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10 posts from October 2010

Elsewhere: The pears


One step forward, one step back. I finally set up a Twitter account, then I go offline for a week. But then you're used to how I stumble when faced with change. The Maryland suburb where my parents live is so familiar I can hardly see it. Then I went to the market today and felt among friends. Now off to the attic to track down the tiger costume I wore when I was two: fingers crossed it will fit S. Happy Halloween!

Leaves & Bodies

Working, working. I walked past that same tree just now and this spray of leaves caught my eye: I was entranced by the progression of color from green to gold. I only wish there was more sun to capture it by.

Oh, are you curious about the Grinberg Method too? Quick, have a free twenty-minute session today at one of the many centers in Berlin.

Free for the taking & Pick-your-own apples


I couldn't resist this spray of leaves on the wet pavement.

I have had dreams of apple chutney for presents so when Kristina asked about apple-picking I wanted to know too. I thought first of Mundraub, because this database of neglected fruit trees is everybody's darling. And when we went to Brodowin a couple of years ago there were apples everywhere, neglected on the low boughs. (You can take the regional train to Chorin and see what you find in the woods behind the ruined chapel.)

Brandenburg is apple country and there are plenty of pick-your-own farms, but after speaking to several I realized it's a bit late for apples, particularly in a year when the harvest hasn't been the best. Still, the Obsthof Deutscher in Werder has Gala, Elstar, Boskoop and Jonasgold apples to pick through Sunday, October 24th. I might turn, instead, to the chicken man at the market who always has the tastiest apples alongside his bargain organic eggs.

Otherwise, here are a few places to bookmark for next year. Do you have a favorite to add?

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Neumanns Erntegarten, Heineberg 2, Potsdam-Bornim (map)
Tel. 0331 501651 or 0170 8368646

Obstgut Marquardt, Potsdam-Satzkorn (map)
Tel. 033208 57718

Obsthof Lindicke, Am Plessower Eck 1, Werder (map)
Tel. 03327/45624

SL Gartenbau, Perwenitzer Chaussee 2, Oberkrämer-Vehlefanz (map)
Tel. 03304/39940

Obstbau Zaspel, Helenenauer Weg 2, Blumberg-Elisenau (map)
Tel. 03338/45524 o. 0172/4149186

Obstgut Müller, Dorfstr. 1, Altlandsberg-Wesendahl (map)
Tel. 03341/ 215856

A star in the sky


The other day I saw a star in the sky.

Pink bunting on a gray facade

Everyone's trying to find the beauty in the gray. I think Kristina's tabletop is just gorgeous (and yes, the Apartmento Everyday Life book launch!).

Wooden blocks

The morning light is so intense in our new flat; I'm still figuring out how to photograph here. When I should be unpacking I find myself toying with my daughter's wooden blocks, bought from that wholesome shop on Raumerstraße.

In the afternoon