Monday, October 12, 2015

Fall in Freiburg

Anybody know about these instruments?

Then we went on to the Munster Market to breathe in the scents of it, always a joy, and see the fall colours and produce. We heard very different sort of music being played on the street and found these fellows.

Going back a couple of days ...

Flight Vienna to Frankfurt was about half full so we were able to stretch out. It’s only an hour long, just the waiting in the airport then finding baggage, i.e. Bruce’s wheels takes what seems like forever. Overnight in Frankfurt with a cop convention in the hotel! All in complete uniform including their full belts with guns and handcuffs and other paraphernalia they carry. When I worked at the cop shop, and that's what they called it, those belts weighed forty pounds or about 19 kilos! There was an event in downtown Frankfurt they were there as security for. I tried to find out about it and didn’t. 

Train Frankfurt to Freiburg and no taxi for Bruce’s chair so we took the tram. Saturday and I’d written in my calendar BUT didn’t look at it, Darn! It’s German Unification Day and therefore a civic holiday, therefore meaning no food shopping. The larder is seriously bare of food and of course no shopping tomorrow either being Sunday. Maybe we’ll go to the train station. We did and there is a lovely market downstairs we hadn’t seen before. Nice, fresh fruit and vegetables and just about anything else one would need, filed under another “good to know”.

So we’ve just been unpacking and getting appointments set up. Lexi’s rabies vaccination expires this week so it’s off to the vet to get a jab and an update to her pet passport. We now know vets in four countries/cities which is handy when we travel with her. 

Came home to the lemon tree being just about dead. It’s got a white bug all over it and the orange tree has a small amount on it. We took the large wheels down to the Stadtgarten nursery where we bought them and took them a branch with bugs on it. The bug expert there said they were originally from Australia, hard to get rid of but he would try. I do think the lemon tree is toast but may be able to save the orange. They will come and transport them to the nursery for the winter again and work on the problem then. Hope they isolate the trees from others because this bug is invasive. I was quite disappointed since I think the bug originated in the nursery to start with but guess it can’t be helped. Coming back it poured rain and we were both dripping wet, good thing we weren’t walking though. 

Small update, I’ve made inroads on the bug, in other words, killed it I think! Research on the Net suggested several remedies but one was just plain old dish soap and water sprayed on. They are brown now so here’s hoping and there is new growth on the tree… 

Out with Christoph on a sunny Sunday afternoon. First thing up was looking for lunch, as said, restaurants close around 14:00 until dinner time in the area so he called around and we found one called Bräutigam in Ihringen. Able to sit outside in a garden area which was very pleasant and especially appreciated this time of year. Traveling the back roads the fall colour was beautiful, grape leaves red along with the green and flowers still in bloom. Did see a large field of sunflowers that looked dead on the stem, perhaps they dry them that way? Would be quite a waste if not, or perhaps they plow them in for next year’s crop.

"Wishing" well bucket

We walked through the village of Burkheim to the castle at the end which isn’t any more, it got destroyed and the property is being used by a winery and food co-op. Lots of motorcyclists and cyclists were out enjoying the day.

Interesting clock, translated, "time flies, seize the day".

See previous post of June 1st when we were in Burkheim last year. 

 It was good to see Christoph again and catch up. He’s originally from Vienna so he had lots of questions about what we saw there.

We've only got a month and a half here this time around because of spending more time in Vienna. That's good and not so for me because I do enjoy this flat and Freiburg very much. But the flip side is that we will get to see our dear friends in Sevilla soon and that will be wonderful! I feel so lucky and appreciative to be living this lifestyle.

Cheers, Bx2 & the newly jabbed, rabies free, Lexi Cat

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