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Sanxingdui ....

2024 年 5 月 11 日


Now what have we here......? Tea? No, the tin is too heavy. My visitors from Beijing have left me to discover what this is.


中国からの贈り物……これはなんだろう? お茶かな?



About 4km northeast of Nanxing township, Guanghan, in Sichuan Province, an amazing archaeological site has revealed a bronze-age culture thought to be part of the ancient kingdom of Shu. Radiocarbon dating has placed the artifacts at around 1600 BC. Researchers were astonished to find an artistic style completely unknown in the history of Chinese art. There is now an exhibition on the site......



So. I was invited to make my "own archaeological" discovery, by hacking away at this lump of "rock".......



広漢についての私自身の考古学研究




......off we go. This is painstaking work....I don't want to damage whatever is inside......


壊さないように気をつけて......



What a brilliant way to spark an interest in ancient culture.......what is this?????


これは何だろう?



.....after extensive "digging" these legs appeared.....



...and I gently prised out a three legged cooking pot!

......調理鍋 !



Thank you Lulu for such an imaginative gift! The next day I thought I would clear away this rubble from my workbench...but...wait....might there still be something in the remaining lump? Better check.......oh........lucky I did.......


他にも何かありますか?......はい!



There was this curious "cong". Nobody knows what these were used for, and they remain a mystery. The original was made of jade.....(this photo is of my fake one, but nicely cleaned up)


これが何なのかは誰も知りません.....................



But how to actually get to this place?


さてどうやってこの場所に行きましょうか...........🫤



I asked one of my Chinese hiking colleagues today, whilst walking along the Liederbach......


Well, says Lin.......".......It's about 2000 km south west of Beijing, so I wouldn't take the train.......In fact it is a 2 1/2 flight ✈️ from Beijing to the nearest city, which is Chengdu. I actually come from Sichuan Province myself, but I've never managed to visit this place......."


👉 Is this a new challenge? My archaeological instincts have been aroused.....

  .......そこに行くのは新たな挑戦ですか



 


I just mentioned Liederbach. This is a small river that joins the Sulzbach, which flows into Bad Soden, a small spa town north west of Frankfurt.



It was Saturday's hike.

土曜日のハイキングはフランクフルトの北、バート・ゾーデン近くでした


One of the first things that caught my eye here was this rather odd plaque to Richard Wagner. Why had he been exiled from his country? because his operas were too long 😴 and too serious? no! That came later.


👉 Nigel's potted history..........in 1848 democracy was in its infancy in the German states, and there were revolutions in many towns, most noticeably in Frankfurt, where the newly formed National Assembly, the Frankfurt Parliament, met in St. Paul's church, calling for a constitutional monarchy to rule a new united German nation. Wagner was at the time conductor 🎵 to the Saxon court at Dresden, and did his bit in manning the barricades 💣 and writing passionate articles. As the revolution was a failure, he was exiled and ended up in Switzerland. No doubt to ruminate on Norse myths etc. etc.........on return "auf DeutschemBoden" to check in at Bad Soden it seems....


なぜワーグナーはドイツから追放されたのでしょうか? 彼のオペラが長すぎて深刻すぎたからでしょうか?


He must have taken a walk in the nearby Quellenpark and greeted Sodenia, the patron goddess of Bad Soden, who offers warm mineral water out of her fountain.....Perhaps he hummed one of his famous Leitmotifs to her.....


ワーグナーはこの公園を散歩したに違いありません。



This building is just around the corner, but Wagner would not have seen it, as it wasn't built until 1990.....(Architect: Friedensreich Hundertwasser)






 


It's that time of year. And it's difficult to avoid, for between Langen and Darmstadt are hectares and hectares of................👉


The wooden stall has gone up in the high street, and a cheery lady sits behind boxes of .........Spargel (asparagus) and potatoes. There are about four different thicknesses of Spargel on offer, all at different prices. I choose some in the mid-range. As well as potatoes, I buy a carton of Sauce Hollandaise. An essential ingredient to the meal.


👨‍🍳シュパーゲルの作り方

  1. The basic ingredients まずはアスパラガス



2. peeling the stalks. My peeler /which I had just bought for €1 at a cheapo shop, was pretty useless. Next year I'm buying a better one......

皮をむきます


3. Boil the potatoes. Except that I'm a microwave fan - it's so clean, unfussy and quick....

電子レンジにかける


4. Plunge the stalks into boiling water. I did a google search "how long do you cook spargel"...and found myself on a long detailed website......*answer 10/15 minutes


沸騰したお湯で調理する


5. Get out your secret weapon. Ready-to-use Hollandaise sauce.....(1 minute in the microwave)

秘密兵器


6. Add some ham , and.........enjoy! I admit that the folllowing picture is not very aesthetic, but I was more concerned with eating than photographing.....


ジャガイモ、アスパラガス、ハム、オランデーズソース 😋!




 



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  ".. Sanxingdui.." を読んでくれてありがとう



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5月13日

Asparagus microwaves beautifully. I buy the tips only and put the in a bowl with a tiny bit of water andsome butter, then microwave for about 4 minutes. Add a dash of the hollandaise and give it another minute.


いいね!
Nigel
Nigel
5月13日
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Well, that sounds good. But just using the tips is probably anathema to your average German!

いいね!
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