30 May 2014 @ 09:24 pm
Botanical Garden  
Crocky and I went to the Botanical Garden on Thursday, and I can't believe we hadn't been before, it's a beautiful place.

Although the rhododendrons we'd been promised are no longer in bloom we had a good time in the garden divided by continents featuring plants from each.

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Current Location: Germany, Bremen
27 October 2013 @ 04:07 pm
Last week ate me up and spit me out the other end, leaving in the dark in the mornings, teaching, staying at school until six, going home in the dark, working later. I really missed spending any time outside, or doing anything other than school stuff, really.

So today I took a short bike trip round Knoops Park, a beautiful park in the area to have a look at the colourful leaves and trees.

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Current Mood: okay
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
16 October 2013 @ 12:27 am
Mists on the Hamme  
We went cycling again today even though I didn't really feel like it, but it was worth it.

For my efforts I was rewarded with a gorgeous view, and since I'm obsessed with the misty, foggy neighbourhood, I took pictures. This time it's not the river next door, the Lesum, it's the Hamme. Which looks an awful lot like the Lesum, but it's a different misty body of water, I swear.

More and larger kitsch... )
Current Music: Árstíðir: Heyr himna smiður
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Mood: tired
07 October 2013 @ 09:15 pm
Bike trips through our neighbourhood. There are a few car and paint shops around the corner as well as a large industrial harbour.

The largest of the pain shops burnt down spectacularly one morning and the entire street had to be roped off for the rest of the day. It still looks really grim and I really feel for the owners and hope their insurance covers a fresh start.

Neighbourhood and burnt out store )

Industrial harbour )
Current Music: Underwater - MIKA
Current Mood: okay
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
27 September 2013 @ 09:50 pm
Early morning dyke on bike on dyke  
No one cares about my daily commute I suppose, but the view was still too glorious not to share. I always get excited when it's misty outside, so so far my daily commutes last week have been great because of the great views.

This morning, twenty to eight (I was a bit late):

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Other than that, there's not much going on at the moment, just a lot of exams and coming to terms with work. Full-time is a lot, and two of the groups that I teach are strangely bad at what they are doing, two groups are really good, thankfully, but this does mean that they need more to work with than the others and thus more preparation. School has eaten me alive.  
Current Mood: sleepy
03 September 2013 @ 10:48 pm
Mists of Lesum  
The weather outside has started matching the feeling I've had in my knees for weeks: it's autumn.

I'm still braving the weather on my bike, so many of my mornings looked like this. These were taken on the local dyke at around seven.

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Current Mood: cold
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
31 July 2013 @ 11:54 pm
I'm not really a boat person, I like my feet firmly on the ground. I've given canoeing a shot, but mostly my friend and I just spent a lot of time turning in circles on the lake near my parents' house where we rented the canoes, then got soaked to the skin in a storm a few meters up the river and had to seek shelter in one of the dressier restaurants in that part of town. A fond memory, but it didn't particularly endear me to the bumbling around on the water.

Crocky and I gave rowing a shot today, and I took to it surprisingly well. We didn't turn around in circles unless we wanted to, and this tour around the Bürgerpark showed us some very pretty sides of this city.

Paddling (10) )

And afterwards we had pancakes on the Admiral Nelson, which is Bremen's most famous pancake restaurant. It's a former trawler converted into a look-a-like of the HMS Conway, a former merchant navy school ship. Incidentally, the Conway was shipwrecked in 1953 between the two bridges connecting the island of Anglesey in the north of Wales with the Welsh mainland, the bridge we crossed to Anglesey last week. They'd tried to sail her through the famously dangerous "Swellies" ignoring the ebbing tide, and that after successfully getting through Menai Bridge with only a few feet to spare above and below.

Big Boat (5) )
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Mood: excited
27 April 2013 @ 12:55 am
I took a well-deserved break from work today after the first two courses were done. Far longer than expected, but I did get to test the full degree of how water-resistant my softshell coat really is. Turns out that it's very water resistant, since I took a walk in the pouring rain at nine.

My plan worked, however - it being so late and so wet there were several toads. Sadly not as many as we saw the first day, and there were clear signs that their numbers were being diminished by the other creatures on the shores of the lakes and thus there were lots of little dismembered webbed feet everywhere, it was quite disgusting.

So, here are some toads!

The neighbourhood wants you to be warned so you know to be careful.

Here be a toad. )

Irresponsible dog owner rant )
26 April 2013 @ 08:33 am
Sportparksee III  
Now that the weather is more dry we tried walking all around the lake, and yesterday we managed.

We weren't really going to do that, we came for the toads. So, this should be about a billion pictures of toads, but we walked around the lake far too early today. When we were there yesterday evening, there were dozens of toad every couple of meters and we had to tread very carefully in the dusk not to tread on them. But we were there too early yesterday, so this is just our lake and what I saw walking around it.

Sportparksee 18 )
Current Mood: stressed
13 April 2013 @ 07:10 pm
Spring? Where?  
They said that the weather would be nice on the weekend. Well, if yesterday is anything to go by, I don't really have high hopes.

I also managed to catch a cold, and I'm not surprised - my job is not stressful at the moment, but there is some idiocy that is. More on that later. I also need to stick to a better work-break-regimen to not totally lose it.

11 April 2013 @ 11:44 pm
Spring hasn't quite gotten into the swing of things around here, but Crocky's tissue consumption certainly does mark the transition in seasons. We've started going for walks on the muddy shores of our favourite lake which is still far too cold for swimming, of course, but hiking in the mud is fun, too.

Sportparksee )

Catkins, mushrooms, and spiders.  )
Current Location: Bremen, Sportparksee
Current Mood: listless
Current Music: Conquest of Spaces - Woodkid
21 January 2013 @ 05:12 pm
Snowy Blockland  
Supervising our students during breaks today was annoying. We have a no-snowball-rule, and of course nobody ever sticks to it, so we watching teachers have to pick our battles wisely. Today there wasn't that much snow, so they got bored with trying to scrounge up enough snow for a snowball fight, but I don't want to know what tomorrow is going to be like. 

It hasn't stopped snowing for the last two hours over here. It snowed last night, too, and it looks as though it's going to keep snowing for quite some time. While I don't like slogging through the frozen waste that is our street and digging out my car every morning the snow does look beautiful, especially in the Blockland, an area consisting of a picturesque village, pastures and marshes:

Snow and Lesum )
Current Location: Bremen-Burg
Current Mood: Cold
Current Music: OotP Audiobook
12 January 2013 @ 08:42 pm
Frosty Lake  
Over here, the weather has gotten really cold again, much to the delight of several of my colleagues who suffer from migraines alleviated by the chilly air and much to my dismay, because our car doors keep freezing shut so thoroughly that I can't defrost them enough to get to work on time.

Still, in spite of the chilly temperatures Crocky and I took a walk to the lake around the corner. It's not our favourite swimming lake, but it's in walking distance and is beautiful even though it comes with a view of the industry area and a wind park close by. 

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Current Mood: cold
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
24 November 2012 @ 08:45 pm
For the last two days, there has been thick fog in the north of Bremen that makes it hard to see further than fifty meters ahead, even with the lights on on cars and bicycles. 

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Some on-topic verses by Herman Hesse. )
Current Mood: awake
19 August 2012 @ 08:18 pm
Clearly our house  
Crocky is a musician. She plays instruments, she needs to practice. We're living at a place that has us flinching whenever something is loud in our flat in case the neighbours break down and sue us over dropping a shoe after 10pm. So, from time to time, we browse sites just to window shop for new places. We specifically started looking for a place that is better isolated than this one.

I think I have found my favourite. This is not a serious plan, but a girl can dream. 

Before and during the second world war a lot of shelters were built inside the city that they could not tear down after the war. Those shelters remained sitting there, undamaged, quietly gathering graffiti and ivy and otherwise being quite overlooked. However, the city has started to give up ownership of these places and now, they are for sale all over the city. 

Look at this place (pictures stolen from the agent's site)! 

I want to live in a former air raid shelter, who wouldn't? )

It comes with a permit to build a house and a patio on the roof, a very large garden and walls that are over a meter thick. It's quite a project, of course, because the living space inside the shelter is not very hospitable right at this moment and needs work (and, well, windows) but it's in the middle of Bremen, it's really cheap, and you can play sets of drums in the middle of the night and nobody would hear a thing.

I want one of those!  Not that I can afford to buy any kind of property right now or will be able to in the near future, but still! Bomb shelter! 1m walls!  
10 August 2012 @ 08:52 pm
As I've said before, Crocky and I have been swimming a lot this summer. 

This is our lake! 

It's close to the university and, like nearly all big bodies of water around here, strangely empty even when the weather is warm. Apparently, swimming is low on the list of people's priorities even during the summer holidays, although a couple of days ago we met a young lady who was dictating her bachelor thesis to a dictaphone while slowly walking through the shallow water close to the beach. I'd have loved to have that option while I was working on my thesis! 

More Lake. )
Current Location: Bremen-Burg, Germany
Current Mood: tired
01 July 2012 @ 08:51 pm

Balcony, fuzzy blanket, tea.


24 June 2012 @ 02:32 pm
Trip to Honeydukes  
Crocky, Pirate and I had a lovely time yesterday. We had perfect weather, great for showing Pirate around the inner city. It's vaguely creepy into how many students (4) and staffmembers (3) we ran into, but I suppose in a city as tiny as this one, that should not be a surprise. 

Sadly, I did not bring my camera, otherwise I would have loved to take some pictures of the best sweet shop in Bremen. I love going. It's in the Böttcherstraße, which is one of the main tourist attractions of Bremen. Crocky and I have been munching on their "summer  mix" all day, guessing the flavours. Their sweets are tasty and immensely pretty and the shop is really cute, and sadly packed now that it is summer. 

Today it's raining cats and dogs again, which is good for my kitchen herbs on the balcony, but bad for my photography plans. 
Current Mood: awake
22 June 2012 @ 11:42 pm
Birthday presents  

A few days before my birthday this year, Crocky and I went flower shopping.

We found some kitchen herbs for our balcony, found where seemingly all ladies from the North of Bremen hang out on Saturday mornings (said flower store, it was basically an all-female-shopping experience and great fun), and found my birthday present: 

On the left: a tiny Wisteria! So many fabaceae are amazingly pretty, but I love these especially, from the leaves to the beautiful flowers. On the right: a Black-eyed Susan vine that has been growing like crazy, Pomona would be proud. 

Current Mood: happy
20 July 2011 @ 06:00 pm
Various walks through the neighbourhood  

I'm very envious of all you con-goers and crone cottage-dwellers and hope you are having a lovely time! Have fun, ladies! 

We won't go away this summer, it seems, mostly due to work and having to  house-sit my parent's place. So we take lovely walks instead. Yesterday, Crocky and went to an area of Bremen known as "Blockland" and took a walk through the area around a tiny ex-village called Wasserhorst which is now a part of Bremen. I instantly fell in love with the river and the landscape and annoyed a poor Crocky because I stopped at nearly every bend in said river to take pictures and wax poetically about the beauty thereof.

These are a lot like the one above, plus some houses. Basically, it's just a lot of pictures of the same river. )

Flowers and M-rated beetles )

Dyke of the Lesum close to our house )
Current Mood: calm
18 July 2011 @ 12:18 am
Our neighbourhood  
Probably not interesting for anyone but me, but Crocky and I've been going for walks through the neighbourhood a lot lately. It's a great area - walk ten minutes into any direction and you're close to a lake, river, or park, fifteen minutes and you're in the middle of nowhere, surrounded only by fields. 

Some people are even lucky enough to live as closely to one of the small canals, and it looks as though a lot of children spent time building bridges across them.

Walk... )
Current Mood: calm
10 July 2011 @ 05:48 pm
Boring holiday life  
Our first order of business after the holidays started was to tidy and clean our flat, and it's much more enjoyable to live here now, without paper and school things lying on every available flat surface. Our plants on the balcony are also thriving, and apart from the birds we've got several creepy companions on our balcony. 


More creepy crawlies )

Next, we went for a long walk on the dyke (yes, dykes on a dyke. Just to get it out of the way) of the Lesum, the nearby river. 

Walk along the Lesum ) 

In other news, my slave drive died today. It won't start even though it's plugged in correctly and not even the BIOS knows it exists. Even though I plugged and re-plugged every cable, nothing. Luckily, there's no important data on it, but it does have all programmes apart from Windows. This wouldn't be so bad if this were the only thing that needed fixing, but it's not. My computer is over six years old, most of the parts are older, and thus my monitor won't start up without flickering for ten minutes until it's warm, my headphones broke today, my printer (and it's the newest! It's only 3!) broke down after the move and my graphic's card is outdated.


Still, life is good. 
Current Mood: calm
07 July 2011 @ 10:43 pm
Bird noticing  
Not so much bird watching, because of the utter lack of effort, but it's still fun. Crocky's study/music room/our guest room has the best window, with trees and a small park in front of it. This means that I wouldn't be manage to work in it because I get distracted too easily by the birds outside.

Because her computer freezes whenever we try to run Fable 3 I've spent a large chunk of today at that desk trying to fix things (it freezes and crashes her PC in spite of her PC meeting all the necessary system requirements. We really don't understand it - all the drivers are up to date, it's really odd. It does seem to be a graphics problem, though), and so far, I've seen:
  • house sparrows: there's an entire family of them living nearby. A couple of days ago I nearly stepped on one of their tiny, barely fledged offspring who was sitting on the pavement like a tiny ball of feathers.
  • tree sparrows - ditto, they're pretty common around here.
  • magpies - the things went and stole entire fat balls I had stored on the balcony. Opened the package and took the entire thing - the squirrels took care of some, too, though. Not even the nets were left, sadly, and I'm not sure where they've ended up and what damage they'll cause.
  • blue tits - who sadly aren't as interested as I'd like in the black fly lice on our nasturtiums
  • coal tits - similarly unenthusiastic about the lice. Shame.
  • a nuthatch! I could watch their tree climbing skills all day.
  • a great spotted woodpecker! Highlight of my day. ♥
Also, I'm pretty sure that I've seen bats around here before.

This area is awesome. 
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Mood: excited
03 June 2011 @ 01:41 pm
Bugs and Flowers  
We have a playground around the corner that has some very pretty flowers, a pond and a water pump.

Here are some macro shots of flowers and bugs living, breeding on and feeding off them.

+2 )

Who did this? +5 )

Here be bugs. +5 )
Current Mood: hungry
01 November 2010 @ 03:28 pm
I'm ok!  
But still offline and, if the Alice homepage is to be trusted, will be until the first of January. D= I'm hoping that there is some kind of mistake there, because I need the interwebs not only for recreational purposes.

Apart from that my head is spinning with the infodump on the Bremener school system we were treated to today, and I kinda dread coming home to my empty flat in which I won't have anything to do apart from watch the goings-on at the church across the street and clean, though I might take some time out of my busy schedule of doing nothing and biting my nails in worry to introduce myself to the neighbours.

My plan had been to answer my e-mail and read up on the things we learned about today, but it seems as though that'll be impossible.
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Current Mood: gloomy
29 September 2010 @ 01:05 pm
Bremen picdump  
Went to Bremen afterwards to look at the flats and, because I still had time, took a stroll in the beautiful historic town centre. Bremen is easily one of the prettiest cities in the north simply for the historic town centre, even without the site of the old city walls with its moat and windmill, or the Bürgerpark.

Unapologetic tourist shots )
Current Mood: calm
25 September 2010 @ 02:00 pm
Decisions, decisions...  
Bremen isn't that far away. I'd have a commute of under two hours, which is doable. Has been done before, too. The ticket would cost about €150 less than renting a flat over there - and we're talking the really cheap one-bedroom flats in one of those suicide boxes they have.

On the other hand, one of those is a mere five minutes from the school at which I'll be teaching, so that would be perfect.

On another hand, I'd once again be in an LDR, and I hated that. Buut, I'd only have to commute for the first four (of eighteen) months, and then move over there together with Crocky.

On yet another hand, I'd be living all alone for the first time in my adult life, which might be a good experience.

I'm running out of hands. I'm looking at flats on monday and will have an interview with a housing corporation. If anyone has any words from the wise to share, go ahead, I'll be grateful!

Current Mood: calm
22 September 2010 @ 09:04 pm
So. Crocky and I went flat-hunting in Bremen.

I don't have a lot of memories about the city, but most of the ones I do have involve beggars kneeling at street corners with bowls in front of them, the inner city (thanks, Wiki:)

And also... )

I must have forgotten what the area around the main station looks like. It's also really uncomfortable there - beggars lining the streets, really high, depression-inducing buildings with tiny flats.

The building one of the affordable flats is in and the area around it. )
Current Mood: amused
20 September 2010 @ 11:34 am
Live dangerously!  
Today on wg-gesucht, the German flatshare site: 'Live-in maid wanted, work for board and lodging! Live dangerously!' )

 ... Yeah. I'm wondering if I'm only imagining the creepy overtones there.
Current Location: Hannover
Current Mood: uncomfortable