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Hi All,

So sorry it’s been a really long time since I’ve posted anything on here.  I have been very, very rubbish at updating this blog!  I can’t promise that this won’t happen again, but I will try to keep it fresh and more up to date from now on.

I bet you’re wondering what has been happening? Well, quite a lot!  Firstly, all major work on the laube house is now finished.  We have a completely waterproof roof, (thanks to our friend Tom for giving up his free time to help us with it), the carpenters have long since finished their work and we have begun the job of painting.

Now this is a big job.  There is a lot of new wood to paint!  So far we have painted all the window frames, (no mean task when you’ve got massive windows) and waxed the floor.  The next big painting job is the whole of the outside wood…..

But enough of boring work stuff!  I have more interesting things to talk about!  Namely, the Mucken.  Which is mosquitos.  Yup, this summer there has been a HUGE invasion of the little buggers into Fichtewiese.  Oh lovely.  Now Mucken (I like the Deutsch name for them, it sounds worse than the English name), absolutely LOVE me.  I think it’s the tasty exotic non-Deutsch blood.  Yum, yum, they think.  Ouch!  I think.  They drive me crazy every time I go there.  They even bite me THROUGH my clothing….  I have been given some very handy advice.  Avon Skin So Soft body lotion.  The little horrors hate it.  Even the Canadian Mounties use it!  I’ve done one little test with it and the areas of skin which I put it on did not get any bites.  However, every other part of me which didn’t have the lotion on did……  My latest bites are itching so much at the moment!  Next time I go to the laube, I shall dunk myself completely in the lotion….

Mosquito

Now, on the 27th of August, Fichtewiese celebrated it’s 90th anniversary.  Yes, 90.  The place actually has a very interesting history.  It was originally begun as a sport and weekend club, with the area being used by members as a camping spot.  This camping went on for a while and shortly before the second world war, little laube houses were first built on the area.  After the war, the area which Fichtewiese was in, was just inside the Russian controlled area.  When the Berlin wall was erected in 1961, separating East Germany from West Berlin, Fichtewiese fell inside East Germany.  However, everyone who had a laube there was living in West Berlin.  Apparently, the British Army negotiated with the GDR to ensure that the West Berliners could still have access to their laubes.  This was done by means of a little door in the Berlin wall, and a door bell.  When a Fichtewiese member wished to gain access to their laube, they simply rang the door bell and were let in by a GDR sentry.  I kid you not.  I shall try and post some pictures once I get access to them.

Butterfly Buns

So, on the 27th of August this year, Fichtewiese held a party.  Robert and I also made it our first night staying in the laube!  I made some British cakes to take with me to the party.  Button buns and scones with clotted cream and jam.  They were a big hit.  Infact, they all went very quickly leaving just the rubbish German cakes on the table.  Sorry my Deutsch friends reading this, but I’m not impressed with German cakes……  However, the main course at the party was Spanferkel.  What’s that?  Well, basically, it’s a roasted, whole, small pig.  Absolutely delicious.  There was also lots of free wine and beer.  Robert and I ended up entertaining the members with our jiving!  I think they rather liked it.  We then went  back to our lovely little laube, I got the fire going in the stove and we curled up under the mosquito net and went to sleep!  It was so quiet there.  I’m looking forward to many more nights, hopefully minus the mucken!  Here’s a picture of a Spanferkel…

Spanferkel

Lastly, I have become the proud owner of a bicycle.  With a little metal basket on the front.  It’s only for use at the laube.  At the moment, I cycle along the Mauer Weg (the old route of the Berlin wall, which is now a pathway and cycle route around Berlin) and am completely knackered after 10 minutes!  Ha ha ha!  I shall hopefully get better as time goes on…

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