We took a family tour around Dammwiesen in a marvelous and intense light. Everything was blue and yellow, we were able to hike in t-shirts for the first time of the year and in the evening our cheeks were glowing from all the sun we got. Pavlov made friends with the donkeys but even if the oxes were still babies, he showed a lot of respect. Maybe the corns? Anyway: Even in February there a already ticks. I took four Dermacentor reticulatus (Auwaldzecke, marsh ticks) out of his fur the next day. Time to get him vaccinated.
We hiked around Schönower Heide in the North of Berlin this Sunday and everything was dusted with frost and snow. With the sun rays falling on the landscape there was really some magic in viewing this. Pavlov the dog is still a baby and just stops walking after a while. Of course we brought an extra “doggy bag” with us, to carry him around. In the evening, after all those adventures (we saw birds and deer and a lot of other dogs) he fell asleep on my wellingtons.
Two weeks ago, a tiny being entered our lives and hearts by storm. His name is Pavlov and he is a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever puppy. This was our first hike with him. Of course he is too small to do a lot of kilometers, so we have a backpack to put him in like a baby. You can imagine that we got a lot of OMGs and CUTEs on our way.
And like magic, the sun came out for the first time this year and covered the world with new and shiny colors.
Always a good walk around the lakes near Strausberg. We mainly talked about dogs and how we both wish to have one, which ones and how to teach them stuff. Who would have thought that this would have been my last hike without a dog …
The Jewish Cemetary of Berlin-Weißensee is the biggest still existing Jewish Cemetery in Europe with around 42 hectare (1000m x 500 m) and 116.000 graves. Unlike a lot of other cemeteries in Germany I have visited, it is still active. Since the 70s it is listed as a historic monument.
As every year, I had my birthday beginning of January. But this year it wasn’t possible to have some friends over. So I decided to do it differently this time. I invited every one of them separately to a Covid-safe meeting, either to
a walk at night in the city
or a hike on the countryside
or a video chat
And I’m still on it. It will take more than three month and it’s great. Don’t get me wrong: I could really have a party and some food with friends right now, but I had a lot of good conversations that I wouldn’t have had on a gathering with a lot of other people.
So here ist the documentation til now:
Walk in the Park with Edi
Videochat with Elke from Hongkong
Elke was “imprisoned” in her hotel room at the time. She was in quarantine for 18 days. She even had an “ankle cuff” on her arm.
Meeting Vika & Sebastian
Night hike through Tiergarten with Susanne
Night Hike along Panke with Chris
Hike around Bötzsee with Eva
Along Panke with Jonathan, Nico and Louis
To Plötzensee with Christian
Fullmoon walk through Wedding and Mitte with Jenni
With home office, I’m siting inside my apartment most of the time and to not turn crazy and move my bones a bit I going outside for extended night walks. Sometimes with friends, sometimes on my own. God, I wish to have a dog!
Finally some snow! I would really love it unconditionally if I could trust car drivers to drive cautious and safely but I can’t. So I enjoy this light and silence while I am far away from roads. Here are some pictures from our garden and from a walk in the near forest.