Liv Hambrett

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Life in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein


There is the Sky Grey, the Street Grey and the Naked Branches Grey.

The Light Grey of Mid Mornings that dulls to Dark Afternoon Grey, a particularly heavy shade that warrants a hot drink and a lamp or candle on. Anything that makes you feel all hygge or gemütlich, anything that takes the focus off the fact another whole day has passed without sunlight.

There is Rain Grey (and within Rain Grey, there is It’s Pissing Down Grey and Only Drizzling Grey) and Puddle Grey and Fjord Reflecting the Sky Grey. Occasionally there is Slush Grey, and there is a particularly special, rather popular shade I like to call Rainy Sunday Grey.

There is Trendy Scandinavian Flooring Grey that you find in cafes with candles and flowers planted in the middle of the table. This grey blends effortlessly with General Surroundings Grey.

There is Fog Grey and Misty Morning Grey and Cloud Grey. Although Cloud Grey often gets lost in Sky Grey; one must really squint to discern the shades.

This is the sky.

There is Endless Autobahn Grey as you take to a roadtrip to break the cabin fever. Endless Autobahn is beautifully offset by Strange Gun Metal Grey Trees.

There is Seagull Grey and Pigeon Grey and Seagulls and Pigeons Splashing in Puddles Grey.

There is Face Grey, the colour we all go after being deprived of sunlight and vitamin D for months on end. And there is Mood Grey, the collective state of us as February drones on and on.

And on.



  1. Agnes Nielsen

    19 February, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    There is a poem about a town (Husum) not far from Kiel by Theodor Storm called ‘Graue Stadt am Meer’. I think it encapsulates The shades of grey very much. I live in Oz and I miss those grey tones some times. (Which is probably a bit weird) but Geey can be a calming colour.

    1. Liv

      22 February, 2017 at 9:14 am

      Now that you mention it, I think I know that poem! Grey can be quite lovely, and I have to admit …I wear a lot of grey. But grey in February, after months of greyness is just … so grey.

  2. Ingrid

    20 February, 2017 at 1:15 am

    Hi Liv!
    The shades of grey are normal for germans!
    This is not better in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney at the moment ! Shades of grey everywhere Last week terrible bushfires with grey smoke clouds and now it’s pissing down all weekend. Temperature pegel tumbles between 12 and 14°. Our heater is running. Forecast for Melbourne is going back to 30° on Wednesday. Cant wait!

    1. Liv

      22 February, 2017 at 9:12 am

      I have been reading reports of CRAZY summer weather back home – and yes, as you guys head towards Autumn, things can get very changeable, especially Melbourne. Oh, but to have some sunshine … xxx

  3. WangDi

    20 February, 2017 at 9:51 am

    As my grey day went downward spiral, came your post in my Inbox. A ray of sunshine that speaks the comaraderie, sharing a similar wintery experience in Schleswig-Holstein. Thanks for posting, especially in grey raining days.

    1. Liv

      22 February, 2017 at 9:11 am

      Ugh, isn’t it the worst? Another grey rainy one up here today, too. Hanging out for the sun to break through …

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