Lieselotte, Hamelin, Germany

-[Dino]-


Posted Jun 26, 2013, 8:38 pm
Hello world!

I'm a toyvoyager now and I really wannt to experience lots of new things. Which isn't too hard because I spent my life so far on a shelf in my mummy's room. ;) Here I want to tell you about my adventures.  B)

You can see how I'm writing this travelog entry...

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...and reading it over.

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I also saw the cat, but I think he wants to eat me.  :o So, I'll be staying all clear of the cat in the future!

xoxo
Lieselotte
-[Dino]-


Posted Jun 26, 2013, 8:45 pm
Hey guys!

Today I was helping mummy update her postcard collections on picasa. I had the most important part of taking photos of the postcards and mummy said I did a good job.  :D

Look, how professional I look all prepared with the camera ready:

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It was difficult getting good shots of each card, but in the end I managed fine! :)

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After so much hard work I will go and relax a little. I think I earned that!  B)

xoxo
Lieselotte
-[Dino]-


Posted Jun 28, 2013, 9:54 pm
Today I went on a "taste adventure"!  B)

Mummy brought a strange-looking thing back from the kitchen. She said it was a kiwi fruit - a yellow kiwi fruit.

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She also said those were very yummy. So I wanted to try it for myself.

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First sniffing:

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Then trying just a tiny piece:

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Ok, mummy was right. Those are really yummy!  :D So I ate all of it alone. I was so full I fell right asleep next to the bowl.

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Talk to you all soon! :)

xoxo
Lieselotte
-[Dino]-


Posted Jun 28, 2013, 11:16 pm
Hey guys!

Today mummy showed me around a little.  :) The weather wasn't the nicest, but at least it was only drizzling and not full-blown raining. ;)

The first stop was at this field full with blue and purple flowers. They look so nice!  :D

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Then we went to the nearest mailbox to drop off some cards. I had the task to push the cards into the mailbox.

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Today we sent cards to Canada, Finland, China, Ukraine, Thailand, UK and the Netherlands.  B)

Next to the mailbox we saw these lovely roses:

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So many and sooo pretty!  :)

Then mummy showed me one of her favourite spots. I liked it there, too.

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This is the highest place of the village and therefore you can see so far. It's very quiet up here even though there are two big streets pretty near.

We even saw a crop circle. ;)

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The building all the way behind the fields belongs to the water supply companies. Maybe we'll visit it closer some other day.

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More growing crops:

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Yes, it's a pretty rural area around here. ;)

A few more steps down the path and I stopped to smell the roses.

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So many nice roses blooming around here. The ones above are also called "Schwimmbadrosen" (public swimming pool roses) around here because there were many of them on the area of the public swimming pool before modified some years ago. And they smell really nice!

We also saw a nicely painted little transformer substation:

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Speaking of nicely painted, we also saw a beautifully decorated wall of the local school.

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It says: "Wir gestalten unsere Zukunft." (We shape our future.)

But the main purpose of our walk was to check the bus schedule for tomorrow. Mummy said we'll be going on a trip tomorrow. My first trip! :cyclops: So I made sure we had the time right. :)

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I'm excited about tomorrow. But mummy also said we have to get up very early so I have to go to bed now.

Good night!
-[Dino]-


Posted Jul 1, 2013, 12:15 pm
Today we got up early to take the bus to Nienburg (Weser).

Luckily we didn't have to get off in the next town and wait for 1 hour for the next bus as the schedule had told us yesterday. We could just go straight to Nienburg.

It was my first time travelling by bus.  B)

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I saw lots and lots of field going by. Rural area, remember. ;)

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We also went by the power station in Landesbergen. Many electrical lines come together here.

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It works with natural gas that was found in the area in the 1950s.

In Nienburg we got off at the station to wait for the train to continue our journey.
-[Dino]-


Posted Jul 1, 2013, 12:20 pm
Here we are in Nienburg waiting for the train to Hanover. Of course it was late which was especially "nice" because of the cold and rainy weather.  :stare:

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-[Dino]-


Posted Jul 1, 2013, 12:25 pm
When we finally arrived in Hanover we had already travelled most of the way. Only about 30 minutes by train to go.  :)

But then something funny happened:

The announcement came that our train would be arriving, but then a big, empty freight train came and stopped directly at the platform:

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Luckily we didn't have to board that as it continued its journey after a short stop and our real train arrived. :)
-[Dino]-


Posted Jul 5, 2013, 8:41 pm
On the way from Hanover to Hildesheim we could take a lot more pictures because it wasn't as crowded as the other train. :)

It was my first time on a train (well, second if I want to be totally exact).

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I even had my own seat:

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Shortly after leaving Hanover we crossed under a bridge for a long time. It's a little scary, but also very exciting.

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At first I still saw outskirts of Hanover...

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...but the farther we went the more I saw of the countryside again.

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Here we went past another freight train.

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In the background I could already see buildings of the city center of Hildesheim.

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Finally I saw the train station in Hildesheim. Exciting! :cyclops:

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-[Dino]-


Posted Jul 5, 2013, 8:53 pm
Mummy's friends picked us up at the station which was very kind and a comfortable way of travelling.

They all had to talk so much because they hadn't seen each other in about 8 months and this was the first time mummy could travel again and stay overnight after being sick. So I was okay with only listening and admiring the view.

But I was really excited when mummy's friends asked about her visiting toys and she introduced me.  B)

After that I had to meet the bunny, Lotti, of course.

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She is a little crazy, but very, very cute and really tame. :) And she didn't try to eat me, like the cat did!

Mummy and her friends also played Mario Kart on the Wii.

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It was a fun day. After talking a lot more it was suddenly the middle of the night and we all reluctantly went to bed or so I thought. But mummy and her friends stayed up to play a game of Poker before bed. Without me...  :stare:
-[Dino]-


Posted Jul 5, 2013, 8:57 pm
The next day everyone got up really early considering we had gone to bed at 3 a.m.

After breakfast and a little more talking we played another game of Poker. This time I was allowed to play, too.

Look, I even won!  :cyclops:

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And then suddenly it was time to say good-bye already.  :(

Until next time! Hopefully soon!
-[Dino]-


Posted Jul 24, 2013, 12:28 pm
We went home by train again.

First everything was still very urban.

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Then, after we had passed Hanover, it slowly turned rural again outside.

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I saw lots of fields and forests:

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And we even passed a field full of solar panels:

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This time we were picked up by mummy's relatives and could go home by car.

It was a wonderful weekend and a nice adventure. I hope I can go on lots more!  B)

xoxo
Lieselotte
-[Dino]-


Posted Jul 24, 2013, 10:27 pm
Good morning! *yawn*

Today we had to get up very early. Mummy's aunt picked us up just after 8 a.m. to go to Nienburg.

We went through the wet land around the river Weser this time.

Can you see the towers of the power station?

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Last time we went around from this side and saw it up close.

This time we could see the gravel pit in Landesbergen.

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In this region there are many places where gravel is produced and many small lakes resulted from this around here.

We also crossed the river Weser:

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Our destination was the hospital in Nienburg. Mummy had to talk to the doctors because she has been sick since October last year. I stayed in the car to stay safely out of everything.

Here you can see part of the main building:

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It's a really big building complex. Mummy said it's a little like a labyrinth inside, but she also said she knows her way around by now.

Talk to you soon from my next (big) adventure.
Lieselotte
-[Dino]-


Posted Jul 27, 2013, 12:22 pm
Today I went on another adventure by train.  :cyclops:

Here we have just left the station in Minden.

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I'm excited to see where mummy will take me this time.  B)
-[Dino]-


Posted Jul 28, 2013, 10:42 am
We went to Hildesheim again. Mummy had an appointment there. Unfortunately it was way too hot to walk a lot. So we settled for only going to the appointment, then shopping some postcards and going home again.

Here we are just leaving Hildesheim:

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We saw lots of fields and small hills.

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I also was responsible for showing Henri around. It was his first big trip and I told him all the important stuff.

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The first train was a really old one - but very cozy.

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Can you see the train that passed us?

More fields and hills:

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We passed the big sugar factory in Nordstemmen:

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We also went by some wonderful blue lakes.

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We really wanted to jump off the train and go swimming, but Mummy's grip was too strong...

Another train went past. This time it was a metronom.

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Such lovely yellow fields. We also saw some colza which was a little unusual because the colza everywhere else had been harvested around May/June.

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We also saw a typical crossing:

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And then it was soon time to get off our cozy train and get on another one which would take us home.
-[Dino]-


Posted Jul 28, 2013, 10:50 am
Here we are passing through Hannover Messe/Laatzen station:

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The station is located near the Hanover fairground and was built for Expo 2000 in Hanover.
-[Dino]-


Posted Jul 28, 2013, 11:04 am
The second train wasn't as cozy as the first. It was a newer train and very full. But we took some pictures nonetheless. :)

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We passed an old factory building near Hanover main station:

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And we also passed the spot where many freight waggons are stopped and rearranged.

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It was a nice trip even though we nearly only saw things along the rail tracks. ;)

Mummy promised next time when it has cooled down we will see more. :)
-[Dino]-


Posted Jul 28, 2013, 3:36 pm
Today we used the fact that all of us are at home at the moment and took a group picture of Henri, *-Cookie-*2 and myself.

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Aren't we all looking good?  B)
-[Dino]-


Posted Aug 8, 2013, 4:32 pm
Today we helped Mummy bake a cake for her mother’s birthday. :)

First we gathered all the ingredients we needed for the base cake.

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Then we melted some butter in the microwave. Wow, so fast!

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We let the butter cool down and grated an apple. Cookie held the grater while I grated the apple and Henri observed everything from a safe place high up on the coffee pot.

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After that Cookie and I mixed sugar and butter and Henri cracked the eggs.

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After mixing the eggs into the sugar butter mix we had the important task of weighing the flour. Look, we are hard at work here:

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Then Cookie cut open the almond pieces and added some to the flour.

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I added a pinch of cinnamon and Cookie a teaspoon full of baking powder.

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We mixed everything well, added the grated apple and put it into the oven.
While the cake was baking we got out more ingredients to make custard. And we tested out the pot. ;)

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We poured some apple juice into the pot and let it heat up while Mummy mixed the other ingredients together with the custard powder. And no Cookie didn’t get her feet wet here. ;)

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While the custard was cooking we grated chocolate – lots of chocolate. *phew*

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Then we had a little break while the cake was still baking and the custard was cooling down in the fridge. *yey* When the time was right I took the cake out of the oven and Henri cut it into pieces to make it cool down faster.

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When everything was cool enough we crumbled the cake and mixed it with the custard.

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Then Mummy melted the chocolate while we watched from a safe distance so as not to get all choclatey. ;)

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While the chocolate melted we formed little balls out of the cake-custard-mix and stuck sticks into them.

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Because the chocolate didn’t turn out as it should have we opted for a chocolate-free icing with lemon juice, water, powdered sugar and colourful sprinkles.  B)

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Our cake pops turned out very yummy! :D

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Of course we had to try one. Can you see the empty stick in the bottom right corner? Yes, we snatched it while Mummy wasn’t looking.  :p

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And Mummy’s mother was happy with her unconventional birthday cake as well. :) 
-[Dino]-


Posted Aug 8, 2013, 5:39 pm
Something very exciting happened today!  :cyclops:

Mummy brought a big envelope inside from the mailbox.

We all really wanted to see what was inside.

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Mummy opened the envelope carefully so we could all peer inside.

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We saw a cute little pig in the envelope and told it to come out as we all wanted to meet it. The little shy piggy did as we told it when we all smiled our best smiles.  :cyclops:

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We all gave it a welcome hug.

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And we learned that in fact it is no "it", but a "she" called Oink. She was sent to Mummy from
Strunki, her prevous host.

And she brought chocolate, a postcard and a real treasure map. We asked her to tell us all about her previous adventures. So she gave each of us a piece of chocolate because story-telling is so much better with sweets and told us all of her travels in the Bergisch Land and beyond.

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Wow!  B)

We are really looking forward to showing her around in the coming days!  :D I'm especially excited because it will be a part of one of my life missions!  :cyclops:
-[Dino]-


Posted Aug 19, 2013, 7:29 pm
Today we went on a little walk around Uchte - or more precisely the neighbourhood around the retirement home and the industrial area and showed Oink around a little.

But first we had to send 2 postcards and then we posed on the mailbox.

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On one of the meadows behind the retirement home we saw some goats. Two came running to have their pisture taken with us. ;)

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Around the corner we saw a huge blackberry bush.

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After some more steps we saw a big construction site:

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Here the buildings belonging to the agricultural cooperative society and the freight depot had been pulled down after a big part of them were burnt in a fire earlier this year.

Here we are posing in the construction site fence in front of a big pile of rubble:

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A little way down the street we posed on a street blockade in front of one of the many corn fields.

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Can you spot us on the barrier?

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Also we have all been wondering what the street signs are supposed to mean. "Please only crash here" maybe? ;)

At the end of the street we saw a field full a solar panels.

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What a strange crop! ;)

On our way back home we found this lovely pear tree hanging very full with fruits *yummy*, but without a partridge in it though. ;)

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Where one of the little streets is today there were many little garden plots. The street was built when Mummy was little so she remembers all the nice little gardens and she was very sad when they were all removed in order to build the street. Luckily a few of the gardens still exist today.

This one has a nice vegetable selection. Here you can see big cabbage plants:

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And here are more different plants:

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And we just had to pose in front of these beautiful sunflowers:

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The last thing I want to show you today is another construction site:

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Here they started a few years ago after the only high-rise building had been pulled down. They built a lot of little houses. Some of them belong to the retirement home and elderly people can live there and still be cared for by meals on wheels and other services the retirement home offers. Others are independent of the retirement home. They are also still building new ones which is very noisy and the street is always crowded by site vehicles. Luckily there is very little space left to build on and so hopefully they will be finished building soon!
-[Dino]-


Posted Aug 19, 2013, 7:59 pm
Today we all helped Mummy bake cupcakes for her aunt's birthday.

First we had to gather all the ingredients for the cupcakes.

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Look, how well we fit into the bowl!  B)

Then we had to grate an apple.

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Or more precisely Cookie and I grated the apple while Henri observed us and Oink  snacked on an apple slice. :stare:

But Oink made it up when she took over the important task of weighing the sugar.

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Cookie mixed sugar and butter together while Henri and I weighed the right amount of flour and Oink measured the baking powder.

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Everyone watched while Cookie mixed everything together well.

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Then we let Mummy fill the dough into the muffin tray and we snacked on the leftover dough. *yummy*  B)

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While the cupcakes were baking we weighed ourselves.

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Look, all together we weigh a little over 200g. :o

Then we measured the red currant jam for the topping...

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... and mixed it together with butter, powdered sugar and crème fraîche.

To make the finished cupcakes look like apples we had to make some decorations from marzipan and colouring.

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Here you can see the results:

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The cupcakes fresh out of the oven...:

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...and decorated:

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Sadly, we couldn't taste them just now because they were for the next afternoon and had to be put in the fridge overnight. :(
But tomorrow I'll try one!  ;)
-[Dino]-


Posted Aug 19, 2013, 8:06 pm
Today is the day of cupcake-tasting!  :cyclops:

We took them to the apartment of Mummy’s grandmother to give as a present to Mummy’s aunt. We set them nicely on a cake stand (another present) around 2 smurf figurines.

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Looks good, doesn't it?  B)

And finally after so much work and waiting we got to taste one of them:

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Very good! (And yes, in case you were wondering they were supposed to look like apples so some of them even had marzipan worms. *eek*)
-[Dino]-


Posted Aug 19, 2013, 8:42 pm
Because of the bad weather we have to stay inside mostly and spend our time often in the kitchen. It's actually much fun and we’re learning a lot of new things. 

Today we made a fairly exotic dinner: jasmine rice with red coco curry.

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First we all weighed the rice and Mummy set it to boil on the stove.

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(Well, technically we watched Mummy cut the chicken meat first, but we didn't want to put any pictures of raw meat here because it's a little yucky and we are considerate of others.)

So we only show it after it was already in the pan.

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While the rice boiled on its own we took the coconut milk and red curry paste...

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...and mixed them together in the pan (after removing the meat again).

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After a while we added the meat to the mixture and let it simmer.

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We also added the rest of the coconut milk and some almond pieces and cooked everything until the rice was ready to be served.

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We served the rice in a heart shape and put the curry around it. It tasted very good – very spicy and totally different to what we are used to here. And the whole house smelled amazing. B)

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We also learned how to eat with chopsticks, but we weren't very good at holding the chopsticks with our paws. So there are no pictures of this embarrassing endeavour. ;)

Even though we don’t get outside much at the moment we have a lot of fun and we are certainly well fed. :D
-[Dino]-


Posted Aug 25, 2013, 5:36 pm
We went on another sightseeing tour. Today we went on a long walk around the Landschaftssee, an artificial lake that was built as a recreation area.

But first we stopped at another nice place overlooking the fields I had visited already in June. But now everything had been harvested.

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On the way to the lake we even saw a dragonfly. And it stayed still long enough for pictures. :cyclops:

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Then we finally reached the lake. It's very green and peaceful there. Plus only very few people were around which made it seem even more peaceful and secluded. :)

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About halfway around the lake we sat down on a bench and enjoyed the beautiful view and the nice weather.

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We also saw a pretty blue dragonfly. It was gone too fast for more pictures, but I want to show it nonetheless.

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On the other side of the lake we saw two swans. Can you spot them both?

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A hint: One is looking for food with his head under water in this picture.  :p

On our way back we saw the Uchter Mühlenbach (millstream of Uchte) also called Beeke which is Middle Low German for rivulet.

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We followed the rivulet until we reached one of Mummy's favourite places:

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Mummy used to play here often as a child - also in the forest you can see on the left side in the background. Btw the bridge is a railway bridge.

From here we followed next to the railway tracks until we reached this huge rock:

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It came from Scandinavia and was transported here during the Ice Age. It weighs 31 tons. :o

This was our last stop today before we went home on the railway tracks.

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-[Dino]-


Posted Aug 25, 2013, 7:18 pm
Today we started on a trip early in the morning. First Mummy went by car to a fellow Postcrosser who would take us to Soltau with him.

We had a look around once we were allowed out of the backpack in Mummy's car for a minute.

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In Soltau Mummy met with some more postcard-crazy people. ;) First they had a little sightseeing tour and of course some postcards were bought. But after a while we went into the Lüneburger Heide (Luneburg Heath) where the humans found a nice place to sit down.

We had a look around:

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Doesn't the purple look nice? :)

But after such a long time we were very hungry. Luckily every Postcrosser had brought something to eat or drink and we had a picknick.

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Doesn't it all look yummy?  :)

Coincidentally we also met lots of other toyvoyagers.
Here we were inspecting a big stack of postcards (it was a postcrossing meeting after all) ;) :

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And of course we had to have a group picture taken:

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So many TVs!  :cyclops: Most came from different cities in Germany, but one was on holiday from the USA and another was raised in China (where a Postcrosser found him).  B)

This stone marked the place where we had settled down.

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Yes, it was definitely a beautiful view!  :)

Of course we needed a picture close up with some heather.

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And when all of that got too boring we played hide and seek and catch around the heather bushes.  :p

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Cookie and Henri also had to say goodbye to us because they'll be going on new adventures now.

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Have fun and come back safely!  :)
-[Dino]-


Posted Sep 1, 2013, 11:16 am
Going  home today we took a slight detour to see a nice street in town.

We saw many trees hanging full with miniature apples. This one looked very nice:

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This street has many trees:

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Every second tree was full of these apples and every other one had some remaining cherries. *yummy*

Then, as we turned around the last corner we were rewarded with a nice sunset.

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Today it looked especially nice with the interesting reflections in the clouds. :)
-[Dino]-


Posted Sep 1, 2013, 11:28 am
Today was an amazing day! To celebrate yesterday's great news we went to the ice cream parlour.  :cyclops:

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I had a chocolate sundae and Oink had an apple sundae. Delicious! *drool*  B)
-[Dino]-


Posted Sep 29, 2013, 1:19 pm
Today we went on a roadtrip to one of Mummy's aunts.

We saw lots of fields and forests as usual... ;)

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Because it is so flat all around we have a saying here in Northern Germany: You can see yesterday who will be over for dinner tomorrow.  :p

See for yourself:

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It's kinda true, isn't it?  ;)

Also on Facebook there's a group called "I come from a town where a traffic jam is 3 cars behind a tractor". Here is prof:

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And we saw another field full of solar panels. Those are sprouting everywhere.

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The weather wasn't all that nice:

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Luckily we were inside the car. :)

About halfway there we passed Sulingen.

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It's a nice little town where Mummy had her driving test. (Nowadays you have to go to the next big city for that.)

As I said before we passeed lots of fields:

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We saw corn fields, potato fields, cabbage fields, and some already harvested fields.

We also saw this nice windmill:

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And we went alongside the railway tracks for most of the ride:

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https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-choEuY3DZR4/UkRHYON5NbI/AAAAAAAAGSg/DJ-Q8NvBmuc/s640/CIMG1067.JPG

Our destination was somewhere in the woods as well:

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I have to admit it seems a little creepy. But of course it's very quiet around here. ;)

On our way back it was already dark so there are no pictures. But something happened. We hit a deer on the road!  :o :stare: We were all very, very lucky though as no one was hurt (not even the deer that was running away into the forest). And the car wasn't damaged either. *phew*

It was an exciting day. And tomorrow will also be a long day. So I'm going to bed now. *zzz*
-[Dino]-


Posted Sep 29, 2013, 1:21 pm
Today Mummy had a doctor's appointment and an appointment in the hospital as well. It was over in literally 2 minutes and as we were hungry we stopped at McDonald's on our way home.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-GdDEPPbbx2k/UkRHZ5gAU-I/AAAAAAAAGS8/p2TxCuIT_nE/s640/CIMG1070.JPG

B)

This afternoon Mummy has some more plans. Of course we'll go with her. Exciting!  :cyclops:
-[Dino]-


Posted Sep 29, 2013, 1:23 pm
As I said, in the afternoon we went on another little trip. This time we went to Rahden.

Mummy needed application photos taken and a friend had recommended the photographer in Rahden. It's some distance away, but he did a really good job and that was important. :)

After this task was done we went a little around town, bought some postcards and just looked around (Mummy only ever went to the cinema here). ;)

We saw these nice chimes on a wall...

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-BIwT5Gul570/UkRHanQ9kUI/AAAAAAAAGTA/XGqvbh50sZM/s640/CIMG1072.JPG

...and this old oven in front of a bakery and café.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-rFsoCsTrOBY/UkRHbcjhYuI/AAAAAAAAGTM/385VYEQRT0s/s640/CIMG1073.JPG

As it started raining then we cut our visit short and went back home. But it had already been an eventful and exciting day anyway.
-[Dino]-


Posted Sep 29, 2013, 1:27 pm
Today I want to show the nice view from the balcony of Mummy's grandma.

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The neighbours have a pretty little vegetable garden where they grow nearly everything they need. :)

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-X7RLwOpNLLM/UkRHvUC_Q5I/AAAAAAAAGWc/1aaAcNrOcOE/s640/CIMG1080.JPG

It looks pretty yummy!  ;)
-[Dino]-


Posted Sep 29, 2013, 1:30 pm
Do you remember the construction site just around the corner I showed before?

Today they put up some sort of markers around the plot:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-phCeNak3IHo/UkRHucD_d8I/AAAAAAAAGWI/9pjK75bcd1k/s640/CIMG1076.JPG

I will keep you updated on this. ;)
-[Dino]-


Posted Sep 29, 2013, 1:35 pm
Look! Today the markers are gone, the bottom slab has been poured in concrete, and the first packages of bricks have been delivered.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-BsxOjSgDosY/UkRHwH-KeMI/AAAAAAAAGWk/MxgZwjnwuMI/s640/CIMG1121.JPG

Now the real building process is about to start.
-[Dino]-


Posted Sep 29, 2013, 1:38 pm
Now the ground floor is already nearly finished.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-WdkPCJbS4KY/UkRHwUBCDUI/AAAAAAAAGWo/V9IT12Hm9dA/s640/CIMG1230.JPG

The workers are really fast!  :o
-[Dino]-


Posted Sep 29, 2013, 6:37 pm
You'll never guess what happened today! :o

We awoke to lots of hammering and clapping and just overall loud noise this morning.

When we went into the kitchen we saw this out of the window:

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Yes, you're seeing right. It's a huge hole just in front of the path leading from the house to the street.  :o  :stare:

And of course only one out of 4 people is working. ;)

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-MSYicY5ZA_0/UkhgTmBypSI/AAAAAAAAGX4/kdgcax7o6IU/s640/CIMG1249.JPG

That explains the noise for sure! And we don't even know what they are doing there as everything inside still functions properly - thank God.

Now we have a very, very small trip planned for the weekend. ;)
-[Dino]-


Posted Sep 29, 2013, 6:40 pm
Now that it's the weekend and no one is working at the construction site, we made a teeny tiny "trip" - maybe 10 steps - today.

First, you might notice that the hole has doubled it's size since last Thursday:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-FAs4kTYQUyg/UkhgViAeteI/AAAAAAAAGYA/sbdztz-K9zg/s640/CIMG1378.JPG

They didn't even have enough barrier pieces left to fence it off properly.  ;)

And then we were very brave (and careful) and went to have a closer look:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-SPLZBXn8BKM/UkhgWUxEA_I/AAAAAAAAGYI/nL_looSfDPk/s640/CIMG1380.JPG

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Can you see how deep they made it? :o It's huge now! :stare:

Hopefully they will be finished soon with whatever they are doing there exactly!
-[Dino]-


Posted Nov 3, 2013, 10:08 pm
We are in the kitchen again. *yummy* B)

Today we are making a sweet potatoe casserole and we hope it'll turn out ok.

So here are the sweet potatoes, potatoes and some of the carrots:

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We also needed a little bit of ginger and nutmeg.

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And some leek which I peeled while Oink held it still.

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After that Oink cut it into fine pieces.

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Then Oink peeled the potatoes...

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-wIPurm7LcPY/Uma-9sCyDgI/AAAAAAAAGwc/f6ENwDdbXOI/s640/CIMG1672.JPG

...and I peeled the sweet potatoes.

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Once finished Oink peeled the carrots...

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...and I ground them.

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After all this work we were a little tired already. And we really didn't want to do the Sisyphean task of peeling and grinding the small piece of ginger. So we pretended to have an argument over who would do the task until Mummy decided to do it herself. *hihi*  :p

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Then we fried everything except for the potatoes and sweet potatoes.

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And we cut the potatoes and sweet potatoes into even slices - very carefully because the blade was very sharp.  :o

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Before putting everything into the casserole dish we first had to try it out aurselves. ;)

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Then we covered the bottom with some of the slices.

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We put the warm vegetables on top and sprinkled some ground nutmeg over it.

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After that we covered it all up with the rest of the slices and put some butter pieces on top before putting it in the oven.

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After an eternity it was finally finished. By that time we were practically starving so we just ate our share and forgot to take a picture of the casserole, but it was very delicious.
You have to take my word for it. ;)  B)
-[Dino]-


Posted Nov 3, 2013, 10:10 pm
Surely you remember the big hole I showed a few weeks ago, don't you?

Today I'll show you a little update of the construction site.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-_ROtxMJBpKo/Uma_mL3j3GI/AAAAAAAAG0s/HkBWdyj8zjU/s640/CIMG1777.JPG

It hasn't gotten smaller. That's for sure!  :(

Hope they'll at least finish it this year...
-[Dino]-


Posted Nov 3, 2013, 10:12 pm
Look! The house they are building around the corner now has a roof!  :o

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-kNxK1TX4Rbo/Uma_mo660cI/AAAAAAAAG00/TYCS1GZqRRc/s640/CIMG1779.JPG
-[Dino]-


Posted Nov 3, 2013, 10:16 pm
Today Mummy took us on a small trip to Minden. It was a shopping trip, but we still saw something nice. :)

We parked directly next to the river Weser where we saw one of the pleasure boats.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-69vZTokZyt8/Uma_EXRaUhI/AAAAAAAAGyA/4yaHwq5ojto/s640/CIMG1781.JPG

On the other side of the parking lot we spotted some remains of the city wall.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-b42rSQusRpQ/Uma_FLfFJQI/AAAAAAAAGyI/l59jsnwVZE8/s640/CIMG1782.JPG

We also saw a big bridge cossing the river.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-rZeaqygzKI8/Uma_Fu6o6ZI/AAAAAAAAGyM/DHYLpy30_FM/s640/CIMG1783.JPG

And can you spot the smaller bridge in the background? It's a pedestrian bridge leading into the city center from the opposite end.

After all the shopping was done we had a closer look at the old city wall.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-66hgkIkZUy8/Uma_GHlUtrI/AAAAAAAAGyU/hjAkbCKUmbM/s640/CIMG1784.JPG

Some cannons are still placed atop the wall as a reminder of the wall's use in former times.

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And there are some big rings in the wall as well.

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It was nearly as big as I am.  :o

It was a long, exhausting day and I think I'll sleep really well now.
-[Dino]-


Posted Nov 3, 2013, 10:21 pm
Today we went on another small trip. This time to Petershagen.

There Mummy met with another postcrosser who was on her way to the big annual meeting in Bielefeld and stopped in Petershagen for coffee and a chat.

So I got to see a part of Mummy's former school.

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This is the back building where all science classes take place. On the left (behind the branches) barely in the picture you can see part of the gym. In the middle you can see part of the main building and the very tall building on the far end is the oldest building of the school.
Because of the holidays not many people were around - unlike on school days when there are over 1000 students.

Usually every graduation class makes something for the school. So the class of 2007 (one year before Mummy graduated) paved the path between the school and the parking lot where the students park.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KMQQc1whAHE/UnaIt5OJ7iI/AAAAAAAAG4k/m4TVL1Qta3Y/s640/CIMG1829.JPG

On our way back to the card after a nice little meeting we suddenly found ourselves in the middle of chickens.  :o

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-MMEmzNdUDoY/UnaItG149II/AAAAAAAAG4c/dwEmXHnwOiE/s640/CIMG1833.JPG

Then we headed home because Mummy still had a pie to bake for her grandma's birthday tomorrow. I'll be sure to show you the results. ;)
-[Dino]-


Posted Nov 3, 2013, 10:24 pm
Today it was Mummy's grandma's birthday. So we went to her place in the afternoon.

Here are the yummy treats:

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Mummy made the pumpkin pie on the right and her grandma made a ring cake.

Of course we had to try both. B)

First we had a slice of pumpkin pie with vanilla ice cream. Very yummy I can tell you.  :cyclops:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-5nURDZPEVp4/UnaIAcR98QI/AAAAAAAAG2k/SX5kcXbfpPI/s640/CIMG1846.JPG

And we also tried a piece of the ring cake with whipped cream which was also delicious.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Gr5piix_MRQ/UnaIAea3_2I/AAAAAAAAG2s/g95cfQ1QH2w/s640/CIMG1847.JPG

I was very full afterwards!  B)
-[Dino]-


Posted Nov 3, 2013, 10:31 pm
Today was a very special and exciting day!  :cyclops: B)

First Batgirl, a new guest, arrived.  :cyclops:

And we were also in a big hurry the whole day. Because in the evening Mummy took us to her friend's places where she and her friend celebrated their birthsdays.

Today it's the 25th birthday of one of her friends and tomorrow it will be Mummy's.  B)

In this part of Germany it is a tradition that unmarried women turning 25 get a garland made out of empty boxes because they turn into old frumps that day which is the same word as box in German and in this case isn't a (purely) negative word anymore. Usually the box garland is hung around the front door or the fence. But Mummy's friends changed the tradition a little and made a skirt out of boxes.  :D

Here Mummy's friend is still wearing it, but at midnight it was Mummy's turn.

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As a big surprise Mummy and her friend got a big Snorlaxñata - a piñata made from paper mâché to look like the pokémon Snorlax.

Here is picture of it before it was "killed":

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-K6prTG941-0/UnaI1orw6TI/AAAAAAAAG6A/o_MZIpVwVig/s640/CIMG1954.JPG

And here you can see it after the attack:

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After this exciting day it was soon time for us little toys to go to bed while the adults still talked and laughed until the wee hours of the morning. :)
-[Dino]-


Posted Nov 3, 2013, 10:33 pm
Today it's Mummy's birthday. So we went to her grandma's place again for more cake.  :cyclops:

This time we had a very special cake. It's called "Kalte Schnauze" or "Kalter Hund" and "Hedgehog slice" in English and is made of a special type of cookie and chocolate being piled alternatingly on top of each other and then put in the fridge over night.

And it's special because Mummy only eats it once a year on her birthday.

It's also very delicious!  B)

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-V56B92PLxKk/UnaIGotZ9DI/AAAAAAAAG4E/jSH_E_6bgoo/s640/CIMG1966.JPG
-[Dino]-


Posted Nov 30, 2013, 9:13 pm
Tonight we've been watching "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" part 2.  B)

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-3Sa6cqBg_dg/UppTSR-pzTI/AAAAAAAAHUI/OxsgzyXwCEU/s640/CIMG1972.JPG

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-io8M9JIyCDg/UppTSrJsa1I/AAAAAAAAHUQ/vekaL61MRug/s640/CIMG1981.JPG

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We don't want to give away any spoilers. So let's just say it's an amazing movie!  :cyclops:
-[Dino]-


Posted Nov 30, 2013, 9:15 pm
Today I saw that they are finishing the walls of the house around the corner. Maybe people can move in there soon.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-y9tHooJzCeE/UppTTQtxhLI/AAAAAAAAHUY/OG1HUp7wozw/s640/CIMG1985.JPG
-[Dino]-


Posted Nov 30, 2013, 9:20 pm
Today we helped Batgirl to get closer to completing one of her life missions - play on 5 different playgrounds. We are not sure if she has completed the mission already as it says "complete", but only 2/5.

So to make sure it's complete either way we visited a playground today and played on the swing.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Nuiw0ioUYgo/UppTUWVoBPI/AAAAAAAAHUk/Ej8sUAOS_8w/s640/CIMG1986.JPG

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-8JMrmHoYDUE/UppTUvF-8-I/AAAAAAAAHUo/65dg7xFKiGc/s640/CIMG1987.JPG

It was fun!  B)
-[Dino]-


Posted Nov 30, 2013, 9:26 pm
Today we played on two more playgrounds as we visited mummy's aunt. :)

First we played on a bouncy toy:

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Then we took a little walk to get to another playground where we played on a climbing frame:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-KYBvQW-sv2c/UppTWENWwPI/AAAAAAAAHU4/4vBo2_NK3Zo/s512/CIMG2006.JPG

It was a lot of fun!  :cyclops: But it was very cold so we couldn't stay outside very long...
-[Dino]-


Posted Dec 7, 2013, 10:16 pm
Today we lit the first candle on the advent wreath.  :)

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-qLMqXjCG8bQ/UqNjQzPpV9I/AAAAAAAAHb0/k5-C9QUxC0s/s640/CIMG2133.JPG

Happy first Sunday of Advent!
-[Dino]-


Posted Dec 7, 2013, 10:17 pm
Today we saw a very nice sunset! :)

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-RdfxWLJ1CHQ/UqNierq4huI/AAAAAAAAHaA/xcRQ0GUFc58/s640/CIMG2189.JPG

It was especially nice with the fog rising from the moor. Maybe you can spot the small grey lining in the background? That's the fog. ;)
-[Dino]-


Posted Dec 7, 2013, 10:21 pm
Today was a very special day!  :cyclops:

First we woke up to the first snow of the season! On St Nicholas' Day no less. How fitting!  :cyclops:

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And since it was St Nicholas' Day guess what! We got presents! :)

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Each of us got a hand-knitted scarf and a piece of chocolate!

Don't I look nice?  B)

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And it will keep me warm when we go out later. Mummy said there will be a surprise. Exciting!  :cyclops:
-[Dino]-


Posted Dec 7, 2013, 10:23 pm
The new house around the corner is now finished from the outside (except for windows and doors ;) ) and only needs finishing from the inside.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-bN-xUjPXzzo/UqNigbBvVXI/AAAAAAAAHaM/7qXrMthDzNs/s640/CIMG2224.JPG
-[Dino]-


Posted Dec 7, 2013, 10:27 pm
Guess what could have made the day even better!

In the evening Mummy gathered us all up and we went by car to a friend's place and from there to Stadthagen to go to the movies and watch "Frozen" (really nice movie) which by the way helped Oink complete another one of her life missions!  :cyclops: B)

Here we are with our popcorn before the movie started:

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Then Mummy snuck in a picture while they were showing a cartoon of Mickey Mouse and his friends. But it was very dark and Mummy couldn't use her camera's flash anymore...

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-_FMZE0he7OU/UqNjRsgX8VI/AAAAAAAAHcE/AibnQg1D23w/s512/CIMG2232.JPG

And here we are with the ticket:

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Luckily all 4 of us could go in with only 1 ticket.  :p ;)
-[Dino]-


Posted Dec 7, 2013, 10:30 pm
To top the amazing day off, we stopped at the "Christmas house" in Seelenfeld on our way home to have a look at all its lights and decorations.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-iqzM-F_IMTI/UqNiiEbI1RI/AAAAAAAAHag/xXTRHZGIv5I/s640/CIMG2233.JPG

Wow, what a day! :D
-[Dino]-


Posted Jan 11, 2014, 8:37 pm
Today we lit the second candle on the advent wreath. :)

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-NWUiChQeOcQ/Us05dM4IusI/AAAAAAAAHq8/WSvwC5D5nS0/s640/CIMG2251.JPG

Happy second Sunday of Advent!
-[Dino]-


Posted Jan 11, 2014, 8:39 pm
Today we had a nice treat after lunch.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-SIuinhzvkrU/Us05dd_HU_I/AAAAAAAAHrE/8B0JxswVg_c/s640/CIMG2255.JPG

Everyone said the cupcakes looked like a certain kind of plant. But I didn't really care what it looked like. More important is what it tasted like - and it was delicious.  B)

Btw. the black and white candy on the left is called "Bremer Kluten". It's a peppermint and chocolate candy and traditionally made in the city of Bremen. *yummy*
-[Dino]-


Posted Jan 11, 2014, 8:40 pm
Today we lit the third candle on the advent wreath. :)

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-9a2aycWAJsk/Us05du40amI/AAAAAAAAHrM/zGCaOuXKWyc/s640/CIMG2261.JPG

Happy third Sunday of Advent!
-[Dino]-


Posted Jan 11, 2014, 8:43 pm
Today, late at night, we helped Mummy with the Christmas present for her mother. But it's a secret, so shhh.

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We helped translate the book about the famous Japanes internet cat Maru from English (and Japanese) into German since Mummy's mother doesn't speak English very well and it should be easy for her to read. It was a fun experience for us!  :D

And now we have to keep quiet until Christmas. You too.  ;)
-[Dino]-


Posted Jan 11, 2014, 8:45 pm
Today we tried Mummy's homemade Christmas pudding.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-5rUB_5cM4a0/Us05ejSeAUI/AAAAAAAAHrc/MAMhmOYfUwc/s640/CIMG2306.JPG

It wasn't traditionally made though because it didn't contain any alcohol and wasn't dried out for a long time before serving (and it isn't yet Christmas Day  :p ). But still it tasted very nice - with lots of chocolate.  :D
-[Dino]-


Posted Jan 11, 2014, 8:48 pm
In the evening we went to Petershagen for a special Christmas service.

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It was a service completely held in English, organised by Mummy's old high school and performed by students of all different classes. It was very nice. And with lots of singing, too.  :D

We also learned that traditionally in English services people stand for the carols. So we had to stand up all the time because there were 9 carols. It was better than working out in the gym.  :p  ;)

On our way back to the car we saw the nicely decorated Christmas tree in the city center.

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It was a very nice evening! :)
-[Dino]-


Posted Jan 11, 2014, 8:53 pm
Today Mummy took us on a little road trip to visit a friend in Braunschweig.

We had to get up at 5 a.m.  :o *yawn* and then went to Minden, where we met up with another friend who took us with her in her car to Braunschweig. We arrived just right for breakfast.

After having eaten, we went into the city center for shopping and to visit the Christmas market.

On our way we saw the public library:

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Impressive building!

And a crazy colourful building in the background:

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:o

Then finally, we saw the huge nutcracker, signalling the beginning of the Christmas market.

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Luckily, it wasn't as crowded as we had feared, it being the last Saturday before Christmas.  :)

We saw lots of little booths with different things. And we had a mouth-watering hot chocolate.

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It was a very nice day, but at some point we climbed into Mummy's backpack to sleep because getting up so early made us very tired. ;)

Good night!
-[Dino]-


Posted Jan 11, 2014, 8:54 pm
Today we lit the fourth and last candle on the advent wreath. :)

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Happy fourth Sunday of Advent!
-[Dino]-


Posted Jan 11, 2014, 8:55 pm
Look, what we had today!

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Some "Christmas sausage" Mummy made yesterday. It really looks like a real blood sausage, doesn't it? But it was very yummy with chocolate and cookie crumbs from different kinds of Christmas cookies.

B)
-[Dino]-


Posted Jan 11, 2014, 8:57 pm
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Merry Christmas!  :)
-[Dino]-


Posted Jan 11, 2014, 8:58 pm
Look, what we found under the Christmas tree! Santa Claus brought us a present!  :cyclops:

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B)
-[Dino]-


Posted Jan 11, 2014, 9:00 pm
Today is New Year's Eve and we also had some table fireworks. They aren't too dangerous and so they are just right for us little toys. :)

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I chose a horror bomb, while Batgirl chose a fun bomb and Oink chose a magic bomb. It was fun watching them explode (we let Mummy light the fuse because we are too small to do that).

Now we are waiting excitedly for midnight!
-[Dino]-


Posted Jan 11, 2014, 9:03 pm
Finally it is past midnight.  :cyclops:

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Happy New Year 2014!

I wish you all a wonderful year full of health, happiness and smiles! :)
-[Dino]-


Posted Jan 11, 2014, 9:05 pm
Today is Epiphany.

In some countries people eat a special cake on this day. In the northern part of France people eat galette des rois with a little figurine baked inside. The person who finds it is king for the day.

Since Mummy lived for a few months in the Loire Valley she knows of this cake. This year it was her first try to make one herself since she found an easy enough recipe in one of her new books.

We all had galette des rois today (without any figurine inside though). So it was more of a democratic cake than a king cake. ;)

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But it was yummy. What a pity that it is only served once a year...  :(
-[Dino]-


Posted Jan 28, 2014, 6:36 pm
Today I saw that the new house around the corner now has windows and doors. It looks quite finished. Ok, apart from the garden and the interior. ;)

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-[Dino]-


Posted Jan 28, 2014, 7:15 pm
Two days ago it snowed here for the first time this year. It was very cold outside. The temperatures going down to -10°C. But we got restless only looking at the pretty white snow outside.

When it continued snowing for 2 days and there were about 10cm of white powder on the ground we wanted to go out very badly. So we begged and begged Mummy to take us outside.

Finally this evening we were successful because the weather forecast said that it will get warmer tomorrow. So we had the better argument to go out into the cold at -8°C to have some fun! Ha!  :p

First we wanted to have a snowball fight. We divided into 2 teams: Batgirl and Oink against me because I am bigger.  ;)

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We formed many snowballs to throw later. And then the fight began!  :cyclops:

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It was a snow flurry in the air and everyone was hit by numerous snowballs.

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Finally we agreed to a tie and decided to build a snowman instead.

I rolled the biggest ball for the snowman...

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...and Batgirl and Oink the smaller ones to go on top.

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We stacked them onto each other...

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...and added two sticks for the arms.

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We built our very own snowman!  B)

But it was cold and we had all gotten wet. So we hurried back inside and sat in a warm, cozy place to get warm again.  :)

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It was a very fun evening!  :D
-[Dino]-


Posted Jan 28, 2014, 7:17 pm
Today it really is much warmer. Luckily, we went out yesterday for some snowy fun.

Today the sun is shining brightly and all the snow has started melting.

We had a last look at our snowman (which was halfway covered in fresh snow that had fallen over night).

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And we said goodbye to it because it had started melting too and will be gone soon...  :(
-[Dino]-


Posted Mar 16, 2014, 6:40 pm
Today was an exciting day! :cyclops:

We went to Bremen for a postcrossing meeting. The winter break is now officially over!  B)

First we went by car to the train station and then by train to Bremen main station where we met lots and lots of other postcrossers - it was a big meeting.

This is on our way through the countryside:

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And here we are sitting on our seat:

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After having met with all the other people we went into the city center. And guess what we saw?! The statue of the famous town musicians! :cyclops:

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We also saw the cathedral, dedicated to St Peter:

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There were many, many people in the city because it was "Samba Karneval" that day.

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And we saw a Chinese dragon in action.

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On our way through the city we saw the Christmas store.

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It's a shop selling Christmas stuff the whole year round.

Then we visited the oldest part of Bremen - the Schnoor.

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It's a medieval quarter with lots of small alleys, cobble stone pavement and very small houses.

We were very hungry by then and happy when we finally arrived at the restaurant.

After eating we signed lots and lots of postcards.

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We also met Henri again and made a new friend: Quacky-King who is on holiday in Switzerland and came all the way to Bremen with his host.

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Here is more proof of us being in Bremen.  :D :D

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We also sent cards to other TVs who couldn't be here and met another new friend, Olga the owl.

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On our way back to the train station we saw some more town musicians who were reading on a soccer field.

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It was a fun but also exhausting day! :)
-[Dino]-


Posted Apr 3, 2014, 4:52 pm
Today was a special day for me!  :cyclops: I received a postcard from my best friend Henri who is currently staying close to Lübeck.  B)

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Thank you very much, Henri! <3
-[Dino]-


Posted Apr 3, 2014, 5:01 pm
Today we went to Hamelin for another postcrossing meeting. :) This time there were only a few people, but it was still a very nice day.

Of course we wrote and signed some postcards:

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Later we went around the city center in search of a mailbox.
We saw many little rats in the pavement.

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They are there because Hamelin is a very special city. It is where the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin supposedly took place in the Middle Ages.

We also met the pied piper himself  :p :

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It was a fun day!

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