Britta's Letters from (and sometimes about) Berlin

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Berlin, I'm back!

On the photo above you see what I left when I went to London, to the Chelsea Flower Show: my balcony started to bloom, my roses were in buds, 'Gertrude Jekyll'  opening one eye.
I don't show you what it looked when I came back.
But it took me some time - to be exact: Tuesday to Wednesday - to work through 'Moomin Valley's Jungle'. My balcony-sitter - only watering, 'practically' putting all 'things' down on the floor - had left for a well-earned holiday - just before Berlin was hit by a three-days heat-wave (over 32°C) - so first I saw "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" - better: "The Dead, the Yellows, and the Ugly". All roses faded (hope some will forgive me and show up at a little forgive-and-forget party in early autumn). But they live - as the bux, the Japanese quince (well, sort of...), the vine, the morning glory of Karl Foersters house, and a few others.
And a surprise: the lilies from last year are in full bloom (yellow, as last year - but beggars can't be choosers). So: I can put my machete down for a while, rest a little - though it's cold again, and rainy, and I won't sit long on the balcony. As Gertrude says:

"A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness, it teaches industry and thrift; above all, it teaches entire trust." 

That I'll need.


  1. Hello! 1st-time visitor to your blog. Californian. Impressed. Following. My compliments and admiration.

  2. You are very welcome, Geo! I've now decided which of your three blogs I'll follow - see you.

    1. I think I especially love Invalid's Workshop ...

      Britta, gorgeous post. The final quote I am tucking away in my heart.

    2. I have joined 'Trainride of the Enigmas', on my bloglist, but of course I will look both others up too.
      Getrude was a real interesting Victorian woman - I admire here deeply.

  3. My dear Britta,
    Welcome back ... have you finish to go around the world?
    I'm kidding of course :)
    Miss you see your Berlin post. Yesterday I saw on tv a report about Berlin and it seems to be so lovely. I have to visit. I never see Berlin or Munich, only Munich airport and the way to arrive to from Italy. I visit only Nürnberg and I like soooo much.
    Have a great week end in your Berlin.
    Bisou, Babi

  4. Dear Babi,
    Berlin is really worth a journey! If you come, please give me a notice. I worked for half a year in Nürnberg - it is a cute little town. And Munich is the second city in Germany my hearts beats for.
    Bisou, Britta

  5. Dear Britta,
    Hope that you had a lovely time in the UK ....... you certainly made the most of each day and saw so much { probably more than I've seen and I only live 20 minutes from London !!!! }
    We went to Berlin to see our son who had a year in Germany for his degree ....... we LOVED it.... such a beautiful city.
    Many thanks for your lovely comment today Britta. I shall take photographs of Croatia for a post when I get back. Hope that your weather picks up ..... the UK has been awful !! I am looking forward to some sun in Croatia. XXXX

  6. Dear Jackie,
    I would have liked to meet you at Berlin! If you come again, please contact me. I followed your tip and visited the Royal Hospital Chelsea - twice - and now I have a friend there, who showed me round everywhere, even the berths.
    I am looking forward to your post about Croatia - but first: enjoy it! Take care! Britta X

  7. Time well and truly got away from me these past few weeks. I've been enjoying the glimpses I was able to take of your London tour, and now I say, belatedly again, welcome back! We have each had some fine adventures recently, haven't we?

  8. Dear Sue,
    I agree with you wholeheartedly - and I'm happy that you decided to go on!