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Germany 2014


germany 2014 germany 2014 Maria at Frankfurt Airport, and a good coffee at last.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Tuesday 3rd June 2014.


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Frankfurt long distance railway station on the way to Offenburg. We changed at Mannheim, Walter picked us up and took us to Elsa's. Weather is grey but fine, everything looked green. A train went past our platform going someplace else.

Photo:Don & Maria Hitchcock Tuesday 3rd June 2014.


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Maria's bag was quite unstable, and was forever falling over. We had to stand up most of the way, this was a 'plain paper' digital display giving destinations and speed.

Photo:Don & Maria Hitchcock Tuesday 3rd June 2014.


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To the fields and fruit stall. The Schutte River was nearby, and there were wild hazelnuts and blackberries and stinging nettles in the hedges.

Photo:Don & Maria Hitchcock Wednesday 4th June 2014.


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The Schutte River once had a little bridge just here. It is not used by kayakers, though it would be in Australia, beggars can't be choosers!

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Wednesday 4th June 2014.


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Stork and rye field. They are trying to keep the storks in Germany by giving them extra food in winter.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Wednesday 4th June 2014.


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Stork tree. The tree died so they converted it into a nesting site for storks, which a pair took advantage of. These are two young storks who are nearly ready to fly.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Wednesday 4th June 2014.


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Chamomile in the rye field. In 2012 the Schutte overflowed across this field, and the chamomile came up in a boggy area.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Wednesday 4th June 2014.


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Wheat, and red poppy in the field.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Wednesday 4th June 2014.


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Stork nest on the Rathaus in Schuttewald. A wooden platform has been added above the chimney. Stork nests get bigger every year.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Wednesday 4th June 2014.


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The strawberries were superb. They are much, much better than we can get in the supermarket in Australia.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Wednesday 4th June 2014.


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These are a special asparagus variety. I think they are normally white, which is usually attained by hilling and covering with black plastic. The car at the fruit stall had an "Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi sticker. Obviously they had been to Oz!

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Wednesday 4th June 2014.


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The poppy thief!

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Wednesday 4th June 2014.


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The place where Elsa's 85th birthday party will be held.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Wednesday 4th June 2014.


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Offenburg sculptures and children's merry go round.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Thursday 5th June 2014.


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An insect hotel!

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Thursday 5th June 2014.


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Mason sign on the footpath.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Thursday 5th June 2014.


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A very neat vegetable garden in Schutterwald.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Thursday 5th June 2014.


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Impromptu party on the terrace. Adi and Thea and Delia arrived.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Thursday 5th June 2014.


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Doris, daughter of Anni and Fritz came over too.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Thursday 5th June 2014.


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Adi was in fine form!

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Thursday 5th June 2014.


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Walter took this beautiful photo across Schutterwald from his upper story balcony.

Photo: © Walter Braun Thursday 5th June 2014.


germany 2014 germany 2014 germany 2014 germany 2014 germany 2014 germany 2014 At the cherry orchard. We picked a basket of cherries, Regina owns the trees, and the farmer looks after them for her in return for the cherries, which he makes into schnapps. The trees were loaded, there do not appear to be cherry eating birds around!


Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Thursday 5th June 2014.


germany 2014 germany 2014 germany 2014 germany 2014 germany 2014 At the preparations for the birthday party which took place on the Saturday.


Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Friday 6th June 2014.


germany 2014 At the birthday party on Saturday. L to R, son of Thomas?, Maria Braun, Philip, Tomas Regina's son, Peter, Delia, Thea, Adi, Regina, Maria, Alex, Thomas' wife, Marc.


Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Saturday 7th June 2014.


germany 2014 germany 2014 germany 2014 germany 2014 germany 2014 At the birthday party on Saturday. The food was superb. We had champagne and nibbles outside, with the main meal inside.


Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Saturday 7th June 2014.


germany 2014 germany 2014 At the birthday party on Saturday, Maria and Thea.


Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Saturday 7th June 2014.


germany 2014 germany 2014 germany 2014 Fritz is now in a wheelchair, and does not recognise many people any more.


Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Saturday 7th June 2014.


germany 2014 germany 2014 At the party. Adi's two sons on the right.


Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Saturday 7th June 2014.


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At Marisa's family pool.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Sunday 8th June 2014.


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Amsterdam - at the boat harbour. This could have been a buck's party.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Monday 9th June 2014.


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Amsterdam - city of bikes, churches and expensive homes beside the canals.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Monday 9th June 2014.


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The houses all had these hoists above the buildings so that furniture could be hoisted to the apartments when people moved.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Monday 9th June 2014.


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Enjoying life on the canal.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Monday 9th June 2014.


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City of canals and bridges.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Monday 9th June 2014.


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Beer - and pedal power, a great way for young men to work off steam!

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock Monday 9th June 2014.