I have passed by this contraption dozens of times in the past year as we walked through the vineyards on the outskirts of Sulzburg, and each time wondered what it was. Firewood was all I could think of, but why would it be so elaborately housed? This past Sunday the mystery was solved. Touring the […]

A few more pictures today, borrowed from a friend’s Facebook page, of my neighbourhood after Friday’s tornadoes touched down in Ottawa. Schools are all closed today, though power has been restored most places.

Friday night a tornado ripped through Ottawa, a very rare occurrence. I’m in Germany. The first I heard of it was when I woke up Saturday morning to read that 150,000 people were without power. Homes were destroyed, people injured and it was being described as the worst natural disaster since the 1998 ice storm […]

Still feeling a little uninspired today, then I came across this photo I took in Naples almost a decade ago. Not sure what the context was, whether it was in a store or on the street. Probably the street, given that the pictures both before and after on the camera were street scenes. Back then, […]

The effects of jet lag have hit in full force. I’m certain anything I post would be unfunny, uninteresting and not even unusual. Therefore, rather than have you read something written while I was in a semi-incoherent state, I have decided to wait another day before resuming our regularly scheduled programming. The argument could be […]

The trip back to Germany was uneventful, much better than the 42-hour marathon we took getting to Canada six weeks ago. Now comes the adjustment again to language and culture, which will take much more than the adjustment to this time zone. It was so nice to be in the same time zone as the […]

Pumpkins are orange. Always have been, and I thought they always would be. Imagine my surprise to discover that in my year away from Canada there have apparently been some new varieties of pumpkins cultivated. Multi-hued ones caught my eye, but the ones that really stood out are the solid white ones. As a traditionalist […]