Britta's Letters from (and sometimes about) Berlin

Sunday, 23 August 2020



Dear You, 

yes, you were right: I took the strange photo in the Netherlands, and yes: I took it because it really reminded me of Magritte. 
It is the enclosure of the huge terrace of the house in Zoutelande (the other walls are covered with plants and trees) - but I will not show you a photo of that, though I have lovely ones - I want to keep the atmosphere enigmatic. 

For me that photo also is a sort of symbol for how I feel in Corona-times: 
I know that I live in very lucky circumstances (though as everyone I have my share of sorrows). 
Yet even the nicest place - and I count Zoutelande in Zeeland as one of those, and the fine hot weather was the cherry on top of the cream - often gives me at the moment the feeling of being "walled in" (though beautiful and with sun and an almost pink sky). 
Well, I will not be the only person who feels it - 
and life goes on - as the windmill above, built in 1722! which is still in use. 

You might remember: I am a wayward taoist - believing in Yin and Yang, "What goes up/ must come down" - and 
Though Corona gives that knowledge a little kink --- the way David Bowie sings:  

(Turn and face the strange)
(Just gonna have to be a different man)
Time may change me
But I can't trace time
I watch the ripples change their size
But never leave the stream of warm impermanence and
So the days float through my eyes
But still the days seem the same. 

If you like: come and sing along, and I send you my best wishes! 
Toodle-pip!    Britta 



  1. A sing-along is a good idea. I had fun.

  2. To have fun these days is a gift - I am happy that you came along and joined in!

  3. Change and flux is a constant. I choose to accept and
    embrace change as a matter of reality. Finding life's pleasures is important for each of us. Especially in these times. Yes, to Tao.

    1. I love that, Susan! And looking out for all those little things that give us pleasure (but often are taken as granted).

  4. How wonderful the windmill still turns after all this time!

    1. Yes, Pipistrello: I wondered too, but I think that the Dutch are very industrious people who care for their things.
      What I found out when looking attentively at those windmill sails, is (as in the word!): there are sails of cloth they span over the lattice - which catch then the wind - (on the photo you only see the ropes which hold the uprolled sails) - but in the seven days I never saw those stretched in action.