutenberg near Lychen and had a tour around Re:Hof which is a wonderful place to have a gathering in private or for work. I don’t need to explain more if you just have a closer look at the pictures.
After finishing the tour I went out for a walk with Pavlov and stumbled across a really cute boletus by the wayside. My curiosity was aroused and I found a lot of other edible mushrooms but didn’t have a bag with me. Unfortunately it started raining like hell, and I was happy to not have taken the longer path as planned.
I had some beautiful and relaxed days with Mum in July. One day, we visited Beeiltz Heilstätten. The “Baumwipfelpfad” is a really exceptional destination. Not only you are able to climb up stairs to a path through the treetops, but also you can see the ruins of an ancient psychiatric hospital from above. Abandoned a lot of time ago, there are trees growing in the formerly magnificent buildings and you can imagine how life was at the Berlin Zauberberg.
This tour is from June this year and the poppies were in bloom. We had a nice hike through the fields near Stolzenhagen and Pavlov was very tempted to jump into the river. We visited a small Museum in the village and discovered a lot of stuff our Grandmas already had. When I look at the pictures, I wish summer would come back for a while.
Beautifully situated in the Taubertal is the Monastery of Bronnbach a former Cistercian Abbey founded in the 12th century. The surroundings are great for hiking, the Nibelungensteig and one of the German Saint James Ways lead right past the forest just next to the Monastery. It’s a wonderful complex of buildings, above all if it’s the first days of spring.
We made a “culture day” this day and saw the exposition “Berlin Global”. And for the first time we have been to the newly built Humboldt Forum aka the Stadtschloss. The castle in the middle of the city has been rebuilt at the place were once the Palast der Republik stood. The latter has been contaminated by asbestos and has been the government building of the former GDR which was a dictatorship. But at the same time, a lot of people identified with this state and this building and I still think, it was wrong to tear it down and build some kind of Disney World from the past at its place.