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🕊 Wings and things 翼

Updated: Jul 3, 2023

2023 年 2 月 24 日

Before I start my blog this week I would like to share this photo with you.

It is simply good. 良い.

Photo: Svitlana Borzenko


So let's get this straight. A Flügel is a wing in German. You can buy Hänchenflügel in the supermarket (chicken wings), and buy a Flügel at a Bechstein showroom. A grand piano has a lid which opens up like a wing, right? ........

Photo: Emi Ikeyama accompanies Makiko Goda in Iruma, Saitama 2019

So in Germany we talk about a Klavier (upright piano) and a Flügel (grand piano). you think this really is Boris' real name?......I wonder.....In any event, I had to photograph this car the other day.....この写真を撮らねばならなかった 😂


Colour : 色 : In a month like February I am always looking for it. The Skyline Plaza in Frankfurt has some nice clean lines...2月はいつも色を探す........

and also, thankfully, some colour. Why don't architects realize that we need colour? 色が重要

Not much colour in the woods these days....a few Wildschwein.....(イノシシ!)

but wait......haha!....the're not real are they それらは本物でない 😁?

I'm on my bike again, and a solid-looking sign informs me how far it is to here and there.....

But...oho!....what is this? I have to get off my bicycle and wait for these merry characters to pass by...幸せな人々☺

Yes, it's Fasching, (carnival) and this lot are all off to join the Fastnachszug in Egelsbach.....

Well, they certainly add some colour to the scene...いくつかの色 😅

There was more to discover in Germany this week. Not only blue jackets, red boots and short skirts (must be chilly!), but monsters.....モンスター

Yes, a Gruffalo.....a monster who first appeared in a book by Julia Donaldson about 20 years ago........with drawings by Axel Scheffler.....This picture is from The Snail and the Whale, but The Gruffalo is a better story I think......

I'm sure the author never expected her characters to appear in the Baden Württenberg forest.....but appear they do...and some are hard to get to......especially this squirrel.....リスが笑ってると思う.....😂

...whilst others need company....たぶん梟はさびし😯

Look up the plot's hilarious 😅

And all this on the outskirts of the pretty little town of Weinheim, just over the Hessen border.......

...........where we see, surprise, surprise....more castles...😁...really, medieval Germany seems to have needed a lot of them. The one in the background is called Windeck, (windy corner) not surprisingly, as it is on a windy corner of a hill.....風が強いコーナー

And it really was a windy day for a hike. If only they could arrange the sunny days to coincide with the weekends...(but at least it didn't rain 😉) is our merry band....the gruffalo is wondering who to eat.....どれ食べようかな 🤣?

If medieval Germany needed lots of castles, today's Germany needs lots of cafés which serve Kaffee and Kuchen (coffee and cake コーヒーとケーキ) 🍰. Luckily we found one after our hike, which fortified us for the drive back to Hessen..🚗


Thank you for reading this 🙏.

Feel free to share it with friends if you like. よろしければ、リンクを友達と共有してください😊

I send out the blog pretty randomly to whoever I think might be interested. Either by email, LINE or WHATSAPP. If you don't want to be sent this blog, don't hesitate to tell me and I shall take you off the list. No problem.

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Here's one more flash of colour for today:

Meiko-chan 芽衣子ちゃん. The Kanji characters for her name have been carefully chosen and the calligraphy beautifully drawn.




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