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Monochrome Monday 7-50

Last week, I was searching for some images taken in my town to complete a coffee-table book. While searching for a certain image, I stumbled upon a folder on an external disk, I’m using for storing undeveloped images that needed to get removed from my computer to reclaim some space. Over time, I have a couple of GB on that disk ūüė≥

Among the oldest folders on that disk, I found 3 folders with images taken at the same location at three different points in time: mid-April, end of July, and end of October 2009 ūüė≥¬†(how young my kids were in those images).

The above image is from the October trip. In my opinion, a perfect fit for monochrome: an old railbus.

 

 

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Throwback Thursday: what a surprise

You know, it’s spring. The week before Easter we had very nice and warm weather: around 20¬įC. But Holy Saturday, the weather changed much and the temperature dropped. Tuesday after Easter we even got snow. 10-15 cm over night and heavy snowfall all day. Although most of the snow melted in the evening, the next morning looked the same as the morning before: again 10-15 cm of snow.

Here we have our pink tulip tree covered with snow. Most of the small spring flowers were completely covered with snow. Only a few of the bigger ones were able to look out of the snow as you can see in my image of yesterday. Here in Germany, we have a saying: April, April, der macht, was er will (The April does what he wants to). So, the intermezzo is already over again, and no snow anymore.

Take care!

landscape, nature, photo-of-the-day, photography, spring, travel, world

Travel Tuesday: along the wall

I really wondered why they have so many old stone walls in the middle of nowhere. I have no idea and can’t imagine, why the walls are there. Sheep are running freely, so they can’t be there for keeping the sheep together. Every now and then they have big holes. So, I don’t know. Maybe one of my readers is able to give me a reasonable hint.

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Suffering form a virus? – Room travel trip #4

In German below the images / In Deutsch unter den Bildern

This post is part of the room travel challenge of Puzzleblume. After skipping two opportunities to participate, I’m in this time again for the letters “H” and “I” for hobby and Iceland! Here, you can find my first room travel where I also noted the rules for this challenge. Have a look and participate! I also have certain tags for this challenge: “roomtravel” and “Zimmerreisen“.

You know, last year I was in Iceland again. On my flight back, I watched a documentary on my mobile “Leben anderswo – Island – Von strickenden M√§nnern und Pullovern (Living Elsewhere – Iceland – Of knitting men and sweaters)”. The documentary was about a knitting man in his mid-30s from Reykjavik who started investigating the source of Icelandic wool and the tradition of knitting sweaters. We were also introduced to his (nearly) all-men knitting club and the general information, how popular knitting in Iceland still is. We were also introduced to wool production and dying and a company giving work to women who make their living from knitting. These women get the wool from the company and making sweaters from them. In the end, they get pain per sweater minus the wool costs. It was said, you can get these hand-made sweaters in many places in Iceland.

In the documentary they also showed, all kids in Iceland are learning knitting: boys and girls! When I was in school, I also had to learn some basic knitting, sewing, and crocheting. I wasn’t talented for this kind of craftsmanship (crocheting was the worst of them). Despite this, I feel sorry for these topics aren’t taught anymore at school. Also, many of the now-parents don’t know how to do it and usually, the grant-parents are not nearby to take over (usually the women). Much of the culture and abilities are about to get lost. Because people have to move to keep their work, family structures are destroyed and no one steps in (to be honest, most of the kids don’t have any interest in learning this, when being forced to – nevertheless, they should at least have tried this before becoming a teenager as well as painting or acquiring abilities in mechanics or wood-working). So, either you’re eager to learn it from books, magazines, an already experienced friend, or from videos on youtube.

I liked the documentary very much and was eventually able to persuade my wife to watch it, too. (she hates documentaries in general, regardless of the subject).

After these 45 minutes, she was eager to start knitting an Icelandic sweater herself. After a couple of minutes of googling the internet, she found an online shop dealing not only with dyed Icelandic wool but also knitting packages containing all necessary wool and the pattern for about 40-50 different sweaters and jackets. One of those packages was ordered quickly. Because of the summer holiday of the shop and the pandemic, the delivery lasted quite long. But by mid-August, the package was delivered.

About 6 weeks after the delivery she finalized the jacket. Wow! During the final phases of the first jacket, another package was ordered to make a jacket for herself. Next, our youngest son got one (he’s 21). Seeing this, our grandson (he’s 4 1/2) also asked for a jacket. But, this one should get buttons instead of a zipper as the others have. While waiting for the delivery of the wooden buttons, (2-3 weeks of delivery), my wife started a fifth jacket (a second one for herself). Until the end of February, she knitted 5 Iceland jackets in 6 1/2 months. Wow! She only knitted in the evenings while watching TV to have something to do for her hands and she even knitted and crocheted a few other things like sponges for washing dishes or egg-warmer (Amigurumi) as well as a woolen VW Bulli for a friend as a birthday gift. And there are already plans for two further jackets to start after finishing the current project: a crocheted shopping bag.

Tell me, is she suffering from a virus? Maybe an Iceland-fever-virus despite she never was there?

Dieser Post ist Teil der Zimmerreisen von Puzzelblume. Nachdem ich zwei mal pausieren musste, bin ich diesmal wieder dabei. In meinem ersten Post findest Du die Regeln, um auch selbst mitmachen zu k√∂nnen. Meine Posts hier im blog kannst du mit den Tags “roomtravel” und “Zimmerreisen” finden. Diesmal sind “H” und “I” die Buchstaben. F√ľr mich hei√üt das “Hobby” und “Island“.

Letztes Jahr war ich ich wieder in Island. Auf dem R√ľckflug habe ich an meinem Smartphone ein paar Dokus gesehen. Eine davon hie√ü “Leben anderswo – Island – Von strickenden M√§nnern und Pullovern”. Wie der Name schon sagt, handelte sich von strickenden M√§nnern in Island. Der Haupt-Charakter, ein Mann mitte 30, aus Reykjavik und Mitglied eines Strick-Clubs starte eine Reise zu den Urspr√ľngen der Isl√§ndischen Wolle, dem F√§rben, und was sonst so damit zusammen h√§ngt. Er stellt uns auch seinen Strick-Club vor, der sich regelm√§√üig zum gemeinsamen Stricken in Reykjavik trifft. Fast ausschlie√ülich M√§nner! Aber auch eine Firma, f√ľr die Frauen im ganzen land die Handgestickten Pullover aus gestellter Wolle erstellen. Man soll diese Pullover wohl an vielen Orten auf und In Island kaufen k√∂nnen.

In der Doku wurden auch Isl√§ndische Kinder gezeigt, die in der Schule stricken lernen: Jungen und M√§dchen. Als ich in der Schule war, musste ich auch stricken, h√§keln und n√§hen lernen. Allerdings war ich daf√ľr nicht sonderlich talentiert (H√§keln war das schlimmste davon). Meine Kinder hatten das nie in der Schule. Und auch in meiner Altersgruppe war das eher die Ausnahme. Auch wenn ich es nicht mochte, finde ich es gut, dass das Kindern nahegebracht wird. Wie Sport und Malen sollte auch Handarbeiten und Werken erlernt werden bevor sie zu Teenagern werden. Wenn sie es m√∂gen, k√∂nnen sie sp√§ter darauf aufbauen. Wenn sie es nicht m√∂gen, haben sie es zumindest probiert. Eltern und Gro√üeltern k√∂nnen so etwas heute nicht mehr leisten. Beide Elternteile m√ľssen arbeiten (wenn √ľberhaupt beide Elternteile da sind), und haben es in der Regel selbst nicht mehr gelernt. Gro√üeltern m√ľssen ebenfalls noch arbeiten oder sind weiter weg. Die heutige Notwenigkeit der Arbeit hinterher zu ziehen zerst√∂rt leider solche Familien-Strukturen. Und Schulen fehlt die Zeit, das Lehrpersonal und die F√§higkeiten bei den Lehrkr√§ften, Handarbeiten anzubieten. So bleiben f√ľr wirklich interessierte Personen das lernen ahand von B√ľchern, Magazinen, erfahrenen Freunden oder Youtube-Videos. Schade!

Ich fand diese Doku so interessant, dass ich meine Frau √ľberzeugen konnte, sie sich ebenfalls anzusehen. Normalerweise schaut sie √ľberhaupt keine Dokus. Aber nach 45 Minuten war sie nicht nur begeistert, sondern angesteckt, selbst einen Island-Pullover zu stricken. Nach weinigen Minuten suchens im Internet fand sie einen Online-Shop, der nicht nur original Island-Wolle anbot, sondern ganze Pakete mit Wollzusammenstellungen f√ľr komplette Pullover und Jacken. Etwa 40-50 verschiedene Modelle waren im Angebot. So wurde ein Paket bestellt. Aufgrund von Sommerferien und Pandemie dauerte die lieferung zwar etwas, aber Mitte August war das Paket da.

Etwa 6 Wochen sp√§ter war die Jacke fertig. Wow! W√§hrend der letzen Phase wurde schon das n√§chste Paket geordert. Dann ein weiteres f√ľr unseren j√ľngsten Sohn. Dann wollte unser Enkel auch eine Jacke haben. Diesmal sollte die Jacke aber Kn√∂pfe statt eines Rei√üverschlusses bekommen. Wie haben tolle Holzkn√∂pfe gefunden. Leider aber wieder eine l√§ngere Lieferzeit. In der Zeit wurde die f√ľnfte Jacke begonnen, ebenfalls mit Holzkn√∂pfen. F√ľnf Island-Jacken in 6 1/2 Monaten. Wow. Und sie hat nur in den Abendstunden beim Fernsehen gestrickt, um eine Besch√§ftigung f√ľr die H√§nde zu haben. In der gleichen Zeit wurden auch noch andere Dinge gestrickt und geh√§kelt: Eierw√§rmer, Sp√ľlschw√§mme (Amigurumi), ein VW Bulli f√ľr einen Freund als Geburtstagsgeschenk. Und es gibt schon Pl√§ne f√ľr zwei weitere Jacken wenn das aktuelle Projekt fertig ist: eine geh√§kelte Einkaufstasche.

Hat sie sich ein Virus eingefangen? Vielleicht ein Island-Fiber-Virus obwohl sie nie dort war?

Take care!

 

nature, photo-of-the-day, photography, seasons, spring, travel, world

Monochrome Monday 7-48

 

This image is a quite typical example of an image where the exact conditions did not meet the plan.

It’s Sunday morning 7 a.m. Easter-Sunday! My plan was an image similar to the one I took last year. But, the weather conditions were against me. The whole week before we had very nice weather. But, that changed Saturday night. Today we even have a mixture of rain and snow at around 2¬įC.

Yesterday, I got up very early as planned and drove to this location. Unfortunately, I only got this grey cloudy sky and there was no possibility to see the sun. So, I had to think differently to capture a suitable image despite the conditions.

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Throwback Thursday: An April’s fool?

I don’t know if you’re familiar with the idea of an April’s fool, but I’m very interested in your responses regardless if you’re familiar with it or not. Here it’s quite common to ‘send one into April’ (In den April schicken) as the term is literally translated from German. It’s telling a story that might be true, but when the recipient follows the instructions she got, she will see, it was a fool. Then, the sender proofs it with “April, April!”.

The editor of a computer magazine fooled their reader a couple of years ago, with a listing of program code containing a lot of machine code. In those days it was not something unusual to print such a listing instead of offering it for download. The background story for that listing was, a research group were been able to reverse the computer screen’s cable and convert the CRT screen into a scanner. The paper to be scanned should be backlit by a simple desk lamp. By using the computer program printed in the magazine the paper would have been scanned and stored as an image on the hard disk.

I didn’t believe that story. But, many people did. They typed down the listing, started the program and saw the output of the program on their screen. Instead of scanning something, the words “April, April!” were printed on the screen. A perfect April’s fool!

So, news have to be proof-checked more carefully as usual on April 1st.

I don’t want to send you into April. But, I want to encourage your mind to find out, what’s in the above image! Later this week, I’m posting an update here in the post with the result.

When freshmen start in their first job as an apprentice, they are also often fooled. They were often told to fetch a certain tool or material from the storage or even a so-called partner-company on the other side of the town. There they get something very heavy to bring back to their boss. I guess, this habit is also derived from April’s fool, because, in the old days, apprenticeships started on April 1st.

These are a few examples:

Banker:

  • get a Saldenziehzange = Zange um den Saldo zu ziehen = pair of tongs for balancing an account
  • Zinsfu√ü = old term meaning the interest rate

garage mechanics:

  • Kolbenr√ľckholfeder = spring for pulling back the piston inside the cylinders of an engine

Manson, carpenter, …

  • Ersatzluftblase f√ľr die Wasserwaage = replacement airbubble for the water level

chemistry:

  • Benzolring (it’s a pun on words because we have the ring-shaped molecule named Benzol but in German, it can also mean a ring made of benzol)

I guess you got the idea. Some more of these fools can be found in the German Wikipedia. If these habits are common in your area, I’m also interested in hearing them. Please tell me a bit in the comments.

The idea is, a freshman might never hear this word before and starts investigating. All experienced colleges know what is meant and keeping the freshman busy until the initial college solves and explains. Now, the freshman has passed her initiation rite.

Nowadays, many of these fools are commonly know and the freshmen know much more about the jobs they start with than it was common in the past. So, not every fresh apprentice is faced with such a fool. But, I was told, some of them are still used in some companies.

The next isn’t an April’s fool. You know, last year I introduced you to Exire Foto, software to organize your images and, most importantly, find them!

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Throwback Thursday: Katedr√°la Sv. V√≠ta

As proposed last week, here’s the image we planned to take.

The sky was so fantastic.

A few minutes later, we got the planned, blue sky instead of the red one

To be honest, although I like images taken during the blue hour (that’s the about 20 minutes starting from approximately 30 minutes after sunset in my region), here I like the firey sky more.

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Throwback Thursday: Katedr√°la Sv. V√≠ta

Recently, a friend of mine from Prague posted a winter image from Prague. His image reminded me of my visit to Prague nearly 11 years ago in June 2010. One evening we headed to the river for some night shots of the castle above the river on the other side. We were in our hotel for collecting our tripods and went down to the tram when I noticed the cathedral in the far.

I still like this image very much. Next week, I’m going to show you the final image we planned to take.

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