Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Mini Road Trip and Hello June!

Christoph drove me to a friend’s property he helps clear off to make it easier to move around in. It is a copse or woodland in a vineyard, treed with fabulous views over the countryside. To get in we climbed down a ladder and then over rough terrain to get to the fire pit. 

Christoph cut some brush and made a fire with the idea of BBQing what I had brought. There was only a rather wobbly bench there, lovely long piece of wood to sit on. The fire grew due to Christoph’s fire making skills and we were able to start cooking. The menu: bratwurst sausage, (it was yummy from the local butcher I would get again) baguette, appleschorle (apple juice mixed with sparkling water), cooked green asparagus, mini tomatoes, mustard and mayo and cutlery. He brought faba beans mixed with spice and almond stuffed olives fresh from the Breisach market.
  First sausage didn’t work at all, too thin and long, fell into the pit, we cut the next ones in half and that worked better. Skewers were made of wood sticks and balanced over the fire to cook. I am trying to remember when I’ve been close to an open fire pit before and it’s been a very long time, naturally we both smelled of wood smoke after. 

Driving there was through small German villages in the Markgräflerland part of this area, different to the Kaiserstuhl, each has their charm. There were poppies dotted all over the fields, really pretty. Ones in the pictures are in my neighbourhood spotted on the drive, really large ones!

We stopped at the Löffler winery to sample Gutedel wine, the major grape grown in the area. https://www.weingut-loeffler.de/en/wine-cellar.html While it has never been my favourite grape type I discovered one I liked and paid 10 Euros for two, one litre bottles, I was shocked!

All in all a very pleasant day away! Something we, or I, took for granted prior to this pandemic. We were certainly social distancing up in the copse with the wine rows arrayed below us. I got sun, I got wood smoke and a beautiful view, greatly appreciated!

Bruce, Whit as I called him would have been 71 today, June 1, 2021, RIP my love.

Again, sorry about the appearance of the post. 

Cheers, Bev and the sleeping Lexi Cat

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Happy Mother's Day!


Happy Mother's Day with fond memories of mine and my Grandmother, two wonderful and inspirational women in different ways!

I walked the neighbourhood in the morning but unfortunately the sun was not optimal for picture taking, here you go anyway, just a few blooms.

Surprise! one abandoned shoe.

Positano, Italy business This link is to a video I watched along my armchair travels which highlights a small company getting creative with a business idea. I bought from them, and received the following.

Apron came in the bag on the left and the card was made by her two small girls. The idea came when the kids didn't have aprons and everyone was cooking under lockdown. So they teamed with Luisa Positano who is a dress maker hence having the machinery and made aprons both adult and children's sizes and table runners. Great idea!

Christoph took me to Zoo Burkart for Lexi food and the bunnies were hanging about.

Another sunset, sorry, can't resist.

Have a safe and happy Mother's Day!

Cheers, Bev and the sleeping Lexi Cat

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Happy Easter!


The German Easter tree, frequent all over the neighbourhood.

Slightly more elegant eggs, they looked to be glass to me and were hung high in the tree.

The storks are back, another sign spring is here.

There are patches of earth around the trees planted along the streets and many people plant mini gardens in them, it certainly brightens up the streets!

This fellow is in the florist's window.

The lamb in the back is a sugary confection sold at Easter here, if you look closely the bunny rabbit has a basket on it's back and flower at the base, skillfully done I think. The egg cups and egg with bunnies on it are curtesy of Dawna and Erwin who gifted them to us the first year we were here - Thank you!

I also had a Lindt chocolate bunny visit my door from building management, everyone received one, nice gesture.

Another sunset, chosen from many, many others, each is quite remarkable.

Stay well, stay safe, Cheers or Prost, Bev and Lexi cat

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

 Are you wearing green today? I am and always have done since childhood in honour of my Grandfather. Now I also wear green for the ability to travel on an Irish passport, (I can hear Ryan and Angela's growls).

I’ve opened the winter garden and made it more like a cafe, putting chairs and table in place. Restaurants and cafes are still closed here aside from take-out so I fashioned my own. Bought herbs for greenery and practicality, we have always had African violets in this apartment which gave the place some colour but what they had at Edeka were primulas, related, but more meant for outside than in.

Lexi joining in for a sniff, I checked as I always do, that the plants are not poisonous to her. Left to right: sorrel, basil, parsley, middle is a romanesco broccoli. 

Cheers, (but no green beer - ever for me) Bev and Lexi Cat

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

The beginning of February in Freiburg

Extended restrictions in Germany until Feb 14. Folks if you are counting on a romantic date that day, try to get a hair cut, wishing you luck with that.

This message was on a card I gave to Christoph, I had had the card prior to Covid-19 but found it especially fitting now and I wish it to you. Google translated.

Birthday wish 

I wish that your goals will carry you further than you suspect today, I wish that you will pave your way through all difficulties

I wish you so that your dreams never tire and your doubts never give way, I wish you friends, who shake hands with you in good times as in bad.

I wish you always new horizons and a long time for your life, go brave, don't ask about the profit, get new all the time and stay who you are.

My sister sent me this photo of photos of us, thanks Phyl! The pictures taken with a Brownie camera which looked similar to this one. https://www.etsy.com/de/listing/935873718/kodak-brownie-hawkeye-flash-vintage-film?ref=pla_similar_listing_top-2

Here in Freiburg we are in a weather pattern that is cold to the north mixed with tepid temps in the south so one week we get snow with low digits temp, next week, rain with mid teens. If you know me you know I prefer the latter.

Another wild sunset

Years ago I told you about the Mexican food truck that came to Rieselfeld market, The Holy Taco Shack, well, he opened a bricks and mortar restaurant, a dream for him, about two years ago. Of course the pandemic is hitting his business badly. I wanted to do the little bit I could and support him and had been meaning to visit since his opening so Christoph drove me over there this week and we ordered quesadilla and burrito to share as take away. Talking I asked how he was doing and if he would go back to the food truck. He said he had a lease there, debts and a family to support (two young girls). His situation is indicative of what has happened worldwide, just brings it home when it is happening to someone you know. 

All restaurant food is takeaway so if the destination isn’t in your neighbourhood and you don’t have a car it’s difficult to get to your favourites. Example, I get a medical pedicure every few weeks with Susan in Herdern district. There is also my favourite restaurant Chada Thai, mentioned many times before here, so we coordinate the pedicure with a visit there to get our favourite Thai dishes. Travelling by tram isn’t recommended here now unless needed for work. FFP1 (full face protection) masks are now needed in stores and shops in our neck of the woods. I have to say that when I entered the technology industry for work years ago it took me time to learn all the shortcuts for words, it seems the same now! 

I have new neighbours, they moved in mid-December, yesterday I came home to this! The tag says Warm Regards from your new neighbours, signed their names, bag holds biscotti.

Here are some links mostly virtual travelling, please let me know if they are useful to you, I try to watch what is informative but also contains a bit of humour.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YpQTdwCWO8 Susan Calman, trips around Scotland

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yke5iO5Cj6Y Judi Dench's Borneo Adventure

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pss3p22ElNE Toy Robinson's Thames River

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rj9HG6oNLj0 Niki's Positano Diaries, life on the Amalfi Coast, Italy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QP6CBmtnSvg This is Spain Speaks a kiwi and Spanish couple living in Madrid showing the intense snow they had on Jan 9 and 10.

Cheers Bev and the current lap cat Lexi

Friday, January 15, 2021

Snow, Sheep and Sunsets mark the beginning of 2021


This is what my "backyard" looks like today, pretty now but shut the city down yesterday, mainly due to lack of snow clearing equipment. My first snowfall since being in Canada! I did remember to clear the plants of snow on the balconies, they were weighed down and I didn't want them to break. 

Kids are loving it and making snowmen.

The sheep also came for a visit with their shepherd and his two trusty dogs. They overnighted in the fields and were taken away the next morning.

Blurry pics but had to use the zoom. 

Intense fog above and a couple of sunsets.

That's what I'm grateful to have seen over the past couple of weeks. While I cannot travel, I am comfortable in this Freiburg apartment with views.

Cheers, Bev and Lexi Cat for whom I think it is the second time in her life to have seen snow, she just wonders where the birds are.


Friday, January 1, 2021

Happy New Year!


Lucerne, Switzerland sculpture park 

The Vaccine

The Vaccine

I think a teacher walked by and couldn't resist.

Happy, Hopeful New Year for 2021! Cheers, Bev and Lexi Cat