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Remscheid, Germany - 6th April 2012

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
unexpectedly the weather was fantastic today, so my host went out with Shooga and me to take a walk in the outskirts of Remscheid. There are not many bushes blooming, only forsythia in the neighbour's garden.

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I am living in a rather old quarter, the houses in the neighbourhood are looking like this.

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They have a large water tower in the city. The city centre of Remscheid is situated on top of a hill. The drinking water is pumped here from a dam in a nearby valley.

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Remscheid is surrounded by woodland and rural areas, you can also see part of it in the background.

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Katja told us that our walk would take us to the opposite side of the valley which was visible from here.

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This was already looking "rural" :)

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We played hide and seek in the fresh grass.

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Can you see the city centre with the water tower on the next photo? The second tower belongs to the city hall, it is 48 m tall.

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You can find small hamlets embedded in the lovely landscape.

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Those houses are typical for this region called "Bergisches Land". They are half-timbered houses or covered with slate. Traditionally they have a green door and green shutters.

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This house is being restored. You can see that the house is built in the traditional style, with clay-filled segments which will be painted white later.

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We walked through a forest than.

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Walking through a valley we found fish ponds.

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This house is decorated with historic items.

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We met sheep!

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We found a lovely place for resting in the sun.

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Even this small barn was restored perfectly.

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Many industrial sites are situated in this valley along Morsbach, that's were industrialization started in middle ages in this region. There are still many historic sites, some of them still in use nowadays.

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We went back home them, walking uphill forever (as it seemed to me).

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This is the police headquarter with a small park in front of it.

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Almost home ....

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After three hours walking my feet were aching, so I spent the evening on the sofa, doing absolutely nothing :D

Bye
Tamina

* Posted Apr 7, 2012, 1:51 pm Last edited Apr 7, 2012, 3:00 pm by olgamaus [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Remscheid, Germany - 8th April 2012

By: olgamaus


Hi Mummy,
in the early afternoon we went to Katja's sister to celebrate Easter with the whole family. There are cherry trees blooming at the station, a lovely view :)

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So many delicous sweets!

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Bye
Tamina

* Posted Apr 9, 2012, 11:48 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Remscheid, Germany - 11th April 2012

By: olgamaus

Hello Mummy,
let me show you my latest pictures from today's walk in the lovely surroundings of Remscheid.

We went to the districts in the South of Remscheid, there are also forests and valleys. While we went there we saw lovely old houses.

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We reached the bottom of the first valley. You can see that there are housing areas and allotment gardens. They are having lots of allotment gardens here along the steep slopes of the valleys.

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When we went uphill to the other side of the valley we saw the city centre.
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The central station is nearly opposite of us and you can see all those industrial sites close to the station, mostly steelworks. Here is a zoomed photo.

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This is a very famous industrial site, formerly known as Mannesmann Röhrenwerke. Hollow structural sections were created here. A part of the historical factory building is still here, combined with newer buildings.

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We walked through a forest than for some time.

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Katja told us that we would walk to Eschbachtalsperre than, the oldest drinking water dam in Germany. Before we reached the concrete dam, we came along a large pond.

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In a tunnel underneath the A1 motorway we found colourful graffiti.

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We climbed a steep path next to the dam and had a good view to the barrier lake than.

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The drinking water dam was opened in 1891.

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Later we walked through a rural area.

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We walked until we reached the district Lennep, about 12 km from our starting point in the city centre. They have a route for cyclists and pedestrians here, also built on a closed railway track. We followed it until we reached the station. From here we went home by bus. What a walk!

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Bye
Tamina

* Posted Apr 14, 2012, 3:35 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Solingen, Schloss Burg, Germany - 15th April 2012

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
today we visited a medieval castle in the neighbour city Solingen, Schloss Burg, It is situated high upon a hill above the River Wupper. We had to walk all the way up to the castle, through narrow streets with those old timber-framed houses.

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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.

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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.

In the castle courtyard 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.

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The round tower was the powder tower, it was restored about two years ago.

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When we walked back to the car, we saw some of those lovely half-timbered houses which were built in 17th century.

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Bye for now
Tamina

* Posted Apr 21, 2012, 8:02 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Remscheid, at home, Germany - 22nd April 2012

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
today Schnatterchen and I helped Katja's daughter to prepare gravlax. We bought a deep-frozen salmon which had to defrost first.

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Katja's daughter is a professional cook, so it is easy for her to fillet a fish.

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This is the carcass, Alex will make a fish soup from it.

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The last fishbones had to be removed with tweezers.

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The fish fillets were put into a large box, than they were covered with mustard.

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Salt, pepper, lemon and dill were added.

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We had to mix 1 kg sugar and 1 kg salt than.

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The fish was buried than under the white stuff.

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It was completely hidden under sugar and salt.

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The fish had to stay in the fridge for about four or five days. As the salmon cures, by the action of osmosis, the moisture turns the dry cure into a highly concentrated brine

The salmon will be eaten on Katja's birthday party next weekend.

Bye
Tamina

* Posted May 5, 2012, 2:25 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Leichlingen, Germany - 29th April 2012

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
we took a long walk today along the so called "Obstweg Leichlingen". Leichlingen is a small town, halfway between Remscheid and Cologne.

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This path is following a route through traditional orchard meadows, along homesteads and through rural hamlets. It is about 9 km long.

We had to follow the apple trail marking.

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You can find many information boards telling you facts about fruit, the landscape and so on.

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Katja told me that we were a bit late, most of the apple trees were not blooming any more. Katja said two or three weeks ago the whole region must have been an sea of flowers.

We walked along picturesque farms and houses.

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Aple trees everywhere!

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You can also find those half-timbered houses here.

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We came back to the town than. In the gardens we already found lots of flowers.

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We also took a short walk in the city centre of Leichlingen.

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This is river Wupper, which is also  flowing under Muengsten Bridge. Not too far from here, about 9 km, it is flowing into river Rhine.

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We had an ice cream and drove home afterwards.

Bye
Tamina

* Posted May 5, 2012, 2:09 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Remscheid, Germany - 7th May 2012

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
unexpectedly the weather became much better in the afternoon, so we decided to take a walk around the city, but first my horn needed some repair works :D

A bit of nail polish did a good job :D

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My current home is not too far from the city centre, here you can see the tower of the city hall in the background.

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In the background you can see the outskirts of the neighbour city Wuppertal.

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We  walked downhill to the district Hasten, one of the oldest districts of Remscheid. The "Route of Tools" is starting here, a former railway track which was built  to a lane for pedestrians and cyclists.  We will walk the whole lane another time, it is nearly 5 km long.

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Unfortunately the photos do not really show how steep those lanes are!

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A few minutes later we reached our home :)

Bye
Tamina

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Remscheid, at home, Germany - 7th May 2012

By: olgamaus

Later, in the early evening, I met the three ferret girls. They are extremely playful and lively fuzzies, running around everywhere :)

On the bed ... (this is Shiva, a sable ferret)

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... on the floor (this is Brighty, very interested in my bum :) )

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... and Zaehnchen, hiding under the sofa.

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Bye
Tamina

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travelling, across the ocean - 15th May 2012

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
after having a good time in Remscheid I packed some sweets and a postcard into my envelope and said good-bye to my friends.

Now I am already on my way to the USA.

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Love
Tamina

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Rosendale, NY, USA - 30th May 2012

By: Birdie87

Well, Tamina has arrived safely in NY!

We're having some trouble posting photos but I wanted to let you know that all is well and she's visiting with lots of people and animals. Also, some other TV's!!

Hope to post some pictures soon. :)

* Posted May 30, 2012, 5:28 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


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