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Cheddar & Poppy Seed Biscuits

Last week, I felt a bit like a domestic goddess, when I picked up my kids from nursery and school and we went home to bake Autumn biscuits with the dough I had prepared earlier in the day, to herald the beginning of a new season. When it came round to dinner time and I served […] Read more…

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s the official start of Autumn in the northern hemisphere today, and I couldn’t be happier! I’ve never made a secret of the fact that I’m no big fan of Summer. I don’t do well in hot weather, I don’t enjoy outdoor swimming pools, wearing sandals, or picnics in the blazing sunshine. I hate having […] Read more…

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How to pickle your own gherkins

New Yorkers aren’t the only ones known for their pickles. In Germany, you’ll find supermarket shelves lined with plenty varieties of gherkins to chose from – Dillgurken, Senfgurken, Saure Gurken, Salzgurken, Gewürzgurken… At this time of year, you’ll also find farmers markets selling piles of freshly harvested little cucumbers, for you to take home and pickles yourselves […] Read more…

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Quick & Easy No-Sew Knight’s Costume

The other week we visited the Medieval Festival at Berlin’s Domäne Dahlem, complete with Knights’ tournament. I posted some pics from the day over on my other blog, Museum Diary. The day before, I had suggested to my older son that he could wear his Knight’s helmet on our visit, to which – I should have […] Read more…

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Guest Post on ‘Gretas Freunde’

I’m really thrilled to share with you the guest post I wrote for one of my favourite blogs, Gretas Freunde! In it, I share 5 of my favourite things about Scotland. The blog is in German, but since quite a few of you speak German, I thought I’d mention it here. Read more…

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Endlich Schulkind!

Apologies for the silence on the blog this past week, but we have been gearing up for the big day – Einschulung! If you missed my previous post, this is what the school enrolment is called here in Germany, and it’s celebrated big style with a ceremony at school followed by a party with friends […] Read more…

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What to pack in a ‘Schultüte’

So, now that you have heard all about German traditions for starting school, and learned how to make your very own ‘Schultüte’, I wanted to share what’s going in my son’s Schultüte to give you some inspiration. Just to recap, a Schultüte is a large cardboard cone filled with sweets, school supplies and other small […] Read more…

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How to make a German ‘Schultüte’

As mentioned in my previous post, children in German receive a ‘Schultüte’ – or ‘school cone’ – when they start school, filled with sweets, school supplies and small gifts. You can buy them ready made in shops or order them online, a few months in advance of the first day of school, or you can […] Read more…

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Einschulung: Starting School in Germany

As I’ve mentioned here before, we have a big and exciting milestone coming up for our older boy. In just a few weeks, he finally starts school! It’s been a long wait for him. Many of his old friends back in Scotland started school last year, since the school system there is different and kids […] Read more…

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