Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sunday Morning Stroll in the Rain

 There is something almost 'spiritual' about a very quiet Sunday morning stroll in an old traditional Bavarian town with its inimitable sounds of tolling bells
and singing wet woodland birds.
I trust you will enjoy it with me again....
Okay, okay.  These first two don't come from my camera, true.
But all the rest of these do.....and they are published in chronological order of my stroll as well.
I had all 70 pic's arranged in a slideshow and set to Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor 
but alas, I couldn't upload it to my blog for love or money.  Pfft!  
Now you have to do the walkabout sans serene music.  :(

Listened to a sermon online today and have to think about the fact that I serve a RISEN Saviour.
The cross is paramount to my faith but the resurrection is what propels it and drives me forward!
You will see several pictures of massive Copper Beech trees. While they are a personal favourite of mine (yes, I have favourite trees), I publish them mainly as an educational opportunity for my sweet sister, who, though we have grown up side by side in the same nursery tree environment
all our lives and who,
even works in that business to this date.... does not know what said tree looks like.
I hereby suggest that TreeTagging 101 should be mandatory for all nursery office secretaries.
Paid hours of course - with a Starbucks in hand.

So there you have it sista.  Copper Beech's in all their immense glory.
More is on it's way but right now, I have a chance to Skype with my husband and YIPPEE,
THAT is not going to wait!!
One sweet hour lapse of time passes....

Hey Richie?  Identify this for me please...
(I don't do perennials very well)

Stumbled across Mr. Tumnus in the bushes.  Boys are so yucky.

C'mon y'know Mr.Tumnus - meets Lucy by the lamp-post in Narnia?

The rear of the Leonardis Klinik

That upper balcony to the left is my room.  Fortunately, there's an overhang so I can still stand out of the rain (which has not stopped since we've arrived) to enjoy the mountain air.

Somewhere out there - is a very big mountain range....

And now I submit evidence of the farm that is literally 200 steps from the Klinik (I counted them:)
This is the 'front lawn' of an old traditional Bavarian Working Farm.  I couldn't spot the Clydesdales anywhere (I did smell them tho') & when I see them next, I hope to have the camera in hand.  

Exhibit A -The horse trailer

And full circle back 'home' (for a little while longer)

My beautiful strong mom.  When I grow up, I want to be like her.
   Hans found a bottle of Italian Merlot.  


  1. Grams is indeed beautiful and strong. Please give here a big hug and kiss from us in the morning. And then please instruct her to give you one back (from us) :)
    What a great chance to skype with you tonight! Let's do that again tomorrow, when you have a spare moment (and Grandma can be on the call, too).
    Love you both,

  2. you see the problem is I only know them as "Fagus sylvatica" so yes now I agree that was indeed a 'beech' tree!!......haha love ya

  3. Darn, I wish Skype would work for us:( Anyways, we are glad for these updates so we can see what you two are up to over there. If we didn't know better, we'd think you're having a 5-star vacation over there! If only that were the truth... Hugs and kisses to you both:) We miss you!

  4. The Shademaster Office Secretary would like to have starbuck's and do Tree names 101 for sure.
    So wonderful to see both of your smiling faces and warm smiles. Miss you and thinking of you everyday. We will have lots to talk about upon
    your return. My thoughts and prayers are with you and always. Love Dee

  5. What a beautiful town. Someday I truly hope to get to Europe and see those sites! (sigh). Glad to see that there are wonderful things around you to keep yourselves busy, other than soccer of course :) We're praying for you Mom, and it's such a comfort to know that though our hands cannot be there to touch or hold you, our heavenly Father's Hands surround you at all times! What a Saviour!!
    Love Rick and Susan

  6. Looks like a hosta to me...tried looking around on hosta sites but haven't found the correct name.
    I miss you both lots & we are praying for you. There with you in Spirit & Love.
    The girls send their hugs & kisses

  7. Elizabeth Vis and Sharon VisSunday, June 27, 2010 at 8:03:00 PM EDT

    It's a foxglove i think=)

  8. Dear Mrs. VanderKruk, I am thinking and praying for you much. Your daughter Joann is an amazing writer and love beautiful pictures of the great plants, flowers and churches, etc. and of course, so good to see your smiling face. It is so great to be able to communicate through the computer! I trust and pray that the rest of your days in Germany will go well for you and Joann. Miss you! Lucinda


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