Hello, all! It’s Easter weekend, and here in Germany we have a lovely four-day weekend to give us a break from the daily grind of our jobs. As spring has hit its stride, so have my allergies. As much as I want to be outdoors, I’m spending a lot of time sitting indoors trying to avoid the pollen. We could do with a nice rain shower to clean the air, but there sadly isn’t any precipitation in the forecast in the next days.
Anyway, let’s get down to it. What has been lost and found in my life and the greater world lately?
Found: Spring blooms, ducklings, and swans
As you can probably guess from my spring allergy statement, the trees are turning green, flowers are blooming, and nature is going wild. The cherry blossoms are in full bloom (yes, they’re in Germany, too), as well as another tree with small white blossoms of which I do not know the name.
I sometimes hop off of the bus a few stops early on my way home from work so that I can walk along the small lake near my flat. This past week, eight new ducklings were chirping their way around the lake.
At the end near my flat, a swan pair have built a nest and are protecting it from passersby (meaning any duck stupid enough to come near). Still waiting for their offspring to appear.
Found: An ache to read more from Margaret Atwood
Last October, I bought some new English books in the London airport where they are not as expensive as in Germany. Two of them were my very first Margaret Atwood volumes: Alias Grace and The Handmaid’s Tale.
I read the latter quite soon after my purchase. And yes, I already saw both seasons of the series. Alias Grace was different. I’d seen the mini-series on Netflix back in 2017 and was not quite sure what to make of it. The book is really an amazing work of art, tying in many themes that are just too subtle to come through in the TV version.
Having read both of these, I’m hungry to read more of Atwood’s books. Not that I’m lacking any reading material at present, but any advice on which ones I should tackle next?
Found: New growth
After not doing much of anything all winter except protesting because I accidentally exposed him to direct sun, my avocado plant has finally started shooting up some new growth.
New leaves are shooting out of the top like a little crown of velvety new green. Let’s see if I manage to nurse him back to a happier state. For a while in the winter I thought I might have to scrap the tree and try again with another seed.
What has been very sad is the news of not only Notre Dame burning, but also the burning of three historically black churches in Louisiana. While Notre Dame is an accident and a loss of symbolic European history, the burning of historically black churches in the States is something that has been going on for decades.
I’ll never understand racism and hate against an ethnicity or religious community, but at least one can take heart in the fact that those donating to help restore Notre Dame in Paris have also been donating to the churches in Louisiana. I hope that communities on both sides of the pond are able to rebuild and find a sense of peace and safety again.
Found: The bees of Notre Dame
In the aftermath of the fire at Notre Dame, many have been focused on structural stability, the historic art inside, the stained glass… But some Parisians who knew that there were also bee hives up on the roof were curious to know if the bees made it.
While it isn’t clear how many survived the blaze, there’s evidence that these bees are quite hardy and the hives will live on!
So that’s what’s been lost and found in my life view lately. Hope you all have enjoyed / are enjoying a lovely Easter weekend, and please keep your fingers crossed that the rain comes to Germany soon!