Thursday, October 28, 2010


Whisperings in winter:
tales of memory and loss
chiseled in stone--
everywhere, the fallen.

Quietly lingering
amidst discarded wishes
and dreams of rebirth:
a lone figure
somehow summoning healing
in the passing shadows.

A scent of moss and ashes:
drifting, earthy,
leaves crackling underfoot,
trampled like so many forgotten hopes.  

One too young, found: 
lying grey,
cold, exposed--
not cracked, 
but split quite in two,
awaiting eternal repair.

trying my hand at some pre-Halloween poetry for Magpie 38.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Eccentric in Opinion

Thanks to for posting this, Little Augury for sharing it, and Bertrand Russell for saying it. Here's a book by Bertrand Russell that I plan to buy soon:
Happy Monday!

Thursday, October 21, 2010


The Girl gets credit for all but two of these. My favorite is #6.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Eccentric Paris

Just a bit of fun and frolic...

Friday, October 15, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Fallish Things

ever-so-cozy, via Toast catalogue

Forest Tearoom, by Anna Emilia

I'm looking at these glass jars and thinking of canning--also wishing my pantry looked like this...
*But can anyone alert me as to the origin of this photo?

adorable autumn jacket from Gudrun Sjödén

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Monday in the Woods

No work, no school--instead, this walk, less than five minutes from our house:

It was a beautiful day in western Germany...

Friday, October 8, 2010

Autumn Haus

I peeled and sliced over fifty apples yesterday. Yeah, that's what I said. Mmmmm, applesauce...

Thursday, October 7, 2010

In Bruges

We had a lovely couple of days here in August, despite the chilly rain that fell off and on. My favorite shopping stop was Netherlands-based Dille & Kamille (loads of homekeeping goodness!), and we had two wonderful meals at tucked-away Koets, in a remodeled carriage house just down the street from our hotel. 

Oh, and we celebrated a certain very special boy's twelfth birthday here...

Monday, October 4, 2010

Apples Threaten Takeover

I've been picking up quite a few of these guys on a daily basis for the past few weeks. At first, I'd retrieve six or seven keepers and maybe twenty for the compost, but now that many apples are ripe, I'm getting perhaps thirty of each. We have no idea of the variety of apple, but the tree is a nice old one, in our large side yard. Our neighbor told us that these apples are "not for keeping very long." Some of his, apparently, are. I saw him out on a ladder doing some harvesting of his own this morning. Let me tell you, there are many kinds of apples growing in these here parts. It's great!

The ones from these trees, behind our house but unfortunately not on our property, are used mostly for schnaps, we've been told. Any opportunity to turn something semi-edible into alcohol is much-appreciated and admired in small-town Germany. Hey, we live in the hometown of the famous, national-football-team-sponsoring Bitburger Beer, after all. Anyway, I'm still trying to figure out what to do with our imperfect but organic apples, which seem to be somewhat sweet. So far, I've made pie, crumbles, something like a cobbler, and lots of apple bread, from a wonderful recipe in the lovely Apples for Jam. But now I'm getting so many (I just picked up 35 more), I'm really going to have to do some canning, and soon. I'm more than slightly a canning novice, so it should be interesting; wish me luck.

Every time I head outside to pick up apples in the yard, this guy follows me out the door--but he's not so interested in the apples. He's always, always ready to play: he fancies himself something of a star soccer player because he knows how to punch the ball. He's a bit obsessed with any kind of ball he sees, really. Mind you, a soccer ball, even the small one pictured here, is much too large for Yoshi to hold in his mouth, so he mostly barks it into submission. All the neighbors love us, I'm sure.
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