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Winter Storm & Flood

Sooo, the better part of Germany — everything from our general area northward — was hit by a major winter storm over the weekend and has been looking like this ever sind: (Image sources here, here, here and here) … as a result of which, trains, planes, and public transport aren’t operational, streets aren’t passable for […]

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Snow!

Excuse my excitement, but I love snow, and we don’t get to see much of it in winter where I live — rarely more than a day on average each winter. Well, it seems like this was this particular winter’s occasion: Last night, when I was already on the point of going to bed, I […]

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The View from My Kitchen Window

#StayatHome blossoms — this is the view from my balcony and kitchen window at the moment. And by way of a bonus image, a pair of ducks (visitors from the banks of the Rhine, which is just a few 100 metres from my home) that were making a ruckus round about the front hedge while […]

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An Easter Walk

… or Passover, or Spring Festival, or whatever else you are celebrating these days. Easter walks are very much a German tradition (Goethe even immemorialized them in his Faust), and it turns out not even the Corona pandemic can do away with this.  Unlike last weekend, people were out only (or almost only) in family […]

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I’m just going to leave this here…

My car’s dashboard thermometer, earlier this afternoon. (43°C = 109.4°F) Can I just say I was very glad to be back indoors when I got home??   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1924880/i-m-just-going-to-leave-this-here

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Fancy Food Shopping Splurge; or, the Cats and the Candle

My BFF and I took a trip down to Frankfurt yesterday, to stock up supplies at our favorite tea and spice store; and while we were there, we also took a look at Frankfurt’s newly-restored (pseudo-)medieval quarter (whose medieval buildings were destroyed in WWII and were now finally restored from scratch, some 70+ years later […]

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… oh, look, illustration for the Flat Book Society November group read …

  Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1799078/oh-look-illustration-for-the-flat-book-society-november-group-read

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@MbD: A Wild Bee Hotel

… at Hamburg Zoo, with all sorts of different nesting options matching the various bee species’ requirements.  Neat, isn’t it? Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1799070/mbd-a-wild-bee-hotel   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Comments on BookLikes:

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Look who I met in Hamburg …

The librarian of the Unseen University!   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1799065/look-who-i-met-in-hamburg

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House Cleaning

… well, figuratively speaking. RL has been both busy and more than just mildly annoying lately, as a result of which I’m behind on everything from updates to reviews to just plain responding to people (sorry!); not to mention that I also still haven’t had time to select and acquire stickers for my super-pretty physical […]

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Germany & Central Europe, seen from the International Space Station

Just had a chance to take my first photos of dried-out Central Europe and Germany since a few weeks, and was shocked. What should have been green, is now all brown. Never seen it like this before. #Horizons pic.twitter.com/o2XoddPdrM — Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) August 6, 2018 Tweet by the current commander of the ISS, German […]

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Payoff for the Summer Heat …

… well, of sorts:  These views from my balcony, a few minutes ago.  (And yes, it’s dark now, but I’m still sitting outside, savoring the fact that we finally have a tiny bit of a gentle breeze …)   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1780699/payoff-for-the-summer-heat

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Summer in Germany

My car dashboard thermometer, yesterday at 1:55PM — the week before, we’d even been up to 39°C … at 4PM.  (That’s 101F and 102F, respectively.) These are temperatures I know from desert areas … Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma and pretty much anywhere else in AZ, Death Valley, El Paso, TX; even Los Angeles.  They are NOT […]

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A Summer Saturday Afternoon in “Balconya” …

I have a few busy days ahead of me, so I’m catching what laid back moments I can today — and what better way than with the BookLikes crowd (and entertainment curtesy of my cell phone)?   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1774389/post

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Happy Mothers’ Day!

In other news, my BFF and I went shopping at that store again yesterday … (and yes, the white chocolate tartufi and Florentine cookies I got my mom for Mothers’ Day are from there as well).   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1668508/happy-mothers-day

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Summer Temperatures – in April.

This is insane.  We’re in April — and not so long ago, we were still battling winter temperatures.  Well, if previous instances of the same pattern are anything to go by, that means we’d better enjoy these temps right now, because they won’t be making much of a reappearance in summer …   Original post: […]

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Umm. Happy St. Patrick’s Day … I suppose?

(In our street earlier today — and yes, it’s still snowing.  I hope the poor daffs are going to make it … and there we were, only a few days ago, basking in the early springtime sun and hoping winter was finally over!)     Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1650846/umm-happy-st-patrick-s-day-i-suppose

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I realize that one snowflake does not yet make a White Christmas

… and we’re still 2 weeks away, and for all I know this may be all we’re do this winter, but I can’t help tacitly getting my hopes up. This is what our garden and our neighborhood looked like this afternoon:   (The last two photos are the view from my living room window towards […]

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White Fairy Dust

Our garden, earlier today.  Just a teeny tiny bit of white dust, and it won’t last — in fact, it’s raining again already, and the white coating of the fir trees is already gone again.  But for it to snow at all here all the way at the bottom of the Rhine valley is not […]

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Happy Birthday to Linda and me!       Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1607641/post

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