August 29, 2016
August 28, 2016
(Above photo, and Below) The nano-second between table and take off…Tail and two feet visible at least…
Below: A bird version of a Face Off?
(Photo series Below: I think that this one was a baby, it had very wispy, downy head feathers…)
(Below photos: Then I managed to catch legs and feathers of one of the birds just coming in to land….)
Below: the bird on the left seems to be ordering the other one away, clearly there is a pecking order thing going on, (or just plain bullying) …
The bird on the left advances and the other one almost does the splits as he takes a big side step in the opposite direction…
Competition eliminated for the time being…
Hmmm, now which piece is the best morsel to choose?
The biggest possible piece that he can carry is selected….
Take-off is eminent…
Finally a big stroke of luck and the best shot of the bunch: this feathered friend launches into the take-off position, carrying his food in his beak, to share with family members, or to eat else where in peace where he feels safer.
August 27, 2016
If ever you want to loose the rest of your family when out somewhere, then plodding around very slowly behind them on crutches is a very successful way to do it.
Himself and the kids are generally done and dusted with seeing all that there is to see long before I am a fraction of the way around a place or exhibition and our visit to Burg Satvey Castle in Mechernich, Germany, was no exception.
I did not have a mobile phone with me since at the time I did not own one then (shock horror! in this day and age I know) but I knew where the car was so made my way there to wait for the rest of the family to turn up.
There was a wide, low wall in the shade by the car opposite ours, and since my walking comes at the price of pain, I quickly decide that sitting with my leg and foot up would be a wise idea.
I took more pain relief and sat waiting, and waiting, and waiting. About half an hour later I was wondering where on earth they were, and debating going back into the castle grounds to look for them, a thought that I was not encouraging at all. Fortunately, whilst I was sitting thinking of ways to contact them, they turned up behind me, not via the main entrance to the parking area but via a small path at the end of it.
Apparently they had been waiting for me for some forty minutes and the kids, growing restless with waiting, had naturally looked for something to do.
They had been creative with a metal grate used to keep the steps in a non-slip state in wet weather. Little patches of moss had grown in the squares of the grate and the kids has removed some of these in order to generate some artistic creations.
I was dragged up the path to see their endeavours and admire their artworks.
Himself explained that Kiwi Daughter and Little Mr had begun to have multiple “brother and sister moments” in the latter half of the day, so he separated them on the steps, Little Mr and Guest completing one set of faces together and Kiwi Daughter doing her own thing on the opposite side.
Whatever their mood had been with one another, harmony had apparently been restored with separation because three little green smiley faces beamed out at me from the steps.
Whilst I’d been waiting earlier I had already been taking photographs of the Tudor style buildings nearby, so I added the buildings up this path and then, as usual, was last to make it back to the car.
The low, wide wall in the next photograph was my welcome waiting point. Little did I know that the rest of the family and our guest were just a few metres away up the path behind me…
Some photographs insist on turning themselves around, no matter how many times I turn them back…
August 26, 2016
August 25, 2016
Around Burg Satvey Castle in Mechernich, Germany and in and around the Restaurant Kreuzritter inside it’s grounds, are many ornamental features. Everything ranging from cute to creepy, from quirky to classical styles are represented so there is a favourite to please all tastes. Enjoy!
August 24, 2016
The next thing that caught my eye in Restaurant Kreuzritter, at the Burg Satvey Castle in Mechernich, Germany were illustrations of medieval jousting knights on horseback. As with the heraldic shields of yesterday’s post, these are modern items rather than historic ones but the detail is excellent. The drawings also incorporate calligraphy and the use of gold leaf and are exactly the type of style that I love. The problem that pops up though is the same one as with the shields, the glass covering reflects everything and the low light in the room makes for tricky photography. In reality no photograph does these justice, their beauty is seen best up close and personally. I tried every angle I could physically manage and even then you only get an ” idea” of what these are really like. Still, an “idea” is better than nothing, right?
August 23, 2016
It’s not just the food that I am finding delicious in Restaurant Kreuzritter, located in the grounds of the Burg Satvey Castle in Mechernich, Germany.
There are also paintings of heraldic shields around the walls that I am drawn towards for a closer look.
They are modern rather than historic items but for a detail fanatic such as myself, beauty is beauty, be it young or old.
Someone has spent a lot of time on these, they are intricate and delightful to the eye.
They are however also under glass, in a room with low lighting and many of these lights being the uplighters below them.
This makes them incredibly difficult to photograph, and one very large one was also half behind a pole so even getting a straight on shot was impossible.
Still, I did my best and will enjoy the results as I managed to capture them. These are also going into my digital reference files that I use for artistic inspiration, the colours and patterns are inspirational in themselves. There is also more to see though. I spy a horse just a little bit further along the wall that looks very interesting indeed….
August 22, 2016
First I need to apologise for the glitch in yesterday’s post.
I thought I had this all sorted and in the WordPress “schedule” since were away from home this weekend attending a friend’s birthday party in the south of The Netherlands.
I had had a few difficult days and only packed my overnight bag at the last minute. I therefore neglected to check the post before we left and it seems that only the first photograph uploaded successfully.
(I know I saw error messages but thought things were ok, actually I’d taken rather a lot of pain medication so goodness knows what I was thinking). Now that we are back and I’ve slept for four hours to recover from the one and a half hour car ride, I checked in and saw that the photographs were missing. I’ve fixed it all now, sorry ’bout that!
Visiting Burg Satvey Castle in Mechernich, Germany gives Family Kiwidutch and our guest a chance to work up an appetite. Luckily in the courtyards that is off the main courtyard, there is a restaurant called “Restaurant Kreuzritter”.To my complete and absolute delight we find that the one of the main specialty items on the menu is “Flammkuchen” (also known in France as “tarte flambée”).
Basically it consists of an ultra thin dough, spread with crème fraîche (a slightly less sour and far creamier version of sour cream) that is then covered with lardons and onions and cooked for a couple of minutes in a wood fire oven, ones similar to what pizza is made in.Flammkuchen originates from the Elzas (Alsace) region which is why it has both German and French names. Either way it is beyond delicious. I would eat this meal 99.9% of the time over pizza.
As usual we arrive right at the end of the lunch time service, having been distracted until now by the castle and it’s grounds, and also because I lost the others and it took me a while to find them. (More on that story in a little while).Little Mr could not be persuaded to try anything that sported onions so obviously in plain sight, so pumped for chicken nuggets and fries, but the rest of us enjoyed this a lot and within an indecently short time not a crumb was left behind. My biggest regret was that the restaurant wasn’t around the corner from where we live in the Hague. Needless to say we enjoyed lunch very much indeed…
An der Burg 3, 53894 Mechernich Satzvey, Duitsland
+49 2256 958327
August 21, 2016
August 20, 2016
Regular readers will know that I like quirky things, and that “different” modes of transport have often featured on the pages of this blog. In this instance, in the main courtyard Burg Satzvey castle in Mechernich, I find another vehicle to add to my collection. This time it is a tractor that’s been adapted to look and function like a typical Dutch “Bakfiets” (Cargo bike), with a front end attachment that can be used for hauling all manner of items. I assume that with the power of a tractor behind it, this vehicle can manage everything from carting in wine cellar supplies to branches from tree trimming around the grounds. It’s a brilliant idea and I managed a good few photographs as the driver went past us, busy with his work.