blossom

took a late afternoon walk through regents park to admire the beautiful blossom trees everywhere – we are so lucky to have so many beautiful parks in london.   blossom time is such a joyous time – it signals the start of summer, of new life, beauty and the delicate petals blowing through the air adds a romanticism to our day.   enjoy them before they fade away….

for a tiny angel

Tiny Angels rest your wings

sit with me for awhile.

How I long to hold your hand,

And see your tender smile.

Tiny Angel, look at me,

I want this image clear….

That I will forget your precious face

Is my biggest fear.

Tiny Angel can you tell me,

Why you have gone away?

You weren’t here for very long….

Why is it, you couldn’t stay?

Tiny Angel shook his head,

“These things I do not know….

But I do know that you love me,

And that I love you so”.

Author Unknown

camellias

i have had my camellia in a pot since the 1980’s – last year the buds didn’t open, but this year they have all flourished and in fact the squirrels keep eating the flowers and buds.

the symmetrical beauty and long-lasting quality of the flower have long been appreciated by young lovers as the token for expressing devotion to each other. In the eyes of the Chinese, the petals reflect the spirit of a lady, and the holder of the petals (the calyx) represents the young man entrusted by the lady as her protector.

The calyx of the camellia falls with the petals when the flower has finished blooming. This is unlike most other flowers, where the calyx seems to hang around the tree even after the petals have dropped. This phenomena symbolizes an everlasting union between lovers. In many parts of China, the camellia is considered as the flower for young sons and daughters.  it also symbolises graciousness.

i love that flowers can say more than thank you! in victorian times sending flowers was a method of sending your feelings.

berlin

my lovely friend Michele is over from New York, primarily to visit her son who is studying in Berlin – as I haven’t been to berlin since the 1980’s i decided to join her for a couple of days.  i didn’t remember it at all, but the short taxi journey from the airport brought back memories of a grey city – a mish mash of new and old buildings, graffiti, bicycles and trams – its not an easy city to cross the road.  we were staying in the lovely airy apartments of Gorki apartments, a clever complex of well designed and perfectly situated living spaces – the privacy of your own apartment, but the amenities of a hotel.  there isn’t a big reception and bar, but there are a lot of eating places close by – just opposite is  the super healthy daluma juice bar with salads and breakfast options  – similar to roots and bulbs here, but at half the price.  berlin is definitely cheaper than london, and especially now with the euro being in our favour.  what i love about berlin is the amount of health food stores, dotted with the surplus of burger cafes – its a strange contrast.  fortunately we managed to find a few restaurants with fish and vegetarian choices, but meat is definitely their speciality.  restaurants that we went to and can recommend are

Lokal, lovely small restaurant with great vegetarian options and good atmosphere – especially loved the apple crumble. Pauly Sal, a michelin star restaurant situated in an old Jewish school – large and lofty, the food was beautifully presented, especially the beetroot starter and desserts and affordable considering its award; would be even lovelier in the summer as there is a large garden area to sit out in.  shiso burger is great for everyone – especially lunch – japanese twist on the classic burgers – its an informal eating place and very affordable – all the family will be happy here – even i can’t resist a burger and french fries! la  Soupe Populaire is housed in another great building – an old brewery – loved this new regeneration of old spaces – there seems to be a lot of empty spaces in berlin with pop up restaurants and shops – this restaurant is around a big gallery area that has constantly changing exhibits.  if you go east to Friedrichshain, its young and hippy with lots of street cafes and restaurants – we popped into the very trendy michelberger hotel for a cup of tea..  basically you need to just walk around and you won’t be far from a street cafe.  so ENJOY!

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