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.