Ohrwurm of the Week 30.06.2017

Every so often I need a battlecry-type of tune to help me overcome my doubts and fears. Help me build self-confidence and trust (not saying it always helps but there is no harm in it). This is my current battlecry-song:   I am woman, hear me roar In numbers too big to ignore And I…

Grateful Thursday 29.6.17 aka Finally!

Today, I am grateful for what is happening tomorrow! I don’t know if it even made it into international news but tomorrow the German parliament is going to vote on the introduction of “Ehe für Alle” (marriage for all). After spending years with her head up her arse, the head of state finally decided not…

Picture of the Week

I couldn’t help myself, I simply had to share this picture with you. I found it on the news page of the biggest German tv channel ARD (their news program is called Tagesschau). The picture shows a German policeman being transported by boat on canal, probably a branch of the river Spree which runs through…

The Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson

You can actually find 3 copies of this book in my family. My mother’s copy, my sister’s and my own copy. My mother’s copy is the one that is probably in the worst condition as it has been read by all three of us multiple times while we still lived under the same roof. It…

Un-Grateful Thursday (?) 22.06.2017

Up until 1 minute ago, I had a hard time coming up with an entry for my “Grateful Thursday” series. The reason for this is that I had not the best of sleep last night as the news of my friend’s father’s cancer diagnosis yesterday has put me in a sombre mood as I am…

Ohrwurm of the Week

I had a hard time getting out of bed yesterday morning, which was probably due to the Cetirizin pill I took for my allergies. I try not to use it as often and my allergies are more or less under control but with all the grass cutting around the estate I simply couldn’t stop sneezing….

An Ode to Southern Scotland – Buchan’s 39 Steps: A Review

Thrilling, fast-paced, rich in detail but not much of a storyline! In spite of the rather limited plot of this novel, it is still worth reading and very entertaining. Considering that Buchan himself describes the book in his dedication as a “shocker”, a dime novel, the reader should not have high expectations with regards to…

Garden Pleasures

I just watered my plants in my front yard and thought why not take some pics and share them with you. I will actually have some of that lettuce with dinner. Enjoy!

The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst – A Short Review

I honestly don’t know what to think of this book – I am not sure whether or not I like it. Alan Hollinghurst is without a doubt a very gifted writer – his talent for description is beyond reproach. However, it took me 12 painful month to re-read the 560 pages that make up The…

Grateful Thursday 15.6.17 – A Life in Pain

The Mystery of Pain by Emily Dickinson Pain has an element of blank; It cannot recollect When it began, or if there were A day when it was not. It has no future but itself, Its infinite realms contain Its past, enlightened to perceive New periods of pain. You are wondering how anyone could be…

The Children’s Crusade

I watched the movie The Good Lie with Reese Whiterspoon recently and the first part of this movie about the “Lost Boys of Sudan” made me think about my favourite Brecht poem (I have to say that poem might not be the correct word for it’s a ballad but not the romantic type). My mother…

In the Woods

In the woods, too, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough, and at what period soever of life is always a child. In the woods is perpetual youth. Within these planatations of God, a decorum and sanctity reign, a perennial festival is dressed, and the guest sees not how he should…