Local Heart, Global Soul

August 29, 2016

Nature Presents A Storming Beauty…

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Last summer whilst on holiday in Germany,  the weather was not often on our side. The silver lining was however that every now and again  the sky presented us with something other than low grey cloud and pelting rain, and we got to see nature’s presentation of  storm clouds, sunshine and rain as something beautiful too…

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August 28, 2016

Sometimes You Just Have To Get Lucky…

Filed under: Accomodation,ART,GERMANY,Landal Wirfttal,My Reference Library — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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Sometimes you have to get lucky… or not, as the case may be. Earlier, I typed in a stack of text thought I’d saved it… and now it’s gone! I have a backup copy, but that’s at home and I’m not at home at the moment.

Apologies for the lack of info. (and some missing photographs too… they also went west!) I will be home late tomorrow and up update everything then (or Monday at the latest). Thanks for your patience🙂 Update: Fixed!!!

Last summer Family Kiwidutch plus one child guest, spent an excellent day visiting Burg Satzvey Castle in Germany before returning to our base near Stadtkyll.

As luck would have it, and had more often during our stay here, once back at the Landal Wirfttal holiday park the next day dawned  grey and rainy, leaving the kids to grumble for the umpteenth time about the lack of internet in our accommodation.

Fortunately, after Himself returns with fresh breakfast rolls from the shop by reception, and having also checked his email and the weather report on-line whilst there, he assures us that this latest dumping of wet water should only last for a few hours and the rest of the day should be dry.

Having discovered the weather report Kiwi Daughter was reluctant to get out of bed, Little Mr and his guest decided to build Lego from the emergency box “stash” he had brought along so for once the living room was quiet.

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Himself parked himself by the windows near the kitchen end of the living room whilst I set myself up at the other end with my camera equipment.

I have been putting out birdseed (for wild birds) every day since we arrived so that the local bird life would spread the word, since I hoped to get some bird, and possibly even some squirrel photographs.

Squirrels abounded in the forest further down the hill and since every member of the family except me made the trip to Reception on foot at one time or another, they all saw squirrels, but sadly I didn’t even manage a glimpse.

Meanwhile, I set the table close to the window and kept the curtains drawn, with only the camera lens poking though on the other side of the glass. Keeping the gap around the lens closed with a few well positioned clothes pegs, I moved the camera on its tripod as little as possible so that the birds would not get spooked.

Using the “sport” setting I zoomed in as much as possible and clicked off as many shots as I could, hoping to get some decent shots.  Not being able to move to lens to follow the action has definite drawbacks: on multiple occasions birds were too far out of shot and everything was rather a hit and miss affair.

Later though when looking back at the photographs on the computer screen, I noticed that I had gotten lucky on more occasions than first thought. Pro wildlife photographer I am not, but these are definitely my best so far… so progress!!!

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(Above photo, and Below) The nano-second between table and take off…Tail and two feet visible at least…

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Below: A bird version of a Face Off?

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(Photo series Below: I think that this one was a baby, it had very wispy, downy head feathers…)

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(Below photos: Then I managed to catch legs and feathers of one of the birds just coming in to land….)

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Touchdown!

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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) …

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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…

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Competition eliminated for the time being…

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Hmmm, now which piece is the best morsel to choose?

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The biggest possible piece that he can carry is selected….

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Take-off is eminent…

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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.

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Landal Wirfttal

August 27, 2016

How To Loose Your Kids In Slow And Easy Steps…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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.

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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.

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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…

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Some photographs insist on turning themselves around, no matter how many times I turn them back…

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Burg Satzvey Castle / Mechernich / Germany

August 26, 2016

Keeping Tabs On the Photographs In My Files…

I have a ton of photographs that I took around Burg Satvey Castle in Mechernich, Germany, so before we leave I want to post the rest of them so that I can enjoy them any time I would like to.

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August 25, 2016

From Cute To Creepy, Quirky To Classical…

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!

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Restaurant Kreuzritter / Burg Satzvey Castle / Mechernich / Germany

Burg Satzvey Castle / Mechernich / Germany

August 24, 2016

Knights And Their Steeds Gallop Under Glass…

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?

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Restaurant Kreuzritter / Burg Satzvey Castle / Mechernich / Germany
Burg Satzvey Castle / Mechernich / Germany

August 23, 2016

Not Shielded From The Difficulties Of Capturing Beauty…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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….

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Restaurant Kreuzritter / Burg Satzvey Castle / Mechernich / Germany
Burg Satzvey Castle / Mechernich / Germany

August 22, 2016

You Can Keep Your Pizza, I want Flammkuchen!

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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…

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Restaurant Kreuzritter
An der Burg 3, 53894 Mechernich Satzvey, Duitsland
+49 2256 958327

Restaurant Kreuzritter / Burg Satzvey Castle / Mechernich / Germany

Burg Satzvey Castle / Mechernich / Germany

August 21, 2016

Clearly More About Action Packed Drama Than About History Lessons…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Taking a look around the Burg Satvey Castle in Mechernich, Germany, reveals many surprises.

Slightly to the left of the castle I find a jousting ring!

Apparently special shows are put on at the castle every summer complete with medieval tournaments and entertainment.

On the side closest to me are spectator stands of the specific type called “tribunes” (pronounced “trib-bune-nurs)” and for which I can not think of the English equivalent at the moment.

They have been dismantled insofar as usually there would be long, heavy planks over these metal platforms, giving cheap but practical viewing options when catering to larger crowds of people.

On the day I visited the seating planks were missing, but in the centre there is a central platform, half way up from which I was able to snap a few shots. I use the zoom lens to peer under the canopied stalls on the other side of the paddock, from what I can make out they too are filled with tribunes.

On the castle’s website there are many photographs of medieval festivals in full swing, with crowds of people and lots of action taking place so clearly it’s a far bigger event (or series of events) than I first thought it to be. It’s an interesting thought that in the 21st Century there are still more or less permanent jousting rings set up, but this one is definitely more about action packed drama and choreographed theatre than about history lessons.

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Burg Satzvey Castle / Mechernich / Germany

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August 20, 2016

This “Cargo Bike” Sports Some Serious Grunt…

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.

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Burg Satzvey Castle / Mechernich / Germany

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