Berlin bookstores

I’ve just started reading this second-hand, 1973 paperback  - a Christmas present from my son’s German girlfriend. Admire the book’s yellow pages – it’s 48 years-old! The enclosed bookmark says the book came from one of the many Berlin bookshops selling English books.

Astonishingly, Berlin bookshops are considered ‘essential services’ during lockdown and allowed to stay open – we in the UK can only dream.

Here’s a rather nice article detailing ‘The best English bookstores in Berlin‘.


Not an artist

What have I talked myself into? I casually suggested to my daughter that on a Zoom call I could do some painting with the little ones. So I invested in some gear, and here is my studio setup. My daughter suggested acrylic paints but I did find it all a bit fiddly squeezing bits out of tubes – oh for a paintbox! I think I’ve verified my opinion that I have no artistic skills as well as no shame, but early days, eh! If nothing comes of it I can pass on my materials to Chloe and Iris.

First review from the little ones:

“Iris said “wow!”…Chloe observed that you’d paid attention to that video you’d watched! And she wants to know where’s your next one!”

See my progress here….


Losing one’s way

With lots of Photoshopping I can knock off maybe 20 years, though my son’s first reaction was “That looks very odd!”. Well, son, that’s what I intended, so there!

Walking south and uphill there was still a fair amount of snow to be found on today’s shortish walk.

A couple of days ago I did a longer walk in the same area. Then, in much worse conditions, I managed to become quite disorientated. Today’s walk was to figure out how I’d managed to end up where I had – which I managed to do. When the conditions are poor and everything’s covered in snow, and when you’re not paying sufficient attention to your surroundings, it’s quite easy to lose track of one’s location - despite having, as I did, the Ordnance Survey map app and GPS on the phone! Just as well I was in North Surrey and not North Wales…