I still have to upload my most recent pictures of sunny Britain from the camera into the computer, so I thought I’d have another flashback to this day last year – clearly also a good day for photographs.  I was making muffins from the German muffin book (a good way to learn a language – if you don’t understand properly, the cakes don’t work, so you try hard!) in our L-shaped white kitchen.  Not much preparation space, but we had some very nice meals and cakes there.  I’ve always had tiny kitchens until we moved into our current flat, and I think you just need to be (a) organized or (b) good at balancing things on other things.  I’m more of a (b) person myself.

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It’s been grey today and so I thought I’d dip into last year’s photos.  I took these shots on 15 April 2009 at the wonderful Gardens of the World in the Erholungspark Marzahn, on a day-trip with Keren.  These pictures transport me to a free day with no lessons to teach, and time to sit on a bench in a Chinese pagoda, or to stroll around the Japanese zen garden, millions of miles away from work and worry.  Although Marzahn is parodied and avoided as the sink-estate of Berlin, it contains a piece of paradise in this other-worldly park.