Essential oils for the living room diffuser

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Relaxing Blend
5 drops Geranium
1 drop Clary Sage
2 drops Lemon
1 drop Bergamot

Stimulating Blend
5 drops Grapefruit
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Lime
1 drop Basil

This year’s not Christmas dinner

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Spicy chickpea snack


Boil 500 g chickpeas with 3 tsp pink himalayan salt in plenty of water for two hours (do not soak first). Drain thoroughly and let cool.

Stem and deseed 10 dried árbol and 2 dried guajillo chilies and dry-roast them till they start turning darker.

Dry-roast 1 tsp cumin seeds.

When the spices have cooled completely, grind them to a fine powder together with 2 tsp pink himalayan salt.

Heat 1 l corn or sunflower oil to 175 C. Add the chickpeas and fry till golden-brown and crunchy – about 15 minutes.

Remove the chickpeas from the oil and, while they are still hot, mix them with two tablsp  the spices. Let cool and serve.

Keeps for seven to ten day in an airtight container.


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St. Peter-Ording September 2017 (in progress)

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Fotoschule des Sehens on tour

Ebb and flow

 Playing with my new (first) macro lens


Amazing space. Not to mention the light

This and that and a lighthouse in the mist

Houses on stilts


The birds

Playing with formats

(Thank you for modelling, kind stranger, even though you had no idea)


Playing with Lightroom


And that was it. On the last evening, I made a last-minute decision to sprint to the beach for the sunset, remembered the camera but not the fact that the card was in the PC, and then there was not much to see anyway. So I just took these with my mophone:




The sun, the moon and the clouds 1

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Berlin Zoo 2016 and June 2017

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Hannover August 2017

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A rainy afternoon in Erlebnis Zoo Hannover August 2017:

… and an even rainier morning at Herrenhäuser Gärten:


Experimenting with glutenfree bread again

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100 g coconut flour

50 g flaxseed flour

50 g pumpkin seeds

20 g sesame seeds

30 g dried currants (only because I had some leftover that needed to be used)

2 tblsp of the best cocoa powder money can buy (I use Aduna’s)

1 heaped tsp cinnamon (Ceylon/Sri Lanka – not cassia)

1 tblsp chili flakes

1 tsp salt

A healthy dose of freshly ground black pepper

A heaped tblsp baking powder


Mix all of the above together


2 eggs and 2 egg whites – whisked

2 tblsp coconot oil

3 heaped tblsp almond butter


Mix together, then add to the dry ingredients, mix well and add water till you have a thick porridge.

Put in two small to medium-sized, greased baking tins and bake at 170 C for 30 minutes.

The legendary Tempelhof Airport

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Photos from a guided tour of what Norman Forster called “the mother of all modern airports”.

Support group for new Berliners with refugee background

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I am starting to host regular meetings for women with refugee background for exchange of experience and advice, for stress counselling, for networking and empowering, for getting together and organising mutual help and support, understanding letters from authorities, accompaniment to medical appointments, going for walks, visiting exhibitions – the wishes and needs of the members of the group will set the agenda. I will provide the space and the coffee, and sometimes a cake or lunch, for the meetings which will take place in my home in Kreuzberg/Mitte (within walking distance from Spittelmarkt and Kochstraße U-Bahn stations as well as bus M29 and 248 (the latter stops almost at the door), and for a large part be conducted in English. Spoken English is therefore a big advantage but not an absolute requirement.

If you are interested in joining, then please join this Facebook group:

At the moment, there are more non-refugee members in the group (for want of a better term I currently call them resource persons) ready to help if and when needed, than there are women with refugee background. This could mean that the interest is not there, but from what I hear, this is hard to believe. Therefore, if you do not want to register in the facebook group, please e-mail me a line or two about yourself and I will include you in a separate e-mail or whatsapp mailing list.

Stress counselling. Proofreading. Photography. Cooking.