I met a “distant relative” today on the supermarket parking lot near the northern germany refuge 🙂 🙂 🙂 (The number plates indicate two absolutely opposite regions of germany). Of course, mine is the one with the cool sticker…
A friend’s beautiful walk through the historic “Nymphenburg Palace Park” in Munich on one of the last warm and sunny days this fall.
I wanna cuddle.
Just an evening dusk view of mine and my neighbours driveway with our two newly installed vis-a-vis pillar lights. I like the quiet and homely evening atmosphere.
I had a phenomenal “Flammkuchen” for dinner yesterday in a nice and cozy little restaurant here in the area. (Flammkuchen is a kind of french pizza, with a very thin bottom topped with sour cream, onions and bacon). A flaky, crispy bottom with very delicious topping, all hot and fresh from the oven! Visit Cafe Waldhuuske if you’re in the area, they’re very nice people and they make great food!
Yggdrasil is an immense ash tree that is center to the cosmos and considered very holy. The gods go to Yggdrasil daily to assemble at their things […] The branches of Yggdrasil extend far into the heavens, and the tree is supported by three roots that extend far away into other locations; one to the well Urðarbrunnr in the heavens, one to the spring Hvergelmir, and another to the well Mímisbrunnr. Creatures live within Yggdrasil […]
“Yggdrasil” is a red ale type of beer, unfortunately – for my taste – an all too red red ale… It is very fruity, even “juicy” if you want to put it like that, and for my feel overly sour. Definitely an unusual drink that you have to get acquainted to. People might like it but it surely is not an everyday casual drink.
Mjölnir is the hammer of Thor, the Norse god associated with thunder. Mjölnir is depicted in Norse mythology as one of the most fearsome and powerful weapons in existence, capable of leveling mountains […] In the Old Norse texts, Mjölnir is identified as hamarr “a hammer” […]
They wanted to make Mjölnir very traditional, hence it is unfiltered and you can taste that. It’s a Lager and for that, it is surprisingly strong with 5.3% vol. It’s fruity and just a little acidic, easy to have one or several of it. It’s a pleasant beer – a very dangerous drink on hot days 🙂
The second part of the Wacken Brewery workshop beer taste test series. Today‘s special guest:
“Baldr (also Balder, Baldur) is a god in Norse mythology and a son of the god Odin and the goddess Frigg. He has numerous brothers, such as Thor and Váli […] Baldr had the greatest ship ever built, Hringhorni, and there is no place more beautiful than his hall, Breidablik […]”
„Baldur“ is a german beer specialty called „Märzen“ (I couldn‘t find a suitable English translation). A beer traditionally brewed in spring and, in order to prevent any possible beer shortages and to make it more long-life, it was brewed with more wort and thus a higher alcohol content. People liked it for some reason… Being that, it is rather heavy (5.5% vol.), very malty and with a noticeable bitterness. Nothing to binge upon but rather to deliberately pour and drink purposefully. Very good.
I got 4 different sorts of craft beer as a gift for my birthday this year, all made by Wacken Brewery (yes, correct, that “Wacken” the well-known northern german heavy metal festival). They make several types of beer, all named after nordic deities with their names explained and elaborately designed bottles.
I want to try them one each day and leave my opinion. So yesterday’s number one was:
“In Norse mythology, Sleipnir (old Norse “slippy” or “the slipper”) is an eight-legged horse ridden by Odin […] it is the child of Loki and Svaðilfari, is described as the best of all horses, and is sometimes ridden to the location of Hel […]”
“Sleipnir” is a pale ale (german: “Helles”). Thus, it’s an easy, casual and refreshing drink and not too heavy – it’s a good thirst quencher with a slightly dry hint. For my tastebuds, it is almost a little bit too fruity, but nonetheless delicious and a nice cold treat.
I love my big, beautiful girl.
Wow. Finally I did what I was postponing (procrastinating?) for several weeks now: I ultimately cleaned the munich workshop. Swept and vacuumed the whole place, then tidied up everything thoroughly by stowing away all tools and materials to their intended places. Finally wiped down the workbench and oiled it with linseed oil. That indeed was some work – it took me almost two afternoons.
Some (badly necessary) rules for the future:
- Always – yes, ALWAYS! – close the workbench shelve’s curtains. Just. Do. That.
- Sweep and vacuum the shop right away.
- Put back your tools immediately.
- Follow your material storage scheme accurately.
My neighbours gave away four old wooden military storage boxes, really cool stuff! They used them when they were on LARPs over the past years (which I find extra cool…). Given the labelling, they seem to be of russian or even soviet origin, sturdy as hell and really heavy. I love them!
One is now used for my bug-in equipment, another one for car parts and tools and I will most surely find a useful application for the remaining two! I also took their measurements, see above.
After much playing, scrutinizing and prowling about in the garden, the Lady of the House settles down for a well-deserved nap 🙂
Brace yourselves: The americans are celebrating the National Love Your Pet Day every Feb. 20th., you can find it all over the social networks.
Well, I’m a born and raised bavarian, but nonetheless here’s my contribution: My beloved Lady of the House.
I was cleaning up and decluttering my basement and workshop today. Normally a task that I’m really not very keen on, but it was necessary after around eight years. And see what In found: My old pocket knife! I didn’t have this one in my hands for 10 years (easily) and I’m really glad I re-discovered it. Gave it some drops of oil and a little sharpening and it’s as good as on the first day!
The Lady of the House in her “royal position”… 🙂
So we had a 10 minute countryside drive to my sister in law’s house today… 🙂 Gattina is generally very relaxed when she’s in the car, but this time she wasn’t “trapped” in her transport basket but could wander about almost freely. She was so curious and excited by all the fascinating sights from the window!
Just a friendly reminder on how colorful a sunrise can be in the countryside 🙂
Dorfkrug” here in the area. This what they have on display in the entrance room.
Stumbled upon this cool, easy to release knot on the internet. Does anybody know it’s name?
This is her, enjoying the first sunbeams in the morning in the northern german refuge. Of course on her (yes – of course it’s hers!) favourite pile of garden waste. She’s so happy, content and relaxed – what a life for a cat.
Due to the hailstorm in Munich lately, I had several damaged window shutters in my house. Today the repair company guys arrived and they didn’t hesitate for long…
Here’s the Lady of the House lying in her favourite spot, where the catnip grows 🙂
Here’s a short video of my workshop and storage in the northern germany refuge. Although it is mostly cleaned up and de-cluttered, it’s still kind of a veritable mess 🙂 I’m back home in munich now for 1 day and I already miss it like hell.
It seems there was something “International Cat Day” going on these days that I have shamefully neglected. So here’s my belated contribution: “Gattina”, the Lady of the House.
Since the Lady of the House was so excited about all the tall trees in the northern germany refuge, I made her a stance that she can sit in and observe things from above. Precisely as she likes it.
It consists of a wooden potato storage box from the hardware store that I reinforced a little (my pretty lady is a little heavy) and a simple board. I reinforced this one as well so it won’t flex so much in the middle. It’s mounted on a height of approximately 2 meters with two shelf supports and that’s it.
So this is the girl next door in the northern germany refuge. Her name is “Patch” and she’s sooo pretty, sooo nice and sooo cute. I fall for her 🙂
The sticker that I ordered for the bathroom in the northern germany refuge. It says “No Diving” 🙂
So we had a nice little hailstorm here in Munich yesterday (June 05, 2019). Pretty impressive and amply destructive too. Here’s a small gallery.
Just hot-glue some of those inside toilet paper cardboard rolls into a carton box, randomly drop in some favourite cat treats and there you go! No cost, no fuzz and much fun!
(Unless she’s just lazy and more or less intelligent enough to just topple the whole thing over in order to get her paws on all the delicious good stuff 🙂 ).
It’s Saturday in the morning and I indeed do have time to screen my server logs a little. What catches my eye: My page on Contact & Privacy is my second most visited page, by far most requests coming from germany (this is where I live and manage this site from) and obviously visiting only this site. So, what does that mean?
It’s ridiculous. The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”, thanks at this point to this green party bloke in particular – you can read my opinion on this on my mentioned above Contact & Privacy page) has to be implemented on every website in the EU since half a year ago or so. Nobody, I repeat: Nobody reads the “Terms and conditions” of any website, software or sales contract on the internet and I expect normal, average users aren’t much interested in reading EU-Law statements of a small, personal website like mine either. I cannot imagine that the indeed very manageable (and mostly foreign) amount of visitors on my site would be happy and interested to look that up.
This means one thing: Our friendly politicians don’t get tired of stating that dissuasions concerning other than the “big players” on the internet are not desired, but relevant lawyer’s offices are already scanning – or should I say “roboting” (I, technically, don’t have another clue) ? – their battleground. See where this is going to?
One ugly-looking, super-happy good boi!
I’m here in the northern germany refuge at the Moment, and the town names around here in the north make me giggle more than often. For example that firetruck on the image is from the “voluntary fire brigade” of the town of – literally(!) – “Lentil Stew” 🙂
So today they removed the part of the wall that’s going to be the new kitchen counter. There’s a super cool wood trading company only a short distance away, where I plan to purchase a solid slab of wood for the countertop.
(No text. Just beauty.)
The occasional photo of the lady of the house… 🙂
So the tree guys are doing their business around the new house. Felling the dead oaks professionally and thinning out everything, so the other trees can grow better and strong again. I could never have done this on my own and without their heavy equipment and special knowledge. These guys are cool, they work hard and they know what they’re doing.
For everyone like me who is too lazy or too busy to hit the gym regularly, here’s an interesting article on how to exercise at home.It’s a bodyweight-workout, no fuss and effective and it doesn’t require any equipment (thus “The Prisoner Workout”). I’m doing this at the moment and I hope i will keep it up.
I generally recommend that site: The Art of Manliness
– 1/2 cup coconut oil
– 10 drops eucalyptus oil
– 5 drops peppermint oil
Mix thoroughly and store in a tight container. Found here.
So it finally caught us. I don’t like winter… 🙁
I might be a little over-excited about what I’ve done lately, but this is some of the surrounding landscape of the Northern Germany Outpost (“NGO” 🙂 ). Beautiful, isn’t it?
Signed the contract yesterday! I finally bought a house in a very beautiful, rural and quiet area in northern germany. Now imagine how fed up I am with the big bad city, that I – a cocksure born and raised bavarian – am at least partially moving up to the north… 🙂
So here’s an image-collection of my big, beautiful, bulky and brave still-a-kitten Lady of the House “Gattina”. A german slang word for a cute small kitten is “Maunzele” (“Meower”) and that’s what I still call her – and “Gattina” is Italian for “Kitten” – that says it all, although she’s really more of a “Big Mama” by now… 🙂
Imagine living in a formerly free country and having to use TOR to access websites that cannot provide service in the EU anymore because of the GDPR. No, I don’t want to buy any drugs or guns. Examples:
… (and surely many, many more). Thanks, german-green-party Mr. Albrecht.
Yeah! Today is the the day! How happy we all are. Today the “European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)” comes into force… I have an opinion on this and I’ll just quote again here what I already wrote on my privacy page.
Edit: Here’s a great Article on the topic on “Tichys Einblick” (german language), a well respected german political blog. It says it all.
Tasty, easy and convenient – grubbed some of them just minutes ago. Available at your least distrusted supermarkets all over the country, or over here.
No, they don’t pay me for this.
Just wanted to tell the world I’m married for 48 hrs now and still happy with it! 🙂
My favorite fishing spot two weeks ago in early spring, 07:30 in the morning. Just wonderful.
Man! It’s so good to do do some garden work and have some time in the sunshine without freezing to death the very instant you step out of the door! We have 18 °C today! (And yes: That’s a beer 🙂 )
You need exactly one asshole in your life. Your own. Get rid of all the others.
May I introduce to you:
my most beloved and precious Lady of the House. Unofficial Head of State in my dwelling, cheerer-up in bad times and general scurrying-around sunshine.
We found her 11 years ago under a bush in Italy, abandoned by her mother, skinny, sick and hungry and we slowly pampered her back into shape. “Gattina” is just the italian word for “Kitten”, but meanwhile she’s a really heavy Momma, well nourished, self-confident, very cuddly and with a character of her own. We love her.
After changing some water today, I added a liquid filter medium to the tank that I heavily rely on (EasyLife flüssiges FIltermedium, on Amazon). Always looks like a cloudy november morning for some hours.
The small Nano Tank that I set up two weeks ago proved just too small. It’s too hard to maintain a good water quality with so little water in the tank and also it got too much direct sunlight wich made algae growth literally skyrocket.
So I set up a new tank with more capacity and I moved it to a place with no direct sunlight. It’s up and running for a few days now and things are looking promising.
Now this is the population that I have dwelling in my Self-made Nano-Fish-Tank. Even the cat approves:
Since there are mere shitloads of “Nano-Fish-Tanks” available online nowadays and me having been an old fish-lover for years, I decided to make my own tank from materials that I had still lying around.
Look at this beautifully restored Willys Jeep at the local gas station some time ago.
The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
– Henry David Thoreau
I don’t care if it’s only 08:00 am here. I want dis. So badly. Now.
Since I’m not a native speaker and my days of english lessons in school have long been over, I’m doing it just plain wrong sooo often: Fu***ing Capital letters in english.
Jedes Land auf dieser Welt hat irgendeine Form von Nationalgefühl. Deutschland nicht. Deutschland hat die Grünen.
“No” is a complete and reasonable sentence. It doesn’t need any explanation nor justification.
When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: You haven’t.
– Thomas Edison
Perspective drawing trick. This is SO cool!
Before any decision you should ask yourself: “Do I want that?”, “Do I want that?”, and, most importantly: “Do I want that?”
Had an offroad driver training on saturday, together with my best friend Thomas. It was my first time under “controlled conditions” with an experienced instructor who definitely knew what he was doing. I’d never have thought what little Juri is capable of. It was challenging, straining, educational and FUN.
“Red on dead, red on donor. Black on donor, black on metal”.
Additionally, I strongly recommend a power pack like this one for your garage. It is small, practical, affordable and easy to store. And it can really save your sorry ass when you’re in a hurry.
Merry Christmas… 🙂
I love the german summer. It’s the best day of the year!
If you live in a country where you can be arrested for fishing without a license but not for entering that country illegally… It’s safe to say that this country is run by idiots.
According to science, a bumblebee cannot fly. The bumblebee doesn’t know that and just flies.
Confidence ist not: ‘They’ll like me.’
Confidence is: ‘I’ll be fine if they don’t.’
If you’re over 40 it’s no longer called masturbation. It’s called a system check.
Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.
All the good Things start with an ’S’ – Sex, Summer, Sun, Beer.
Sometimes I have to tell myself: “It’s just not worth the jail time…”
Paid a visit to our local botanic garden to see their mushroom exhibition. Partially I got really hungry.
Ask yourself this simple question: “Will this matter a year from now?”