2016 in pictures: super moon

2016 In Pictures

Barbara Klein Australia, Basel, dog, Italy, Japan 9 Comments

A picture says more than 1’000 words   January My favourite cherry tree on my daily dog walk   Vogel Gryff on January 27, 2016 Read more about it in last year’s post. Mark your agenda: next Vogel Gryff will take place on Friday, January 13, 2017.   February   My five minutes of fame when I was interviewed for …

Happy birthday, Switzerland

Happy Birthday, Switzerland

Barbara Klein Basel, Switzerland 7 Comments

Many Happy Returns On Your 725th Anniversary, Switzerland! In 1291 three communities (Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden) in the mountainous region banded together to ward off outside interference, mainly against the powerful Habsburgs, and founded Switzerland. We learnt in school all about the founding of Switzerland, how canton after canton joined the confederation, the many bloody wars they fought against intruders, …

on catching spring and fragranced blossoms

I Caught Spring

Barbara Klein Basel, garden 7 Comments

How do you catch spring? By taking a picture of some lovely blossoms, stepping closer and all of a sudden you are enveloped by a magnificent fragrance that embodies spring. I have yet to put it in a bottle! Clematis (Clematis armandii)   There are more than 300 species of clematis (in ancient Greek it means climbing plant), mainly originating …

carnival in Basel

Basel Fasnacht 2016

Barbara Klein Basel, Events, exhibition 2 Comments

Sunday Before Fasnacht Fasnacht always starts on Sunday with the legendary pasta party at home. And each year we have the same discussion as to when we started this tradition, I think it must be close to 50 years! The traditional yellow bouquet The same procedure each year: sherry for pre lunch drinks, mache salad with celery (finely grated) and …

fragrant lilac from the market

On the Farmer Market

late-bloomers Basel, English:, market 15 Comments

Today I went to the farmer market in Lörrach, across the border in Germany. The market takes place three times a week: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. I regularly go there with my friend on a Saturday morning, enjoy visiting the same farmers and buy fruit and vegetable, occasionally bringing home new plants or fragrant roses. You will also find a lovely …

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Has It Really Been 4 Years?

Barbara Klein Basel, blog, English:, restaurant, wine 14 Comments

  Have you ever forgotten your best friend’s birthday? Do you remember how that feels? Not nice, I bet! Well, I completely forgot that Late Bloomers celebrated its 4th anniversary last Friday. I was so busy with planning and organizing my Open House – which was a complete success by the way – and had I remembered I would have …

Basler Fasnacht – Carneval de Bâle

Barbara Klein Basel, English: 16 Comments

Sometimes you do not get what you wish for and sometimes your timing sucks! Big time this year: a week before Fasnacht (carneval) I caught a cold (or so I thought) and could not practise, try to play the piccolo (or any other flute) with a cough! I finally heeded the advice to go and see my doctor. He prescribed …

Snippets: Sunday, October 27, 2013

Barbara Klein art, Basel, English: 13 Comments

  After a hectic and busy week a sensible person would relax and recharge their batteries. But what is a good way to recharge? Yes, more activities: this morning I went to the ceremony of the Swiss Book Prize in the Stadttheater Basel.   Swiss Book Prize 2013 I have known one of the shortlisted authors, Roman Graf, for a …