A walk in the wind … and out of it

I’ve hardly stirred for the last few weeks: when I’ve not been with Maja and Jaś I’ve been wasting time with junk fiction and  Netflix. Finally, I give myself a talking to, and venture out, early for a big shop, and then to the Nozyk Synagogue. The wind blows fierce although the temperature is a mild 4°: I now understand wind chill factor. I get off the tram at the Saxon Gardens, and find a badling of assorted ducks sitting huddled on the dirt, blurry with cold. The ground in the flower beds where red assaulted the eyes in spring and summer is luckier: it has a gentle blanketing of foliage.

I rarely button up my jacket, but today I do: I also raise the hood to hold the wind at bay and pull the beanie right down over my ears. A line of shops with matching signs catches my eye – hard not to with a bottle of wine as tall as the doorway outside one shop and a jaunty red bow tied around another door. Christmas decorations are still flashing and gleaming – and challenging my photographic capacity.


I cross the square with water feature that was flowering so vividly last time I passed through and into Prozna Street, the only street that survived the demolition of the ghetto: in 1987 the four surviving buildings were listed as heritage sites. An attempt to escape the wind takes me behind the facades.

I decide to retreat from the cold and eat lunch at Uni Lubelskiej. The glass shopping centre is decked out in pink: pink fairies perch on pink baubles above a pink Christmas tree. Outside a few pink lotus shapes are alight and reflect in the smooth pavement awash with rain.

Inside Green Nero, a man with a checked scarf over his head is busy with his lap top. He’s obviously working: the window of the coffee shop has been taken over by a flurry of postits, neatly categorised and no doubt colour-coded.

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About morselsandscraps

A retired Australian who spends a lot of time in Warsaw, and blogs as a way of life.
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16 Responses to A walk in the wind … and out of it

  1. Thanks Meg, loved the photo tour and commentary.

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  2. Sue says:

    A badling of ducks, Meg…? Sounds sinister but perhaps it’s a typo for babbling… Anyways, I’ve enjoyed this virtual stroll with you, and if I’m in Warsaw again I must search out Prozna
    The last few days I, too, have been seriously inactive. But I’m off for a little walk with a friend tomorrow,

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  3. restlessjo says:

    Love the guy and his postits! He’s probably snoozing under that scarf 🙂 🙂 Glad you’ve taken to the streets again, m’dear. ‘Twill do you good 🙂 We are debating the Star Wars movie this afternoon. Nice company with our Durham friends, back for a quick visit, last night. White pavements still but wonderful clear skies. Hugs, me duck (as they say in Nottingham, for no apparent reason 🙂 )

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  4. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I’m glad you explained the badling, now I need to know about Nozyk synagogue please, are you allowed inside? I hope they leave the decs out for a while, it brightens up the streets, ours will be taken down very soon. i don’t know how you resisted going inside Nero to check out those postits ,but perhaps that’s just my kind on nosiness. Happy Thursday Meg 🙂

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    • Nożyk synagogue posted. I don’t think warsaw decs disappear till the end of January. I still haven’t done a night shoot. I may have gone it to meet such a master of postit use – but how do I explain myself without Polish??

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  5. Thank you for this post. It confirms the beauty and power of noticing.

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  6. Heyjude says:

    I had to look up ‘badling’ – apparently from late medieval English and does in fact mean a brood of ducks. I suppose in 500 years or so people will be looking up the meaning of blog or emoji. That is if there are any people still… enough! Love the baubles in the square. And the door with the bow. As for the chap in the café, it looks as though he has been there a while. Plugged in too. Good way to keep the leccy bills down. When is it the coldest month then in Warsaw? You must have experienced a full year now from all your visits. February is often the coldest here. Though by here, I don’t mean Cornwall.

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    • Did you mistrust me?? I only went as far as “collective noun for ducks”! Hard to say when it’s coldest. Lowest temperature I experienced was -12° and that was probably January, but locals say winters are getting warmer. Mind you, I’m sitting inside now with two thermal tops and a jumper, and thermal leggings and trousers! Green Nero seems to invite meetings and serious use of laptops – there’s always someone there looking professional. Reminds me of my past: I indulged in a bit of coffee shop consultancy in my last job, the only way I could nail one principal down.

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