Local Heart, Global Soul

August 27, 2016

How To Loose Your Kids In Slow And Easy Steps…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(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.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Burg Satzvey Castle / Mechernich / Germany

September 10, 2013

Imagine Leaning Out the Window of Buildings Leaning into the Street…

Filed under: Canterbury Cathedral,ENGLAND,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Last summer we hired a van, packed up our family of four and visiting friend “Velvetine’ and hit the road to new sights and adventures.

This is my photographic diary of events as they unfolded. Today we have a schedule to keep so are up bright and early so that we don’t waste the day. We want to visit Canterbury Cathedral and the website says that the gates open at 9.00 a.m but we are a little early so we need to wait for the doors to open.

The entrance we need to find is located in the centre of town down a narrow street. There’s no parking and it’s started to drizzle so Himself lets us out and goes off to park the car.

There are some small streets closeby that are very narrow and have tudor style buildings along them.

I half imagine that if an upstairs neighbour from across the street needed to borrow a cup of sugar then it might almost be possible for the counterpart neighbour opposite to pass it over though an upper floor window. That is of course probably figuratively and literally be stretching things just a little bit, but this street is amazing in it’s selection of leaning walls and quirky shapes.  Let’s take a look…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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