Samphire – A Mermaid’s Kiss

Do you know samphire? We bet you don’t. Samphire (Salicornis europaea) – yummy yummy – is also known as sea asparagus or poor man’s asparagus. It’s a wild plant growing in abundance in the saltmarshes where it drowns twice a day. It’s a vegetable of ten to 15 centimeters hight and it’s gathered at our …

A Fine City

“Norwich is a fine city. None finer. If there is another city in the United Kingdom with a school of painters named after it, a matchless modern art gallery, a university with a reputation for literary excellence which can boast Booker Prize-winning alumni, one of the grandest Romanesque cathedrals in the world, and an extraordinary …

Gresham’s – a fine School

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” – Oscar Wilde Gresham’s School in Holt, Norfolk is a myth. Siri and Selma are always quite excited when we see the students in their smart uniforms when shopping in Holt. Gresham’s is an outstanding and very fine public school founded by Sir John Gresham in 1555. It’s one …

Green Hills of England

“It is the soul that sees; the outward eyes Present the object, but the Mind descries. We see nothing till we truly understand it.” ― John Constable Mick recommanded a wonderful book by David Kennard, “A Shepherd’s Watch” (“Auf Englands grünen Hügeln”). In his review, Mick refers to my photos and points out, they are …

Hadrian’s Wall

“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.” I especially thought about the words of Edward Abbey as we where hiking on Hadrian’s Wall Path. It was such a beautiful day and the two bookfayries were so happy to fly next to each other, Siri in Scotland and Selma in England and …

The lighthouse takes a pounding

A storm is on its way to Cley and the home of Klausbernd and the bookfayries. How exciting! And upsetting! Klausbernd has tied Siri and Selma to his belt to make sure they don’t get lost .. James lives “on the other side”, have a look at his spectacular shots of the lighthouse . Wish I were …

Guardians of England’s Finest Landscape

“In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all be a sheep oneself.” – Albert Einstein I’m in love. With the most beautiful, friendly looking sheep you can think of.  What’s so special about a sheep?  When you travel England and Ireland, you see pretty white sheep on …

Happy Ending and Good Luck

“The art is not in making money, but in keeping it.” – Proverb Good news arrived in the Lake District; you were all right and I got my money back from the bank! 🙂 What a relief, so it became a happy ending after all. 🙂 “Subconsciously, don’t you think everyone believes in angels, fairies, …

Going North

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller Tomorrow we’re heading North to the Lake District in Cumbria. A couple of weeks ago I went to Nikon Repair in Cologne and whilst waiting, saw the Top Ten most desirable landscapes worldwide for a photographer, all voted by …