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Melantrys’ Page

Um…. sorry…

December 24th, 2010

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…This is becoming a “season’s greetings” blog.
The next holiday is upon us.

Merry Christmas, everyone, and I hope you’ll enjoy the wintery photos I took around the house and neighbourhood.

*hugs everyone and throws some tinsel*

tree
outdoor Christmas tree

icicles
icicles

winter sun
winter sun

And once more with feeling…

November 15th, 2010

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Eid mubarak to all my Muslim friends!

My, doesn’t time fly….

September 9th, 2010

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Eid mubarak, everyone!!!

After a long abstinence a social message…

August 26th, 2010

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Did you give money to a charity helping in Pakistan yet?
No? I think you should, then.

Hardly anyone is, and when I then see the islamophobic mob on a rightwing German blog celebrating this and stating that giving money to their blog owner or Geert Wilders (a Dutch far right politician whom they adore) would be a far better investment, then I get really, really….. I don’t think “angry” is quite the right word…..

If you’re German, here’s a list of respectable charities.

Give a Euro, a Dollar, a Pound.

I gave.

Thank you.

Rag weeding

August 22nd, 2010

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For a couple of years now people have been warning the population on and off of the common ragweed or Ambrosia artemisiifolia (more informative article here) which - although being a North American plant - has started to spread over here as well.

And why is it spreading? Because winter bird feed manufacturers put it into their feed mixes.
Very clever idea, that, putting the seeds of a plant whose pollen causes strong allergic reactions even in people who have never shown any signs of hay fever and the touching of which occasionally causes some really nasty rashes in people into most feed mixes…

They can’t seriously be thinking that the birdies are eating every single seed and not spreading ‘em around like the little table manner monsters that they are?

Well, anyway, I’ve been reading about it and bookmarking the odd “How to recognize Ambrosia” page as I am, well, not prone to hay fever as such (although I suspect I am suffering from a mild one by now) but have had my share of trouble with a nickel allergy that often affects what I can eat as well.
So a highly allergenic plant seemed something to be worth watching out for.

So.

I noticed those nice plants growing under the plum tree. The - not to put too fine a point on it - winter bird feeding tree.

I got this feeling I should have a look at my Ambrosia bookmarks again.

One pack of seed mix in addition to the sunflower seeds and - presto - ragweed plantation. Thankfully not in bloom…. yet.

I snapped some farewell photos, put on gloves and set to work.

Ambrosia 1
They do look nice, don’t they?

Ambrosia 2
budding flower….

Ambrosia 3
most of the patch

Ambrosia 4
the end of them

And once again….

August 10th, 2010

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….

Ramadan kareem!!

Pentecost Sunday - pt. 4

August 3rd, 2010

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Let’s take a break from the stones for a moment and take a look at the surroundings.
First we have…

kid at lake
… a typical kid.

We were waiting for him to fall into the lake, but got disappointed.
The youth of today - totally unreliable…

Ok, back to nature though.
I usually know deadnettles with white flowers, so this one (and its myriad cousins growing all around the place) delighted me no end.
As I now know it used to be considered as another deadnettle or lamium but now is seen only as being closely related. In German it is merely called a Goldnessel (gold nettle), but I like the common English name better. It’s so….. totally unrelated, lol.

nettle
Yellow Archangel (Lamiastrum galeobdolon)

And here’s Mr I Don’t Have a Macro Lense Yet, But Look at My Massive Zoom Lense taking photos of the same flower - from a bit further away.

paparazzi
paparazzi M.

blue flower
flower growing close to the nettle1

Back to the stones now though.

stone 3
stone 3 as seen from the path to the grave

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  1. … which actually isn’t a nettle at all, but a member of the mint family. [back]

Pentecost Sunday - pt. 3

August 1st, 2010

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I sincerely apologize for not taking note of the exact location of the stones being featured in this photo; I’ll make sure to do that next time I go there.
And go there I must with some other friends to show them what we discovered in the woods….

(The tension just keeps on building up, hm?)

the other side
the other side…

back view of lake from stone 3
view of lake behind the stones from stone 3

stone 2 from stone 3
look back to stone 2

Note the guy pointing a (video?) camera at us in turn.

But let’s stay on solid ground for a moment.
For some reason the grottos that have been carved into the stones are off limits; except for one opening at the lake - which you should only try to reach armed with climbing gear - all entrances have been barred.

I have done some reading on the net, and all sources I have found so far only went on about the relief the church cut into the face of one stone. None mentioned a carving that looks a lot older and which seems to show a person holding some long handled weapon or some such. It is hard to tell because the carving is rather worn.
I promise that next time I will also take a better photo of the carving. For now you will have to make do with this one:

old statue at entrance to grotto
old statue/carving at the left of entrance to grotto

Upwards and onwards! Well, actually downwards towards the lake front.

Carved into a small stone and facing the lake is a grave. (Don’t ask me what they did with its original occupant.)

cave grave
cave grave

These steps are leading onto the stone to the right of the grave:

stairs onto grave
stairs onto grave

And then you can stand atop the grave, gaze out across the lake or the tourists frolicking along the paths around you and wonder why you are standing there on top of an old grave in the first place.

Pentecost Sunday - pt. 2

July 30th, 2010

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view from stone 1 to front left
view from stone 1 to front left

Did I mention that I am afraid of heights? No? Well, I am….

bridge to altar
bridge to altar on top of stone 2

Looks as if this looney child isn’t though…

altar
altar

And here we have the altar with its Sonnenfenster (lit. sun window). It is said to have been used for sacrifices.
The window seems to be part of a calendar, as on the day of the summer solstice the sun shines directly onto it.

window
sun window

front view of lake from stone 2
view of the lake in front of the stones from stone 2

bridge back
bridge back to stone 1

Did I mention that I am afraid of heights….? :shifty:

Pentecost Sunday - pt. 1

June 21st, 2010

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It isn’t that I actually have a long story to tell, but the gazillion photos I took on our trip on Pentecost could only be reduced to a still staggering number to go into this post.
So prepare for a multi-multi-part photo post that will hopefully enthral you as much as the place we went to enthrals me.

Also, there will be a humourous intro photo, a mysterious discovery in the woods and animals.

Thrills galore!!!!!

My Dutch friend M. visited me on the Pentecost weekend, and on Sunday we drove over to the Externsteine which I already mentioned once in the distant past.

Being from the flat, flat Netherlands, M. was already feeling like he was in a foreign country once we had reached the outskirts of the Teutoburg Forest mountain range. ;)

Then we parked, got out, shivered in the unforecast cold (evil weather people), took a look at the car we had parked beside and wondered: are there really classes in that?!?

hurl 101
A disturbing thought…

Shaking our heads in confusion, we started walking towards the stones.

Here’s one of the early glimpses:

stones front
“main” stones as seen from the front

And for a easier reference:

legally climbable stones front - numbered
legally climbable stones as seen from the front, numbered

left side of front
a few stragglers on the left of the stones

bridge
bridge from stone 1 to stone 2 as seen from the ground

steps
stairs leading up onto stone 1