Friday, 2 October 2015

Today is the day of German Unity, Happy Anniversary Germany!

German Unity Day is held on 3 October each year to mark the anniversary of the nation's unification. 
The people of Germany remember when The Federal Republic of Germany and the 
Democratic Republic of Germany united to create one single, federal Germany on 3 October 1990.

The city of Frankfurt will host the 25th anniversary celebrations, 
which will be full of atmosphere and festivities, 
I am privileged to have the opportunity to live here and embrace life in Germany today.

Happy Anniversary Germany, you are a beautiful nation, full of rich history,
fabulous traditions, wonderful people and spectacular scenery.
Thank you for having my little family, we love Germany!

Enjoy some of my life here in Germany.

The Reichtag Building in Berlin
The Reichstag building, Berlin

Frankfurt with a festival in full swing, Germany knows how to throw a festival!

Baden Baden, beautiful spa town in the foothills of the Back Forest.
Baden Baden, Germany

Limburg, a beautiful town in the Lahn valley, full of historic half timbered houses,
the oldest free standing house in Germany is here...built in 1289!
Half timbered house Limburg. Germany

The Christmas Markets of Germany are truly magical, the one in Wiesbaden is one of my favourites.
Christmas Market, Wiesbaden, Germany

Every village in Germany has a rich history, the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Church in Hofheim
is no exception, the bells of the church were sent to Berlin for 
"safekeeping"during the war but went missing. 
They were found, years later buried in a pig pen and are now back where they belong!
Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Hofheim, Germany

The forests surrounding Frankfurt are spectacular in any season.
Forest, Frankfurt, Germany

Heidelberg Castle, history, architecture a beautiful, historical monument.

 Eltz castle, owned by the same family for over 850 years, Germany 
certainly has some breathtaking castles.

I love this German philosophy!

When you go to the Black must have Black Forest cake!

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Happy China National Day, China

Today is China National Day, 
the memorial day for the founding of The People's Republic of China.

The people of China will travel far and wide to celebrate with family and friends.
Enjoy China!

Here are eight of my memories from our time in China. 
Eight as it is the most auspicious number in Chinese culture, 
the number eight, pronounced 'ba' sounds similar to the word for prosperity 'fa'.

An iconic Panda after a feed of bamboo in Chengdu.
Panda, Chengdu, China

Birds hanging in the streets of Shanghai, filling the air with their songs.
Birds hanging out, Shanghai, China

The legendary 'Avocado Lady' made many an expat feel at home.
Avocado Lady, Wulumuqi Lu, Shanghai, China
Friendly Chinese cooks, always ready for a smile!
Chinese Cooks, Qibao, China

The beautiful Lotus bloom in Yangshou, China.
Lotus Blossom, Yangshou, China

You can transport anything on the back of a bike in China.
Duck Farmer, Yangshou, China

The ever changing Shanghai Skyline.
Shanghai Skyline

I am sure China National Day 2015 will go out with a spectacular bang!
Chinese New Year Fireworks, Shanghai, China

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Photo a Day - September - gone with more than a hint of Autumn glory!

Is it just me or do the months in the second half of the year seem to fly
by at a faster speed than the rest of the year?
Hard to believe that we say hello to October tomorrow!

My September finishes with a taste of Germany,
some fresh Autumn colour,
a little bit of The Netherlands,
of course Shanghai makes an appearance or two
 and we even have a little bit of Britain!

The prompt of the day is in red, the photo and description is my take on the prompt.

Horse and his Shadow
Meet the handsome Duke and his shadow!

Autumn in the forest, Frankfurt
News just in, Summer has left the area and Autumn has made a comeback.

Ralph in the forest, Frankfurt, Germany
Me and my camera
...head into the forest every day with Ralph, the locals are used to me,my camera and Ralph by now.

Snowy, Autobahn, Germany
Road Trip
So hard to choose as most of our travel in Europe is done by road. You see so much more and you can stop in the most wonderful places.
One day in January, we hit the road so that I dcould meet up with some fellow photographers in Utrecht, The Netherlands and take some shots. 
Our road trip took a few more hours than we thought...we had to drive through a big snowstorm.
Was a road trip to remember.

Utrecht, The Netherlands
 We made it safely, the weather cleared to a spectacular day
that was enjoyed by all.

Fan of Shanghai, China
You all know that I am a gig fan of here is my Shanghai Fan!

Wisteria, Grey's Court, National Trust,Henley, England.
Secret Garden
Wollow the Wisteria Walk and the secret garden will unfold before your eyes.
Love the National Trust properties in the UK, full of secret gardens.

My live has merged with three different places over the last four years, Shanghai, China, England and my forest in Germany, there will always be a little piece of each in my heart.

Globe of the world
Our world needs more transparency. An openness, communication and
accountability to make the world a better place for all.

Autumn leaf, Forest, Germany
The bold and bright colours of Autumn are filling my forest.

Dressed Dogs of Shanghai
Made you smile never seen a dog with a Ralph Lauren top on backwards before??

September 2015

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Our last minute Summer holiday, a few days in magnificent Devon, England

It was getting to the stage where we thought our Summer holiday wouldn't happen. 
Work trips for the Kiwi kept scuttling our plans and last minute booking in 
Europe is not to be recommended in the height of Summer. 
Logistics did not look good, one husband in the USA, one daughter in England 
and our internet was out of action for three weeks, but I did it!
We booked into a gorgeous little B&B in Lynton, Devon
Picked the Kiwi up from Frankfurt airport as soon as his flight landed, hit the Autobahn and 
headed for the ferry across the channel, up to Oxford to pick up daughter number 2, before hitting the motorway to North Devon. What a day of travel, but so worth it!

Heathrow, M25 England

As we wound our way through the Exmoor National park towards our destination in
 Devon we were astounded at the beauty surrounding us.

Lynmouth, Devon, England

The tide was out at the gorgeous little village of Lynmouth when we arrived. 
It was so good to be beside the seaside in such a picturesque spot after a mammoth drive.

Lynmouth, Devon, England

The National Park we had just driven through stood majestically behind us, 
basking in the evening sun.

Lynmouth, Devon, England

We spent days relaxing, wandered along paths and enjoyed the magnificent views. 
The perfect place to slow the pace of life and breathe in the refreshing sea air.

Lynmouth, Devon, England

Lynmouth, Devon, England

We meandered through paths in the Exmoor National park,
savoured the beauty of the heather filled moorlands.

Exmoor National Park, Lynmouth, Devon, England

Exmoor National Park, Lynmouth, Devon, England

Came across groups of Exmoor ponies and their foals.

Wild Exmoor Ponies, Lynmouth, Devon, England

Wild Exmoor Ponies, Lynmouth, Devon, England

Wild Exmoor Ponies, Lynmouth, Devon, England

Watched the sun set over the water, time spent in North Devon is good for the soul.

Sunset, Lynmouth, Devon, England

Monday, 21 September 2015

UN International Day of Peace 2015

This morning I checked my Facebook page and there was the usual invitation to "See your memories"
I clicked and found this "memory" for 21 September 2014.
My Photo a Day prompt for the day was "favourite word"
and I chose "Harmony" as it was the International Day of Peace.

"The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities 
during the Day and to otherwise commemorate the Day, 
through education and public awareness on issues related to peace"

So here we are, a year on, the world is still in turmoil in some parts, 
the situation in Syria is chaotic to say the least.
I have seen first hand the dire situation the Syrian refugees are in.

Let us all try and make the world a better place, today indulge in a random act of kindness,
invite the person behind you at the check out to go first,
buy a homeless person some lunch,
donate some clothes to those in need,
send a post card to a friend, 
hold the door open for someone,
put your change in the charity jar,
even just Smile!

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Photo a Day - September, moving along

Ahh, another week done and dusted.
A few trips down memory lane, love looking back on things we have done
and look forward to some new adventures to share.

The prompt of the day is in red, the photo and description is my take on the prompt.

Tea cups and pearls
BFF - Best Friend Forever
A BFF will sit, sip tea...or a wine with you, impart pearls of wisdom, 
keep your secrets, laugh loud, create memories, 
provide a shoulder, like family you choose for yourself.

Miao Sister Festival, Guizhou, China
Safely nestled in his snug baby carrier.
Miao Minority Sister Festival, Guizhou, China.

Mauseum, St Goar, Germany
A quirky little "mauseum" entrance for mice on a wall outside a very quirky
toy museum/store in St Goar, Germany

Butterfly and Bee, Lynton, Devon, UK
The garden was alive with fragrant flowers, bees and butterflies!
Lynton, Devon, England

Maypole Dance, England
Spirit of Community
There is nothing like May Day and a Maypole dance in England to bring out community spirit.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Photo a Day - September...why are you running away so fast!

September seems to be flying by at breakneck speed. 
The days are closing in, the leaves are changing colour and starting to fall, there is a chill to the air.
Change is afoot and preparations for our big move home are in full swing. 
So much to do, so little time...the clock is ticking fast!

Enjoy my days of September in Germany, with a few shots from China thrown in.
The prompt of the day is in red, the photo and description is my take on the prompt.

Autumn Leaf
Beauty redefined
A fallen leaf. life at an end but still bringing colour to our world.

Marktkirche, Wiesbaden, Germany
Point of view

Looking up from the front steps of the Marktkirche, a Neo-Gothic church in Wiesbaden, Germany.

St Goar, UNESCO World Heritage, Germany
Begins with 'S'
St Goar, a town on the West bank of the Rhine river, 
surrounded by castles and vineyards and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Australian Wine, Bob's Wine, Hofheim, Germany
Coffee Break
Had such a hectic week, a wine break was more desirable than a coffee break!

Ralph the dog, Forest, Frankfurt, Germany
Close to my heart
My daily walks in my forest with my dog Ralph are very close to my heart.
Wandering through the forest clears my head and my soul, my faithful friend by my side ...
or at least chasing a ball nearby!

Shanghai Skyline 2011
The daily commute in Shanghai, by foot, taxi, subway or ferry, always busy.

Passport to the world
My Aussie passport gives me the freedom to travel the world, live in different places
and return home to our beautiful country.

Vendor, Great Wall of China, Mutianyu, China
Unlikely Hero
Our day on the Great Wall was magical, the girls saw snow for the first time in their lives. 
While other tourists walked the walk, we had a snowball fight and built a snowman.
This kind vendor watched us with a smile, then left his stall to come down and make a 
family photo for us, giving us a precious memory of a fantastic day. Our hero!

This friend of ours likes to consume a carrot or two after a ride.