Montag, 28. Juli 2014

Spot the plasterer

This morning the plasterers were out in force, trying to get things done before their summer break.

Can you spot all five of them?

Donnerstag, 17. Juli 2014

Getting plastered - hopefully

The final preparations have been made before the exterior plastering can start.  The scaffolding is up, the windows are covered with plastic sheets (it gets pretty stuffy at night) and there is a huge plaster hopper in the drive.

Also, a second high power outlet has been installed in the cellar.  Before I had a bright red 16 amp connection point (why?).  Now I have an additional chunkier looking 32 amp outlet too!

The plasterers should be finished by the end of July - they are off on their holidays then.

Sonntag, 13. Juli 2014

Assembly characteristics of cows (and possibly horses)

All cows in prime number groups or alone

After adjusting the moving the cucumbers up on to their new growing frame (our old shoe rack) and taking another crop from the peas, I drove home from the allotment past some cows.  Last week there were horses running about in the field next door.  After watching both I have come up with an observation:

when cows are milling about in a field, if they are not alone, they form in to groups with a prime number of members. It seems to work with horses too. Did you ever see 4 cows in a group in a field?

Donnerstag, 3. Juli 2014

Die Trauerweide musste weg - demise of a huge weeping willow

After the chunk fell off the tree, it looked pretty bad.  The tree surveyors came on Monday and immediately decided it had to go.  The inside was rotten and a big storm would have knocked it down in any random direction.  Apart from our house being right next door, the other options were all pretty lousy (streets, cars, people, bikes, et c.) with just a narrow wedge of field to aim for.

The roads around were closed on Monday afternoon.  The police were ther along with a colourful assortment of experts, interested parties and hangers-on.  It was an exciting event in the end, albeit a bit sad.
Remainder of willow before felling

No more willow after felling
Only after the tree (around 35 m tall) was down could we see (and smell) inside the trunk.  Then you could really tell that the tree had not been well.
New view to Wilhelm-Leuschner-Straße
I hope we can arrange something suitable to fill in the gap.  Discussions are ongoing.  Appointment at the Town Hall this morning.  Fingers crossed.