Liv Hambrett

Germany + Australia + Culture + Motherhood + Home

Life in Kiel


Things that are currently swirling around my consciousness and that I feel could be written about;

– How Germans use tea to cure all ailments, clear up what needs to be cleared up and encourage what needs to be encouraged. Never has a beverage worked as hard as the humble herbal tea in Deutschland.

– How, on that note, the Germans have never met a herb they can’t turn into tea. Nor a fruit.

– How, with Autumn patiently waiting for Summer to bow out but slyly making its presence known in red leaves and darker evenings, all of the little autumnal decorations have appeared in shops. Hedgehogs, pumpkins, acorns, and all matter of orange and brown and red knick knacks are now available for table and front stoop dressings, and an abundance of chestnuts are on the ground waiting for collection by those willing to fossick around and really earn their seasonal decor.

– How Germans embrace seasonal decor.

– How it feels like that now that I finally own a relatively stylish, weather-proof parka that I actually want to wear, it may never rain again.

– How it absolutely will rain again, and soon, once this extraordinary, unseasonable warmth and sunniness bids us adieu very soon. If there is one thing that can be counted on in this part of the world, it’s rain. Rain means cooler weather, means darker days, means heading towards Christmas and the cold and arctic waterside strolls, possibly snow and Christmas treats. Which, by the way, are already in the shops. Stollen, Lebkuchen

– How I have noticed many Germans tend to dress their babies extremely warmly and utilise a sun-blocking sheet so on a 22 degree, sunny day, a little Germ may be sitting in his/her dimly-lit pram wearing a jumper, thick socks, and likely a hat.

– How the Northern Germans seem to have an affinity with anything that has wheels. On an average daily stroll, one almost certainly encounters bikes (in all incarnations – two wheels, three, six – with all manner of wagons attached), scooters, skateboards, roller blades (which died everywhere else in the world in 1995), segways … if you can ride it, they`re on it.

Things I have actually managed to write about; nothing. But look, some lovely photos of this time of year.

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Don’t let the grey fool you – humid as anything that day.


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  1. Cass

    20 September, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Apt Observations, as ever! First Deutsche sentence I had to learn – ‘Schwartz tee mit milch, bitte’ – ‘no, no, not herbal! Just Schwarz, like the queen has it’ ? (Cue bewildered head shakes). And YES to the bundled up bambinos – even if there is a sliver of sun my boys are in boardies.. Never very seasonal attire, any pneumonia will be my fault entirely!

    1. Liv

      20 September, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      Oh the looks when one asks for black tea with milk – repulsion!

  2. Sarah D

    20 September, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Gorgeous photos Liv! Hope you are going well with bub xx

    1. Liv

      20 September, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      Thank you so much – going very well, the weather is helping hugely. Shall be more of a struggle to get outside everyday with her when it gets cold and rainy!

  3. Uta

    22 September, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    So true about the tea! My (British) partner always makes fun of my tea cupboard filled with lots and lots of different herbal teas. Britain is supposed to be the country of tea, but 99% of the time people drink the “standard” black tea, there is much more variety in Germany. I love the fact that you get offered a cup of tea for any occasion here in the UK though, there is nothing that can’t be fixed with a cup of tea!

  4. Dana @ Wanted Adventure

    23 September, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Lovely photos–enjoyed reading your little musings. As an American who lives in Germany, it’s fun to see what other expats notice about the country.

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