Sunday, September 28, 2008


already knows how to sew

and walk

what will she come up with next?

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Manheim steamroller

My friend Betty took her plaster garden gnome on her cross country trip to LA, photographing him along the way. There was talk of him traveling to Germany with me, but I am a light traveler and would not stand for the extra weight. Betty quickly solved the problem by using her new toys to make one out of thread.
He was a wonderful traveling companion; fitting neatly into my camera bag.

He first went to the Staats Theater.

Then the wall paper museum.

The museum of DEATH!
( I almost stepped on a bunny moments before this was taken)

Then we stopped at the garden at the bottom of the little mountain and a rocky spot at the top.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

more Germany

Kassel has many museums. My second favorite being the wall paper museum. My first being the museum of Sepulkralkultur , duh!
The wall paper museum is filled with some of the most amazing things. They have an entier embossed leather room that is made of hand sewn pannels. I did not get a picture because it was a dark room and the leather reflects the flash something fierce. Anyway here are some select favorites.

The 70's tunnel.

Manheim hanging with the wall paper makers.

A tiny guilded, embossed snail

Art Nouveau

and last but not least the metalic lady with one nipple showing who wants you to jump through this hoop! I have trouble envisioning this in somones house. I'm sure they are interesting folks.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Sunday, September 14, 2008


Hilariously, unlike our Texas family IKE kicked our asses. He showed up with lots of straight line winds and we lost 1.5 trees. we spent most of the day chain sawing, but there were many "bright" spots. First off some total strangers stopped to help us remove the tree from the road ( good Karma), next the weather was nice if very windy, and it gave us lots to do since we had no power until about 5. We have most of it cleaned up and will just settle in to our original plan of the final episode of Dexter season 2 (thanks K).

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Germany part 2 nightmares and details

This one's for Geoff. It's just like I remember it.

The rest are the loveliest buildings in Kassel.

Friday, September 12, 2008

germany part 1

Upon my arrival Fred and I created this lovely birthday apple crumble from the fresh apples he and Lily had picked at their friend's garden platz. This photo does not lie. It was delicious!

Then Fred and I pondered what comes out of the white box, before Lily returned from Duseldorf. We all had a good laugh before collapsing from the length of the day.

Morning was among the many proofs during this visit that my brother is a wonderful cook.

We headed out to view Fred's favorite area of Kassel. These pix are a tease, I still have to sort and crop all the glorious architectural examples for our viewing pleasure.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

home again home again

I am back, after a long and uneventful journey.
Life has taken many an odd turns in my absence, the very least of which is that I arrived home with 2 dead batteries for my camera (hence no pix on this post).
I promise an excruciatingly long picture post ala "want to see the slide show of my trip?" in a few days when the dust settles.
now I must do some serious sorting.