autumn, walks and a dear friend

We had some glorious autumn days recently – starting with mist and spider webs full of dew and ending with warm sunshine, colored leaves and a cup of coffee at the playground. The garden is almost ready for the winter, the dahlia will be stored in the basement and the last salad is waiting to be eaten up. Just in time, I would say, as the temperatures decrease every night and the first frost is just waiting around the corner. It’s such a beautiful time of the year, these last days of warm sunshine and the first forerunners of the winter, and the little one and I are busy soaking up all those nice little moments.


We were also busy welcoming a very dear friend who stayed at our place for some days at the beginning of this week. We haven’t seen each other for several years as he, like most of our friends from university, lives far away (in Canada, to be precise) but when we finally met again on Sunday it felt like we never parted. The little one, who met him for the first time in her life, was absolutely thrilled to have a new bearded friend that she can cover with kisses and hugs and books to read. We went to Baden and Zurich, played settlers for three nights in a row and went for walks and talks. So good to catch up, so good to listen and to talk, so good to remember old times and so good to have such strong friendships in our life. We might be far away from many of our friends, but with a little persisting emailing,skyping and letter-writing it’s indeed possible to keep those friendships and savor the occasions when we finally meet again.

Now our friend is gone, the little one is still looking for him in our “guest room” and we are busy packing. Karsten will be in the States and Great Britain for three weeks and the little one and I will visit my parents. The stairhall needs to be cleaned, the plants on the balcony need to be prepared for the first frost, the red cabbage needed to be boiled down and the fridge needs to be emptied. So let’s get down to work…

About erdhummel

Familial entropy - that's an insight into our current life which has been fundamentally changed last summer when our daughter was born. Having studied in Cottbus, Germany, and worked/studied in Edinburgh, Scotland, we momentarily live in a small town in Switzerland where Karsten is trying to save the environment and Freddie is trying to save our sanity. Since there is not much time for elaborate, long emails while doing that, we thought a blog might be a good option to smuggle ourselves into the lifes of our friends.
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2 Responses to autumn, walks and a dear friend

  1. serendipity says:

    Don’t tell me that that friend was Steve?!!! Oh, I miss him so much and I missed the channels to connect. We thought about it because of the Conference that he might be around… and I wanted to get in touch but… too late!

    Funny enough I will be also around 15 days alone with the two here, starting in the middle of next week… let’s see how this will work.

    I have another question: I’m quite interested in what “preparing the plants for the frost” means. The balcony need help and as a Brazilian I am not so into it. 🙂

    Big hugs and enjoy the days back home!

    • erdhummel says:

      It was indeed Steve 🙂 It was so good to see him again – it felt like old times again!
      Preparing the plants for the frost simply means that I took the delicate plants inside (for the time that I am gone they live on our kitchen table but I need to find a suitable place for them as soon as we are back) and I wrapped the other plants with jute bags so that their roots won’t freeze in case it gets really cold (for instance our small cherry tree on the balcony). It doesn’t looke like freezing though…people were wearing t-shirts ands skirts today. 😉
      I wish you good luck with the two cuties!! Big hugs back!!

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