Hombroich.

Nov. 1st, 2015 12:19 pm
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I took yesterday off - I've only got one more straggler to mark and I'm more or less on top of my planning - because the weather was gorgeous and my back and shoulders definitely couldn't take another day at my desk.

We spent the afternoon at Insel Hombroich, a museum, an island, a park, a place to experience the seasons, modern art and ancient artefacts in parallel to nature. It is not an island in the geographical sense, it is not in actual fact surrounded by water, but situated close to a river and its flood meadows.

I did not take my big camera, which was far too much weight for my neck, so all pictures were taken with my crappy little mobile phone camera.



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Please indulge me - it's Monday, I'm swamped with work and I want to look at something beautiful.

Boat trip pictures )

Market.

Aug. 28th, 2015 05:39 pm
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Going to the same place three times in a row? A couple of years ago this was the epitome of Spie├čigkeit for me, boring, unimaginative and narrow-minded.

Well, this year we again returned to Lagos in Portugal, but my excuse is that it is a great place and we still hadn't seen everything.

For instance, we hadn't been inside the municipal market, an unremarkable building from 1924. More here )
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Instead of ruins, I today bring you the main church of Lagos:

Igreja Paroquial de Santa Maria de Lagos )
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I'm saving my rant about schoolbags for another time (be afraid, be very afraid) and am instead sharing some peaceful pictures from today.

Mixed )
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As is tradition around this time of year, we went on the motorway and visited family in Hesse. Text and pictures )

This time there we didn't go for the sights and while I had wanted to take the kid to the very famous castle, we of course didn't. You don't mess with tradition.

Edited for spelling picnic the German way.

Sundays.

Apr. 22nd, 2015 06:38 pm
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Yes, this is getting repetitive - all I ever do is post pictures of Sunday outings or so it seems.

The weather has been lovely, with some really rather warm days and while the temperatures have dropped somewhat we still have blue skies and sunshine. Very welcome after quite a few grey and rainy days. Hence the greenery is exploding and the birds are doing their thing and the first bees have been sighted, too.

Our Sundays have included a short bike ride along the river, so here are some of the pictures.

Various )
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Family visit to SmallTown on Easter Monday. So very typical in many ways. The waffles we had were really rather dark and the one that was thoroughly burnt? Not thrown out, but eaten - it's that mix of "I am suffering for you" and "I cannot throw away anything resembling food, I still remember people starving". Traumas manifest in little ways. (My family and food? There is some bad stuff there.)

The traditional walk was enjoyable, most of the time, as there was some hiding and finding of eggs, of the dyed and chocolate variety. The kid got onto us at some point that the same eggs kept turning up again.

Anyway, lots of signs of early spring and some pictures taken:

Close )
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Currently I'm on Easter break, much deserved after a crazy marking phase. I spent the first couple of days of break filing teaching materia and sorting out the mess that was the dining room - which had doubled as my study.

We started the spring cleaning and we did Easter things: )

Happy Easter!

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So we went and had a stereotypical family holiday in a holiday park over the Carnival mini-break. We had a cute little house with a freestanding fireplace and two tiny bedrooms. Read more... )

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