tger greenhaddock: The weekend that was

Monday, March 12, 2007

The weekend that was

On Saturday we took the Juniorette to Mathematikum in Giessen. It’s a science/maths museum for kids and the Juniorette loved it. We visited a similar museum last year in the Black Forest, but we thought this one was much better. The journey home was hit by the curse of Deutche Bahn. The trains were late due to an accident and the info given out by DB was, as usual, very poor. We had to change platforms several times before finally boarding a train. On the upside the Juniorette found all the commotion quite exciting.

Yesterday was a glorious spring day. With blue sky and warm sunshine it was the perfect day for a gentle stroll in the countryside. Mrs H, the Juniorette and I managed to see 5 species of butterfly on our walk – Red Admiral, Peacock, Tortoiseshell, Cabbage White & Zitronenfalter. Our tomcat Mickey claimed his first victim of a new season. He likes to catch and eat bumble bees and butterflies. Today there is one more buzzer in bumble bee heaven.

In the top Bundesliga game this weekend Werder Bremen held Bayern Munich to a 1-1 draw. Bayern supporter friends of ours came to watch the game on TV at our place. It was good fun, although I must admit Werder were lucky to go home with a draw.

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Anonymous Maribeth said...

Oh send the spring weather our way, will you! It is dark dreary and yucky! I am so ready for springtime.
BTW, I have decided to plant eggplant this year in my garden. Any tips for growing it?

March 12, 2007 4:59 PM  
Blogger Ex-Shammickite said...

Mickey had better watch out which end of the bumblebee he's biting, those little fellows can have a powerful sting! No winged insects of any kind to be seen here yet, still too cold and snowy.

March 12, 2007 8:54 PM  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

ok - way to go! sounds like so much fun and spring is everywhere! I hope we see the sun soon. Spring is starting but with heavy rain, it's not so fun!

March 13, 2007 2:11 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Hahaha. I remember walking past Mathematikum in Gießen many times! I know it would have been a place I'd have loved as a child.

It's just funny to be in the US now and reading blogs where little old Gießen is mentioned.

March 14, 2007 7:14 AM  
Anonymous Deepblue said...

We have premiere fußball and arena now,because me and boy blue wanted to see Werder-Bayern, too, and it gets more and more difficult to get tickets für the games in Bremen, which of course is quite fare away. As grandpa blue is a Bayern-Fan and joined us, it was great fun. Concerning the cat: Isn't it dangerous to eat something with stings? Dog blue tries that, too, but she doesn't manage to catch anything. But yes, it's so nice, that there a so many known and unknown flying ones in the air now!

March 14, 2007 9:59 AM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Maribeth - hope your weather improves soon. The days here are still sunny and warm. For Eggplant do not plant out too early as they really don't like low temps. I found that planting a couple of extra plants is a good idea as I had a couple go suicidal on me last year. Water often but don't flood them :)

Ex-Shammickite - I'm sure he's been stung before but he doesn't seem to care, but as cats go he is slightly mad anyway. He loves water and in summer he quite often returns home soaking wet after being in a neighbours pond! :)

ET - Hope the sun comes out for you soon! :)

Melissa - Thanks for stopping by again. The Mathimatikum was good fun for adults as well! :)

Deepblue - As you know we were unable to get tickets for the Werder - Frankfurt game. Maybe when the stadium is enlarged to 50,000 it maybe easier to get tickets. Great that Werder won last night in the UEFA cup. If they get to play Spurs in the next round I am going to have real problem of who to support! :)

March 15, 2007 8:16 AM  
Blogger Mike B said...

Nice photo; I have to get outside this weekend ... between work and moving I almost forgot what a butterfly looks like ;)

March 15, 2007 12:05 PM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

yesterday morning, I sat outside in my little "woods" and marveled at the swelling buds, but today... snow is falling like gentle rain.

March 16, 2007 1:03 PM  
Blogger bigbikerbob said...

Hi, lovely photo of the butterfly,I think the cat probably ends up in your neighbors pond trying to get to the fish!!.I the football support thing applies to a lot of us,I only moved 190 miles.Bob

March 20, 2007 5:55 PM  

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