Donnerstag, 16. Juli 2009

City T(h)oursday - Garden No. 5 - 8

Wecome Back!

This week we will visit the remaining 4 "City-Gardens". I hope you enjoy the tour and let me know which garden you liked best.


Garden No. 5
Our garden combines the extremes heaven and hell and the elements fire, earth, water and air.
The arrangement of the garden reflects the color schemes of fire and earth: red – for example the leaves of the maple – and orange which are cozy and passionate. Materials such as the black glass, steel and ceramics set a course. Air and water will corrode the steel over the years … and the sandstone would have never been formed without high pressure in connection with temperature

A sunlounger invites the visitors to let his eyes wander across the sky and to be reminded that everything depends on the point of view.


Garden No. 6

Although even on earth the connection between heaven and hell cannot be brought along – the landscapers try to show the pros and cons.
In heaven one can find rest areas to relax and rest. Flowers delight with their blossoms and green.
In hell there are no rest areas and sharp and craggy materials in dark colors are not very inviting.


Garden No. 7

The boardwalk forms the center line of this garden. And together with the water it is a focal point.

A heavenly place where one can relax and enjoy the nature has been created here.

Garden No. 8
This garden portrays a copse – which was a holy place with charisma and or ravishing beauty in the ancient world. The huge vase which is placed in the garden is used as a fountain. In the Renaissance vases were a symbol for hell and by placing the vase in a spring – which should mark the entrance to hell – this has been pointed out again.
The pergola frames the sky and the blooming flowers and fructiferous trellis reflect the temptations of life.


Next week I will continue the walk through the City and show you some tourist attractions. Keep your fingers crossed that there is at least one fine day next week, as I need to take the pictures I want to post.

Hope to see you next week.

Dienstag, 14. Juli 2009

New Blog Design

Lisa of Stop and Smell the Chocolates got a new blog design and I reallylike it.

I wasn't happy with my design since some time therefore I hoped over to The cutest blog on the blocks and were just amazed by all their different backgrounds. After some trying I found these sweet butterflies and heart them. What do you think?

Go over to Lisas blog and have a look at her new design - the new header is awesome.

Have a blessed Tuesday.

Montag, 13. Juli 2009

Monday



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Freitag, 10. Juli 2009

German Apple pie

Last week I made an Apple pie and usually Prince Charming is not soo keen about eating pie but this one ... he almost aet by himself.

He begged me to make another one and therefore this morning the kitchen

(and the rest of the house) was filled with a wonderful scent. I just love the smell of freshed baked goods.

And as the apple slices were simmering on the stove I decided to do pancakes for breakfast. YUMMY.
What a nice way to start a Sunday which we intend to spend on the couch as the weather is aweful.

Rainy and only 63 F brrr - our summer is definetly taking a break.

Donnerstag, 9. Juli 2009

City T(h)oursday

I am exited to welcome you to my second Citytour.

This week you won't see a typical tourist attraction ... I picked out something special.
From mid May until mid June eight landscapers each put up a small garden in the city. The garden had to reflect the theme "Heaven 'n' Hell".

Let's have a look at what they came up with:


Garden No. 1:
Dark materials, which are affected by fire and ash, dominate the hostile area of hell with dead plants and backwater.
The bright area in white and blue reflects the sky and the elixir light. Blooming flowers show vitality and the olive trees symbolize peace.

Garden No. 2:
“Voltaire: God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.”

The “Divine Comedy” by Dante Alighieri inspired us for the design of this garden. The dull path to the “other side” is planted with plants like Aralia elata (because in Germany it’s called “cane of devil” – please don’t ask me why) and devil’s-bit scabious (Succisa pratensis). It leads through the funnel-shaped circles of hell, over the rocks of the Mountain of Purgatory to the paradise.
Those who do not want to take the burdensome path can cleanse themselve from sin under the shower in the basin of indulgence and enter the paradise with a clean record. (Our expression for “clean record” translated word by word would be “white vest”).



Garden No. 3:
In this Garden the fine (white) line between heaven and hell is shown. The dark paving displays hell and a variety of red elements symbolize different kind of sins. The border made of granite with its sharp edges is meant to be an indication for the hard to achieve forgiveness.
In the contrary heaven is created with soft materials such as beach sand as well as soil to allow you to enjoy your stay. The “water” is shown by bits of broken blue glass and has been built as a closed system and therefore reflects the circuit of fortune and well-being. Different kind of plants emphasize this feeling.

Garden No. 4:
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death … (Psalm 23:4 NIV)
On the way to heaven dark stones and red colored tree trunks reflect hell in its dreariness.

The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty (5. Mose 28:12 NIV)
The border of the boardwalk is planted with flowers and in the middle a reflecting surface mirrors the sky.
So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. (1. Corinther 3:7 NIV)



Which one did you like best so far? Leave a comment and let me know.

We have 4 more to see but we'll do this next time.
Have a great Thursday and see you next week!!

Mittwoch, 8. Juli 2009

No-Spend-Month - First Review

First weeks review:
(When comparing prices please keep in mind that we live in Germany)

Our first week has not been as tough as we thought but it wasn't easy either.
We did OK for the first week.

Our budget for a week is 113,75 Euro.

We had to fill up Prince Charming's car with car which added up to 40 Euro.
Then we went over to a friends house on night for barbeque as the weather was great last week. I offered to bring the meat (marinaded pork and beef) as Prince Charming and I were heading there right from work. I paid 16 Euro for 12 pieces of meat plus 10 sausages. We could even take some left-overs home and put them in the freezer.

We also did some grocery shopping.
In total we paid 113,74 Euro. (whooohoo, we were ONE cent under our budget)


What I learned this week:
Over the last years we really got used to just buy what we see - regardless of the price (in regard to groceries). And most time we did not even look at the offers. That has changed.



I got 5 pounds of apricots as well as 5 pounds of peaches for each 2.99 - and made some jars of jam. JUMMY

I'm looking forward to week 2.

Donnerstag, 2. Juli 2009

City T(h)oursday

Welcome to Bremen!

My name is Nimmi and from this Thursday on I'll be your tourguide and invite you to join me on a short Citytour. I know that you guys are always short of time therefore I will keep the walks quick. There are lots of places I wanna show you, lots of stories I wanna tell you. So com'on let's go.

Bremen is a charming city located in the North of Germany. With it's 1200 years of history the city can sure tell many stories and has lots of interesting places to offer.


The townhall as well as the 'Roland' are listed in the "Unesco world heritage list". The 'Schnorr' a maze of lanes lined with cute little houses is a great escape from the 'real' world. The houses are set very close together like pearls on a string and walking through the lanes feels like stepping into a long past century. Give me some time and you will get to see many details. There is the biblical garden behind the "Dom" - a fantastic retreat from the busy city. The 'Böttcherstreet' with more architecture to see and I have a special tour in mind showing you many religious signs which can be found in rather unexpected places.

But for today I start with the famous 'Bremer musicians'. Many of you porabably now the story of the "Bremer musicians" - a story written by the brothers Grimm. If you are among the very few which haven't heard of this story you can read here.

I have to admit that so most visitors are a bit disappointed when they get to see the statue in reality as it is rather small. But something one shouldn't miss.


I hope you enjoyed the first tour of my city and I would love to see you again next week.