Flowers and Insect Hotels in Josselin

This Hôtel à Insectes is down by the canal in Josselin. This is a very inspiring construction in regards to  sustainability. I wish we had one like this in Oberursel, so I plan on spreading the word in the right places.

Insect Hotel in Josselin

Along the canal, my husband and I stopped for a cold beer at a restaurant’s garden terrace. We got to meet the owner’s cat coming around our table and she let us pet her. Halfway into our beer, the cat came back with a rat in her mouth! We tried to keep up our conversation, but got sidetracked by the ‘cat and mouse game’ going on in the hedge…

Hydrangea is dotting the landscape around Josselin.

We took a nice long walk around the remaining parts of the city wall.

Winter Landscapes around Oberursel

We’ve had a fairly mild winter up until mid-week. A few days ago, it started getting colder and we got some long-awaited snow. I recognized my photo opportunity right there and then. El Niño could be back in a flash.

‘Glück ist der Zufall, der auf Bereitschaft trifft.’, I heard on TV yesterday. Basically, your real chance comes when conditions change, and you are prepared and willing to go along. Off I went to capture nature’s rapture on camera.

With the above statement, the announcer was describing a German skier’s luck in yesterday’s Ladies’ Ski Cross World Cup qualifications in Watles, Italy.

 

snowy path Germany

Somewhere near Oberhöchstadt, about 6km from Oberursel

On the Road in the USA – Addison, ME

We came to Addison, ME to visit a friend for few days. He was a kind host for letting us use his converted and refurbished boat house for three days.

boat house

This is the view from the porch. As an early riser, I got to observe koons and seaguls during their morning business of hunting for food.

porch

We also went to buy hard and soft lobster for an evening meal to be cooked at my friend’s home. Well, I am no friend of boiling and eating lobster, but I had to give it a try. Lobster sold for US$ 5,75/lb (hard) and US$ 3,50/lb (soft).

lobster

I read on a restaurant’s menu somewhere, quoting this now:

“Concerned about the lobster? There is no need to worry. Lobsters are believed by many scientists not to feel pain, due to their primitive nervous system.” I still find it hard to believe.

These are the gloves which fetch them.

gloves

What I like much better is observing animals in their natural environment, such as this little squirrel which knew when to come around at feeding time.

squirrel

Another shot taken from the porch on a very foggy morning. Staying at this boat house, we got to experience a heavy dose of Maine life. Quiet and soothing, tranquil and in tune with nature. High and low tide, the wind, the smell of the sea, looking for sea glass, and getting in tune with the wilderness. Including many mosquito bites.

foggy morning

Thanks to my friends D and P for their hospitality!

For fun reading: Lobsters Scream When You Boil Them: And 100 Other Myths About Food and Cooking . . . Plus 25 Recipes to Get It Right Every Time from Amazon.com

On the Road in Canada – Saint John

About a week ago, we arrived in Halifax, Canada with Condor. During the months of May – September, the rates are the best. You can get a round-trip ticket for 620 euro, when booking early.

Since we arrived late in the evening, we booked the airport hotel for one night. The next morning, we started our road trip through a relatively small part of Canada (Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) with a detour to Maine to visit a friend.

First we went to Saint John, where we attended the Korean wedding of a former student of mine.

Lady of Our Perpetual Help Church

 

Reception

We spent the night at the Econolodge Inn in Saint John, which has a splendid view over the hills and lakes. The proclaimed deluxe breakfast, was fairly meagre. The rest was very good, such as service, amenities, etc.

View over Saint John

Saint John itself seems a bit like an industrial town in some parts. We enjoyed a good dinner at the restaurant Reversing Falls.

Our third night we spent at my friend’s house in the village of Westfield, just outside of Saint John. This is a very quiet bedroom community with a magnificant view over  the Saint John River.

Saturday morning, we pulled out for our next stay in St. Andrews.

The Greens of Germany

With record highs recorded for late April, most Germans are out and about. And we were one of them.

Bundesstrasse Germany

The Greens, represented here in this post, have been nominated by me.

The green route we take to get to our forest garden does look and feel like a ski jump at times.

Heading towards Schlossborn

The lilies of the valley are winding their way around the edge of the terrace. Nature will always find its way.

Lilies of the valley

cloverleaf

The effects of Planetary Warming have not made an impact on natural greens yet, ostensibly.

 

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