At least in some corners. Man digs a whole, woman builds a bed: I sewed a big pillow: New wooden floor changes everything: The bathroom had to go: Every girl needs a pink closet: Meanwhile in the garden and the forest around:
We are living in Berlin, this big and always busy city and it’s getting more and more crowded in the last years. So we decided to take a big step to buy a house outside of the city in the forest. First as a weekend home later maybe as our small, private Florida.
After some research we found an old house on a big estate in a tiny settlement in the forest at the borders of a small town in the east of Berlin, I fell in love with it and he found it very reasonable. I guess he fell in love with it too, and I find it reasonable as well but the tendencies are quite clear (-:.
In 1927 architect and plasterer Kurt Milius build the house, small but with kind of a cosmopolite grandezza – with a dome in the living room, waffled ceilings, built-in closets and rounded corners in vestibule – and his wife Charlotte lived there until she deceased at the age of 102.
She was quite a collector of things and so our first move was to separate the good from the nasty. He found much more things to be nasty than I did and burned them in secret and I saved them in secret for their second life.
This is us just after having received the keys:
And just after it we started to declutter big style.
Then we started to remove the centuries old wallpaper from the walls. We found quite some interesting articles from the 1930s underneath. About vacations in Sweden or on the rise of the Third Reich.
Thankfully my best friend Silvia was here to help for the Easter Weekend. She was my big motivation. Later on Saturday, Christian came to paint the very high waffled ceiling with paint primer. What a blessing to have such friends when you can’t feel your arms anymore.
Than we started painting …
The Living Room:
The Dining Room:
The Guest Room:
And while we worked, spring came to our garden without knocking:
Location: Spitzmühle – western shore of Fängersee – Friedrich-Schiller-Höhe – eastern shore of Straussee – back to Fängersee – Spitzmühle / Distance: 10 km / from city center: 37,5 km/south east / Weather: 16 °C, sunny / Camera: Nikon D90, 55-300mm lens
Location: Prieroser Straße (Klein Köris?) – Hölzerner See – Schmöldesee eastern shore – Streganzer See – Dahme – Prieroser Straße / Distance: 16 km / from city center: 55 km / east / Weather: 17 °C, sunny, some clouds / Animals spotted: 20 deers, 2 boarhounds, ducks, swans, egrets / Camera: Nikon D90, 35mm lens
The first part of the road was rather boring and I already thought that this would become one of those “lost hikes” because after some kilometers I still didn’t see the lake which I was circling and I was still on a boring dirt road through the forest. But after a camping ground named “Naturfreunde Schmöldesse” it was finally possible to go down to the lake and there was a small single trail not indicated in the map which I took all along the lovely Schmöldesee.
The most beautiful part of the hike was the trail around the small lakes after Streganzer See. An enchanted place with marshland forests, millions of chanting birds, buzzing insects and swans silently crossing the lakes.
The following shores of Dahme river are also very beautiful, but you have to leave the road again and again and I didn’t have the time anymore because the sun went down earlier than I tought it would.
Just before the hotel “Waldhaus” there was a path indicated on my map which didn’t exist in reality and I had to bushwhack until I stood in the garden of the hotel. Same before the small lakes with an additional sign that this would be private land and that the area would be under video surveillance, which I think is rather not true.
This magic feeling when the sun burns your face for the first time of the year, when small waves swashing lazily onto the lakes shores and when all the birds are singing like crazy to salute the new season. This must be spring!
Location: Bahnhof Bad Saarow – Scharmützelsee – Markgrafensteine – Aussichtsturm – Sprungschanze – Bad Saarow / Distance: 15 km / from city center: 75,5 km/south east / Weather: 16 °C, sunny / Camera: Nikon D90, 55-300mm lens