Thursday, May 18, 2006

Loads of free data available

Well I had a surf round the sites mentioned here tonight and was amazed at what is out there.

Somewhat at a stop at the moment as generally no time for this project with children to look after.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Dauerregen

We are in a period of dauerregen which means for the foreseeable future simply rain. for the first time in my life, now that I am the custodian of a considerabole garden, this is not such a bad thing. Rain means quite simply, that my large areas of grass grow.

This afternoon we were caught in the middle of what is typical of Bavaria, a sudden thunderstorm. The blossom which is making my 45 year old apple tree the star of the garden at the moment, suddenly fell like snow as the boughs swayed in the stroung winds experienced. Until now they have been falling like gentle snowflakes all over the existing lawn.

The other stuff falling out of the sky or rather nearby trees, is yellow pollen. I never remember this in Britain at this time of year. Many expats moan about it. My roof windows newly installed are yellow, everywhere is. I had been insopecting the window asI have had a two day running battle with a wasp who was trying to move in under the frame. It was a bit bent, so a bit of bending did the trick and we'll see no more of the persistent little bugger!

Imprtant job today was moving the second compost heap. Man it stank!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Eisheiligen

Today it is Servatius.

Damn well cold it was too. Gone were the warm days spent with wheelbarrow in hand with soil from the composting department from Vivo Warngau recycling centre loaded up by a fast huge lorry. I am always amazed at how fast the chap operates his digger. When you pull up near his monstzer he mutters something in deep Bavarian which even my German wife doesn't understand, then proceeds to load up the trailer behind with half a cubic metre of well rotted soil. Spreads well on the garden too.

Well today we couldn't go out. Our sweet lady neighbour next door told me yesterday it was Eisheligen. This is an ancient Catholic tradition which states that until these five days are up one should not plant any crops.

I have learned this the hard way. A month ago I bought Geraniums planters, fertiliser and the plants themselves in Pennymarkt. A couple of days later they were hammered by the frost. I am not sure if they will fully recover. Yesterday I bought replacements for the ones which were caught in the early frost. I guess the moral of the story is Don't ever buy balcony plants from supermakrets here when they first appear. I shall wait till Eisheiligen now every year for my planting timings.