Snowy Oberursel in January 2021

The snow has finally arrived. Yes, I’ve been waiting for it.

As a child of the 1960s, I remember snow and going sledding as early as late November. Going out in the snow was so much fun, but coming home to the wood stove in the kitchen was very pleasant too. We had to rub our hands to get the prickly sensation out of it. Growing up on a farm, we had no central heating back in those days.

This photo was taken at 7:30am from the 4th floor balcony overlooking the Rosengärtchen area, which is also in walking distance to Frankfurt International School (FIS) and between the high rise buildings, we can also sometimes see part of the Feldberg Mountain.

Nevertheless, there won’t be much walking to school as of next week with updated lock down restrictions in place once again.

The view below is onto the former military areal of Camp King. The walkway in front is the line which separates the former military areal (which has become a German housing area in 2000) from our old housing area (established in the early 1970s).

Winter forms our character and brings out our best.

– Tom Allen

Snowy Oberursel in December 2010

It seems our winters are getting milder, and with fewer chances of snow, so are the snow photo opportunities.

This one I took in December 2010. That winter was a good one. We were the only ones in our apartment building (8 parties) to have a snow shovel, and ours was in high demand.

Of course, snow shovels had already sold out.

Snow in Oberursel, 2010

Snowy Oberursel in December 2020

On the morning of 1 December, we were blessed with the sight of the first snow in this season. This was taken from the Balcony, a.k.a. Maria’s Beer Balcony. Right now, the beverage to be enjoyed on the balcony is Glühwein (mulled wine).

I sent the same photo to my adult children right away. They both live overseas. Well, the one in London lives just over the seas, but with the U.K. and its looming Brexit, the country is moving even further away from the continent.

This was the response from London. This is Southwark, along the river Thames.

This was the response from Tallahassee, Florida, to our snow in Germany. Thunderstorms moving in.

Tallahassee, Fl

Last, but not least, these two metal birds are a symbol for both birdies having left their nest.

For more about kids leaving home, see Chicken Soup for the Soul: Empty Nesters.

Click here for a selection of metal birds for your balcony or garden,

The Significance of Keeping Order – German Style

Germans are known to be orderly. Whether we truly are or not can only be based on personal experience. My husband will tell you we are. And he claims to suffer from it… 🙂

The forest workers have been very busy for the past few years. Storms, parasites, and extreme heat have taken its toll on the forest. But this stack of trees near our home was a good reminder of how we supposedly are. Orderly.

For some interesting observations from an expat to Germany, visit: BBC – What Makes Germans so Orderly

When I saw this neatly stacked pile of wood, it just warmed my heart, gave me a sense of pride, and put a smile on my face.

Oberursel Forest

I would even take it a step further, and claim Germans have national pride for this sense of order. More so than for the German flag, as we only use it when it comes to soccer championships and the likes. On national holidays, we do not display the flag. Instead, we clean up.

We are proud when our garden is tieded, the grass has been mowed, our car has been washed, the flower boxes are neatly arranged, the windows have been washed, and the sidewalks swept.

Keeping things orderly might be our own ‘national flag’.

Taking Walks around Oberursel, Germany in April 2020

Taking walks around our residential area and the nearby forest has become my daily routine. With self-isolation and social distancing, it is good to be able to still go out and about.

This morning, I saw many joggers and people using their phone in the forest. Social distancing and domestic friction brings people into the forest to call a friend in privacy. It seems the forest is a good place to air oneself. 🙂

Here are some photos of places which have not changed during COVID-19.

The U3 is waiting for its departure at the end of the Hohemark line.

U3 Hohemark line

It is usually ‘Coffee To Go’, and food for take out, but the principle is the same. Restaurants and bistros are eager to stay afloat. Currently, 70.000 hotels and restaurants face bankruptcy.

One of the many walks we can take around the area – this one highlights the Celtic walking tour.

Heidetränke Oppidum Keltenrundweg in Oberursel

We walked all the way to the end of the town limits, which is heading towards Schmitten.

This must have been put up just a few weeks ago as it reflects the current situation.

Heading back into Oberursel, we are reminded of the town’s sister cities.

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