Autumn Haiku

Autumn approachingAutumn has come!Hasn’t he justgently moved the curtain? Hattori Ransetsu (1654 – 1707)“You yellow chrysanthemums! – Japanese worldly wisdom …

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Pastimes for rainy days

It’s Sunday, and it’s raining… and the neighbours want their peace and quiet. So what did you give your child …

Heissa Walpurgisnacht

Tonight’s the night…. when witches assemble and revel on the Brocken (the highest of the Harz Mountains in north central …

Happy Easter!

Wishing all my readers a very happy and sunshiny Easter 2019! And I leave you with the ‘most famous’ hare …

An Easter Find

I hope you enjoy this recent ‘find’ as much as I do: it’s a tiny (4x6cm) handmade booklet featuring a …

under de/construction..

I guess it has become obvious that I like miniatures of various kinds. Here is a selection of ‘model-sheets’ and …

Black and white newswpaper Advert for Mickey's Fun Fair - a card game with 2 sets of cards

The little duck rules

Today I present images of a card game that is now 80 years old – and my copy certainly looks …

There’s always Paris

Having written about ‘Love’ in the last 2 posts, Paris came to mind – or rather, my romantic notion of …

Feel the love 2

I hope you’ll all be ‘in luck‘ not just on this year’s Valentine’s Day! Without further ado, here are some …

Feel the love 1

A confession: I never received a Valentine card before I moved to England. Valentine’s Day has only become popular (read: …

Winterreise 2

Teddy Edward was one of the most travelled teddy bears in the world. There were 19 books and even a …

Winterreise 1

It’s cold outside… so a sleighride seems a fitting tribute to today. Enjoy! I love this spinning top – not …

Happy New Year!

Hope you had a good start to 2019 – and that all your hopes and wishes get fulfilled!

Have a good one

My very best wishes to all of my readers – have a wonderful time whatever you do! If it gets …

What were they thinking?

A few curios from my collection – I wonder who came up with these ideas and who said : ‘yes, …

drawing of rabbit in snow in front of large barn with Christmas wreath

Advent

Oh, the joy of happy anticipation of Christmas! Something of a luxury these days… The time before Christmas seems to …

Pop-up books – Fairy-tales

Paper-mechanics have been around for centuries but the phrase ‘pop-up book’ was only copyrighted in 1932 (by Blue Ribbon Press, …

RIP Ricky Jay

I am saddened by the loss of Ricky Jay. I became a fan after having seen him in David Mamet’s …

Spectres

Halloween is coming! If you’d like to see ghosts without any danger attached, here’s the book for you: ‘Spectropia, or …

Variations on a tale

“She was my first love. I felt that if I could have married Little Red Riding-Hood, I should have known …

Bewitched

I believe in good witches – not just around Halloween!  

Are you feline lucky?

Excuse the pun – I couldn’t resist! There’s not only the international ‘Black Cat Appreciation Day’ (always in August) but …

It’s in the (paper) bag

Once upon a time people carried their shopping home in paper rather than plastic bags. Often these were simply brown …

Autumn: Poetry & Earth Stars

‘Herbsttag’ by Rainer Maria Rilke (1902) is one of Germany’s (and my…) favourite poems – particularly so after this year’s …

Games without Frontiers

Spiel ohne Grenzen, Jeux Sans Frontieres, It’s a Knockout… Apparently the French title was the inspiration for the song “Games without …

Modes of Travel – part 2

“It rained and snowed terribly; besides, the wind was so high, that it threw him twice off his horse, and …

Quack Quack Quack

Well, this one doesn’t sound ‘prettily enough’ but that’s no reason not to love it. “Mr, Duck” just wants his …

It sounds prettily enough

I (almost, because I do love a lie-in) welcome being woken up at dawn by the chorus of blackbirds, robins …

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