Bird Watching for Beginners

“It’s a pity we don’t whistle at one another, like birds. Words are misleading.” Halldór Laxness We live in “the Mecca of Birdwatching” for more than 30 years and can’t distinguish blackbirds from finches. Our beloved Dina decided this must come to an end and booked a course birdwatching for dummies for us. Wir leben …

March in North Norfolk

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. Charles Dickens Es war einer jener Märztage, als die Sonne warm schien und der Wind kalt blies: Wenn wir Sommer im Licht und Winter im Schatten …

The Edge

The Stiffkey River runs into the North Sea Siri and Selma love walking through the saltmarshes to ‘The Edge‘, to this ever-changing end of the land, where the sea constantly kisses the coast. We feel drawn to edges, to the limits – but further, we don’t need or want to go. The expression ‘The Edge‘ …

Dunrobin und die Landplagen

Even Bookfayries can’t report about the good and the happy only. Today we abduct you to a place which looks quite beautiful at the first glance, but behind this facade there are remorseless cruelties hiding. Karl Marx describes these inhumanities in “Capital” as the last big expropriation in our history. We speak about the Highland …

Postcard from The Bavarian Alps

“The travel writer seeks the world we have lost – the lost valleys of the imagination.” Der Reiseschriftsteller sucht verlorene Welten – die verlorenen Täler unserer Fantasie Alexander Cockburn . The editor of the German edition of National Geographic (Sept. 2015) starts his monthly column with the following sentences, to which Dina and our Master …

Limited Edition

Oh dear, the laziness, we wrote about some time ago, got us. And sorry, next week we have to recover desperately from all that not-doing and so we go for a holiday to Cambridge. But afterwards we will blog again, we promise. Our next topic? Birdwatching … Oh je, nun ist sie über uns gekommen, …

Cley Walk

The Top Five of Cley Have you ever been to Cley next the sea? If you have you are surely quite puzzled about the “Top Ten of Cley” in the net. Number 1 for example is Cley beach which is not at all special (although we love it), just a pebble beach like thousand others. …

Slow Norfolk

To visit North Norfolk is for me, Dina, always a journey into slowness. Every time I come here I have to get used to that I don’t need to hurry. I have to exercise to walk through the village slowly and to stop the racing monologue in my head. As Laurence Mitchell writes: “Norfolk is …