Happy New Year from Oberursel, Germany

As it is such a mild Silvester Day (New Year’s Eve), we might spend some of the evening on the balcony. Our daytime temperature was 14°C.

I took a stroll through the nearby forest earlier, and heard crane formations (or wild geese) heading for warmer climate. Usually, this only happens in October.

There won’t be much partying tonight as our daughter has to catch an early flight to Washington, D.C. tomorrow morning. Something good will come out of this – my family will be spared from watching me dance to Abba at 2:30am. 🙂

Oberursel forest 31 Dec 2021

Happy New Year to all my friends, contacts, and readers, out there!

Schweinfurt Military Barracks During World War II

This postcard was sent by a Mr. Bichlmaier to a vicar in SchwĂ€bisch GmĂŒnd on 5 April 1942. This might be a view from the present day Franz-Schubert-Strasse onto the future Ledward Barracks.

Schweinfurt KasernengebÀude im Jahre 1942

If that’s the case, then the building on the left may be the one that was occupied by the medical facilities. The one opposite it, on the right side of the photo, housed admin and personnel services. 

Again, if memory serves correct, the buildings on the left past the medical services were occupied by the 1-10 Field Artillery and the re-designated 5-41 Field Artillery during my time there from 1987-1990. Alpha battery was closest to the medical services on the left, followed by Bravo, Charlie, Service, and Headquarters Batteries. 

The 4-4 Cavalry came after that, followed by the main building with the little tower in the photo. This housed various offices, among them Moral Support and headquarters elements of the 1-10 Field Artillery.

This image is part of my historical postcard collection.

Virtual Tour of Mainberg Castle, Germany, on 12 September 2021

Every year on the second Sunday in September, the Open Monument Day is being held nationwide.

This year, Mainberg Castle will also participate, but only virtually.

To visit, you need to go on their website: https://www.fv-schloss-mainberg.de/

The website provides ZOOM Client, which lets you partake in 30-minute visual tours which run from 13:00 – 17:00 on 12 Sep 2021 (Central European Time).

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

My travel companion, Rhiannon, now from Malmö, Sweden, stopped by in Oberursel on her way to Italy. We enjoyed our little reunion on the Beer Balcony.

Our next trip will take us to Cyprus in November this year. That is, if the world is okay with that. We shall see.

Rhiannon, originally from Wales, now living in Malmö, Sweden

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

I have started to decorate the beer balcony with more wine-related decorative items. One of them is an actual vine which I have growing behind the bench.

The change has happened gradually, and there are several reasons for this. Sunny and warm evenings, when you long for a cold beer, are becoming rarer. We have had a miserable summer so far (on the most part).

Our visiting friends are getting older as well, and we tend to drink wine instead of beer, which is less in volume. This is especially helpful, when you have to drag your drinkables 56 steps up the stairs.

Beer Balcony in Germany

Brother-in-law Rich on a visit here from Paris for a few days.

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