Archive for May, 2010


Monday, May 24th, 2010

The king demanded the miller’s daughter to turn straw into gold. She was saved by Rumpelstiltskin who asked for a high price. She was not willing to pay it and in turn she destroyed him. Luckily, I didn’t need any body’s help except the evening sunlight to turn the barley field into gold…

spring turns to summer

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Following weeks of miserable weather, Whitsun gave people vast opportunities to celebrate the start of summer.  Open air pools opened, swimming lakes were crowded and the kids enjoyed water wherever it was available…

regensburg – churches at night 1

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

St Pieter’s Cathedral of Regensburg belongs to most remarkable Gothic buildings in Southern Germany. An unusual feature of the Cathedral is its separation from the older structure of the cloister. The cloister, usually not open to the public contains a fine Romanesque All Saint’s Chapel from 1164. The garden in twilight gives a sweet sense of inspiration – and a taste of what the night of open churches offers.

blue in green

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

The courtshipping (?) peacock was a nice surprise during a morning walk across a botanical garden. I wasn’t aware that my D700 is female (should have guessed before). Bitter for him that she turned him down and walked away with me.

green in red

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Today is a colourful day in North-Rhine Westphalia.

lilac, chernobyl and solar heating

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

First May reminds me of the nuclear disaster which happened 24 years ago. Almost a quarter of a century and it feels like yesterday. Yes, I know, it didn’t happen first May. But that year, first May was the first warm and beautiful day of the year and, together with friends, we went out into the nature, played on the ground, enjoyed the smells of spring until a sudden but warm rain shower surprised us in the afternoon. It was a wonderful day – in the evening we got the news about the disaster! In Germany, the area of Regensburg was particularly affected. Playgrounds were closed because of the high contamination. Many other things happened. And we got the rain shower – fully contaminated – onto us.

May smells of lilac. Particularly, if the lilac tree is placed in front of the bed room.  From the bed room window, it is placed between the bed room and the brand new solar heating.

First May: the solar heating is completed and in operation. My personal battle against the nuclear industry which earned lots of money for heating the water in the past. I gave it to the copper industry instead.  At least, they didn’t put nuclear particles onto my skin. I’m looking forward to my first ‘solar shower’ in this house.