Changes!

Little by little i am reworking the blog.

When i started out 5 years ago the blog was just for me, and very personal.
Times have changed, and so have i.

Some of my photos will be here, and a bit of Berlin info, maybe in future a few of my personal recipes.

Summer’s end

The last little rustling of Summer.

Ladybug on a dry sprig of lavender. Oct 2014.

Went out on a warm(–ish) day last week to find this little creature on the lavender.

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Flaschenhals Park – Berlin

Der Flaschenhals Park, Berlin

Flaschenhals or Flaschenhals Park in Schöneberg, 5,5 Hektar, (Engl.: Bottleneck Park)
Opened to the public on 21 March 2014

The tracks of the North-South long-distance line (Ger.: Nord-süd Fernbahn) divide the East Park from the West Park. The narrow Flaschenhals can be reached from the East Park over Yorckstrasse by way of one of the historic Yorckbrücken viaducts, and extends the green way southward.

Remnants of the old railway, and the secondary growth trees and shrubs like birches, and wild roses that grew up when site was abandoned were consciously retained, and incorporated in to the design of the park, turning what was once a vacant, and overgrown rail yard into an enchanted forest.

Tegeler Schloss (Humboldt Schloss)

Tegeler Schloss (Humboldt Schloss)

erected 1558 as a Renaissance manor,
remodelled 1820 – 1824 by Karl Friedrich Schinkel in the Neo-Classical style (Wiki)

Tegeler Schloss (Humboldt Schloss) anterior view

Tegeler Schloss (Humboldt Schloss) anterior view: The manor is still a private home. A descendant of the Humboldt family lives here to the present day. The grounds are open free of charge to the public. Please, however, be aware that this is the von Heinz’ private residence, and not a public museum.

Tegeler schloss (Humboldt Schloss) view from the gardens

Tegeler Schloss (Humboldt Schloss) view from the gardens originally designed by Gottlob Johann Christian Kunth and remodeled in 1820 by Peter Joseph Lenné.

Tegeler Schloss (Humboldt Schloss) Alexander v Humboldt's grave stone

Tegeler Schloss (Humboldt Schloss) Alexander v. Humboldt’s grave stone: Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt; September 14, 1769 – May 6, 1859) was a Prussian geographer, naturalist, and explorer, and the younger brother of the Prussian minister, philosopher and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767–1835). Humboldt’s quantitative work on botanical geography laid the foundation for the field of biogeography.

Narcissus in the Garden lawns Tegeler Schloss (Humboldt Schloss)

Narcissus in the Garden lawns Tegeler Schloss (Humboldt Schloss): and just so as not to end on a morbid note … Flowers!

It was getting late in the afternoon, and the nearly horizontal rays of the sun no longer touched the ground under the tall grass, while setting the white narcissus craning their necks above the meadow aglow.

Once again, out and about with my favorite excursion companion, and extremely cuddly friend Murmel. For those who missed Babewyn’s bourgier side, here again a brief respite from martyred radicals, urban neurotics, and the world’s injustices, to marvel at stately lawns, heroes sculpted in stone, and of course … flowers.

Linden tree allée – Schloss Tegel

Old tree-lined Allée

in the gardens of Schloss Tegel (Humboldt Schloss)

Tree-lined Allée, Gardens of Schloss Tegel (Humboldt Schloss)

May sun crashes like waves through the lines of old linden trees.

As usual, out and about with my friend Murmel. May sun crashes like waves through the lines of old linden trees in the gardens of Schloss Tegel (Humboldt Schloss) in Berlin, Tegel.

Hooded Crow (dt.: Nebelkrähe) Corvus cornix

Hooded crows may well be my very favorite birds.

They are beautiful, brave, smart, and funny.

This gaffer was watching my friend Murmel and me on our walk through the Flaschenhals Park in Berlin last Saturday 17. May 2014. S/He is a beauty, and Murmel knows i love hooded crows, so he quick took a picture with my camera. Here s/he is!