Mothwing
31 July 2016 @ 09:30 pm
<3  
"Did no one teach you to knock, boy?"

This excited I haven't been in a long time.
 
 
Current Mood: loving
 
 
Mothwing
28 March 2015 @ 10:22 pm
Day 5: Saturday: Saalburg  
Living with a church musician means having to be back by Sunday, so we went back on day five of our little roadtrip.

Since Crocky loves all things Roman and has fond memories of going to this place when she was a child, we decided to stop by the Saalburg to look at the ruins of the Roman fort there. It was established in 90 AD and abandoned in the middle of the third century when the Limes fell.



Saalburg )
 
 
Current Mood: excited
Current Location: Germany, Saalburg
 
 
Mothwing
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
 
 
Mothwing
26 December 2013 @ 01:26 pm
2013 in first sentences of the month  
I'm in Hamburg with my family with some time to myself, so I'm doing the end of year meme, as every year. Here are the first sentences of all first posts of the month (excluding the book meme and wordless posts).

January: 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.

February: Periodically, I browse the internet in search for werewolf books and most of what I find reads like a PSA for why it's a great idea to stay with an abusive partner ("Not his fault that he turns into a werewolf, it's the curse! He's not himself! It's just his violent nature that wants out!") or porn (really lulzy porn).

March: Crocky and I are going to Prague! [We ended up going to Paris.]

April: Spring hasn't quite gotten into the swing of things around here, but Crocky's tissue consumption certainly does mark the transition in seasons.

May: Creepy-crawly of the day: the common wasp, vespula vulgaris.

June: In less than two hours I'm going to be thirty.

July: Tal-y-llyn, where the sleepers lie in Susan Cooper's The Grey King. (Fire on the mountain, shall find the harp of gold; Played to wake the sleepers, Oldest of the old;), This book series may or may not have significantly spurred my love for all things Welsh.

August: I have this unfortunate tendency to pick things that I really don't want to do because I am scared of them and then do them.

September: The weather outside has started matching the feeling I've had in my knees for weeks: it's autumn.

October: Crocky and I went to Amsterdam on Tuesday and came back on Friday.

November: It was Crocky's sister Teddy's birthday party yesterday, or rather, one of them- this was the "queer adult edition".

December: I hope you get to spend some time with your loved ones and will have some time for yourselves, too, to wind down.


Hope you are all doing well, I'll catch up once I'm back home.
 
 
Current Location: Germany, Hamburg
Current Mood: okay
 
 
Mothwing
03 November 2013 @ 10:09 am
Fröbelstern  
It was Crocky's sister Teddy's birthday party yesterday, or rather, one of them- this was the "queer adult edition". I was reacquainted (do people still use this word?) with Crocky's and Teddy's older bisexual foster sister and Crocky's bisexual godmother. I've often marvelled at the fact that my MIL, who died in 1991, had so many queer friends and foster children, and then wound up having a bisexual daughter, too.

Teddy, my former Russian learning partner, is still at it because she's planning to spend a few months in that country on her world tour. I'm slightly jealous because I could never do the same. I'm worried for Teddy, too. Still, I hope she's going to have a great time touring the globe and will return home safely. She cooked a tasty dish from her Russian cuisine cook book for us.

We spent the time eating, laughing, and trying to fold Fröbel stars. which their foster sister brought. The English Wikipedia has this to say:

"Froebel stars are very common in Germany, although few people know how to make them."

To which I can testify- IRL I don't know many people who can do Fröbel stars. I know that my grandparents could make them and my mother can, too, but I am convinced that in my generation I think that only the incredibly crafty like [livejournal.com profile] angie_21_237 can do it- and the latter is the head of a kindergarten, so it's probably basically her job to know these things.
I have the shrewd suspicion that you talented flisties are probably experts at paper crafts happily fröbeling away, too.

We did end up with things resembling the stars, though and were quite proud of ourselves.

If you want to have a go yourself or need a refresher on how to make them, here's something that looks a lot like the directions we had:

 
 
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Mood: accomplished
 
 
Mothwing
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
 
 
Mothwing
13 October 2013 @ 11:52 pm
Amsterdam  
Crocky and I went to Amsterdam on Tuesday and came back on Friday.

The short version: we cycled a lot, were almost run over by cyclists, too, got stopped by the police, didn't get high (because the spire of the Westerkerk does not admit people with backpacks), went to the red light district, took pictures from what felt like every single bridge overlooking the famous canals, came back to the hotel smelling of weed in spite of our tee-totalling habits.

Basically every picture I took:



As ever I remain in awe of the bicycles, the sweets, and the linguistic superpowers of our neighbours )
 
 
Current Music: The Glasgow Madrigirls - Candens Lillium
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Mood: sleepy
 
 
Mothwing
07 October 2013 @ 09:15 pm
Industry  
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 Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Mood: okay
Current Music: Underwater - MIKA
 
 
Mothwing
05 August 2013 @ 07:17 am
Cars II  
So. I've been there when my mother bought a car, but I have never had the pleasure myself.

Yesterday, we did.

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Current Mood: excited
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
 
 
Mothwing
02 August 2013 @ 12:50 am
I survived!  
I have this unfortunate tendency to pick things that I really don't want to do because I am scared of them and then do them.

So. I'm scared of heights, and today, Crocky and I went to this forest adventure park.

There's a video about it on Youtube, hope it shows up:


But I survived! My glasses didn't.

Read more... )

Thoughts on fat and chubby people not climbing )
 
 
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Mood: exhausted
 
 
Mothwing
31 July 2013 @ 11:54 pm
Boats  
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
 
 
Mothwing
28 July 2013 @ 09:16 am
Trip photos  
As always I took obscene amounts of photos on our trip, from which I've then chosen the handfulls of presentable ones, but there a still a large number that I wanted to include.

If you want, click on the image and it'll redirect you to a post of the day on which it was taken. I didn't really add a lot of text, because I expect not everybody is interested in Edward I's 13th Century quest for Wales (we did look at an awful lot of castle ruins, be warned).





    

 

 
 
Current Mood: okay
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
 
 
Mothwing
26 July 2013 @ 11:17 pm
Trip Diary - Overview Part II  
Short version: walked, hiked, biked, and went on buses, taxis and trains. Met people from various countries and centuries, got sunburnt, fainted, went back home.

Day 9 - Day 16 )
 
 
Current Mood: happy
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
 
 
Mothwing
23 July 2013 @ 11:26 pm
Day 15 - Viking village in Höllviken  

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Current Mood: exhausted
Current Location: Sweden, Höllviken
 
 
Mothwing
22 July 2013 @ 10:48 pm
Day 14 - Biking through Malmö  

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Current Mood: okay
Current Location: Sweden, Malmö
 
 
Mothwing
20 July 2013 @ 11:20 pm
Day 12 - Stockholm  


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Current Mood: tired
Current Location: Sweden, Stockholm
 
 
Mothwing
19 July 2013 @ 11:13 am
Day 11 - Road trip up to Edinburgh and flight to Stockholm  

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Current Mood: tired
Current Location: United Kingdom, Edinburgh
 
 
Mothwing
18 July 2013 @ 11:03 am
Day 10 - Walk through Denbighshire  

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Current Location: United Kingdom, Llangwyfan
Current Mood: exhausted
 
 
Mothwing
17 July 2013 @ 10:52 am
Day 9 - Denbigh, Abbey Valle Crucis  


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Current Location: United Kingdom, Llangollen
Current Mood: energetic
 
 
Mothwing
16 July 2013 @ 10:24 pm
Trip Diary - Overview edition  
Greetings from unbelievably hot Wales (= the most beautiful country in the world. You're missing out if you've never been here, really).

Day 1 - Day 8 )

So now that I have overused the word "beautiful" enough, I'll go to bed. We'll have a look at Llangollen and its ladies tomorrow and I want to be well-rested for that. 
 
 
Current Location: United Kingdom, Queensferry
Current Mood: tired
 
 
Mothwing
16 July 2013 @ 01:05 am
Day 8 - A Walk Through Royal Aber  

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Current Location: United Kingdom, Abergwyngregyn
Current Mood: exhausted
 
 
Mothwing
15 July 2013 @ 12:04 pm
Day 7 - Rhuddlan, Conwy, Beaumaris  

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Current Location: United Kingdom, Conwy
Current Mood: okay
 
 
Mothwing
14 July 2013 @ 10:57 pm
Day 6 - Segontium, Caernarfon  

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Current Mood: okay
Current Location: United Kingdom, Caernarfon
 
 
Mothwing
13 July 2013 @ 09:15 pm
Day 5 - Corris Mines, Rhaeadr Pistyll  


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Current Location: United Kingdom, Tal-y-llyn
Current Mood: awake
 
 
Mothwing
12 July 2013 @ 08:44 pm
Day 4 - Aberystwyth, Dyfi Furnace  
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Current Mood: accomplished
Current Location: United Kingdom, Aberystwyth
 
 
Mothwing
11 July 2013 @ 09:23 pm
Day 3 - Flint Castle, Rhaeadr Dyserth, Beach, Rhuddlan  

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Current Mood: okay
Current Location: United Kingdom, Dyserth
 
 
Mothwing
10 July 2013 @ 07:59 pm
Day 2 - Liverpool, Wales  

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Current Location: United Kingdom, Liverpool
Current Mood: okay
 
 
Mothwing
09 July 2013 @ 06:32 pm
Day 1 - Liverpool  

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Current Mood: okay
Current Location: United Kingdom, Liverpool
 
 
Mothwing
19 April 2013 @ 06:50 pm
Kissing book  
13.

Kerstin Gier, Smaragdgrün- Liebe geht durch alle Zeiten 3
The plot thickens after the cliffhanger-ending of the second instalment: is it possible that Prince Charming double-crossed the main lady and only faked being in love with her to be able to do so?
Of course not. This is teen Fantasy romance. The ending to the series is as well-written as the other two parts, but the plot bellyflops severely several times. I suppose you have to care most about the romance plot to like it, and I don't. It was still fun to read, though.
 
 
Current Mood: okay
 
 
Mothwing
11 April 2013 @ 11:44 pm
Sportparksee  
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 Music: Conquest of Spaces - Woodkid
Current Location: Bremen, Sportparksee
Current Mood: listless
 
 
Mothwing
08 April 2013 @ 09:26 pm
Book challenge  
12.

Kerstin Gier, Saphirblau - Liebe geht durch alle Zeiten 2
Crocky and I are still entranced by the idiomatic German style of this author. It's basically Dan Brown for romance-novel-liking girls, and it does this well. Very light reading, but fun, and it's interesting to see what my students are reading.
 
 
Current Mood: blah
 
 
Mothwing
19 March 2013 @ 10:33 am
And back home.  
We arrived back home at 6am yesterday morning! The trip was a very mixed experience - the bus ride there and back were both miserable and I need to remember to never get it into my head again that an overnight bus tour would be a good idea. It's just not because in spite of the company's announcements, you can't sleep on overnight buses.

Still, Paris is of course amazing and like being hit in the face with significant European history every couple of meters.
There are a lot of things (mostly museums) that I would have really liked to see but didn't get to because we didn't have enough time to waste on standing in line for hours, but even like this there simply was not enough time to take everything in and I think you could probably walk the same routes several times before you have seen what there is to see. I put the picture dump into two backdated posts called Paris I and Paris II.



Ten things... )
 
 
Current Mood: okay
Current Location: Bremen, Germany
 
 
Mothwing
17 March 2013 @ 11:28 pm
Paris II  
It's amazing how little I remember of my school French, and yet, how much comes back when I'm surrounded by native speakers. Because everybody speaks English I did not have to use my A2 French to full advantage, but it's still comforting to know that in a pinch, I can buy meringues in various flavours in French. Ordering food at the restaurant we had lunch at did not work as well and thus we switched to English, but speaking the language after such a long time was still a very nice experience. Today, we had a look at Notre Dame and the Operas. There is so much to see that I only have pictures of a fraction of the interesting things that we did see, and even those are too few.


Notre Dame )


Odds, ends, and the opera )
 
 
Current Mood: tired
Current Location: Gallieni, Bagnolet
 
 
Mothwing
16 March 2013 @ 11:24 pm
Paris I  
Bus tours: Never Again. I think we vowed that last time we went on a bus tour in '07, and yet again we found ourselves cramped into bus seats on an overnight bus. We thought it probably wasn't going to be so bad because it doesn't take as long to get from Bremen to Paris as it does to London, but we were wrong. Many of our fellow travellers were sick and kept the bus up coughing, it was impossible to put back the seats and get sleep, and thus, we arrived in Paris dog-tired and stiff-limbed.

We still had a lovely time.



Trip and generic Paris. )



Louvre )


Various of the Tuileries )


Eiffel tower: way to and view from )
 
 
Current Mood: tired
Current Location: Rue de la Sablière, Paris
 
 
Mothwing
09 March 2013 @ 03:03 pm
Cheap Bus Tours II  
Managed to book us a tour to Paris instead of to Prague.

I'd have been more interested in Prague, but this is nice, too. I've only ever passed through and it'll be nice to go exploring, brush up my French, and look at some of those places that I only know from school books and movies.
 
 
Mothwing
18 February 2013 @ 11:44 pm
Come è lungo l'attesa!  
Well, this was the funniest rendition of Tosca I have ever seen, but the unexpectedly light-hearted mood made it harder to get into the mood of the third act. I simply had not been prepared for the dramatic part of the melodrama.
Still, a nice night out. 
 
 
Current Mood: okay
 
 
Mothwing
27 January 2013 @ 06:07 pm
Vaguely disappointing insect exhibition with surprise reptiles  
Crocky and I went to a local insect exhibition today. It was at a tiny community centre around the corner and the poster had promised all manners of exciting large exotic creatures and they charged a rather hefty entrance fee. However, we soon realised in the first room that it was two small and rather dingy rooms and most of the all insect exhibits and also most others were pinned, some already very old and discoloured, and therefore not all that exciting - even though the organisers had clearly attempted to make them look more interesting by arranging them in terrariums. 

The second room was a very pleasant surprise because the organisers had brought their pet reptiles, spiders and myriapods and were showing them to visitors. Espeially the boas and the tortoise petting zoo were a big hit, though was a bit worried for the tortoises in particular. But the owners always watched out for their animals, and especially the teen handling the snakes and spiders seemed to know what he was doing and always made sure that the visitors treated his charges with respect, so I suppose they were fine.  



Spiders, insects, myriapods, and snakes. )

I want giant millipedes as pets. Crocky favours the boa we met today, but I think that these tiny plant-detritus eating creatures that don't grow to a length of 6m and don't live on live piglets are infinitely preferable. 
 
 
Current Mood: okay
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
 
 
Mothwing
30 October 2012 @ 10:12 pm
Verden  
Crocky and I went on a trip to Verden today. We were actually going to look at an abandoned ammunition factory in a village near Verden, but then found the entire area roped off and warning signs saying those going there were in mortal danger, so we opted out. 

I am now a bit sadder that the school in Verden that I applied with back in the day did not want me, the town is very pretty. 



Touristy impressions of Verden. )
 
 
Current Mood: exhausted
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
 
 
Mothwing
27 October 2012 @ 10:06 pm
Portus sanctae Mariae  
Today, Crocky and I had a look at the ruin of the medieval Cistercian abbey in Hude (German Wiki here). In spite of the already rather frosty temperatures it was a lovely walk. We had a look at museum, ruins, nearby hamlet, and a mill and then went home before our feet froze even further. 



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Current Location: Hude, Niedersachsen
 
 
Mothwing
23 August 2012 @ 01:10 pm
Balcony Macros  
Our balcony herb garden is in full bloom right now. The plants that Crocky gave me for my birthday are fine, though they did not take kindly to the hottest day of the year, when they did dry out more than I expected they would. I had forgotten to water them the night before and was greeted with very seriously drooping leaves the next day.
But they recovered and still look great:



I'm in love with the Black-Eyed Susan vine. ♥ Susan, spiderweb and bee. )
 
 
Current Mood: calm