03 November 2015 @ 07:44 pm
An impression from the road on my commute:

This fog hasn't lifted in days! 
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
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
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 Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Mood: okay
17 October 2013 @ 10:01 pm
Art: Azkaban  
Title: Azkaban.
Characters: Bellatrix Lestrange.
Rating: G
Credits: falln-brushes's Hair Brush set and Smoke Brush set, amorphisss's Snow Brush, Wolfcatstock's 694 as reference.
Summary: Bellatrix in winter wonderland Azkaban at night.

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Current Mood: okay
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Music: The Hush Sound: Molasses
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 Mood: tired
Current Music: Árstíðir: Heyr himna smiður
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
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.

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 Mood: Cold
Current Location: Bremen-Burg
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 Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Mood: cold
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
18 November 2012 @ 08:07 pm
Weather Mope  
It's Sunday evening already? I don't want to go out tomorrow. Thanks to autumn the weather has become really depressing around here. Our car is in the shop, too, so I'm taking the bus, which means leaving the house at 6:45am, and due to various meetings and parents evenings and that type of nonsense I am usually only home after 6pm, which means that in the mornings I go out and at night I come home and the sky looks like this: 

It's always cold, dark, and wet. Thanks, Bremen! 

Mild the mist upon the hill Poem

by Emily Bronte

Mild the mist upon the hill
Telling not of storms tomorrow;
No, the day has wept its fill,
Spent its store of silent sorrow.

O, I'm gone back to the days of youth,
I am a child once more,
And 'neath my father's sheltering roof
And near the old hall door

I watch this cloudy evening fall
After a day of rain;
Blue mists, sweet mists of summer pall
The horizon's mountain chain.

The damp stands on the long green grass
As thick as morning's tears,
And dreamy scents of fragrance pass
That breathe of other years.
Current Mood: busy
30 October 2012 @ 11:01 pm
It's a relief to see that so many of you storm-tossed flisties out there have checked in to say they are fine. 

I'm still waiting for FB confirmation that a friend is alright, but someone said that they'd heard they were fine, which hopefully will turn out to be true. 

Stay safe, and warm, everyone. ♥
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
05 January 2012 @ 05:42 pm
In which I am a windstorm  
I'm apparently having a stormy week, according to my students and colleagues. Ba-dum tish. Germans give their weather names and this week's windstorm has the distinction of bearing my RL first name.

So the gales, hail and rain? 

You're welcome
05 February 2011 @ 11:14 pm
Repost: Art: Persephone's Pamianthe (Pomona Sprout, Madam Rosmerta, G.)  
Title: Persephone's Pamianthe
Pairing: Pomona/Rosmerta
Rating: G
Credits: gvalkyrie's Suddenly Spring brush for the flower, dollfie-chan's Snowflake brushes for the snowflakes, and Tempting-Resources's Sparkle brushes for the sparkles and the smaller snowflakes.

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"Let's not give each other anything," the landlady had said to her that December and Pomona had agreed. She knew that Madam Rosmerta felt winter like an ache, trying her best to cover-up the gloom with the bustle that running The Three Bromsticks provided, keeping herself busy as best she could.
A flower, though, Pomona mused, was not a gift, not really. They grew where they pleased, and even if one as impressive as the Persephone's Pamianthe might have been guided in its choice where to take root and flower by a well-meaning witch, it could never really be given.

Gift for [ profile] therealsnape, who wrote the most beautiful Pomona/Rosmerta fic and is a great person all around. 

This is a repost because the original post somehow was eaten. 
Current Mood: confused
20 January 2011 @ 10:15 am
Hello there, geese, welcome back.

Was the trip really worth the effort, though? You were only gone for two months this time.
Current Mood: mellow
26 November 2010 @ 05:43 pm
Even though the wild geese haven't all left yet, there's frost covering the ground already and temperatures have dropped below zero.

It's only November. I don't like this at all.
Current Mood: cold
10 July 2010 @ 02:33 pm
Our flat is not fun this weekend  
Toc toc toc toc toc pause. Toc toc toc pause. Toc pause pause pause. Toctoctoctoc pause. Toc longer pause. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. No wait not finished yet Brbrbrrrrr. Toc toc toc pause. Toc pause. Toc? Toc pause. BrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr yeah I mean business now and I'm not going to stop anytime soon BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

Yes, our  downstairs neighbour chose this weekend to do some refurbishing.

It's 33°C inside and 40°C outside our flat. Though I'm beginning to wonder if it isn't actually colder outside, can't possilby be even hotter.

3pm update: 37°C outside, 34°C inside. Huh. I should be outside.
Current Location: Hannover
Current Mood: hot
16 January 2010 @ 09:11 pm
More icicles!  
Sadly, everything outside is thawing by now.

We had about a foot of snow, and the icicles were up to three feet!!

I think I am far too exited about these things, especially the ones outside our window.

+ 10 )
Current Mood: chipper
07 January 2010 @ 09:46 pm
Still excited about the icicles  
They're still there!! This probably should not excite me as much as it does, but I still stop to point them out to Crocky whenever I spot some that look particularly impressive.

And they are very pretty, although we keep thinking whether it might not be a good idea scrape them off, lest they half-melt, fall, and hurt someone five storeys below.

More icicles... )
Current Location: Germany, Hanover
Current Mood: excited
04 January 2010 @ 12:41 pm
OMG Icicles!  
You could impale someone with the ones that are hanging in front of my bedroom window: 

In comparison to our window: )

Too bad everything seems to be thawing out there.
Current Mood: cheerful
31 December 2009 @ 09:30 pm
It's still snowing. It started yesterday evening, and even though the heating's been on all through the night in the living room, the snow on our skylight is several centimeters thick. It doesn't look as though it's going to stop anytime soon, either. I don't really feel like going to look at the fireworks, I must say.

It's been snowing for hours this morning and I had to traipse through the blizzard to fetch some groceries. Optimistically, I went without a hat, only to wish I had miniature windscreen wipers on my glasses, blegh. I nearly ran into two people on my way to the shops because I couldn't see anything but my feet because snow kept getting behind my glasses. In the end, I got myself a hat and looked like a bullfinch (rather than a bulldyke, snerk) in my red coat, black hat, and greying scarf.

Snow in the inner city (16) )
Current Mood: cold
19 December 2009 @ 04:35 pm

SO COLD. At least there's snow, but it's too cold to enjoy it much, and for some reason, the heating in our bedroom, while doing its best, is not warm enough to heat up the room entirely, which makes our nights very chilly.

7 )
Current Mood: cold
18 December 2009 @ 08:47 am
So it's not so bright outside because I overslept due to fluiness, but because of the snow!

I'm glad I don't have to work outside today more than ever. Even inside it's festively chilly around here. Our heating does its best, but it doesn't really succeed in heating our bedroom entirely nonetheless and I'm kept up by the sounds it makes half the night.

+3 )
Current Location: Hannover, Mitte
Current Mood: cold
10 December 2009 @ 03:54 pm
Oh, the weather outside is frightful,
but the candles are so delightful
Our lights are turned down low,
our CLFs don't afford a brighter glow.

Current Mood: silly
10 September 2009 @ 11:13 pm
One of the benefits of our flat is the view - we get to see the most amazing rainbows up here.

+4 )
Current Mood: sleepy
12 June 2009 @ 01:33 am

Do you like clouds? )
Current Mood: sleepless
12 March 2009 @ 09:13 pm
Guns and moons  
Yesterday evening I discovered that the full moon was reflected in our skylight in a way that, to my delight, made it look as though we had four moons. I did not manage to take proper pictures of it, but it looked pretty awesome. Ever since I went to the planetarium with my mother for the first time and heard about the amount of natural satellites in our solar system I regretted that we have only one (hey, Saturn has over fifty, Jupiter over sixty, even Mars managed to catch himself two, but out loser planet sticks with one).

More moon (3) )

Other than that, I am still shocked about the tragedy at the German school in Baden-Württemberg yesterday. Another school shooting, more cookie-cutter articles on it which read exactly like the ones from last time, covers full of crying teenage girls, speculations about shooters, Counter-Strike and porn and still no idea what to do to keep students from running amok in our schools. I doubt that any of the suggestions that have been made - psychologists at schools (didn't help Finland), metal detectors (didn't help the US), even stricter gun control (didn't help us)- is going to help.
What is so baffling that it is nearly funny is what is going on in the comment sections of major German papers - some blame the "injured pride of the German middle class male which does not commit honour crimes like lower class children with a background in migration, but run amok with guns". Another user "blames the miss-matched gender ratio in the German educational system", the "lack of role-models", and yet another user muses that it might be a good idea to force parents to notify the school if they have weapons so that those can have an eye on their kids, yet others want a nation-wide ban of Counter-Strike.
And I? I don't know. I really don't. It is horrible that so many students feel left out at our schools that some of them snap and shoot their teachers and fellow-students, and I think that if something has to change, it ought to be that before our gun laws become even stricter, or we implement a nationwide male quota in the educational system, and school psychologists can't hurt there.
Current Mood: cold
10 February 2009 @ 08:06 pm
Train ride  
On the way to a social networking event with the other students already registered for their finals in Hamburg.

+6 )

The meeting itself was not too eventful or sensible. They went through the organisational stuff once more, when to give which examiner which topics, what to discuss with them, stuff I've already done a year ago in most cases. In terms of actual networking, it was also pretty worthless for me.

I met [ profile] angie_21_237  for a coffee beforehand, though, and Crocky and I finally bought a wireless router when I got home, those were the high points of that nine-hour roundtrip. I wish there were someone with similar topics here in Hannover. Maybe I should post a sign on the library notice board after all, I always dismissed that as completely useless.
Current Mood: cold
22 November 2008 @ 03:54 pm
Obligatory snow pic dump post  
What I had taken for rain yesterday turned out to be snow, after all. So, here are some obligatory snow pictures from the neighbourhood I took on my way to the library.

Last night (7) )

Today (15) )

Ok, back to work.
Current Mood: cold
Current Music: Papa ante Portas
Current Location: Hannover
05 February 2008 @ 09:57 pm
Land Unter  
Land unter [lant 'ʔʊntə] is an expression used to describe flooded grassland - well, the fact that the grassland is flooded, really.

Due to severe rains, every river, stream, lake, or puddle between Uelzen and Hamburg has grown to enormous size during the last couple of weeks. It looks as though the entire northern German lowlands are under water and I wonder what the farmers are doing with their fields now that they are so swamped.

Take a train ride with me )
Current Location: Uelzen
Current Mood: calm
05 June 2007 @ 09:09 pm
Remember the word?

Here are pictures from the day in question.

Rainy Linden (13) )
Current Mood: calm
Current Location: Hamburg
29 May 2007 @ 10:30 am
“Pladdern” is a German word for “to rain”. (It’s pronounced ['pladɐ], like *pludder would be pronounced in English).

There are lovely words in German to describe rain, most of them forcefully onomatopoetic. “Pladdern” is one, “gießen” (['gisn]) another for rain that “prasselt” (['pʁaslt]). “Piseln” (['pi:zln]) and “nieseln” (['ni:zln]) are for light rain that “sprüht” ([ʃpʁyt]) and “tropft” ([tʁɔpft]).

“Es pladdert” means it’s raining cats and dogs. Pladdern is what it did yesterday, most of the afternoon.
I was out on a walk taking pictures of plants when rain suddenly pladderte onto them in huge drops. Rain pladderte onto my head with such force I felt individual rain drops hitting my scalp. Rain pladderte onto my glasses, making my vision blurry, rain soaked my shoes. Rain pladderte onto my lens and made me fear my camera would be broken by the time I reached dry land. Rain pladderte onto the path and created instant puddles that grew faster than any I had ever seen. Rain pladderte onto the stones of the pavement I reached in a run.
Rain pladderte onto the roofs of the cars that were parking rather than driving on the street, as it pladderte so hard that it was impossible to see anything, even though the were screaming with effort and moving so fast they were a blur.
Rain pladderte onto my shoulders, completely soaking my shirt, rain that seemed to come from below soaked my trouser legs and rain pladderte onto my bag, threatening to soak all my books. Rain pladderte onto the blue umbrella of a little boy who grinned wildly at me as he passed me by in a run.
Rain pladderte onto the tree I reached and under which I tried to wait for the rain to end. It turned out that it was no good at all because rain also pladderte onto the grass below, so I had to leave again, and rain pladderte onto my wet, bedraggled shape as I ran for the house. Crocky doesn’t even live far from the park I had been in, but those were the wettest three minutes of my entire life.
Rain pladderte onto my hands as I fished for the key in my bag, rain pladderte onto my cold shoulders, onto my legs.
Rain also pladderte onto my head as I realised there had been an umbrella in my bag all along. 

Yesterday was fun.

Apart from feeling genuinely stupid for forgetting not the umbrella but about my umbrella I read Feet of Clay, chapters in various books on teaching poetry, and wrote a story for Crocky I am rather pleased with. It consists only of receipts and shopping lists.

I also realised how much I would like to live alone for a month at least before moving in with Crocky. I love her, but I feel that I do need a space where I am alone for a month to ... acclimatise and to celebrate the lack of other people at least for a while before moving in with her again. I want to live with her far too much to live on my own for long, but that one month… that one month I may need.

I don't really have any grand news to share, apart from this item of vocabulary in German, and who knows what that could be useful for.

Life is good.
Current Mood: cheerful
Current Location: Hannover, Germany
24 January 2007 @ 08:35 pm
Lots of snow?


And proper snow, too, with big, fluffy flakes and all.

'....Years and years ago, when I was a boy, when there were wolves in Wales, and birds the color of red-flannel petticoats whisked past the harp-shaped hills, when we sang and wallowed all night and day in caves that smelt like Sunday afternoons in damp front farmhouse parlors, and we chased, with the jawbones of deacons, the English and the bears, before the motor car, before the wheel, before the duchess-faced horse, when we rode the daft and happy hills bareback, it snowed and it snowed. But here a small boy says: "It snowed last year, too. I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea."...'
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Current Music: (IMH) Dylan Thomas reading "A Child's Christmas in Wales"
18 January 2007 @ 07:25 pm
Belated Warnings  

It is pissing down outside.
Nontheless, I took my umbrella and hurled myself at the weather, fought my way towards the bus station and went to the uni, walked the ten minute walk which felt like eternity and took me at least twenty-five minutes today, got to the uni dripping wet, water seeping through my shoes, nearly blind because of the drops on my glasses, water running down my spine, the works -


I couldn't believe it.
Well, there was nothing to be done but turn around and go home, which is what I did.

And what do I see when I get home and have a look at my inbox? There is a mail, apparently sent at 16:50, saying that the seminar has been cancelled. Only that I checked my E-mails directly before I left at 17:10, and there was nothing there.
Sometimes, I hate my e-mail provider a little. 

'Storm Warnings', by Adrienne Rich )
Current Music: Storm outside
Current Location: My Room
Current Mood: annoyed
18 January 2007 @ 03:45 pm
My brother and every other school student in Hamburg got home from school early because of the storm, which our meteorologists called Kyrill. University students are expendable, so our courses do take place, they're probably hoping for some vacant places for new students after the hurricane . At school, one of the teachers, a teacher with the driest humour, came in and said that he wanted to make a trip to the Sachsenwald today - which is a forest in the South-east of Hamburg. Apparently, he doesn't really like his 8th a lot. A lot of teachers fretted because of changed schedules and threatened art projects and the children happily went home in the rain, whooping as their umbrellas were bent to disproportionate shapes, glad to have some unexpected time off.

Last time there was this kind of storm in Hamburg, back in 2002, our basement was flooded and we spent hours bucketing water out of it. 

One of the tall, tall douglas firs in front of our house came crashing down upon our roof and bent the one standing next to it, and we had to have the auxiliary fire brigade come round to our house to cut down the tree and examine the damage to our roof, which was easily mended, thankfully, but pretty pricy all the same.

*peers at churning skies* 

Current Mood: worried
Current Music: Storm
Current Location: My Room