Mr. Stanley, Bamberg, Germany


Posted May 1, 2012, 9:29 pm
Today my brother Alex allowed me to join his bike tour with the girls before I start with my big journey.

We went to one of the neighborhoods of my hometown.
The park in the village was really beautiful and we saw a castle! It is a manor house which was built in the style of the renaissance.

Then we saw a direction sign to a mineral spring.

We followed the sign and arrived at a small hut, but we couldn't see any spring.

We went on between fields and forests and more fields... Can you see the other neighborhood in the background? Really tiny houses.

On our way back we stopped at the lake near "Untermühle". A really peaceful place.

Mr. Stanley

Posted May 2, 2012, 8:45 pm
Today we did a trip with Alex' car!

The others already knew the way. At the place where you can see the light we had to turn right.

Turn right here!

Then we could see the fast street!

We entered the street and Crawfish hit the gas. She drove and drove and drove and whoooaaaa...

...we reached the highway! You can't imagine how fast we were!

Mr. Stanley

Posted May 3, 2012, 11:24 am

Posted May 16, 2012, 8:47 pm
Today I left home! I'm so excited. All the others hugged me and the other leaving tvs.

Then I jumped into my envelope. The adventure can begin!

Mr. Stanley

Posted May 19, 2012, 10:09 pm
Hi Mum,

I arrived in Sülfeld. Dicker Kumpel is the host here – he gave me a warm welcome.

He introduced me to the other ToyVoyagers here.

I showed the things I brought with me.

I went outside in the garden and talked to some guys here. First I met an ostrich.

This guy was so funny!

Look –I was a stuntman!

These two guys told me a lot of jokes.

This was the king of the garden. Strange people are living here – I will have a lot of fun!

Mr. Stanley

Posted May 26, 2012, 7:05 pm
Hello Mum,

We are on our way to Finland now. RikeH was very busy the last days, so we didn’t update our travelogs, but now it will be better, we hope.

We went from Travemünde,Germany to Helsinki, Finland with the Ferry Finnlady. The weather was wonderful, but it was so stormy that RikeH decided to take only one photo of me outside. She didn’t want me to fly away.

Fortunately we had a wonderful cabin with many windows. Through this one I saw the way we went.

Then we all went to the window on the side of the ship. The sun was wonderful.

Of course we wanted to look to the other side.

Our ferry was great – look, there in front of us was a cruise ship.

Our Captain did a good job, so we won the race!

Mr. Stanley

Posted May 28, 2012, 12:39 pm
Hello from Finland,

We made a short walk through Turku today -  and I saw this nice church.

Then we visited the archipelago. We started in a small village called Naantali and saw this nice church.

Then we drove through the nice nature.

We had to use some ferries – this was the biggest of all.

We saw the ship of the SAR.

I liked the views.

On the ferry there was a flag of Finland. Of course I wanted a photo of it.

The sky looked great with the clouds.

In the evening we went back to Turku and saw this beautiful fin.

Mum, I travel in a country outside of Germany, so please put a 1/10 into my life mission!  B)

Mr. Stanley

Posted May 30, 2012, 1:52 pm
Hello Mum,

It was time to explore the nature. We went into a national park called Helvetinjärvi. We saw this small stream.

I sat on one of these big boulders.

We went down to this beautiful lake and had a picnic there.

This was the famous place for the national park – a small gorge.

But I prefer this view!

Mr. Stanley

Posted Jun 1, 2012, 6:57 pm
Hello Mum,

In the late afternoon Dicker Kumpel told me and the others that he had a surprise for us.

We all were excited and we jumped into our travel bag.

Look, what happened! RikeH met two Finish hosts – mmm105 and reissari – and all their TVs and TV-guests. So we had a big TV-meeting!

To have a better view of us – we made smaller photos.

It was great to meet so many new TVs. Hopefully I will meet some of them again on my trip around the world!

Then we had another meeting – we went to a postcrossing-meeting. You can see the postcards of the postcrossing-members. We had so much fun talking with these friendly women.

I was so excited and jumped onto the cards!

What a nice meeting!

Mr. Stanley

Posted Jun 2, 2012, 3:36 pm
Hello Mum,

We found a great place today – the fortress Olavinlinna. You can see it behind me.

In the garden around was this funny monument.

We came nearer to the fortress?

This was inside the walls – the walls were very high!

Hey – this was the owner of the fortress, I guess.

Then we drove about a dam with a forest. Our guidebook told us that it was one of the nicest places to visit. I didn’t like it too much. The fortress was much better!

Back in the town of Savonlinna we had these two views.   

It was a nice day!

Mr Stanley

Posted Jun 5, 2012, 4:22 pm
Hello Mum,

We had a lazy day at home. Look, what we had for dinner

Then we sat in front of the fireplace and talked.

I love it to look into the fire!

And I want to show you the funny kind of drinks we had.

Mr. Stanley

Posted Jun 5, 2012, 4:23 pm
Hey Hey,

Today we went to another National Park - Oulanka NP – and made a walk called the Bear Loop.

We started at this suspension bridge.

We saw this little boat, but we didn’t have to use it.

Then it was so great – we stopped next to these rapids.

We went into this old mill.

We had to climb up mountains and had this great view!

Later we stopped at this waterfall. It was nice to sit there.

But it was even better to have a picnic in the forest!

The other direction!

Then we were back at the beginning – this was the view from the bridge.

Yes – I am a brave mouse – I crossed this dangerous bridge!

Mr. Stanley

Posted Jun 8, 2012, 5:33 pm
Merry Christmas Mum!

The Finnish people are crazy sometimes. We arrived in our new home today. And look, what we have in front of our house – a Christmas tree!

This was really strange. But RikeH told us that we are in the Santa Claus Village. Santa lives here – this is amazing!e

Maybe we will meet him tomorrow. Who knows? But first I had to show you two funny things in our room. This is the wonderful lamp!

Now I believe that the Christmas Time comes nearer!

We went to a zoo today – but were not able to take many nice photos, because the animals were too far away. But I had the possibility to talk with some relatives.

Mr. Stanley

Posted Jun 8, 2012, 6:59 pm
Hello from the Santa Claus Village!

We saw these signs today – and wanted to meet Santa Claus.

But can you imagine it? Santa Claus didn’t allow to make own photos – and wants to have a lot of money for the photos taken by his gnomes…

So we decided that his Santa Claus is nice, too.

There were an ice bear and some gnomes next to him.

There were signs showing the distance to some cities around the world.

And here is Santa Claus’ Main Post Office – he has to write many letters each year.

I was really in the North now.

I crossed the Arctic Circle Mum – have you ever done it?

Mr. Stanley

Posted Jun 14, 2012, 8:38 pm
Hello Mum,

We visited Helsinki today.  Behind me you can see the cathedral.

This is a Russian church – I loved the gold on the roof.

Near to the water we saw this beautiful building.

This is a wonderful church – inside a rock – really strange.

Mr. Stanley

Posted Jun 14, 2012, 10:32 pm
Hello Mum,

Today was our last day in Finland – and we spent it in Porvoo. We met a really nice lady there. First we climbed up a hill and had a look over the town. Unfortunately the trees were really high!

This was a better place to look at the city.

Behind me you can see the famous houses next to the river. The weather was not as sunny as yesterday, so you cannot see it so good.

There were moomins living in this shop.

We had a stop next to his bunny-lady. On the right side you can see some other TVs.

Then we did something funny – we went onto the Castle-Hill. But there was no castle anymore…
We stopped on a bridge and saw some nice new houses…

…and a ship with the funny name Glückauf.

Here we had a better view of the famous houses.

It was a great time in Finland!

Mr. Stanley

Posted Jun 19, 2012, 9:11 pm
Hello from a Ferry again.

We were back on the way to Germany. Fortunately we had television in our cabin. So we watched soccer. In the first game the Netherlands played.  Vriendje was so excited.

Unfortunately for Vriendje the Netherlands lost.

We went outside and had a wonderful sunset!

Here you can see a model of our Ferry!

It was time for soccer again. We decided to have a party!


Well the wrong supporters!

The game was great!


The good supporters!

Germany won – and we celebrated it!

The next morning we first had a coffee!

We preferred some fresh fruits!  No more wine and beer!

Mr. Stanley

Posted Jun 24, 2012, 9:11 pm
Hello Mum,

We went to Hamburg today.  The weather was not so nice - but no problem for us. We walked along the lake Alster in the center of Hamburg. Can you see the sailing ships?

There were more boats - I think they will be used if the weather is better!

There were some geese.

It was a nice place!

Believe it or not – it was the same day – only some minutes later – and we had sunshine.

One of many churches in Hamburg.

Many greetings
Mr. Stanley

Posted Jun 28, 2012, 8:55 pm
Hello Mum,

We went to Hamburg again. But today we went to the Port. And we saw a cruise ship!

This Part of the Port is called ‘Speicherstadt’. It is the old warehouse district, but they built a lot of new houses there.

Here you can see the old houses.

This is another part of the Port.

We made a short boat trip.

There was a wonderful sailing ship!

Behind me you can see the pier of the port.

My last views of the port.

Mr. Stanley

Posted Jul 4, 2012, 5:59 pm
Hi Mum,

We walked through Sülfeld today. First we stopped at this nice lake – it was a little green.

Behind me you can see the old school.

This is the emblem of the village.

Later we went to the church – first I learnt a lot about it and the surroundings.

It is a beautiful building!

We were lucky – the church was open.

We had fun!

This is the old pharmacy.

At the end of our tour we enjoyed the sunshine and talked a lot! Some of the others will leave soon.

Mr. Stanley

Posted Jul 11, 2012, 4:11 pm
Hi Mum,

We went to the Zoo of Hannover today. We made a boat trip – and I saw some animals.

Look – a big rhinoceros.

A good view of the giraffes – the one in the middle was really young.

It was a great day in the Zoo. Dicker Kumpel told me that we will have a party tomorrow!

I am really excited!

And look - I visited the capital of Lower Saxony today!

Mr. Stanley

Posted Jul 11, 2012, 6:15 pm
Hi Mum,

We went to Bad Salzdetfurth today. It is an old mining town.

First I sat next to the saline and enjoyed the healthy air.

Just another view of the salines.

We made a group photo on the fountain.

Later I sat in the Summstein and had fun!

This is a colorful house for doves.

They opened a golf-course here – but it was too hot to play it for us.

There was a big wheel in the park. It is from the time when Bad Salzdetfurth was a mining town.

We went into the town – and found another relict out of this time.

Can you find me on this funny guy?

Mr. Stanley

Posted Jul 15, 2012, 1:46 pm
Hello Mum,

We had a great TV-meeting – starting with a drink!

Look – I had a yummy blue drink!

Well – really yummy… I drank a lot of it.

Later Murph and his guests showed us a wonderful cake!

We all went nearer!

It was so delicious - we had a great party!

Later it was time to leave – and we had a big TV-hug!

Mr. Stanley

Posted Jul 17, 2012, 6:40 pm
Hi Mum,

We were in another nice city this weekend – called Hildesheim. There were many wonderful old houses. See me in front of one of the nicest I have ever seen.

Next to it was a smaller one.

I loved the funny house with the two little towers!

This is the town hall.

Then we went to a big church – called St. Michaelis.

Can you see us under this statue?

It was a little scary to sit there.

Many greetings
Mr. Stanley

Posted Jul 27, 2012, 2:35 pm
Hi Mum,

This weekend we drove to the town Harburg – and went around this lake. This photo was a little dark.

But a little later I sat in the sunshine!

We went to a park – it must have been beautiful in the Past.

At least we found some nice flowers in one corner of the park.

Then there was a big surprise – we went to another part of the park – and it was so beautiful!

I loved these flowers – and would have loved to send some to you!

Mr. Stanley

Posted Aug 5, 2012, 7:13 pm
Hi Mum,

We went to a fun fair today.

I didn’t want to try one of these carousels, but it was nice to see them.

But I loved this chocolate stick – and it was healthy because of the pineapple inside.

Look - this house had nice colors – and the people inside had a lot of fun.

And this carousel was nice, too – not as fast as most of the others.

This one was called wild mouse XXL.  I thought about using it, because I am a mouse, but I was too small.

So we stopped at the last roundabout - and then we went home.

Mr. Stanley

Posted Aug 8, 2012, 7:48 pm
Hi Mum,

Today we took a trip to a village near to Sülfeld. Can you see me on the big stone?

See me on a lot of wood!

We found a nice place and talked a lot.

Then we went to a nice cabin – and watched for birds!

Can you see the white dots – there were swans!

I liked the tree in front of the blue sky.

And I loved this funny tree.

We had fun at this point. We made a competition in long jump.

I had a great third place – not bad with my short legs.

Can you imagine what I did here?

Yes, I used the slide.

Before we went home – we played on this big swing.

This was fun!

Mr. Stanley

Posted Aug 17, 2012, 6:07 pm
Hi Mum,

Today I went to Lübeck – a nice town in the North of Germany. They have really beautiful old houses here.

This is the theatre of Lübeck.

I loved the beautiful balcony of the town hall.

These are views from the other side.

I went to the river – and saw old storehouses.

On the other side of the river are typical houses.
The river was really nice.

On the last photo you see the most famous building of the city – it is called Holstentor. Years ago it was on a bill of German money.

Mr. Stanley

Posted Aug 31, 2012, 12:33 pm
Hi Mum,

A new guest arrived today – it is Lorca. She showed the nice postcard that olgamaus created.

Later we visited Dicker Kumpel’s Grandma. She had birthday this week – and this is one of her presents.

I really loved these wonderful flowers!

Mr. Stanley

Posted Sep 4, 2012, 6:56 pm
Hello Mum,

The weather was awful outside, so we decided to explore the house. A horse must have lived here in the Past.

Here I am.

I tried to call you, but you were not at home.

No wine in this barrel.

Then I played the trumpet or whatever this was.

Mr. Stanley

Posted Sep 5, 2012, 7:41 pm
Hello Mum,
After a long time with RikeH and Dicker Kumpel it was time to move to my next host.
But first we had a small mouse-meeting. You can see me talking to UrselHH and Dottie Mouse. It was so much fun!

Then I said good-bye to Dicker Kumpel. He was such a great host and we had so much fun together!

All the TVs gave me a big hug!

Now I am on the way to my next host.

Mr. Stanley

Posted Sep 16, 2012, 8:24 pm
Hello Mum.

I am so happy because today I arrived at Bochum after a short trip. I could hear a lot of different voices from outside my envelope. I can’t wait to come out.

Finally my envelope was opened. First I can’t see well because it was so bright outside. But after a moment I could see well. The first one I could see was a little Bee. Then I saw the other TVs who were waiting for me. There were Bzzzzz the Bee, Sterni the bear, Hase the rabbit, Purple Tentacle and Snowball the stay at home TV from my new Host mum Shilo. The others welcomed me warmly here in Bochum and hugged me.

I told the others about my great adventures. And the others told me their stories. It was great to hear so many different stories.

After that I showed the others the postcard he had brought with my and gave it to Snowball. She told me that she is collecting postcards from the TVs who were visiting her here in Bochum.

In the evening we played some board games. The first game we played was “Heimlich & Co.”. In this game you should hide from the others which figure color is yours to win the game.

The next game we played was “DonPeperoni”. In this game you want to become the mayor of a small town. To become the mayor you could win votes by giving the people money. It was a very funny game.

The last game we played this evening was “Bezzerwizzer”. It is a quiz game, where you had to answer questions. Some questions were easy but others were extremely hard to answer.

Posted Sep 17, 2012, 6:13 pm
Hello Mum.

Today Snowball took us into the cinema. We planned to watch “the expendables 2”. Look Mum I’ve got my own Ticket.

While we were waiting for the movie we were watching around the cinema.  On this big screen we could watch movie trailer.

Look we have found a giant movie display from the film.

Then it was time for the movie. We all charred a seat together, while we were watching the movie.

Oh it’s getting dark. I am so excited to see the movie.

The movie was really great and I had a lot of fun watching it. And mum I can tell you that I love the cinema.

Posted Sep 23, 2012, 3:07 pm
Good morning Mum.

Today we drove to Hagen, were we are visiting the open-air museum. This museum is really cool because it is the only open-air museum in Europe which shows only the history of craft and technology. It shows moments of the history of the Westphalia craft and technology from the end of the 18. to the 20. Centaury.

We saw a lot of different old smithies. They were really impressive especially this giant one.

Mum have you ever seen the many different wigs? It was cool to see the work of the wigmaker.

When you stand here you’ve got the feeling like you were standing in the middle of an old German village.

Here you can see the room of the shoemaker.

In this room we could see the work of an upholsterer.

In one of the houses we found a scale. We were playing and looking who weighs more. Bzzzzz is heavier than I am.

Here we saw how clogs were made.

Then it was time for us to go home again. Goodbye open-air museum.

This was another funny day. I hope you have fun too mum.
Love you mum
your Mr. Stanley

Posted Sep 23, 2012, 6:58 pm
Hello Mum.

Today was a lazy day, so we decided to go to the playground. On the way to the playground we walked through the garden plot which is behind the house from host mum. Behind this garage we could see the house.

Garden plots were typical German and also the garden gnomes which we could see in some gardens. It was really nice to walk this way.

At the end of the Garden plot we arrived at the playground. We had a lot of fun playing there.

Posted Oct 11, 2012, 8:18 pm
Hello Mum.

Today Snowball showed us around the Bochumer City. It was cool to walk around there. We saw this old statue which is a memorial of Fritz Kortebusch the last cowherd in Bochum, who had done this job from 1850 till 1870.

Near the memorial we saw this interesting art sculptures. Unfortunately the battery of Shilos cam was empty so we couldn’t take more pictures of the city.

When we were back at home we had to say goodbye to Hase. She will travel to Berlin and visit Orangesunshine there.  Before she left we hugged her and wished her a save trip and a lot of great adventures on her way.
I will miss her because we became good friends the time we spend together.

Goodbye Hase.

Posted Oct 11, 2012, 9:01 pm
Hello Mum.

Today was very funny because Snowball took us to a bowling Centre. She told us how to play. She said that we had to throw one of the bowling balls onto the pins, so that they fall down. I played with the pink ball from Shilo. The ball is so extremely huge and heavy that it wasn’t easy to roll it. But I made it and I had a lot of fun. I throw a strike but I forgot to take a picture of it because we were celebrating it. :)

Posted Oct 25, 2012, 10:02 pm
Hello Mum.

Today we drove to Essen and visited the Phänomania. It’s an exhibition we could learn something about our senses and the law of nature.
In this barrel I could make a tornado out of water. It was very cool.

This was a very difficult challenge. On this shield I had to say the name of the color and not the word that was standing there. It wasn’t easy but I think I did quite well.

Look mum I found a giant xylophone and a cool gong.

In this vase were different things which we could feel with our hands and guess what it is.

Here we were exploring a cool tactually pathway.

In these bottles we could smell a lot of different aromas. I was very good in it, but some of the aromas don’t smell good.

Mum I’ve learned a lot about light today. Can you see the different colors of the shadows behind us? We made them with different lights in green, blue, red and yellow.

This was the best thing in the exhibition. I liked this lightning’s that were moving under me.

Outside the exhibition we could play around before we went back home. It was a very funny and interesting day for me.

Love you Mum,
Your Mr. Stanley

Posted Nov 5, 2012, 8:35 pm
Hello Mum.

Today we were visiting Mandrara a friend from host mum. We planned to play a game together with the TVs who were staying with Mandrara.
We decided to play Descent, in this game we had to defeat monsters in a dungeon.
At the start the dungeon was very small, but with every door we opened it got bigger and bigger and we found more monsters. We got special weapons or magical spells to attack the monsters. A while it looks very good and we seemed to win the game, but in the end the monsters were to strong and we lost. But this is ok because we had a lot of fun together.

Posted Nov 20, 2012, 4:44 pm
Hello Mum.

This weekend is very special, because we were visiting the SPIEL '12 with COMIC ACTION - the world's biggest consumer fair for gaming. There we have the opportunity to see and test games from all around the world and for that we have four days. *g*

I am so happy because we are finally in Essen and behind me you could see the entrance.

Wow, here were so many people.

Look mum; I want to show you some of the games that we played here. We played River Dragon, Zug um Zug, Las Vegas and Fire Station. They were all very funny.

Purple Tentacle found a very special game, it is called Tentacle Bento. I think you could imagine why he loved this game *g*

Additional to all this cool games that we saw here, we also saw a lot of other interesting and funny things here.

On the last day of the exhibition we found a special new friend. Maybe you know our friend ;)

One of the best things on the exhibition was the stand from Dungeons & Dragons. They were very friends to us and so we could play with their miniatures.

Mum this was a really great weekend and I had a lot of fun.

Posted Nov 20, 2012, 7:46 pm
Hello Mum.

Today we were preparing a Halloween dinner. We made scary looking chicken wings and croquettes. They were looking like ghosts and pumpkins. I love Halloween.

Posted Dec 8, 2012, 8:08 pm
Hello Mummy,
I arrived in Remscheid today. Remscheid is not so far away from Bochum, although it took me a few days to get here. But this did not matter - I had enough food with me for at least two weeks :)

My new host Katja and some other ToyVoyagers gave me warm welcome. My new friends are Kevin Kiwi from Australia, Suny and 3*Euro from Germany and Luc Zeke from the Antarctic. No? Not from Antarctica? No, Luc Zeke's home is Wales in England.

Katja told me that there were even more guests, but they were playing somewhere else. In the afternoon she took me on a trip to the forest.

The first photos were taken in the vicinity of my current home.

We went to a nearby valley.

I had a lot of fun playing in the snow.

Nearly all forest are nature preserve areas.

We walked through a small hamlet. Katja told me that the beginning of industrialization took place in this valley, so you can still find industrial companies along the creek.

This is a lovely lake, but probably not one of the 10 largest ones in Germany :)

I like this tiny timber-framed house.

Here you can also see industrial complexes along the main street in the valley.

Those sheep did  not seem to be impressed by the cold and the snow.

Here we left the valley to walk back home, uphill for at least 40 minutes.

This photo is the last one for today, a lovely sunset. Not much later it was nearly dark.

Mr. Stanley


Posted Dec 11, 2012, 8:48 pm
Hello Mum.

I am really sorry that I haven’t written for such a long time, but Shilo was very busy the last weeks so that we were only sitting around. But today she told us, that Bzzzzz will travel on to her new Host. But before she left she packed a package for her mum.

And after that it was time to say goodbye to our new friend. It is sad to say goodbye to friends, but I am sure that I will meet Bzzzzz again one day. Before she left we hugged her and wished her a save trip and a lot of fun with her new host.

Goodbye Bzzzzz

Posted Dec 11, 2012, 10:29 pm
Hello Mum.

Today a new envelope arrived. I was so happy to meet a new friend that I wanted to be the first to welcome our new guest. So I opened the envelope, but it was so dark inside that I couldn’t see anything.

But then our new guest came out and we could see Gwen Jolie. She came the long way from Finland and is joining the long time RR like Bzzzzz, who left us some days ago.

We all hugged her to welcome her warmly here in Bochum.

After this Gwen Jolie showed us the gifts she had brought with her and Snowball took a photo with Gwen for her memory album.

Later Shilo told us that we will visit Hamburg this weekend, so we all went to bed and I dreamed from the weekend.

See you soon
Your Mr. Stanley

Posted Dec 16, 2012, 10:05 am

Hi Mummy,
today we made a fantastic trip to Duesseldorf, the capital city of the German state North-Rhine-Westphalia. This is the second capital city that I visited next to Hamburg.

We went there by train and walked from the station towards the old town with all the Christmas markets.

Ah, this is already looking like a larger city. And they do not have snow here.

We reached the shopping streets than.

A few minutes later we reached the old town. Christmas markets everywhere!

You can buy all sorts of Christmas decorations, arts and crafts items, socks, herbs and spices and of course all the traditional food like potatoe pancakes, battered fish, sweets like sugarroasted almonds and nuts, candied fruits, candyfloss and all those hot winter drinks like hot wine punch and eggnogg.

We went into a shop in this quarter and spend some minutes there.

When we came out a miracle had happened - the sun was shining and we had only a few steps to take to reach the river Rhine.

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We went along the Rhine promenade with lots of bars and restaurants. In the background you can see the Burgplatz with a Ferris wheel.

We walked closer to the Burgplatz.

We decided to take a walk into the opposite direction, towards the parliament which is situated close to the Rhine.

We reached the parliament building soon, a fantastic complex situated close to the Rhine promenade. Here you can see an overview photo of it.

A look back to the old town ...

We took a group photo on the lawn in front of the parliament building.

We walked around the building.

This is the entrance area.

Later we went back to the old town to have lunch. Because it is getting dark so early we decided to have lots of fun with eggnogg, beer and mead without taking any more photos :D

Mr. Stanley

Posted Dec 16, 2012, 10:43 am
Hi Mummy,
we took a short walk in the city centre in our lunch break. Katja's work place is close to the city hall with a skating rink and a small Christmas market in front of it.

This is the main entrance of the shopping mall.

We went to the public library than to return a DVD.

This building was the company building of the local newpaper "Remscheider General-Anzeiger" once.  There is still a little statue, showing the emblem of the newspaper.

This is the central bus station.

An adult education centre is situated in this modern building.

We had to return to work than.

Mr. Stanley

Posted Dec 16, 2012, 10:50 am
Hi Mummy,
today we went to a DIY-store to buy a new lock for the letter box. This is one of the churches in the city centre.

The shopping street is beginning here.

All the trees on the space around the church are decorated with pretty yellow stars.

We walked to the station area next.

There are large industrial complexes around the station.

The station was built only a few years ago. The old building was demolished and the new "station" is only a small waiting zone along the track. But at least the whole area around the station was also rebuilt with a small shopping mall and a bridge for pedestrians to reach the city much easier.

When we reached the DIY-store the whole outdoor facilities were full of snow shovels and road salt.

Mr. Stanley

Posted Dec 23, 2012, 8:00 pm
Hello Mum.

This weekend was very special, because we were visiting Hamburg together with host mum and dad. There we planned to watch the musical Tarzan.
When we arrived at Hamburg it was already dark, so we decided to visit the Christmas market.
It was a very beautiful there. I love all this wonderful lights everywhere. Unfortunately some pictures where a little bit blurry or a bit too dark, but I hope that you could see me. :)

The decoration on this house was the best, with all the different languages on it.

Tomorrow we were watching Tarzan but not it is time for us to go to bed.

See you tomorrow mum.

Posted Dec 23, 2012, 9:00 pm
Good morning Mum.

Today is our second day here in Hamburg. I am so happy because today we will see the musical Tarzan.  Host mum told us that this musical is really cool.
Before the show began we were looking around the musical hall.

Look Mum this is the handprint from Phil Collins

Than it was time to sit down. I am so exited…… and then the lights turned off…

During the break I had a pretzel and an apple spritzer

Wow this musical was really amazing.

Posted Dec 23, 2012, 9:40 pm
Hello Mum.

Tomorrow the Advent season is starting and because of that we were helping host mum to prepare the Advent calendar. All this sweets were looking so yummy. I wish I could eat them all by myself.

This is the calendar from host mum. Look I can sit inside this bag :)

Then it was time to fill host dads calendar. It took a while but then it was finished. Doesn’t it look great?

I want to wish you a wonderful Christmas time Mum.

Posted Dec 23, 2012, 10:30 pm
Today it was time to say goodbye to my new good friends. I will travel on to my new host.
Before I left we lighted up the first candle on our Advent wreath and I wrote an envelope for you mum with some gifts.

Then we said goodbye to everyone. They hugged me all together and wished me a save and short trip.

Bye bye everyone I will miss you all and hope that we will meet again one day.

Posted Dec 26, 2012, 11:05 am
Hi Mummy,
today in the early evening Katja met her colleague to enjoy an eggnogg on the Christmas market.


(I'm going to tell you a secret: The ladies did not only have one eggnogg, no, they had four of them and they had a terrible hangover the next morning :D )

Mr. Stanley

Posted Dec 26, 2012, 11:25 am
Hi Mummy,
we helped Katja to wrap the last presents. This is probably a present for a man ... yes, Katja's son.

And those socks in reggae colors, size 46? Also for a man, for her future son-in-law.

I wish you a merry Christmas!

Mr. Stanley

Posted Dec 31, 2012, 5:31 pm
Hi Mummy,
today we met Katja's friend Kerstin and took a walk with her and her dog.

We went to Wuppertal, to Scharpenacken, a former army training area. This area was used for military purposes until 2004 A.D as a shooting range. Today there is a local recreation area with vast open areas, but also woodland.

By the way, this is the first day with sunshine since our trip to Duesseldorf two weeks ago! Until than we had rainy weather every day.

The whole area will be renatured in the coming years.

A lot of people come here with their dogs to let them run and play.

Katja told me that Pepe, the dog, in summer usually is taking a bath in the creek which is running through the meadow.

Mr. Stanley


Posted Jan 3, 2013, 8:33 am
Hi Mummy,
today we made a trip to the neighbour city Wuppertal.

One of the city’s greatest attractions is the suspended monorail (Schwebebahn), which was established in 1901. The tracks are 8 m above the streets and 12 m above the Wupper River. The Schwebebahn is crossing some streets and even a motorway!

Here you can see one of 20 stations along the 13,3 km long route, the one we just have left. This one is nearby the local
court and district court.It was rebuilt last year in its original historic style.

We made a side trip to the Botanical garden because one of the TVs, Suny had a special wish which Katja tried to fulfill. The Botanical garden is situated high upon a hill called "Hardt" and we had to climb stairs after stairs for what felt like an eternity.

You can find the former country house of a textile manufacturers named Eller, which contained a villa (built 1820), orangery, residential and farm buildings, and the Elise Tower (built 1838) which provides the garden's focal point.

Katja showed me a special tree in the garden, this one.

It looks more or less like a dangerous animal, but not like a tree. It is a monkey puzzle tree, (Araucaria araucana). It originally came from South America, from Chile and Western Argentinia. Due to similar climate conditions it can grow here.

Because a Botanical garden is not so exciting in winter we walked back to the city centre because we had only about 90 minutes until it would get dark. We took a short walk along the hill, I had a good overview across the city and allotment gardens.

Walking stairs downhill was much more fun :)

In the city centre we recognized that Wuppertal is much larger than Remscheid. The pretty city hall was hidden behind a scaffolding.

We saw the Schwebebahn again, next to a bank and a car park.

Here you can see one of the other stations, a modern one this time.

Later we met Katja's daughter here and we spend some hours in the shopping streets.

Mr. Stanley


Posted Jan 13, 2013, 3:09 pm
Hi Mummy,
we went to Katja's sister-in-law's family today to celebrate the last day of the year. When we arrived, there already was everything prepared for Raclette.

There were lots of vegetables like sweet pepper, carrots, mushrooms, tomatoes, than there was beef and chicken meat, prawn, bread, potatoes and much more. Of course there was a lot of cheese :)

Later we called a tile-based game called "Rummikub". Do you know it?

At midnight we all had a glass of sparkling wine when we went outside for the fireworks.

Happy New Year!

Iit was raining the whole time, so the fireworks did not show up as nice as they could have had.

Mr. Stanley


Posted Jan 13, 2013, 3:13 pm
Hi Mummy,
the weather is still ugly, nobody wants to go outside. Instead we helped Katja to prepare a veggie dinner.

First we fried zucchini and dryed tomatoes in a pan and added tomatoe sauce. Than we prepared feta to scallop the vegetables with it.

We cut the remaining feta into pieces and fillend them into a jar with garlic, herbs, spices and dried tomatoes.

We filled the jar with olive oil than to preserve the cheese.

Katja told us that it should rest at least for one week, we'll try it than.

Mr. Stanley


Posted Jan 13, 2013, 3:21 pm
Hi Mummy,

today we had the first day without rain since mid December! That's why Katja  already planned to take a walk in the afternoon, but first a new guest arrived, Stoker.

We walked to a nearby valley.

Soon we left the streets and walked towards the forest, through a rural hamlet. I met Cameroon sheep here.

This pretty house is hidden in the valley. Katja told me that those half-timbered houses were typical for this region.

It was rather cold - about freezing point!

We reached the district Luettringhausen than, one of the historic districts of Remscheid. When we came here the sun came out for a few minutes.

The weather forecast said that we would have better weather soon, even with sunshine at the weekend. Let's see!

Mr. Stanley

Posted Jan 13, 2013, 3:30 pm
Hi Mummy,
the weather forecast was right - we are having fantastic weather. We decided to visit Muengsten Bridge, Germany's highest railway bridge.

Here you can see river Wupper, marking the border between Remscheid and the neighbour city Solingen. Muengsten Bridge is crossing this valley. Before it was built, it took people more than 40 km to get to the nearby neighbour city by train.

Here you can see the bridge overspanning the valley.

First we walked uphill on the Solingen side of the valley.

Muengsten Bridge was built of steel, completed in 1907. It is about 480 m long and 107 m tall. There are extensive repair works going on in the last few years, and there will be more this year from April till at least October.

All the puddles along the path were frozen.

Later we crossed river Wupper here at this small bridge.

We walked back on the Remscheid side of the valley than.

On the very first photo you can see an outlook pavilion. We came here on the way back and had a fantastic overview across the valley.

Mr. Stanley


Posted Jan 23, 2013, 2:25 pm
Hi Mummy,
we are having snow again! Today we met a friend to take a walk in the forest. Katja's friend is living close to the municipal park, the first photos were taken while we went there to pick her up.

This is an elementary school.

It was still snowing :) We went into the forest here.

Everyone loves snow :D

You can often find small hamlets close to the forest.

We also followed the Route of Tools for a while.

These are signs with the logos of sponsoring companies, mostly tool producing companies.

One of the is showing the coat of arms of Remscheid.

We hurried home than because we all were wet and cold.

Mr. Stanley

Posted Jan 27, 2013, 11:59 am
Hi Mummy,
it was still really cold today. Katja had to buy a few things and took us through the quarter where she lived until summer 2012.

Large parts of the city of Remscheid were destroyed in World War II, but there are still quarters with lovely old houses, mostly built in late 19th or early 20th century.

This is the local court, the old building on the right side, the new annex on the left side.

It was so terribly cold that we all  preferred to sit in Katja's bag :)

Mr. Stanley

Posted Feb 6, 2013, 5:49 pm
Hi Mummy,
recently we had really ugly weather: snow, rain, black ice, snow again, rain again. Last night it snowed again, but today the sun was shining! A good reason to take a walk to the municipal park :) From my current home it is only a short walk to the park.

We found paw prints everywhere. This might have been a bear ... or a snow leopard ... no, a dog.

The pond is not frozen completely.

Mr. Stanley

Posted Feb 12, 2013, 1:13 pm
Hi Mummy,
we took a short walk in the city centre today, in Katja's lunch break. She is working in a law firm, close to the city hall, so the city hall with the largen open space in front of it was our first stop.

The city hall was nearly destroyed in World War II, but rebuilt in a more modern style afterwards. It's tower is 48 m high.

This is the central bus station.

The adult education centre (VHS) is situated in this modern building...

... and the music school is situated here in this pretty house.

From this bridge you have a good overview across a large cemetary to Hohenhagen, a housing area with lots of woodland around.

Looking to the opposite direction you can see the bus station and the city centre.

This is the shopping street...

... and the main entrance of the shopping mall Allee-Center.

At the end of the shopping street you can find these giant forceps, a symbol for the local tool producing industry.

We had to return to work than.

Mr. Stanley

Posted Feb 12, 2013, 1:17 pm
Hi Mummy,
a new guest arrived today,  Easy, a brown rodent like me.

He is looking like a sibling of me. Maybe we are kin to each other?

Mr. Stanley

Posted Feb 12, 2013, 1:35 pm
Later we visited a medieval castle in the neighbour city Solingen, Schloss Burg, It is situated high upon a hill above the River Wupper.

We went to the courtyard with many shops. You can find souvenir shops and shops whose owners are doing an "old" handcraft, for example handmade brushes, brooms, soap, lovely yarns and wooden knitting needles, toys like swords and helmets and much more.

Schloss Burg was built in 1133 by Count Adolf I von Berg on a hill above the river Wupper.That's why this region is called "Bergisches Land". Many people believe that it's name refers to the landscape with hills and valleys. (For those who do not speak German: The German word for mountain or hill is "Berg", so many people think that the name "Bergisches Land" means "land of many hills" )

About a hundred years later it was enlarged by Count Engelberg II von Berg. This is the man on the horse in the courtyard.

In Thirty Years War (17th century) large parts of the castle were destroyed. It was rebuilt then, but it was used for industrial purposes for many years. In the end of the 19th century they began to rebuild it as it appears today.

We took a walk in the surroundings of the castle than. Katja took a group photo with the castle in the background.

Soon we reached an outlook pavilion. You have a stunning overview across the valley here and also a good view to the castle.

A terrible storm destroyed large parts of the forest some years ago.

We took a side trip to the concrete wall of a nearby dam, Sengbachtalsperre. We thought the surface had been frozen, but it wasn't frozen at all.

Far in the distance (the middle of the photo) you can see the city of Remscheid lying in the sun.

Here you can see it much better on a zoomed photo.

On our way back to the car we walked through a lovely rural district.

Walking through the cold is really exhausting :)

Mr. Stanley

Posted Feb 12, 2013, 3:03 pm
Hi Mummy,
today Katja told me that I would travel to my next host. That sounds good - but it also means that I will have to leave my new best friend Easy. We both went with Katja to her work place and noshed nearly all those delicious pralines that her colleague had brought with her.

We were joking around because it is still carnival. Now I am "Goldfeet", not "Goldfinger :D :D

Than it was time to say good-bye to Easy and Katja. I hopped into my envelope and will leave in the evening.

Katja promised that the trip to my next host would not take long.

Mr. Stanley

Posted Feb 15, 2013, 9:26 am
Hello mummy,

I`m in will follow  :D


Posted Feb 16, 2013, 12:44 pm
Hello mummy,

after I crawled out of my envelope, Scruffy welcomed me, he is also a

tv and even a rat. B)

Scruffy told me that the other Tvs have suddenly disappeared, he

has no idea where they go.  :rolleyes: Anyway, he wants to show me

everything. Then he introduced me to the twins of

Dr.Kröbner...Heinz and Harald

Now I'm tired  ;)


Posted Mar 1, 2013, 9:34 am
Hello mummy,

a new TV arrived here in Delligsen, his name is Bubele..

because Dr.Kröbner still not at home, Scruffy ,the twins and I have

welcomed him :rolleyes:



Posted Mar 7, 2013, 9:59 am
Hello my mummy,

guess what,  Günther is back home, after his adventures in Berlin  ;)

and Milano.

first he needed a drink  :rolleyes:

we talked the whole night about our adventures



Posted Mar 7, 2013, 10:19 am
Dear mummy,

Today Dr. Kröbner and the other eloper arrived back home. THEY HAD

MADE A TRIP TO NEW YORK .Could´nt they wait for me?

BRAZENNESS!!  After a short greeting we sat around and for the next

hours we spinning a big clew of cock-and-bull storys. Great day!!!


Posted Mar 7, 2013, 10:26 am
Hello Mummy,

I made a trip to Alfeld, an old town at the river Leine in south-lower-


In the city I found an miniatur modell of Alfeld….. very

interesting .

the church St. Nicolai

with the huge steeple

and the old Latin-school, one of the oldest building in town.

unfortunately the weather started to rain, so we abort the trip and returned back home.



Posted Mar 18, 2013, 9:33 am
Hello mummy,

I made trip to Frizlar, an old town with half-timbered Houses in Hesse... for more informations a link  ;)

Walking around those old buildings was like be in a fairy-tale. I visit

the old town hall and the old romanic church, an Basilika minor    ……

From up I enjoyed the wide view into the valley with the river

Eder.    Puuuhhhh….. sauerkraut… the buisiness concern

Hengstenberg produce this typical hesse dish in Fritzlar (you can

see the large smoke pipe)…


Mr. Stanley

Mr. Stanley

Posted Mar 18, 2013, 2:17 pm
Hello my mummy,

Knöpfchen has left us, but before he continued his journey, we have

organized a small farewell party....

bye,bye little hedgehog have a good trip



Posted Mar 21, 2013, 4:20 pm
Hello mummy,

I wish you a wonderful early spring, unfortunately, the spring has not

yet arrived here. :(

Snow and snow and snow again,pffffff no weather for spring


poor little crocuses, they need our hats and the magnolia tree is

pleased with the quilt.

Mum, what do you mean? when will spring come to South lower

Saxony  ;)


your little rat

Posted Apr 1, 2013, 10:28 am
Hello my mummy

Looking for spring…. But spring seems very far. :thinking: Each morning when

I´m looking outside I feel in a time warp like Bill Murray in Groundhog

Day : Snowing… snowing… and more snowing…  cold ,  uncomfortable

and boring.  So Bubele  and I decided to take a bath. After the jaunt

with our bathtube we relax on our towls.  :D



Posted Apr 1, 2013, 10:42 am
Hello mummy,

Eastertime, but there ist no spring in the air, much more a feeling

like advent… so we started to bake an yeast dough plait.

At first we mixed milk, oat, eggs, yeast …… placed it comfortly warm

for the yeast and wait…. wait… and wait…til the dough had

expanded.  Next we formed three equal parts to made the plait…..

Dr. Kröbner had pre-heated the baking oven so we put the sheet

inside and set Bambi on time.

and started to wait….wait… and wait…. till it smell a little bit

burned.  We run to the oven and we could rescue the Yeast plait at

last-minute. :rolleyes:

what was happened???? Oh loooookkkkkk Bambi and Dr. Kröbner

made a siesta instead to monitor the time!!! Sleepy guy…. :cyclops:



Posted Apr 1, 2013, 11:17 am
Hello mummy,

Happy Easter Mummy!

Today is Easter, we look outside and what did we see: All is

covered with snow . Happy playing Hide-and-seek while collecting


After Breakfast we went out . What great luck, we found a cluster

with eastereggs and chocobunnys

yummy….    But what´s that! In front of a tree we discover

something with plushy brown collar. It was the easterbunny! Poor

boy, he wanted to rent a snowmobile for his easterjob, but all

mobiles were out of stock. So he started by ski, but unfortunately

he lost one and now he has got stucked.

We invited him to eat some goodies, but he defeated and

continued his way. Tough guy



Posted Apr 10, 2013, 11:31 am
Hello mummy,

today a new TV arrived, the cute little bee Bzzzzz, we welcomed here

with a bathtube full of flowers :D



Posted Apr 10, 2013, 12:19 pm
Hello my mummy,

Spring is in the air, at last it´s getting warmer outside. Bubele, Bzzzzz

and me start for a airing in the warm sun to take a look over our

habitationtown. First we cross a smal wooden bridge over the creek

Wispe, enter a hill for a great view…. but no early bloomers…  :thinking:

back in the garden we found them. Lots of Crocusses in many

colours…hmmmmm how flavoursome! 

flowers for you mummy  :D


your little rat


Posted Apr 18, 2013, 2:12 pm
Hello mummy,

I`m very busy with spring cleaning  ;)

after this very stressful work I went into the garden, in the pond I saw

many frogs with Springfeelings  ;)

Suddenly I saw a small red spot in the garden, at a closer look, I

saw a little ladybug in a deck chair. She introduced herself as Aura

Welcome Aura, nice that you're here, now  spring is here  ;)



Posted Apr 25, 2013, 8:10 am
Hi mum,

look at the cobblestone…. A rat like me!!! Do you know where I am?

Look at this monument.. this guy was guilty at the biggest

massacre that committed at our breed!  Do you recognice him? The

piper!!!  The piper of Hameln Oh mummy…. I´m shaking like a leaf ….. :stare:

thank God, I was able to flee to Andreas bag, I'm fine mummy



Posted May 5, 2013, 12:42 pm
Hello mum,

I made a trip through East-Westphalia-Lippe and I

follow the touristic path to visit the most interesting tourist features

of that area  ;) I started in an old half-Timber-town called Bad


with an accommondation.

Bad Salzuflen is a spa town and is known for its saltwater springs

and thermal baths. In former times the town profited from the salt

trade. Many houses of well-off citizens from the 16th and 17th

century are preserved.

My suite was situated in the

upperst level of the Hotel so that I could enjoy

a marvellous view over the rooftops of the city.

Next day I went south-west-ward to climbed on a mountain, there

is a big statue, 

so big that you can ascend it. The statue call Hermann, it´s the

Hermansdenkmal near Detmold.  click for more

informations ;)

From up there I enjoy an panoramic view across the landscape.

Back on solid floor I continued my way to one of the oldest

sugarloaf lump of  rock in the middle of Germany, the Externsteine.

The Externsteine are a natural outcropping of five sandstone pillars,

the tallest of which is 37.5 m (123 ft) high and form a wall of several

hundred metres in length, in a region that is otherwise largely

devoid of rocks.

The geological formation consists of a hard, erosion-resistant sandstone, laid down during the early Cretaceous era about 120 million years ago, near the edge of a large shallow sea that covered large parts of Northern Europe at the time. About 70 million years ago, these originally horizontal layers were folded to an almost vertical position; this was followed by various forms of weathering
An old mystic place. During all eras the peoles adore different lords.

When we approach the spiritual place it feels like entering a magic


nice trip  :D



Posted May 5, 2013, 3:16 pm
Hi mum!

I´ve completed a part of a Life-Mission. I visited the biggest Lake in

Lower-Saxony, Germany the Steinhuder Meer. Striktly speaking, it

isn´t a lake, it´s a sea, because it have no water intake.

The Steinhuder Meer is so huge;  the lake is located 30 kilometres 

northwest of Hanover. It is named after the nearby village of

Steinhude. It has an area of about 30 square kilometres , making it

the largest lake of northwestern Germany, but it is very shallow,

an average depth of only 1.35 metres  and a maximum depth of

less than 3 metres . It lies within a region known as the Hanoverian

Moor Geest. :rolleyes:  enough facts ;)   

it have an iland, the Wilhemstein (willystone), it´s located in the

middle of the water. By nice weather we sailed with open boats to

enter the Wilhelmstein, which housed an old fort, build in the

1760th by the earl of Schaumburg-Lippe (Foamcastle-


I also visit the fort and it was a little bit spooky

inside by the casemate, where the soldiers lived. :rolleyes:

look mummy , the first german submarine called Steinhuder Hecht built 1772

The design of the engineer, military officer and professor Jacob Praetorius Chrysostom saw an oak wood construction in the form of a fish with sails and movable tail. The plan should have been put forward in 1762 to Count Wilhelm of Schaumburg-Lippe and was realized after initial rejection in 1772 on the island fortress of William Stone in a stripped-down version. It should be dipped in 1772 in twelve minutes Steinhude. But this may be questionable because of the maximum 2.9 m water depth.




Posted May 12, 2013, 4:46 pm
Hello at home,

It`s time to say good bye here in Delligsen, but first my brother

Squab arrived here with a train,

So I could catch the train  towards home. I

was a little bit in a hurry and helped him to unloading the sweet

gifts from Finland ( thank you Henna)  and then.....  :rolleyes:a biiig hug for my brother. :D

Dr. Kröbner welcomes my brother and invited him to the TV-chair where he

introduced him to all the TVs. I  also took part at his little

welcome- and my little farewellparty because the engine driver

wants to made a tea

break before he continue his way ( he means it´s doesn´t matter if

he is out of schedule for 1 hour or 1 day….. stupid guy) :cyclops:

Suddenly the steam whistle resound. That was the signal for my


a last hug for Dr.Kröbner







and Scruffy

They accompanied mem to my train and  all

waved to me with their handkerchiefs. What an emotional moment :rolleyes:

bye, bye my brother....bye bye Dr.Kröbner and ........bye,bye to all plushies



Posted May 24, 2013, 10:13 pm
The train brought me home. While waiting at the station for somebody to pick me up and take me home I enjoyed the sun and met another TV who was also waiting. His name is Tsukumo.

After a while we saw a pink cabriolet...

Landroval, Troot and Alex jumped out of the car and welcomed us.

We put all our stuff into the trunk of the car. We had so much sweets, magnets and big postcards, the trunk was even full!

We jumped into the car and Crawfish brought us home. We were too many TVs so Alex had to use his own vehicle. ;)

Mr. Stanley

Posted Jun 21, 2013, 12:30 am
Today the weather was perfect for a tour on bike!
We visited the elevated dump of the village. It wasn't easy to go up that hill! But it was worth it!
First I just saw the high wind wheels!

Then I turned around and had a great view! It was better than you can see on the picture. We could see the next city which is about 50 kilometers away! Amazing!

Mr. Stanley

Posted Jul 17, 2013, 8:59 pm
Today the bell rang. We opened the door and welcomed 2 new toyvoyagers called Nathalie and Big foot.

We all cuddled them.

Then both showed us their souvenirs.

Mr. Stanley

Posted Jul 20, 2013, 9:57 pm
Today Tsukumo left us.

Posted Jul 27, 2013, 8:34 pm
I jumped into our car and made a little journey through our neighbor villages. I really liked it!

Posted Jul 28, 2013, 3:13 pm
Hey Mummy!

It´s my first day with my new hostparents and we went together to Bad Staffelstein, to a historic festival.
I saw swords and a knights helmet and a smith at his work. That was rellay cool  B)
But hostmum wasn´t my opinion and we had to look at the lady who yarned wool, too  :rolleyes:

When hostmum was involved with looking at the lady I saw a fellow of mine who sat on a beer barrel. I hopped out of hostmum´s handbag and had a short conversation with him.

Luckily hostmum didn´t realize my trip  :p

She was at a spooky booth where a skull. Ahhhh, it was her Tattoo Artist!

After this shock I was very hungry. So we had some spareribs. That´s what little rats like!

Yours, Mr. Stanley

Posted Jul 30, 2013, 10:31 pm
We had a little accident in our garden.
2 big branches of our egg plum broke. So we needed somebody to cut all the wood. I'm a rodent, so it was my job!
Can you see me on the pictures? I look like being a part of the tree.

First I cut the small branches from the big ones. Then I cut the big branches, too.

Mr. Stanley


Posted Aug 8, 2013, 8:06 pm
I think today was the hottest day of the summer. Our therometer said 39,5°C. B)
But, who cares?! We jumped into the car and travelled for a few hours.
We were really surprised when we arrived. Lots of other plushies welcomed us! :o :cyclops:

Look, all of us are official registered as Toyvoygers.

We are the "rat gang". :p

then I said good buy to my Mommy and our guests. I will stay in Lichtenfels for a while.

Mr. Stanley

Posted Sep 8, 2013, 12:30 pm
Hey Mummy!

Yesterday was a wonderful summer eveing, so we decided to spent the night in the garden in the tent.

Hostdad helped us to make a campfire. So it was very romantic.
Fipsys brother Fritzle took his guitar and played some old songs about adventure and brave men  ;)

When we finished we strolled through the garden, looking for some real adventures.

At first we looked at the garden pond. No monsters over there. Maybe in the reed? No, the rustling only came from the green Wavy Gravy who played hide and seek  B)

When it was time to go to sleep we went into the tent. The girls layed on the right, and the boys on the left side.

Suddenly, in the middle of the night I woke up and my blood curdeled :o There was a big monster among us! Immediately I played possum, but Fritzle battled for his life. Thank god the monster disapeared after a short while without hurting us seriously.

See you soon,

your brave Mr. Stanley

Posted Sep 28, 2013, 7:51 pm
Hey, Mummy!

Today I could give proof of my qualification as a doctor.
Baerle came to Lichtenfels to get a new nose. More precisely to get a new star on his nose. Hostmum gave him a shining star on his bear nose when he was in Lichtenfels two years ago. Now it got broken and so we´ll see what we can do.

I gave hints for a effective anaestetics. Then we had to wait until the patient sleeps deeply.
Then I could start my accurate work.

Very, very, VERY carefully I removed the old star and after that I put on a new and shining one. I think it looks good!

Now Baerle has to sleep and has to go in a rehab, maybe 2 weeks or month. We will see!

Get well soon, little bear!

Posted Oct 2, 2013, 10:48 am
Hey Mummy!

I was allowed to accompany hostmum to Essen.
The coal mine "Zollverein" is a world heritage so we visited it.
In the visitor center was a model of the whole are to get orientation. Very comfortable for us  B)

I was very impressed by the head gear. It´s the symbol of this mine, so of course we had to pose in front of it  :D

We also visited the "Ruhrmuseum" in which you can see exponates from the area. I was deeply impressed of the skull of a huge cave bear. They lived in this area long, long time ago!

He, Mummy, do you like the steam engine? It was exactly in my size but I didn´t sign a contract of employment  B)

On our way back we passed the "Grillo-Theater", one of the oldest theaters in the Ruhr region.

Yours, Mr. Stanley

Posted Oct 25, 2013, 2:50 pm
Hello Mummy!

Greetings from our holiday destination Kaltern. On our first day we made a tour through the wine yards down to the lake. Unfortunately the bathing season is over, so we only sat at the shore and looked at the water. But it was also very nice!

After this ardous trip we went to the tavern Fischerkeller and had a Brotzeit with bacon and cheese. And - maybe- there must have been some wine, too  :rolleyes:

Posted Dec 7, 2013, 10:49 am
Hello Mummy!

Have a nive 2nd advent! We were very busy the last few weeks. Christmas is coming! So we were allowed to help hostmum prepare the presents for their colleagues.

She decided to make pralines as nearly every year. At first we needed a cream with egg liqueur. Cream has to been cooked and then we added the liqueur and white chocolate. Then we had to stir. Cream ready!

For the molds we needed dark chocolate. It has to melt in a water bath. Slowly, very slowly. It´s not so easy for me to do this, because I am not very patient  :D
Then the dark chocolate has to been put in the hearty molds. You will wonder why we used a hair dryer :p Hostmum knows that it is important that the molds are absolutely dry. So we dried them with warm air. Tricky, isn´t it?

Petunia assisted hostmum filling the cream in the mold, I wasn´t sure if I am calm enough to do that, so the girls should do it.

Hostmum also made a second type of pralines, with nougat. We didn´t help, but we were allowed to nipple  B)

Pralines are very yummie, Mummy  :p

Posted Mar 2, 2014, 5:26 pm
Hello Mummy, sorry for my delay! It seems I took a winter sleep, although there was already no winter in Lichtenfels. But now I am here again  B)

Today we made a trip to Bamberg, a city 40km away from Lichtenfels.

To get a navigation we looked at a bronze model of the city. We stood exactly at the same place  :D. In front of us we saw the town hall, a crazy building which stands in the middle of the river "Regnitz".

Enough with buildings, Bamberg has a lot of more culture. Enjoying beer and food! So we chose a nice restaurant and ordered a special beer, called "Schlenkerla". CHeerio, Mummy!  :stare:
I ordered a knuckle, because it can be very dangerous to drink without eating something. ;)

On our tour through the city we passed another brewery, the "Mahr´s Braeu". There we had another... beer.  B)

On our way back home we passed an old house with a absolute leaning door... or maybe that was me who balanced???

Haha, now I´am back home save, don´t worry!

Mr. Stanley