NCO Club: Off Topic Discussions => The Lounge - Get A Beer & Just Chatter Away => Topic started by: Jilly on 9 September 2009, 23:17:17



Title: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 9 September 2009, 23:17:17
I live in deleted on request,  I thought it would be interesting to post some pictures of the area where I live.  I'd love to see some of where you all live as well.  Pics off the internet are fine too.  

I took my dog for a walk today, here is a photo of her, we live in the countryside:
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The hay is now being cut and some of it is already packaged   ready to go, at a nearby farm:
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(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/garden2005.jpg)

Where I sometimes take my dog for  a walk:
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I'll post some more later on :)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 9 September 2009, 23:26:17
it's not where I live...

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/DSC_0008cutframed.jpg)

one of my 2 cats called 'Pruts' (thingy)

the local saturday market

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/DSC_1609bewerktframed.jpg)

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/DSC_1610bewerktframed.jpg)

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/DSC_1611bewerktframed.jpg)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 9 September 2009, 23:37:46
What a cute cat!  The market looks so colorful and bright.  Is the Autumn setting in already there?  It looks like it's getting colder.

I have four cats,  here are mine:

Fluffball:
(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/flowrsetc213.jpg)

Pickles:
(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/assortmentofpics008.jpg)

And Greg:
(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/deckanddawn.jpg)

 :)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 9 September 2009, 23:44:15
4? I count 3  :D

market pictures were from last year when I just bought my 10-20 lens...


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Alan65 on 10 September 2009, 00:34:08
Let me use postcards to illustrate my corner of Seattle:
(http://i813.photobucket.com/albums/zz54/seattlepostcardimages/West%20Seattle%20postcards/aerialalkipointwlighthouseseattlein.jpg)
view looking north east, downtown Seattle in the background.
(http://i813.photobucket.com/albums/zz54/seattlepostcardimages/West%20Seattle%20postcards/moderncontinentalAlkiPointandMtRain.jpg)
view to the south east, Mt. Rainier in the background.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 10 September 2009, 00:53:51
Koen,  I just realized I don't have any pics of my forth cat, his name is Smokey.  I'll take some and post them next time :)

Alan,  I like the post cards.  Some years back I used to live in British Columbia and went over to Seattle a few times.  I missed seeing the coast though.  It's real nice.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Solideo on 10 September 2009, 08:30:49
Have no scanner photos prepared.

Here are lots of pics in this link, when you open one there are several more  http://www.almeriavirtual.info/lang/sp_fotografias_de_almeria_1.htm (http://www.almeriavirtual.info/lang/sp_fotografias_de_almeria_1.htm)

(some links don´t work, but others do)

Here is located Almería

(http://img44.imageshack.us/img44/2331/mapaespanaconalmerias.gif) (http://img44.imageshack.us/i/mapaespanaconalmerias.gif/)

Some information relative to the place. In English!!!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almer%C3%ADa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almer%C3%ADa)

Military references: Spanish Legion Alfonso XIII Brigade is sited here since 1995.

Best




Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 10 September 2009, 12:43:33
where I live on googlemaps...don't try to zoom in to deep...it's just 1km beyond civilization...

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=nl&geocode=&q=keiberg&sll=37.09024,-112.5&sspn=51.488837,147.304687&ie=UTF8&hq=keiberg&hnear=&radius=15000&ll=50.991556,4.957967&spn=0.020178,0.071926&t=h&z=15 (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=nl&geocode=&q=keiberg&sll=37.09024,-112.5&sspn=51.488837,147.304687&ie=UTF8&hq=keiberg&hnear=&radius=15000&ll=50.991556,4.957967&spn=0.020178,0.071926&t=h&z=15)

we have a famous place of pilgrimage in our small town....luckily...it brings some people and life back here  smallclap


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 10 September 2009, 13:06:53
Solideo,  you live in a very beautiful area of the world,  and you don't have the cold to put up with!  Lucky you.  :)

Koen,  it all looks so green from the google map,  so neat and tidy.  I live so far in a rural area that google hardly shows anything at all.  Apart from lot of forest areas.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Solideo on 10 September 2009, 14:09:30
Solideo,  you live in a very beautiful area of the world,  and you don't have the cold to put up with!  Lucky you.  :)

Koen,  it all looks so green from the google map,  so neat and tidy.  I live so far in a rural area that google hardly shows anything at all.  Apart from lot of forest areas.


We usually love what we have away. I would like to be sometime in a full trees area, where green predominates, where snow comes over you all winters. A place where you can only hear birds and wind up a mountain.

But I live by a desert...yes, there are many beaches, but most time full of people. Yes it´s sunny almost all year, but you miss the cold, the rain whipping on your window glass...

We are human, so we always desagree most we possess or have nearby.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: FACman on 10 September 2009, 14:18:34
Hey Alan, you ever eat at that fried clam place right on the beachfront? I think its called Spuds. Great fried clams. I used to live in Burien some years back. Loved the access to the Olympic Park coastline and the Rainforests.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 10 September 2009, 15:00:39
Solideo,  you live in a very beautiful area of the world,  and you don't have the cold to put up with!  Lucky you.  :)

Koen,  it all looks so green from the google map,  so neat and tidy.  I live so far in a rural area that google hardly shows anything at all.  Apart from lot of forest areas.



We usually love what we have away. I would like to be sometime in a full trees area, where green predominates, where snow comes over you all winters. A place where you can only hear birds and wind up a mountain.

But I live by a desert...yes, there are many beaches, but most time full of people. Yes it´s sunny almost all year, but you miss the cold, the rain whipping on your window glass...

We are human, so we always desagree most we possess or have nearby.



Sounds like a trip to Mallorca is necessary... :) Here we have true seasons, just a little snow in winter, not too much heat in summer, green in spring, and warm clear waters with empty beaches in autumn...!

For the geographically challenged (I know we currently do not have any here, but who knows what the future will bring... :) ):

Mallorca is also part of Spain (the little green spot W shows more or less where I live):

(http://todos-contra-matias.net/mapaespanaconmallorca.gif)

Military Relelvance:

Comandancia General de Baleares

  • Cuartel General (HQ), en Palma de Mallorca
  • Ejército de tierra (Army): Agrupación Mixta, en Palma de Mallorca
  • Ejército del aire: 801 Escuadrón de Fuerzas Aéreas (AirForce) - SAR, en Palma de Mallorca:

Spain *is* a country and part of Europe:

(http://www.foodinlaterlife.org/graphics/map_spain_sen.gif)

Europe is, like Africa, Asia or Australia, a continent, and *not* a country:

(http://www.urix.no/Images/Nye%20kart/Store/world_map_EUROPE.gif)

Why do I go in such detail, you may ask? Well, I just remembered this video...

Budapest is the capital of what European country? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THyTnt00b5I#normal)

 :D

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 10 September 2009, 16:52:56
Ok, wanted to separate this into two posts, as this one will take a little longer to load:

Here some sat pix of Mallorca and where I live (for some reason does not disply inserted, attached them. Click to expand).

Enjoy,

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 10 September 2009, 17:58:32
Solideo,  you live in a very beautiful area of the world,  and you don't have the cold to put up with!  Lucky you.  :)

Koen,  it all looks so green from the google map,  so neat and tidy.  I live so far in a rural area that google hardly shows anything at all.  Apart from lot of forest areas.


We usually love what we have away. I would like to be sometime in a full trees area, where green predominates, where snow comes over you all winters. A place where you can only hear birds and wind up a mountain.

But I live by a desert...yes, there are many beaches, but most time full of people. Yes it´s sunny almost all year, but you miss the cold, the rain whipping on your window glass...

We are human, so we always desagree most we possess or have nearby.


We always seem to want what we don't or can't have,  maybe it's just human nature?  I really find the winters here in Canada hard though,  the snow is something else.



Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 10 September 2009, 18:06:04
Rattler,  I only recently realized that Mallorca is an Island,  do you ever feel isolated there at all?  How do you get from there to the mainland of Spain etc?  Do you use a boat or fly?  How often do you need to go to the mainland?  How are provisions shipped over to the Island?

Does that invitation apply to me as well?  :whistle: 

How on earth would anyone get there?   ;D

Yes,  I do know that Europe is not one country!  But I only recently realized that Africa is a continent.  doh3


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Alan65 on 10 September 2009, 18:08:15
Hey Alan, you ever eat at that fried clam place right on the beachfront? I think its called Spuds. Great fried clams.


yeah, Spud Fish & Chips is still there, still good.  My kids' school is 2 blocks away so when I'm tutoring there I have lunch once/week.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 10 September 2009, 21:32:30
Rattler,  I only recently realized that Mallorca is an Island,  do you ever feel isolated there at all?

Oh, so maybe it was good after all that I went into such detail... iconclap (a look at my avatar would have revealed it...).

No, I do not feel isolated at all, we have a great infrastructure (at least in peace times, for war/catastrophes that could have the lines cut, I have a boat), but I have heard this complaint very often from women that were not from here, they somehow never feel really safe as they fear one day they could not leave if they wanted.

How do you get from there to the mainland of Spain etc?  Do you use a boat or fly?


There go around 500 flights a day to all over Europe (in summer, 100 in winter), good connections, Palma is a hub airport here in south  western Europe, i.e. all traffic goes through here.

If you need to transport larger stuff, you take car/boat (actually, for any longer stay on the mainland that would be my combo - e,g, a party/culture weekend in Barcelona: Leave FRI 1400, come back MON 0800, ready to go for work, all for 80 Euros - , but if I just need to go for business and want to be home same day I take a plane).

How often do you need to go to the mainland?


I go to the peninsula about 3 times a year in average, but to Germany, Switzerland, France or Britain another 2 times a year.

How are provisions shipped over to the Island?


The island is quite self sufficient where basic (esp. food) products are concerned, the rest gets shipped in (even water in times of shortage, with large cistern ships).

Does that invitation apply to me as well?  :whistle:


Anytime... :)

How on earth would anyone get there?   ;D


From Canada look for a cheap connection to either Germany or Britain, from there its a 2 hours flight with cost between 100-250$ to here (2-way), the earlier you book, the cheaper it gets, One example for cheap and fast connections from Germany: http://www.airberlin.com/site/start.php?LANG=eng (http://www.airberlin.com/site/start.php?LANG=eng,) (click on PALMA in the map to see the multitude of connections, they even have a daily to Vancouver from 190-850 Euros - one way - depending on booking conditions), for UK you might also want to look up easyjet or ryanair.

Yes,  I do know that Europe is not one country!  But I only recently realized that Africa is a continent.  doh3

Just FYI: Antarctica also... :)

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 10 September 2009, 22:47:36
Thanks for answering all my questions, Rattler.   :)

Like I've mentioned before,  I've been meaning to visit my mother in the UK.  When I do,  I might look into visiting Spain and your area too,  thanks for the invite.  :)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 11 September 2009, 23:16:26
By chance, found a pic in my archive (no clue who took it, got it sent by a friend) from your region, Jilly (attached, click to enlarge).

It is one of a series of boats on dry land (and even ships), what is the background for this phenomenon?

Enjoy!

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 12 September 2009, 02:45:26
Crikey,  Rattler,  I don't have a clue as to where abouts it could be.  I know the trees look familiar,  so it's obviously from around here somewhere.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jonny on 12 September 2009, 13:44:36
Welcome to the Ghetto lol

The view from my old kitchen window

(http://photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v166/226/1/610778212/n610778212_274538_4242.jpg)

I live in Leeds, in the fine county of Yorkshire within the United Kingdom Of Great Britain.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 12 September 2009, 14:10:00
Yorkshire is a country???

Just joking, if you wish I could polish the pic a bit to make it more discernible?

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 12 September 2009, 22:52:55
Jonny,  I know of Yorkshire, but have never been that far 'up North' of England.  Do you have that great Yorkshire accent?


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 13 September 2009, 03:26:02
Jonny,  I know of Yorkshire, but have never been that far 'up North' of England.  Do you have that great Yorkshire accent?



I like the Northern Yourkshire accent also, where every lady is "mi luv"... :)

This yung ´ungry lady has it on perfectly:

interview with millen eve (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sB3ieNhEsDY#normal)

And of cause, life up North can be really tuff :)

Monty Python - Four Yorkshiremen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe1a1wHxTyo#normal)

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 13 September 2009, 17:37:14
She's cute.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: TechAdmin on 13 September 2009, 22:40:18
She's cute.


Yeah, isn´t she? I got glued to the vid, though it was so long, such a natural kid, and so serious about everything... :) !

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 13 September 2009, 23:03:12
Some more pics:

The summer is coming to an end, and the hay is being cut:
 

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/garden2007.jpg)

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/garden2002.jpg)

One of the many apples trees that grow wild here:
(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/garden2012.jpg)

Can you see the early evening moon through the trees?:
(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/moon2002.jpg)

I love the summer sunsets here:
(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/various009.jpg)

 :)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 13 September 2009, 23:49:52
And finally, me:
 
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Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 13 September 2009, 23:57:04
Here, the summer is also coming to an end:

Thunderstorms growling at the horizon all day, first clouds to be seen in more than 4 month, Tuesday it finally will rain, and tomorrow is the first day with temperatures below 31 announced (26).

Also it is the last days of the holidays, and while most bars and restaurants stay open til OCT 31, the season is over (only heavy traffic on weekends when the "Palmesanos"  - the people from Palma - come in). Now, for 6 weeks - and only during the week - we have the village for ourselves and can enjoy the warm sea and the great scenery...

So, I decided to pick the old camera (6 yrs not much used) and made a quick walaround of my village today, at almost dawn (the pics look clearer, but if you chek the details you will see hte cars have their lights turned on already, etc). YOu can easily correlate a few with the sat map I posted before, espeically the tiny islands...

Here goes a first selection, tomorrow more:

Our splendid village center, note we are at the sea but also embedded in mountains:

(http://todos-contra-matias.net/villagecenter.jpg)

We have a supermarket right in the village center:

(http://todos-contra-matias.net/small_supermarket.jpg)

We also have a *big* supermarket, in the peatonal zone right at the side of the town center:

(http://todos-contra-matias.net/large_supermarket.jpg)

Our attractions, of cause are the beach, the Island of Dragonera, and the small island of Pantaleau:

(http://todos-contra-matias.net/beach_hotel.jpg)

(http://todos-contra-matias.net/dragonera.jpg)

(http://todos-contra-matias.net/pantaleu.jpg)

And if you ever wondered what our folks here look like, and what they do on sundays, here you get some impressions (the dog is my "Pocholo", the friend of all kids in the village):

(http://todos-contra-matias.net/pochi_kids.jpg)

(http://todos-contra-matias.net/typical_sunday.jpg)

(http://todos-contra-matias.net/typical_sunday2.jpg)

(http://todos-contra-matias.net/typ_kid.jpg)

(http://todos-contra-matias.net/chips_typical_bar.jpg)

(http://todos-contra-matias.net/sunday_evening.jpg)

Now, gotta run, thunderstorm is *very* close, gotta disconennect comp and all other stuff, those thunderstorms here are fierce and we have no lightning protection...

Enjoy,

Rattler

EDIT: Yippie1 It´s raingin, finally! R.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 13 September 2009, 23:59:49
And finally, me:
 ([url]http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/sand88.png[/url])


Great to have a face to connect to the posts, and then such a beautiful one on top! You made my day just a bit lighter... :)

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 14 September 2009, 12:55:36
Well thank you Mr.  Rattler  :)

I might delete it soon though,  it feels strange having it up there.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 14 September 2009, 13:00:25
I love the pictures of your area.  The kids look so relaxed and happy.  is that your dog?  The beach looks so inviting.,  I bet you get a lot of tourists there.  Which other country do they mostly come from?  I especially like the last picture,  it captures a moment so well. Thanks for those,  I'd love to see some more, when you get the time.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 14 September 2009, 13:06:07
deleted on request

This moose spent over a year with us.  She would put her nose at the living room window,  follow us around,  or suddenly appear behind us when we least expected her to..  A gentle creature,  one day she just disappeared. (I hope the hunters didn't get her).  I still miss her presence.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 14 September 2009, 13:14:54
I love the pictures of your area.  The kids look so relaxed and happy.  is that your dog?  The beach looks so inviting.,  I bet you get a lot of tourists there.  Which other country do they mostly come from?  I especially like the last picture,  it captures a moment so well. Thanks for those,  I'd love to see some more, when you get the time.


This *is* paradise for kids, dogs and old people, and yes, as stated in the caption:

Quote
And if you ever wondered what our folks here look like, and what they do on sundays, here you get some impressions (the dog is my "Pocholo", the friend of all kids in the village):


Tourism here is quite different from the rest of the island and depends on the month: In spring and autumn (today the first tour arrived) we have the "Ramblers", people that do walking in our mountains and to see the Island of Dragonera from above...:

(http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/01/01/cc/a2/view-from-trail-to-sa.jpg)

...or our monastery "Sa Trapa", those are Germans and English.

The hotel (you can see it on the beach pic, it´s the only one we have) is from a Swiss family, so we have many Swiss hotel guests, now pensionists, in summer couples with kids.

Generally, in the 2 1/2 summer month we have a lot of French, as most of them (through family ties: Malloquins went to France in the beginning of the 20th century to work) own houses here in the village.

Now, as I was at it, and had to get up at three in the morning as then the thunderstorm struck and I had to shut the house down and sweep the entering water, I took a nice pic (one of 50 tries) off my balcony of the thunderstorm.

My balcony normal view:

(http://todos-contra-matias.net/10ViewOffBalconyLeft.jpg)

And, tonight, with the thunderstorm just having passed (but it was still raining, so I had to be a bit retracted under the roof). I took around 50 pics, always 30 seconds of exposure off tripod, and waiting whether I could catch another ligthning, and in the end was rewarded (the green colors come from the street lamps):

(http://todos-contra-matias.net/ts_sep14_09_balcony.jpg)

Enjoy,

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 14 September 2009, 14:31:04
Wow,  Rattler, you have captured the lightening strike so well.  Amazing.  Looks like it was quite the storm.  They can be beautiful in their own way.

I imagine it's an ideal place to live for the right kind of people.  That Island of Dragonera,  what exactly is on there?  Are there any buildings of any kind, or is it just a place to go mountain climbing etc?  Thanks for the pictures. 


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 14 September 2009, 17:51:32
Wow,  Rattler, you have captured the lightening strike so well.  Amazing.  Looks like it was quite the storm.  They can be beautiful in their own way.


Pure chance, really (though going for it), there is nothing more that you can do than wait and hope. Actually, as the foreground was a bit dark in the photo, I superimposed an overexposed one to give more clarity in the front, now it looks like what I saw (see attachment, it was 60 secs exposure).

If you don´t catch anything, the pic comes out pitch black with just the street lights reflecting green, then sometimes you have a lightning behind clouds, like you can see in the other attachment below (click attachments to enlarge), and, if you are patient and lucky enough, you get a good one...

I imagine it's an ideal place to live for the right kind of people.  That Island of Dragonera,  what exactly is on there?  Are there any buildings of any kind, or is it just a place to go mountain climbing etc?  Thanks for the pictures.  


Dragonera was bought from some US company in the beginning of the´80s, they wanted to construct an exlusive holiday resort for rich Arabs there. Luckily, after a public outcry, the Spanish Government found use for our tax payers money and bought it for 25 Million $ in 1987 and declared it cultural patrimony and a Nature Resort in ´95.

So, today there is nothing on (except a biology station and a house for the guards), and you can go walking there or see the absolutely unbelievable forms of life there (as it was so isolated, many species live there that cannot be found anywhere else). The most well known are the lizards, Podarcis lilfordi giglioli ("Dragones", in the Mallorquin Language, about 15 cm long, here a nice photo made by Carlos Vega Moreno (http://www.flickr.com/photos/carlosvegamoreno/2575349586/#)), they are hand tame (and there are literally millions of them) which have made it to become the symbol for our village San Telmo.

A quick summary here: http://mallorcaphotoblog.wordpress.com/2008/06/01/the-dragon-island/ (http://mallorcaphotoblog.wordpress.com/2008/06/01/the-dragon-island/)

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700 m of Mediterranean water separate the Isla Dragonera, today a Nature Park under thorough preservation and caring protection, from the island of Mallorca.

Sa Dragonera has been used throughout history by pirates and smugglers, thus generating legends and anecdotes around the island. In 1974, a greedy land promoter bought the island and submitted plans for large scale urbanisation plus luxury marine facilities, but luckily, Mallorca’s friend, the G. O. B. came to the rescue and fought, and won, a lengthy court battle for the benefit of all of us. In 1987, Sa Dragonera was bought by the Consell de Mallorca. In 1995, Sa Dragonera was declared a Parque Natural and has benefitted from ecological protection ever since.

During the summer months, there is a daily boat service from Sant Elm to Sa Dragonera. You have to take your own provisions on this rewarding excursion as there are absolutely zilch amenities at the point of destination. But yes, there are toilet facilities on the island. Toilet paper, not always.


Here some pix:

The (natural) port of Dragonera (you are loking EAST, San Telmo is on the coast in the background):

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/11989_11762846964108.jpg)

The old lighthouse on top (now replaced by two lighthouses on each end, as the top turned out to be in clouds too often - 377 mtrs); you are looking NE, San Telmo is on that coast just to the right outside the picture - spectacular view, from there you can see Ibiza sometimes when the weather is clear.

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/11989_11762847505866.jpg)

Here some shots I took last year that I also find quite spectacular (and that show those clouds mentioned above):

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/0.jpg)

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/1.jpg)

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/2.jpg)

Enjoy!

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 15 September 2009, 01:27:47
Thanks for telling me more about the Island.  And the photos are spectacular!  You can tell you used to be a photographer.  Really good.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 15 September 2009, 14:49:34
I went for a walk yesterday late afternoon and took these photos:

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/countrywalk005.jpg)

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/countrywalk002.jpg)

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/countrywalk011.jpg)

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/countrywalk008.jpg)

And finally yet another sunset:

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/countrywalk009.jpg)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Solideo on 15 September 2009, 15:21:42
Both you, great photos.

Rattler, I can see it´s fu**g rainy in islands now.

Jilly. Take a photo of a coyote which looks like my avatar if you can.  :whistle: Better, take a photo of yourself.

I am not putting any photo simply because I don´t know what to photgraph.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 15 September 2009, 16:30:36
Jilly, really nice pictures, reminds me soooo much of the Germany of my youth, those dense forests and the green, and the straw (hay?)...

Better, take a photo of yourself.


Concur, Jilly: A pity your picture has gone, maybe a new one? I will post one of me from today tonight... (everybody take cover, ICOMING!!! )
 :cover:

O, and that with the rain, it comes and goes (now sun again), you can always check my weather here (scroll to "Baleares"), the last column gives thunderstorms (TS), showers (SH) or snow, or rain or whatever, as you can see it is not *that* bad... :) : http://www.dwd.de/bvbw/generator/lang_de/Sites/DWDWWW/Navigation/Schifffahrt/Seewetter/Seewetterbericht__24__MM__w__node,templateId=renderPrint.html (http://www.dwd.de/bvbw/generator/lang_de/Sites/DWDWWW/Navigation/Schifffahrt/Seewetter/Seewetterbericht__24__MM__w__node,templateId=renderPrint.html)

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 15 September 2009, 19:26:00
Solideo,  The coyotes don't come too near,  although I hear them late in the night, howling away.  I've seen more dead ones then live ones around here.  I found one frozen to death a two winters ago in a ditch and have seen some on the highways, where they get run over.

Interestingly enough,  the ones here (in the East) are different to the coyotes in the West of Canada. The ones in the West are much smaller, but the ones here have migrated from the US and are now mixed with Wolf, and so are quite a bit larger.

Some information about them on here:

http://pages.cthome.net/rwinkler/coyote.htm (http://pages.cthome.net/rwinkler/coyote.htm)

(http://www.pestcontrolrx.com/.a/6a00e5527221258833010536f5f074970c-800wi)

 


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 15 September 2009, 19:31:03
 Rattler,  it doesn't surprise me that some parts of Germany would be similar to here.  The hay is rolled into those large bundles and then sold to people with horses and cows.  It's always a pleasure to see your handsome face, so yes, post a pic. of yourself.  :)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 16 September 2009, 01:27:42
Solideo,  The coyotes don't come too near,  although I hear them late in the night, howling away.  I've seen more dead ones then live ones around here.  I found one frozen to death a two winters ago in a ditch and have seen some on the highways, where they get run over.

Interestingly enough,  the ones here (in the East) are different to the coyotes in the West of Canada. The ones in the West are much smaller, but the ones here have migrated from the US and are now mixed with Wolf, and so are quite a bit larger.

Some information about them on here:

[url]http://pages.cthome.net/rwinkler/coyote.htm[/url] ([url]http://pages.cthome.net/rwinkler/coyote.htm[/url])

([url]http://www.pestcontrolrx.com/.a/6a00e5527221258833010536f5f074970c-800wi[/url])



I like Coyotes, though I have never seen one free. Interesting site with the info about them!

Now, as I really need to go to bed (0130 already...) just a few quick shots from yesterdays dinner with (and at) Gigi (the bloke that I want to protrait in the zoo: Ex 2nd league goalie - of Menorca -, sea cayak animal - he went alone to Barcelona a few years ago, 37 hours through the high mediterannean seas, and an enologist by professioin - you will not get better wine than at his place) and two ladies from Italy (mother and daughter, the daughter worked in the hotel as animateuse 2 years ago and now came back to visit and show the place to her mother).

I won´t comment much to night, but the pix will give you a little impression not about where, but how we live, glimpses of the typical simple houses here with a stove for heating, water from the cistern, very little space, but with *great* food...

Enjoy!

Rattler

-------------------

Sonja, Gigi and Lisa at the dinner table (took it a bit wider to show the living room)
(http://todos-contra-matias.net/gigi_lisa_sonja.jpg)

The leftovers of some two great fish we had caught in the afternoon...
(http://todos-contra-matias.net/the_rest_of_the-fish.jpg)

A typical Spanish dinner table after the battle...
(http://todos-contra-matias.net/dinnertable.jpg)

Central Heating...
(http://todos-contra-matias.net/oven.jpg)

Running Water and top notch electric installations...
(http://todos-contra-matias.net/cistern.jpg)

The other half of Gigi´s living room...
(http://todos-contra-matias.net/gigi_salon.jpg)

And, to keep my promise and shock you a little, myself this afternoon as reflected in my sleeping room mirror (so I do not really look like that, the sides are reversed, in reality it´s my right hand that operates the camera - I could have flipped it, but it would break the composition)...
(http://todos-contra-matias.net/rattler_sep15_09.jpg)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Solideo on 16 September 2009, 01:51:09
You really look like if you were fron Cameroon. LOOL, I will never think you ar a spakraut. jajajajajaja  hihi


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 16 September 2009, 04:40:45
Nice photos.   Are Spanish homes all about the same?  They do, indeed, seem very simple in many ways.  I guess it must be just the more rural areas that are like that?  Sorry or my ignorance, but I really don't know anything about it at all.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 16 September 2009, 14:03:05
Depends on the age of the houses.

Gigi´s must be around 60 yrs old, mine is 140 yrs old, those are *really* simple and small (we use to say: "We ain´t got a metro station here" when people complain about the lack of luxury when we rent them out).

Me, e.g. (while we have running water since 3 yrs now) still got no *hot* water, so it´s either "cold shower" or heat up some in the kitchen and use it... Just an example (I am planning, though, to get a 15 ltr boiler ofr the shower).

OTOH, when ground was cheap and at those times w/o construction rules, people knew where to place houses: Many modern ones have humiditiy, mosquitos, etc, mine is just different: Placed well against the cold winter winds ("Tramuntana") I have no humidity at all, no mosquitos, sun in winter and shadow in summer, never more than 28 degrees inside despite 45 outside and never less than 18 inside at zero outside... Can´t have it all, but if you live at the waterfront, better to live in an old and well seasond and adapted house...

Of cause, houses after the ´70s have everything you expect from a modern home, and we have quitesome chalets aroundhere, but you cannot live in them the whole year, they are ok in summer, but bad or terribly costly in winter...

Some of my house (from 2001, though, when a female hand still had some influence here, it is not so tidy and cosy today), I will post some current ones soon:

My living room (still more or less the same): NOTE the rounded stone structure on the left, this was where the donkeys fed (in the old days the chicken and donkeys in winter lived with the inhabitants inside the house). Also, the straw hats you see (and see also in Gigis home) are a habit here in Mallorca: Everybody has straw hats and large plates as wall deocration.
(http://www.eventfoto.com/privat/photos_priv/hq/images/13SalonFormerStableByDay.jpg)

Same, by night. NOTE this is the winter outfit, there is a door to the left to the rear terrace which - as it is open in summer - requires to re-arrange everything in summer/winter. In Mallorca, you enter through the main door straight into the living room ("salon"), there is no foyer or anything in front of it.
(http://www.eventfoto.com/privat/photos_priv/hq/images/14SalonAtNight.jpg)

My kitchen with its view to the sea (also more or less the same today), 1.5x1.5 mtrs, more apt for a boat, and you have to keep it tidy all the time or you won´t be able to move about or less cook...
(http://www.eventfoto.com/privat/photos_priv/hq/images/12Kitchen3sqmAsOnABoat.jpg)

My main dormitory (has changed a lot since then, now is really cosy and beautiful)
(http://www.eventfoto.com/privat/photos_priv/hq/images/08Dormitory.jpg)

A detail from the staircase to the 2nd floor
(http://www.eventfoto.com/privat/photos_priv/hq/images/09InsideDetail.jpg)

Living room again, with mentioned door closed and blocked by the christmas tree (quite obviously winter set up), we had chosen a dead one this year as 70% of all pine trees had died that hot and dry summer... NOTE also, dogs and cats can go along very well...
(http://www.eventfoto.com/privat/photos_priv/hq/images/15MyTwoXOs.jpg)

Dinner at my place takes place on the ground (as I have no table, and the sofa is the only place to sit, and the living room is just 3x4 metres, being the biggest room in the house: The whole house, on 2 floors, got 42 sqm living space), in this case with my ex wife and eldest son... Of cause, we employ a lot of cushions to make it comfortable...
(http://www.eventfoto.com/privat/photos_priv/hq/images/17WifeJoana+ElderSonIgnacio.jpg)

Enjoy,

Rattler



Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 16 September 2009, 16:59:13
Really nice pictures, Rattler.  So cosy and warm looking.  It's true cats and dogs can get along really well,  My dog does just fine with the 4 cats.

My own place is so different to this in every way.  It has three floors, 2 living rooms and is quite large.  It must be hard living without hot water.  I can't imagine ever doing that.  Thanks for sharing those pics.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 16 September 2009, 19:57:36
My own place is so different to this in every way.  It has three floors, 2 living rooms and is quite large.


Ouch, what a nightmare to keep clean...! I am having enough with my small rooms, a big house, you need to be cleaning it all day, no? If you have time, show us some pics!

It must be hard living without hot water.  I can't imagine ever doing that.


Should you ever come to visit you will see its not a big prob at all (how do you think people lived 70 yrs ago in Canada?): In winter there are always two kettles at the fire place, one with water, the other one with stew... (yummy!... either lentils, green beans or chickpeas...). In summer, (cold) water is 30 degrees, you just love to shower at that temperature when every move you make makes you break out in sweat... In the times inbetween (spring and autumn) the kitchen is always having some 10 ltrs of hot water ready...

When you live on an island with water shortage you get used to get along with a 5 litres shower faster than soon... :)

And as far as the house size is concerned, we live 80% of the year on the terrace, there are tables, plenty of chairs, room (200 sqm), etc... It is only when it is either raining or really cold (January, as in the pics) when we live inside.

And when it´s really, really cold, we sleep in front of the fire place:

(http://ohlmer.es/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/joanalast.jpg)

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 16 September 2009, 21:33:38
You make some good points there,  Rattler.  Really,  even though it may seem quite primitive (  ;D  ) to me now,  I have lived (in India), without any conveniences at all.  And I mean AT ALL!  No electricity, no bathrooms, no toilets, no light, no fridge, no stove, no  grocery shops (!), or any other kind of shops, no doctors, no hospitals, no nothing...  But I have to say, I was only a kid,  and all I can remember is being really, really free, without any problems at all.  I'm sure the adults shouldered all the problems for us children at the time.  Sometimes I wish I could go  back to living like that,  even if only for a few weeks,  just to see how I would survive, and just to get back to basics.

Many of the houses here in Canada are quite big, but not all.  One thing this country has is space.  Yes, it can be a pain cleaning the house,  but I've got used to it,  sometimes I just let a lot of stuff go...for Canadian standards, it's just an average sized detached house..

I've lived in over 40 different places,  mostly here in Canada,  I lived in nearly every province here at one time or an0ther,  I guess you could say, I'm a bit of a gypsy. 

The fireplace looks great,  I have one too,  great for the winter months :)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 16 September 2009, 22:16:24
Yesterday,  captured these images of my walk with the dog.  Not long now before the snow covers everything and no more green is visible, but for now.

We get a lot of 'Wheelers' (ATV vehicles) in the area and they leave these muddy tracks once they've been over the same ground many times:

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/walkwithdog006.jpg)

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/walkwithdog007.jpg)

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/walkwithdog008.jpg)

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/walkwithdog009-1.jpg)

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/walkwithdog010.jpg)

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/walkwithdog011.jpg)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 20 September 2009, 21:45:53
thx for sharing this stuff...

Karine & myself live on 30 square meters...luxury? well...we have what we really need...and we make choices...when something needs to be replaced we decide if a more expensive one will do the job better..if so..we buy it..if not..we go for a cheaper one...

our bed is the size of a 1 persons bed but hey...we love eachother so...? ok, we do enjoy a bigger bed but we don't have the space...

for us...the financial liberty of NOT paying for a big house is more important...and ensuring our future...

I'll try to give you more details on how we live and why shortly...


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 21 September 2009, 23:45:36
Yes,  tell us more Koen  :)

A couple of days ago,  I went to a walk and found a trail that I didn't know existed, it went on for about a mile and ended up a house with smoke coming out of the chimney.  It was getting dark, and I didn't want to bump into any bears or coyotes, so decided to walk back home.  This is one photo I took just as it was getting dark,  I have others of that walk if anyone is interested.  :)

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/shedandlane001.jpg)

Yesterday,  I spent nearly all day painting,  I painted this shed,  it came out a lot brighter than I thought it would:

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Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 21 September 2009, 23:59:16
blue/white and white/blue, for me that´s what I associate with GREEK colours, sure you come from India?

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/white-washed-houses.jpg)

(http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/img-thing?.out=jpg&size=l&tid=78497)

(http://www.angelavolferphotography.com/photos/573522648_TmYzm-L.jpg)

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/754357367_5f864bf7c9.jpg)

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/SuperStock_1606-20859.jpg)

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/opt_pics_from_threads/2824593512_75093d27ee.jpg)

(http://www.archaeology.org/onsite/wp-content/gallery/crete1/1.jpg)

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 22 September 2009, 00:08:01
Those are really bright!  I think the person who mixed the colors for that blue got it wrong.  But,  I'm 'kind of' getting used to it!

It matches the deck,  I painted this too,  another color that was a 'mistake',  but looks like it's going to stay  ;D

censored on request

I managed to paint half my body blue too with the deck paint,  it took days to get it off my hands, legs and under my feet,  'cause I walked barefoot on the deck while it was still wet!



Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 22 September 2009, 00:51:59
at least you didnt paint the kitten in the bkgnd... ;)

And, with all your body blue, you might make some serious dough (but as I do not want to hijack the thread (third time in a week that I am close or about to do so) I will move my reply to the Arts):

http://www.warandtactics.com/smf/the-lounge-get-a-beer-go-off-topic/the-arts/msg7459/#msg7459 (http://www.warandtactics.com/smf/the-lounge-get-a-beer-go-off-topic/the-arts/msg7459/#msg7459)

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 22 September 2009, 01:20:34
My kitty didn't escape completely  ;D  The day after I noticed blue paint in her fur,  it's all out now though.

hmm...maybe my chosen profession should have been a painter?  Do you think?  :P


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 22 September 2009, 09:57:56
deleted on request

it probably shows on Googlemaps now  :whistle:


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 22 September 2009, 14:40:56
Yes,  I think I've finally put my place on the map permanently now.  ;D


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 22 September 2009, 22:10:47
Care to share coordinates?  ;D

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 22 September 2009, 22:55:53
That's easy,  just find one blue dot, in all the green.

  :congrats:      <------(I couldn't resist it)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: TechAdmin on 24 September 2009, 17:57:50
Yesterday I looked at this thread off a mobile login, and....: Loading time was incredible, 15 minutes per page, the gentleman who was looking for pix from my place here lost patience and never saw them...

So, today looked at some of the images posted, and now I am not surprised anymore: We have pix in this thread that are 200 or 300 k big each (personally I always try to not come over 80k for this size we are using).

What I will do is dl all large pictures from this thread and make them smaller (in kb size, I will keep the physical size) and then upload them again.

You will see your posts as modified by me and I just wanted to alert that this will be the only modification I will do so that you know what happens.

Please read this thread about optimization for future pictures: http://www.warandtactics.com/smf/wat-rules-updates-news/attn-all-photos/msg7775/#msg7775 (http://www.warandtactics.com/smf/wat-rules-updates-news/attn-all-photos/msg7775/#msg7775)

Just FYI,

TechAdmin


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 24 September 2009, 18:35:32
Does this work better,  Tech?

I've made all my photos to download to medium instead of large, at photobucket:

Early evening moon:
(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/various008-1.jpg)

 


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: TechAdmin on 24 September 2009, 18:47:15
Does this work better,  Tech?

I've made all my photos to download to medium instead of large, at photobucket:

Early evening moon:
([url]http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/various008-1.jpg[/url])



It works better (80kb now click right and check "properties" to see the size; if you check mine on page 3 you can see theyhave between 25 and 50kb size but are still big), but the impression was nicer when it was bigger. I just posted a how-to on photo comression here which allows you to keep the nice size and not exeed 60+kb file size: http://www.warandtactics.com/smf/wat-board-technical-info/wow-to-optimize-photos-before-upload/msg7784/? (http://www.warandtactics.com/smf/wat-board-technical-info/wow-to-optimize-photos-before-upload/msg7784/?)

Check it out, it´s easy to use!

TechAdmin


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: TechAdmin on 24 September 2009, 21:26:45
Okies, went through all the thread and optimized it, I took 14MB out of it... :) !!!

Jilly, check your moon pic now, 50kb at large size.

TechAdmin


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 25 September 2009, 00:29:43
Thanks for all your work, Rattler.  I'll check out how to do that with the photos,  Can't promise I'll get it straight away though. 

For all the time you have put into this photo thread: .........>   :congrats:


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 4 October 2009, 20:06:20
Yesterday,  I went for a walk in the woods in the back.  There have been an unusually high amount of bear sighting in and around the village, and a few days ago I found some bear droppings right in my back yard.  Not so unusual really,  a neighbor saw a bear behind the house last year,  but I missed seeing it at the time.  We have had an access of rain this summer,  which has ruined the wild berries that the bears like to eat,  so this year they have been eating more apples then usual.  There are many apple trees in this area, and some on our acreage too.  The bears have now nearly eaten all the apples out there, only a very few remain.  The trees aren't maintained anymore,  probably once, long ago,  they were, but now they are left to grow wild.  So,  it's getting towards hibernation time, and the bears have to eat like crazy to gain the weight they need in order to hibernate for the winter.  Here are some photos I took yesterday, as I tried to track down the bears.

Firstly this is the kind of bear I am looking for, a black bear.(this on not from my collection):

(http://www.wildlifemanagementpro.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/black-bear-returning.jpg)

The photos I took yesterday:

Bear droppings in my garden.  The previous day,  I had cleaned up three times the amount of this one, but the next day,  there it was again:

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/beartrail015-1.jpg)

Further down the trail, more droppings,  just a fraction of the amount out there right now, (hard not to step on them):

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/beartrail006.jpg)

As you can see the bear didn't step on this particular ants nest, but went around it, not sure why,  as he/she had squished down many others along the way:

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/beartrail009.jpg)

The path the bear had taken,  complete with droppings along the way:

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/beartrail013.jpg)

A large flattened down grass section,  here he must have had a rest.  This was about 8 feet in length:

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/beartrail005.jpg)

I put some bait out.  ( of fruit and veg),  for the bears in my garden last night,  but it rained a lot and they didn't make an appearance.  Will keep you posted if I do see one and will ofcourse post the pics on here.  :)







Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 4 October 2009, 20:53:07
Some more pics I took yesterday,  the Fall is nearly here, as you can see from the changing colors:

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/beartrail010.jpg)

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/beartrail011.jpg)

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/beartrail003.jpg)

And the roses keep on blooming, hard to believe:

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/beartrail004.jpg)

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/garden2009-1.jpg)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 5 October 2009, 09:00:13
Nice pictures, Jilly! I love those autumn colors, and they are some of the few things I miss here in the Med.

Where we live is also - if all goes to plan - where we die. I have always felt a strong affinity to cemetries, I like reading the toombstones, there is a world history under each of them.

Last Friday I walked the dogs outside of our cemetry which is situated at a nice distance between our San Telmo and the neighbour village S´Arraco (they obviously did not want the dead anywhere near... :) ) and took the opportunity to make some pictures at the cemetry, as the Mallorquine cemetries are quite unique:

As we have no earth here to bury our dead, they go into shelved stone tombs, and, another nice take (and business for the local photographer), they are most often decorated with a photo of the deceased. I often have someone of the elder gentlemen here ask me: "Do you have some time to come over and take a nice picture for my grave?"... :)

As you can see from the pix below, we do not have very many family names here in the two villages: Alemany, Palmer, Flexas, Pujol, Bauza, Vich and Salva, thats about it... :)

Enjoy!

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/matt_cemetry/1cemetry_screen.jpg)

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/matt_cemetry/7cemetry_screen.jpg)

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/matt_cemetry/3cemetry_screen.jpg)

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/matt_cemetry/6cemetry_screen.jpg)

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/matt_cemetry/5cemetry_screen.jpg)

The rich are rich also in thier graves...
(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/matt_cemetry/2cemtry_screen.jpg)

...and the poor remain poor until into their grave.
(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/matt_cemetry/povres_screen.jpg)

This one has special memories for me, as I knew the young lady quite well: She died out of nothing during our village fiesta, at Saturday night around 3 in the morning I had taken a last GinTonic at her bar (the village youth run the bars during the fiestas) and she seemed all fine (and despite what the village rumours say she was not doing drugs), but in the morning at 8 she was found dead in her bed... :(

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/matt_cemetry/rosa_dols_screen.jpg)

As you can see, also many foreigners like me that moved to the villages reserved their graves at the place where they spent that long part of their lives, here one of the German Badowski family that came in the ´60s:

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/matt_cemetry/badowski_screen.jpg)

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 6 October 2009, 00:07:50
Cemeteries can be interesting.  I've taken pics of the ones in the city,  I'll have to find them.  There are at least three around here that I know of.  Sometimes I too, like to read what is written on the gravestones,  it kind of makes you look at your own life in a different way,  especially when you see just how young some of the people who are buried really were when they died...  They always seem to bring me a little peace.  It's sad about the young woman that died, Rattler,  did they ever find out what happened to her?


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 20 October 2009, 18:25:24
The sunset yesterday night, as we have a front and storm coming in it was spectecular!

NOTE: The colors are *not* photshopped (though I had to pass the pic py PS to make this 160 degrees panorama from 6 single shots), we really have those in winter!

For those interested, the picture shows Dragon Island (Isla Dragonera) right in front of my house. This island was used in the Napeolonic Wars by the English to drop of crews of capered ships: While only 2 km to the main land (Mallorca) it is only very rarely possible to swin to here because of the usually very strong currents, you would end up in Barcelona (and many British tourists that try it every year have...).

Enjoy,

Rattler

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/sundown_web.jpg)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 11 December 2009, 23:07:13
What a beautiful place to live, Matt.  You are very lucky.

We have quite a bit of snow here right now.  And because the sun shines a lot here,  it reflects on the snow and makes the winter days very bright,  it's lovely to look at.  I'll have to take some more pics and post them on here.  Probably do it tomorrow.  :)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 13 December 2009, 19:47:24
Took these pics a few minutes ago.  Winter is well and truly here:  My 'garden' -

Remember this shed that I painted in the summer?
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My favorite tree - only because it captures the seasons so well (check back on this thread to see how it's changed)
(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/snowypics002.jpg)

Part of my driveway,  my son cleared it for me the other day.
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Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 13 December 2009, 20:15:58
Angel,  being a Husky loves the snow:

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(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/angelinsnow.jpg)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 13 December 2009, 23:09:15
Great pix!

I, personally *hate* the cold and even more the snow (but, as I am human and for us h´s never antyhing can be perfect, I also *hate* heat, got to look - I am saying this for 20 yrs now - for a different place to live in July/August).

Anyway, today (and so a week to early by date) winter has hit us, now we are down to 4 degrees, time to think about changing the short trousers for long ones, and rain... 3 days, then the sun will come again and carry us through this hard winter, expecting zero at new year and into JAN, but then end of JAN we will have the almond trees bloom and everythng will be easy again,

(http://icons-pe.wunderground.com/data/wximagenew/m/mohlmer/7.jpg)

(http://icons-pe.wunderground.com/data/wximagenew/m/mohlmer/8.jpg)

In the mean time, fire place :)

Will post some pix from last TUE tomorrow...

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 13 December 2009, 23:47:36
I don't mind the snow all that much.  It's nice to have all 4 seasons here,  I wish it didn't last so long though!

I'm planning on escaping to warmer climates in the near future, at least for the winter months,  so I won't be seeing so much of it pretty soon.   iconclap



Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 13 December 2009, 23:51:47
Thanks, but have just realized,  the pic of the rose is already in this thread.



Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 14 December 2009, 11:09:16
Both roses look very nice!   smallclap

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 14 December 2009, 23:05:01
Sorry,  I had to modify the last post.

Some years back I lived in Western Canada.  I thought some might be interested in what it was like.

..................

Southern Okanagan  always feels like home to me and every time I return it's like going back home.  No other place has that feeling for me.  I know it so well,  I spent many years living there on and off and it's always been really hard to stay away.  It was also the first place I lived in Canada  for any length  of time when I first moved here.  My memories attached to the area could write a book.  My son was born in Penticton,  and I remember coming out of the hospital in early February and the snow had nearly all melted away already.  I don't know  any other area in Canada where  the winters are so short.

My kids spent many happy days swimming in the beautiful beaches and maybe that's why they are all such excellent swimmers.  I met so many interesting people there,  especially  in the summer months when tourists would come from all over the country to spend a week or two in the area.  I've also  observed many parties during my time there,  it can be a very fun place to be.

I remember the first time I ever saw it, the majestic mountains took my breath away.  I've lived in only two of the most Southern towns there, that being Oliver and Osoyoos.  Penticton was the place to go shopping.  But it's probably best known for it's wineries,  where you can take a wine tasting tour if you wish,  it's Orchards with many types of fruit and vineyards.  The beaches and festivals also draw the tourists in each year.  Here are some pictures of places that I know.

Osoyoos lake,  we spent countless hours on this lake.  I used to love going there in June, because it was hot enough and yet the tourists had not yet arrived:

(http://www.ourbc.com/travel_bc/bc_cities/thompson_okanagan/photos/osoyoos/osoyoos_beach_01_640.jpg)


Haynes Provincial  park, Osoyoos:  This park is full to capacity in the summer months.  Sometimes the kids and I (being locals) would join in the activities that were arranged there.  One year I won the 'Simon says' contest and was presented with a T.shirt!

(http://www.ourbc.com/discover_bc/provincial_parks/haynes_point/osoyoos_boat_launch_01_640.jpg)

Moon over Tuc-El-Nuit Lake, Oliver BC.  Not only good for swimming and relaxing,  but also fishing and finding other water creatures:

(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/212/523288408_5570801f64.jpg)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 14 December 2009, 23:09:45
I've camped at Lake Okanagan at various times.  One year we found a party of people who were also camping there.  They were some kind of music group,  and we had singing concerts that night!  Perhaps best known to be home to the  ogopogo.  Must say, we never spotted him although we looked far and wide :)

http://www.tourcanada.com/ogopogo.htm (http://www.tourcanada.com/ogopogo.htm)


(http://www.strike-the-root.com/52/herman/lake%20okanagan.jpg)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 14 December 2009, 23:11:17
(Nine kilometres west of Osoyoos on Highway 3 is Klikuk, the Spotted Lake, containing one of the world's highest concentrations of minerals, including epsom salts, calcium, magnesium and many other trace minerals. The healing mud and waters were used to alleviate aches and pains. In the summer the water evaporates and crystallizes, making the white-ringed spots visible. The lake is on private land, and is therefore not accessible, but you can get a good view from the highway)'

(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/72/191698353_1bda25464d.jpg?v=0)


The Okhanagan Observatory was always a favorite place to visit for my kids.  There was so much to discover about Space. And if you went to see at just the right time,  and they weren't too busy,  the Astronomers would   take us inside to view the stars and planets through some of the strongest telescopes in the world.  

http://www.okanaganobservatory.ca/location.html (http://www.okanaganobservatory.ca/location.html)

(http://astro-canada.ca/_photos/a2107_drao26m2_p.jpg)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 14 December 2009, 23:13:31
The Peach Festival is held each year in Penticton.  People come from all over   for this event.  There's live music on the bandstand, and various acts appear.  Really good family entertainment and fun.  Don't bother trying to get a motel room during this season though,  you probably won't find one.  The only way would be to book way in advance and the prices will be high.

More about it on here:

http://www.peachfest.com/ (http://www.peachfest.com/)

......................

The Observatory is really interesting, especially if you enjoy learning about Space.

The last time I was there was in 2004. Too long really. We lived in the most picturesque little house in an Orchard in Oliver at that time. There were cherry trees in our front garden, and the Orchard had different fruits like peaches, pears, apples, grapes (used for Ice-wine), plums, Nectarines to name just some. I also used to grow pumpkins each years (just for fun for the kids), and the strawberries and Rhubarb grew regardless.

One year a bird laid all her eggs in the truck of a big tree at the bottom of the garden. We watched over the eggs to make sure no predators would get them. Eventually they started hatching and almost straight after walked off with their bird mom. We'd often see the group walking around around the Orchard. I just can't remember the name of the bird now, I thought if was a cardinal, but I'm not sure. It was quite a biggish bird.

Birds' nests with freshly laid bird eggs were abundant in the Orchard. We kept an eye on the ones that were around, just to see how the baby birds fared. Then we'd watch the baby birds as they grew and eventually fly away.  A couple of times I had to hand feed orphaned birds, it wasn't an easy thing to do.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 14 December 2009, 23:16:43
Just thought I'd put a map of the Okanagan:

(http://okanaganhouserentals.ca/okanagan/okanagan_map.gif)

 As you can see Osoyoos is on the US/Canada border.  We used to go over to the States every week to do some shopping.

Kelowna is the biggest city in the area, with a population of over 100,000.  Followed closely by Kamloops.  I've been to all the towns and cities on the map at one time or another.  The Northern part of the Okanagan doesn't hold my interest in the same way as the Southern part.  It's also not as hot in the North, which means that the fruit is harvested at a slightly later time.



Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 14 December 2009, 23:17:35
Manning park:

(http://cache.virtualtourist.com/3662212-Travel_Picture-View_from_the_Heather_Trail_Manning_Park_BC_CA.jpg)

http://www.bcadventure.com/adventure/explore/vancouver/parks/manning.htm (http://www.bcadventure.com/adventure/explore/vancouver/parks/manning.htm)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 15 December 2009, 12:11:06
Thanks! A beautiful area, methinks, something for my fathers son if it weren´t cold...

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 15 December 2009, 15:51:20
It is a lovely area,  Rattler.  Maybe you should visit one day...


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 15 December 2009, 17:02:16
It is a lovely area,  Rattler.  Maybe you should visit one day...

Too many ppl still: Kelowna it says 110.000, Penticton it says 45.000, that is two major cities on just 25km distance, do not even want to start to imagine the weekends on the lake shores when it is warm and sunny... :)

Here at least I only have to live with 4 month of tourism and weekend offenders (vs my peace :) ) 6 month I have the beaches and the sea,
the woods and the mountains for myself (but no coffee nor chow... :(, cannot have it all! )

Alternative: Kamchatka!  Mongolia! :) 400.000 ppl overall on the 2nd biggest area in the world! :)

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Mad Russian on 15 December 2009, 17:43:37
It's nice and sunny there too  Rattler! They must get sun at least 32 days a year.  hihi


Good Hunting.

MR


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 15 December 2009, 18:21:18
Rattler,  Osoyoos is the only pocket desert in Canada,  and the winters are the mildest there then anywhere else in this country.

The cities may seem populated but the outskirts are full of orchards and farmland, very peaceful, and yet not too far from all the amenities.  

Kamchatka and Mongolia sound like an adventure...shall I pack my bags?


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 15 December 2009, 19:25:27
It's nice and sunny there too  Rattler! They must get sun at least 32 days a year.  hihi
MR

Mongolia:
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The country averages 257 cloudless days a year, and it is usually at the center of a region of high atmospheric pressure. Precipitation is highest in the north (average of 20 to 35 centimeters per year) and lowest in the south, which receives 10 to 20 centimeters annually.


Kamchatka:

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Kamchatka's climate is decidedly continental; cool winters, warm summers. Summer and autumn months are by far the most popular (June-October) when max temperatures range from 15C (59F) to 30C (86F), but a growing trend in winter sports keeps tourism pulsing year-round.

Climatic variation is a startling phenomenon in Kamchatka. There are twenty distinct climate zones, divided along coastal, alpine and geothermal lines. The most startling variations occur in geothermally-active areas, where whole valleys are warmed by steam or geyser fields.


Hot springs have also kept alive dozens of species decimated during the last ice age. At Kronotsky Inlet, steamy riverside springs have preserved an ancient stand of blue-needled fir trees, while the vast six-by-eight-mile Uzon Caldera creates its own climate. Pulsing geysers, heaving mud pools and steam fields warm the earth, causing spring shoots to sprout early and tempting surly brown bears (the world's largest) to emerge early from hibernation. Wagtails let the warm earth do its share of the egg incubation and bald eagles soar through steam clouds, daring anything to move.

Kamchatka's climate is as diverse as its wildlife. You will find a moderate maritime zone on either coast, a continental zone in the central valley with four distinct seasons, and an arctic zone in the northern parts of the peninsula. Depending on when and where you choose to travel on the peninsula, you will find a tremendous variance in temperature. The beauty of traveling to Kamchatka is that all of these climatic zones are easily accessible. Depending on how ambitious an itinerary you choose for yourself, you will find lush forests, extreme mountain ranges, remote lakes, rocky coastlines, and vast tundra.


I would still prefer Mongolia, between the month of MAY and SEP, right now it is not a recommended place to be for my fathers son  smallstop : http://espanol.wunderground.com/global/stations/44292.html (http://espanol.wunderground.com/global/stations/44292.html) !- 25 degrees centigrade but sunny (Ulán Bator)!  hdbng, and tomorrow it will reach -43 during the night and hottest (erhm) will be -27 during daytime, this for Rinchinlhumbe...

OTOH, you can eat out cheap:

Quote
A meal in a "foreign" restaurant such as the UB Delicatessen or the Marco Polo will cost an average of 10,000 Tugrug while a meal in a Mongolian restaurant will cost around 4,000 Tugrug.


which would be 6 USD or 7 CAD for the meal in Marco Polo, and 2,5 USD or 3 CAD for the cheaper one.

1 Canadian Dollar (CAD) = 1.371,61 Mongolian Tugrik (MNT)

1 US Dollar (USD) = 1.455,00 Mongolian Tugrik (MNT)

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 15 December 2009, 20:52:30
hmmm...those hot springs sound good.  I never knew it got so cold there,  quite surprised.  Yep,  May to September would be the best time to go.   

It really would be an amazing adventure,  something so completely different.



Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 19 December 2009, 22:15:00
Some random pictures from druing the last 2 weeks:

Last Sunday almost stepped on "Erna", can you wee hat it is?

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/matt_st_dec09/erna1.jpg)

From the other side it becomes much clearer, Erna is one of my Praying Mantis that live in the garden:

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/matt_st_dec09/erna2.jpg)

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/matt_st_dec09/erna3.jpg)

Here, as promised the picture of the puppy, son of  my Locke and a Beagle, that I managed to find a home for, "Raco", currently 56 days old:

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/matt_st_dec09/raco.jpg)

and - some of - the others:

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/matt_st_dec09/los_otros.jpg)

and, one of myself last Sunday, working at parts of the boat:

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/matt_st_dec09/rattler_dec09.jpg)

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 19 December 2009, 22:48:10
Oh my gosh,  the puppies are so cute.

We had a collection of Praying Mantis a couple of years ago.  The baby one's were so tiny, I was surprised just how big they grew.  Does that one stay in your garden all the time, Rattler?  Or is it just one of many?  Can you tell them apart?

What exactly are you doing with the boat,  Rattler?  It looks like quite the job fixing it up.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 20 December 2009, 09:36:46
Oh my gosh,  the puppies are so cute.

Aren´t they? It were 7 in total (one had died at birth), and they have a good character, 4 are distincitvely "Mama" and 3 come out like Locke. Two (Raco and Coda) will remain here in the village, and they will make great hunters! Socialisation is guaranteed, the village is already all over them :)

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/matt_st_dec09/puppies2.jpg)

We had a collection of Praying Mantis a couple of years ago.  The baby one's were so tiny, I was surprised just how big they grew.  Does that one stay in your garden all the time, Rattler?  Or is it just one of many?  Can you tell them apart?

They are hard to tell apart as they change color (which Is why I put the Apple to the isde of her). OTOH they are territorial, and e.g. "Erna" appears always on the same plant.
What exactly are you doing with the boat,  Rattler?  It looks like quite the job fixing it up.

It is, yes, am at 200 hours already, but after it had sunk in 2008 and I did not repair it for a year, now its a lot of work for the woodwork...

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 21 December 2009, 00:10:22
Very very cute.    :)

I wish I could have one.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 21 December 2009, 00:23:55
As you know I live in the country side and we have many wild animals around here.  The big ones, like Moose, deer, but also squirrels, skunks, foxes. snakes etc.

This summer I walked into my kitchen and found this little wild  baby rabbit on the floor.  Sadly, it was dead, and my cat was sitting next to it:

 (http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/babyrabbit-1.jpg)


My son found this toad,  we eventually let it go:

 (http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/various011.jpg)

This bird flew right into the living room window and fell with a thump on the ground outside.  I went out there and picked it up,  it didn't look in too bad a shape, just a bit dazed.  Eventually I put it  up on this tree and then flew away:

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/CopyofMontreal002.jpg)

 and ofcourse my silly dog:

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/flowrsetc189.jpg)

Fluffball as a very tiny kitten.  Her mother rejected her at one week old and I had to feed her and her siblings with baby formula from a dropper from then on.  This one we kept,  and we are very attached to her as you can imagine. She is only about 3 or so weeks old here:

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/garden012.jpg)





Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 21 December 2009, 21:44:53
one of my friends, Tarkan, in the snow of the last days...he LOVES it!

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y77/AcoolVW/diverse/tarkan.jpg)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 21 December 2009, 23:08:19
Cute. 

It looks like it snows where you are as much as it does around here.  How cold does it get in mid-winter over there?


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 22 December 2009, 20:11:57
Cute. 

It looks like it snows where you are as much as it does around here.  How cold does it get in mid-winter over there?


the last days we had the coldest ones for a long time...people always complain here...

cold here? serious talking? -10°C is cold, -15°C is extreme....

I have no problem with the weather, altough we live in a wooden tiny house....no central heating...cold floor etc....it's the time of the year...


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 22 December 2009, 22:38:30
ask me!

we had -2.9 degrees in Palma on Sunday, coldest (December) day in 125 yrs...

And, or houses are all made for above zero (you cannot even drain the water from the pipes outside).

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Mad Russian on 23 December 2009, 01:56:39
Aw come on Jody.....remember GLOBAL WARMING? Couldn't possibly be the coldest day in 125 years now could it? Just ask Al he'll tell you.

Good Hunting.

MR


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: FACman on 23 December 2009, 02:45:17
Quote
As come on Jody.....remember GLOBAL WARMING?



Huh???


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 23 December 2009, 04:19:38
He is probably confusing me up with you, Jody (as *I* mentioned the 125 yrs)?

What MR does not see looking just at the thermometer, is this is *just exactly* one part of the models used by the "scarers", a drop of 30+ degrees in temperatures beween Summer and Winter within less than 3 days, no Autumn inbetween.

Al said it would happen in the Med eventually, it happened this year here, and for the first time since registered weather (124 yrs).

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Mad Russian on 23 December 2009, 07:47:35
Yup....sorry Jody, it's Rattle that needs to have the talk with Al...

No more cold weather records being broken!!! How can we have global warming everywhere and all these cold weather records being broken?? Al just won't have it.

Good Hunting.

MR


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 23 December 2009, 21:06:08
One word:  WINTER. Taken today:

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/winter2009002.jpg)

censored on request

And this I think my son took the other night,  I believe he was trying to make the snow a different color.   :D

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/winter2009001.jpg)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 23 December 2009, 22:25:14
-snip- And this I think my son took the other night,  I believe he was trying to make the snow a different color.   :D

([url]http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/winter2009001.jpg[/url])


Cool, on the way to become a photo journalist  ;D !

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 23 December 2009, 22:47:14
 ;D

I swear he didn't just pee on it!  I think it was some kind of Koolaid.

I'm on a roll today, here's more taken a few mins ago.  
 

Must say my garden looks pretty in winter.  :)

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/christm2009001.jpg)

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/christm2009002.jpg)

One of the baby trees I planted a couple of years ago,  still growing, albeit very slowly:

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/christm2009004.jpg)




Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Mad Russian on 24 December 2009, 03:00:45
It's Mountain Dew Jilly....the can kind of gives it away....

Good Hunting.

MR


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 25 December 2009, 00:26:51
MR,  I think you a right.  :)

It made an interesting photo anyway.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 25 December 2009, 07:05:15
(drunk comment coming home at 0600 the morning from a disco night, strangely seem capabale to write - I sure was not capapble to pss my entrnce door at first try, and I am convnced it will hurt me tomoorw reding what i wrote this morning as comments, but I feel like cmnting anywy): He will mak a great photo journalist if he keeps that up!

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 25 December 2009, 14:34:13
So, how was your christmas eve?

As promised, a quick rundown of mine:

I had the task of doing the "Lonelies´" dinner here in the village, as for the last years (http://translate.google.com/translate?js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=1&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fohlmer.es%2Fblog%2F250&sl=de&tl=en (http://translate.google.com/translate?js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=1&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fohlmer.es%2Fblog%2F250&sl=de&tl=en)), but, as we are in Spain, again things turned out differently: I had 3 invites, none of them turned up, there I was with my dinner... Frustration and anger about to ruin my noble christmas feeeligs...

Anyway, met some people right outside my house who had gotten lost here at the "ass of the world" and asked me where they were, with the heavy (90 km/h) storm and rain I invited them to kill the food with me, we spent nice three hours eating and chatting in front of the fire place, finally maybe even better than it would have been with the original invites.

Then, I went to the christmas mass in the neighbouring village, an interesting experience (first time ever I went to it on Mallorca), very different from what I excpected...

MALLORCA - Misa del Gallo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xooZXxdH4wE#normal)

After that, hot chocolate (not kakao, molten chocolate!) in the village bar, and then, at 0200 in the morning, off to the disco of the next village on the line, I really enjoyed dancing with all the beautiful ladies of the village, almost without pause.

I had organized two taxis for the morning, one to take *me* and my doggies home, the other to take my car  home,. but, as Mr. Murphy is a good friend of mine, when we exited the disco at 0600, my car had it´s battery gone dead, got to go and look for it now (another taxi again, with cables to get me started).

In total, a nice (if a bit drunk in the end, all those nice GinTonix :) )

In total, a nice and round evening, now, the storm has vanished and I have awoken to a warm and nice sunny day as we have them here in winter sometimes... :)

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 26 December 2009, 00:17:18
good to hear you're fine  smallclap


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 26 December 2009, 02:03:03
Sounds like you had a fun evening.   :)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 4 January 2010, 22:25:27
It's been snowing a lot the last few days:

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/snowdays004-1.jpg)

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/snowdays001.jpg)

 (http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/snowdays002.jpg)

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/snowdays003.jpg)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 26 January 2010, 19:45:49
Something a little different.  Here's a clip I made of my dog yesterday on my Youtube account:

Angel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1alaNwibVRI&feature=player_embedded#normal)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 26 January 2010, 21:24:38
Nice vid, why so short? :)

Yesterday saw a movie I could not view all through because it gave me the creeps in certain parts: "Eight below" ("Bajo Zero" in Spanish). A story about a dog leader who, by bad luck, had to leave his pack of sledge Huskies/Malamuts behind, all chained up, in the Arctics, in midst of a snow storm.

If you ever owned more than one dog at a time, you will see the thruth in the pictures of that film, amazing those packs and how they operate, and - as I said - I could not stand all the film with them dying one by one over the 6 months they were alone. If you ever have the chance, a movie well worth viewing, it is about loyality and friendship, for me some of the most precious values we can strive for:

You Are Not Alone-Eight Below Clips (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSwlozB-zyE#normal)

The end, though, was rewarding for the tears shed (sorry, but, yes, I am a romantic!):

Eight Below Part 12 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjjMOprDn18#normal)

The thing is, my dogs were watching attentively all through, seems they have a way to understand TV!

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 27 January 2010, 23:32:13
Dogs are smarter than we give them credit for,  Rattler.

I like the vids.  My one was so short because I did it in a bit of a rush.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: FACman on 10 February 2010, 03:51:49
The models for global warming indicate warmer temps increase moisture in air, which results in more snow in winters. Therefore current conditions complement the global warming theory. Question to those who may doubt the theory, do you wear seatbelts when driving?


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: FACman on 10 February 2010, 16:13:49
As if I am not shedding enough tears this week, as I spend my last days with my Koda!
It snowed for a couple of days here and even on 3 legs my boy wants to romp through it like when we lived on the lake in Washington.  :cry:


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 10 February 2010, 19:56:05
As if I am not shedding enough tears this week, as I spend my last days with my Koda!
It snowed for a couple of days here and even on 3 legs my boy wants to romp through it like when we lived on the lake in Washington.  :cry:


sad to here, make sure you have some warm memories...


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: stoffel on 20 February 2010, 17:30:34
Ok,
Well promised long ago so here are the pics of my home :)



Winter view at the garden in the back.

(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk307/minimischutter/IMG_0577.jpg)

Winterview in front of the house in the street.

(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk307/minimischutter/IMG_0578.jpg)

Henks HQ/ops room

(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk307/minimischutter/IMG_0583.jpg)

Henk


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 20 February 2010, 20:16:23
1st nice day today, maximum of 6°C with a bit of sun... smallclap


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 20 February 2010, 20:23:46
Henk, the bike in the first pic is your working gear?

Rattler

Ok,
Well promised long ago so here are the pics of my home :)



Winter view at the garden in the back.

([url]http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk307/minimischutter/IMG_0577.jpg[/url])

Winterview in front of the house in the street.

([url]http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk307/minimischutter/IMG_0578.jpg[/url])

Henks HQ/ops room

([url]http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk307/minimischutter/IMG_0583.jpg[/url])

Henk



Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: stoffel on 20 February 2010, 22:57:09
Lol, yes it is Matt.
The other is Wandas bike a Zuzuki bandit ;)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 21 February 2010, 16:41:44
Nice pics Stoffel,  It's still very much winter there isn't it?


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: stoffel on 22 February 2010, 00:22:09
Fortunenately all snow is gone now :)
Temperature already is above zero too  :D


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 27 February 2010, 22:02:19
Well it's up above zero here today too, but only just.  Yesterday, however,  we had quite the ice-storm.  Here's a few pics:


(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/winterpics002.jpg)

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/winterpics004.jpg)

And today,  snowman   built by my little boy:  :)

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/winterpics010.jpg)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 27 February 2010, 22:12:13
Mr Snowman is lovely  hihi


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 28 February 2010, 23:56:32
 ;D

Funny thing is.  After he made it,  he kicked it in!  Well,  I guess it was going to melt anyway.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 1 March 2010, 15:36:04
As I live (as many ohters here) live in the EU, here the latest news, absurd as it can get (maybe bizarre?):

Quote
According to a number of Polish media reports, the European Commission has officially categorized snails as "inland fish" in order to allow French snail farmers to receive subsidies.

From the beginning of February, snails will no longer be snails according to European law. France, the world's biggest consumer of the mollusk, has apparently successfully persuaded the European Commission to subsidize snail breeding in the same way fisheries are funded.

The snail ruling joins the growing list of EU peculiarities. According to other famous EC directives, a carrot is a fruit.

The EU also regulates the gap between the rungs of ladders to prevent people from the "risky practice" of resting their knees on the next rung up.


And I had been laughing my arse off about strange US laws...

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 1 March 2010, 21:06:17
I read a while ago that France was the reservoir for snails in Europe but since they were exporting way too much to Azia the snail population in Europe was in danger....and some weeks later I read your post....strange, not?


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 1 March 2010, 23:35:36
I read a while ago that France was the reservoir for snails in Europe but since they were exporting way too much to Azia the snail population in Europe was in danger....and some weeks later I read your post....strange, not?



I can tell you that in Europe snails are not in danger of extinction:

I have to get about 50 off my fruit trees *every* night, I breed them for food (got some 2000+ = 15 kg right now in 6 cages), and I think the french way of eating them is simply over rated (we here in Spain know a lot more about them).

Examples:

1. Typical French snail dish (6, 9 or 12 in a more or less interesting sauce, but it is the sauce that makes the dish worthy), having been taken out of their houses, prepped with spice and put in for optical pleasure, they think that less is more:

(http://grand-vostok.ru/images/menu/21.jpg)

2. Typical Mallorquin (= Spanisch) take on things, 1, 2 or 3 kg+ in a good broth for 8 invites, coming as they were caught, after 3 weeks in fennel for cleaning and taste, we think more is just about enough:

Hot (as in spicey):
(http://www.vinosyrecetas.com/images/recetas/caracoles-picantes.jpeg)

With vegetables, Mallorquin Style:
(http://www.juettner-arta.de/buehnealltag/webspanisch/caracolada/caracolada1.JPG)

With wine and pigeons, as a rice plate (like Paella for fish):
(http://www.vinosyrecetas.com/images/recetas/arroz-con-codornices-y-caracoles.jpeg)

How to prepare them:
(http://www.juettner-arta.de/buehnealltag/webspanisch/caracolada/caracolada3.JPG)

Incomparable!

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 2 March 2010, 00:30:20
I'm sorry, but I just don't like the idea of eating snails,  they remind me of worms and slugs too much.  Have you heard of snail butter?   :-X


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 2 March 2010, 20:41:55
damn.....again my poor English got a hold of me....

eel is not the same as snail  :congrats:

sry, my mistake


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Mike on 10 March 2010, 17:49:49
I will never eat snails :p Unless there was absolutle nothing else and i had to survive ;)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: the_13th_redneck on 15 March 2010, 01:29:00
Rattler, that looks DELICIOUS!!!!


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Mike on 17 March 2010, 23:42:30
Rattler, that looks DELICIOUS!!!!

 

waa  you actually like eating those things 13th? :p


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 18 March 2010, 00:14:44
I have photos coming of 'where I live',  but right now my camera is broken,  so just waiting to get a new one.

Watch this space!

:)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 18 March 2010, 08:51:41
what camera will you get?

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 18 March 2010, 20:39:29
what camera will you get?

Rattler



if you're for a small one check this one out: http://www.dpreview.com/news/1002/10020302nikons8000.asp (http://www.dpreview.com/news/1002/10020302nikons8000.asp)

(http://a.img-dpreview.com/news/1002/nikon/S8000_BR_front34r_lo_2.jpg)

I'm gonna buy this one, next to my D80, for easy use when biking


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 7 April 2010, 19:47:48
stress...stress.... (positive stress to clarify  ;) )

some inside info....when Karine and I got together I was 31 and Ka 42, we decided then, both financial and mental unstable, not to buy an expensive house with a massive 20-25 years loan.... wise decision.... we had time to grow from 2 to 2-in-1 and enjoy life...

flipside of the coin is that we live SMALL....30m² with bad thermal isolation etc... altough we have 800m² garden/forest to enjoy...

but after the last long, cold and dark winter....we're afraid to enter the next one...too cold inside....too dark etc etc....

so at this moment we're investigating the possibilities...or putting a new wooden house where we live now or buy a house somewhere else...

we heard of a house for sale not so far from here...CHEAP....and affordable....half-open...not too big (for when we become old) but big enough to enjoy my collection of music, books etc...
the house belonged to an old woman who died, she has 2 sons, one of them lives most of the time in Azia, the other one lives locally...none of them needs the money...
it should be around 100.000-110.000€ which is cheap, mostly houses in Belgium go around 200.000€

my wifes daughter knows the family so we need here to start the first comms...she comes home this evening from holiday...

so you can imagine we're very focused on our new future.... :D


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: stoffel on 7 April 2010, 21:00:48
100.000?
I cant even buy a garage for our car here where I live for that money ;)
Its a bargain!!

Buy!


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 7 April 2010, 21:22:33
100.000?
I cant even buy a garage for our car here where I live for that money ;)
Its a bargain!!

Buy!


Ka just called them on the phone and said we were interested...their response? well, we warn you there's alot of work (would be surprised if there was....house seems ok)...nice when you sell a house like that...
so we'll start bidding at around 75.000€ I guess....exciting

rendez-vous friday 1800hr for a first visit...


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: stoffel on 7 April 2010, 21:54:45
Koen,

If thats the case than make sure you bring someone else with you to look for details regarding the technical status of the house.
Often you only see the nice things because your view is troubled because you want to buy the house ;)
An objective third party can find those hidden disasters you might probably miss.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 7 April 2010, 22:02:11
Koen,

If thats the case than make sure you bring someone else with you to look for details regarding the technical status of the house.
Often you only see the nice things because your view is troubled because you want to buy the house ;)
An objective third party can find those hidden disasters you might probably miss.


I know, we should always be careful but I'm not TOO excited...still everything under control

at the outside:
walls are fine, no cracks or such / roof is fine, no dips or such
we couldn't see anything negative, keeping in mind it's not a new house, neither were there renovations done the last 20 years but that's not a reason to not-buying it

we'll certainly have a look at the roof INSIDE, check the heating, hunt for moisture or leaks...

all we need is a solid building without leaks or such...the rest we'll do steadily...we'll have enough money left to do so...


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: stoffel on 7 April 2010, 22:43:17
Dont forgte the floor and whats underneath  the floor ;)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 8 April 2010, 18:16:02
Dont forgte the floor and whats underneath  the floor ;)


I won't...last inside info....there are 3 children and they want 1.000.000 BEF/child, totalling 3.000.000 BEF and those people still rate 1€=40BEF (back then in 2000) so this means they expect 75.000€....
all this info comes from Ka's daughter who owns the pub....one of the children has been babbling to here...thank you!

we'll start bidding from 75.000€ and see where it ends  8)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 11 April 2010, 21:44:09
well, we visited the house and I wanna buy it

pros:
dry cellar
dry attic
3 bedrooms
heating in all rooms
role shutters on all windows
living room big enough
walls and floors mostly ok (some have minor moisture but nothing not fixable)

contras:
attic not isolated
kitchen to be rebuild
bathroom to be refreshed
WC to be installed in bathroom

before we can move into it we should:
buy it  ;)
do the kitchen and bathroom

other rooms etc are ok enough to start, we'll refresh them when it comes

they ask 115.000€, we offered 100.000€
there is 1 other guy interested, they need to agree between 3 children.

he promised to let us know ASAP, I told him we wouldn't wait forever.

we try to think of other things but for now it's all housetalk here...  :P


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 19 April 2010, 01:44:08
Oh that sounds great,  Koen.  Good luck with it.  I hope you get it!  Do you have any pictures of it to show us?

It looks like Spring time is (finally) here.  The snow has gone.  I took a few photos the other day when we went for a walk.  Here are some of them:

A stream in the woods:

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/drivewalk052.jpg)

We drove to a cemetery:

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This barn belongs to a friend:

deleted on request

Our local lake:
 
deleted on request

My neighbours house"

deleted on request


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: TechAdmin on 19 April 2010, 02:19:47
Nice pictures, you *do* live in a beautiful area...

TA


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 20 April 2010, 00:44:14
Thanks,  I do enjoy living here.  And it's not too far a drive from the Capital city either.  Kind of ideal really.  I'm very lucky.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 20 April 2010, 17:59:59
Thanks,  I do enjoy living here.  And it's not too far a drive from the Capital city either.  Kind of ideal really.  I'm very lucky.


yes you are  :cry:


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 20 April 2010, 18:03:49
I'm attempting to grow a pumpkin patch this year, here is what it looks like now.  The seeds are planted,  hopefully I can keep the slugs away (this year).  Last year the slugs ate all the young pumpkins plants as they grew.  I know that FACman is a keen gardener.  I'd love to see what you garden is like this year.  There is mostly sand in that garden with some compost mixed in.

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/pumpkins001.jpg)



Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 20 April 2010, 18:05:08
Thanks,  I do enjoy living here.  And it's not too far a drive from the Capital city either.  Kind of ideal really.  I'm very lucky.


yes you are  :cry:


What's up, Koen? 


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 20 April 2010, 18:07:44
The Rhubarb grows regardless.  I never water it or maintain it. It has always been here, well ever since we moved in and every Spring time grows to over six feet tall.  amazing.

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/bloom005.jpg)

and My kitty Greg:

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/pumpkins003.jpg)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 20 April 2010, 18:24:46
Thanks,  I do enjoy living here.  And it's not too far a drive from the Capital city either.  Kind of ideal really.  I'm very lucky.


yes you are  :cry:


What's up, Koen? 


you do know that Canada is in my top3 of countries to move to..... ;)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 25 April 2010, 13:46:08
well, we visited the house and I wanna buy it

pros:
dry cellar
dry attic
3 bedrooms
heating in all rooms
role shutters on all windows
living room big enough
walls and floors mostly ok (some have minor moisture but nothing not fixable)

contras:
attic not isolated
kitchen to be rebuild
bathroom to be refreshed
WC to be installed in bathroom

before we can move into it we should:
buy it  ;)
do the kitchen and bathroom

other rooms etc are ok enough to start, we'll refresh them when it comes

they ask 115.000€, we offered 100.000€
there is 1 other guy interested, they need to agree between 3 children.

he promised to let us know ASAP, I told him we wouldn't wait forever.

we try to think of other things but for now it's all housetalk here...  :P



update house: they asked 115.000€, I offered 100.000€ / now they called and said they have an offer of 130.000€ / I told them to go F*** themselves (  ;) )

update caravan: caravan is cancelled / measures are too big, they'll never reach us with the truck where we live

update house building at the current location: cancelled / they called us and said: 97000€......oops, that's expensive...their reply: 97000€ excl TVA.....WTF?.....and without concrete at the bottom... go f.....well....you know by now...

so, new direction taken: http://www.blokhuttensite.nl/blokhutten/lugarde-aruba-750-x-1100-cm-68-mm.html?productNr=4100360 (http://www.blokhuttensite.nl/blokhutten/lugarde-aruba-750-x-1100-cm-68-mm.html?productNr=4100360)

(http://www.blokhuttensite.nl/upload/lugarde/pics/groot/Pag%20102-103%20Aruba.jpg)

self-build: they deliver a package (big package to be honest) and we build it ourselves. Will take more time and work but I think it's the only option


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 26 April 2010, 00:45:39
Nice alternative, looks great (for summer)

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 26 April 2010, 03:10:57
Yes,  a very good alternative.  And you'll do it at the fraction of the price.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: stoffel on 26 April 2010, 10:04:14
Jilly,

If it doesnt rain to much than a good way to overcome the snails is throwing some salt on the wooden edges ;)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: TechAdmin on 26 April 2010, 16:25:47
Errrmmm... Tend to disagree:

The best way is to have a cage ready, with Fennel, get the snails, put them in and wait 3 months (hundreds of baby snails). Then get the biggies, cook them and have a nice evening, better than any French!

(As one snail is called "caracol" in Spanish, the cage is called "caracolera" - isn´t Spanish easy?? :) -)

The typical Caracolera the way I employ three of them, not automatic, water has to be sprayed every day:

(http://www.andaluciainvestiga.com/imagenes/noticias/caracoles-jaula-grande.jpg)

The food that comes out, super delicious (nothing slimey, all muscle meat like a steak and with the same taste, really recommend to search for recepies on the net and try it):

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/caracolesjuan/SKXg9g7cfwI/AAAAAAAAAJo/iPCisD7GT5o/S6300486_thumb%5B2%5D.jpg)

Jilly,

If it doesnt rain to much than a good way to overcome the snails is throwing some salt on the wooden edges ;)




Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 27 April 2010, 14:59:38
Thanks for the advice guys. :)

I think the salt sounds like a brilliant idea and the beer too.   I don't want to eat them though!   ;)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 27 April 2010, 21:15:23
Salt and beer are not necessary:

Lavender at the foot of a plant you want to protect keeps the snails away, without killing them (and so leaving them to people like me who *do* like to eat them :) )

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 27 April 2010, 23:53:35
Maybe I should just pack up as many snails as possible and ship them over to you,  Rattler?


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 29 April 2010, 21:46:02
During a recent walk with my dog, Angel:

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/walkwithdog014.jpg)


On the road:

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/Fredcityplus004.jpg)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 13 May 2010, 15:36:22
2 of my grandchildren

(http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k259/iemand_2006/kabouters/DSC_7701bewerktweb.jpg)

and my big doggie:

(http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k259/iemand_2006/dieren/DSC_7741bewerktweb.jpg)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 13 May 2010, 17:06:12
Lovelies. 



Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 13 May 2010, 17:08:17
Todays a warm(ish), sunny day.  I think sitting out on the deck and enjoying a good book sounds good.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 13 May 2010, 17:12:56
This is kind of a creepy picture.  We went on a walk recently and found this hunters outpost.  It's no longer used I think,  the wood is old and brittle:

 (http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/walkwithdog2027.jpg)

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/walkwithdog2026.jpg)

Because of all the stormy winter weather we get here,  this is not an unusual sight.  A large tree uprooted:

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/walkwithdog2023.jpg)

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/walkwithdog2016.jpg)

(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x12/Jenvie/walkwithdog2020.jpg)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 13 May 2010, 23:02:34
first pic is the best, IMHO, combines all the others somehow.

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 14 May 2010, 04:57:51
The first pic is different for sure.  The clouds make it look creepy, kind of.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: MontyB on 16 May 2010, 09:01:05
The first pic is different for sure.  The clouds make it look creepy, kind of.


I have to be honest when I look at your photo's I get the impression you live in some post apocalyptic area, eerie landscapes with the barren stretch of road give it sort of a "Blair Witch" feel.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 16 May 2010, 14:22:20
Well,  it is kind of like that.  Especially if you venture too far into the forest and get lost!  It's very wild, not for everyone,  but I like it,  I've always been a bit strange anyway...    ;D


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 16 May 2010, 16:09:52
Well,  it is kind of like that.  Especially if you venture too far into the forest and get lost!  It's very wild, not for everyone,  but I like it,  I've always been a bit strange anyway...    ;D


just yesterday I was talking about Canada, your pictures and my emigration  :cry:


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 16 May 2010, 17:12:30
(http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k259/iemand_2006/dieren/BDDSC_7787bewerkt.jpg)
Mail


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: stoffel on 16 May 2010, 17:54:43
One of my colleagues goes to Canada monday for a 5 day fishingtrip ;)
We all think he is crazy, spending two days flying to go fishing ;)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 24 May 2010, 02:42:00
Well,  it is kind of like that.  Especially if you venture too far into the forest and get lost!  It's very wild, not for everyone,  but I like it,  I've always been a bit strange anyway...    ;D


just yesterday I was talking about Canada, your pictures and my emigration  :cry:


I think Canada would suit you, koen.  You'd like it.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 24 May 2010, 02:44:11
One of my colleagues goes to Canada monday for a 5 day fishingtrip ;)
We all think he is crazy, spending two days flying to go fishing ;)


How did the fishing trip go?   Yeah, that is a little crazy!  It's a long way to go for a fish.  And worse, they can't take it home either.  But we do have some mighty big fish here.    :)

Koen, is that you cat?  What a great picture.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 24 May 2010, 10:21:49
Koen, is that you cat?  What a great picture.


it is  :congrats:


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Solideo on 5 July 2010, 10:13:09
Turistic western show in cinema studies of Miny Hollywood

http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/9356/cimg0196a.jpg (http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/9356/cimg0196a.jpg)



Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 5 July 2010, 15:17:25
I've been thinking about what MontyB said recently about where I live reminding him of the 'Blair Witch' project.  Well,  just for him,  here is a video confirming that he is very correct!  I took this a couple of days ago:

During a walk:

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Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 5 July 2010, 15:35:21
wow, indeed! Blessed country you hve!

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Solideo on 31 August 2010, 09:05:39
Some photos of my land, Spain

This is in Granada a couple months this summer. (the awful thing on left it´s me)

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Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: MontyB on 1 September 2010, 04:49:49
I've been thinking about what MontyB said recently about where I live reminding him of the 'Blair Witch' project.  Well,  just for him,  here is a video confirming that he is very correct!  I took this a couple of days ago:




See that sort of terrain scares the c**p out of me and for some reason I just expected to see big foot striding across the path at any moment, I really just hate silence I can't even sleep without noise yet I can sleep through anything.

PS. Was that Big foot in the clearing at 44 seconds in the second video?

Some photos of my land, Spain

This is in Granada a couple months this summer. (the awful thing on left it´s me)

([url]http://img843.imageshack.us/img843/192/cimg0320.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://img843.imageshack.us/i/cimg0320.jpg/[/url])

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See this is my ideal "solitude" it looks quiet yet it is clear that there is life there.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 15 January 2011, 21:49:26
Not all is bad in Spain, but as always most is pretty hilarious:

- Tonight we will end the "Emergency State 1 - Sate of Alarm" (and we will by 0000 this morning not be under martial law anymore) and the ATC guys will be made civilians again after 43 days. Ministry of defense has ordered all soldiers involved in guarding the ATC monsters during this time to receive the red ribboned  "Medal for Mmerit in Combat".  :champ:



- Our King also always produces news: See him here when receiving the new ambassadors (first one from Morroco - news all by itself as diplomatic exchange had been cut - , 2nd one from Honduras), watch what happens after 30 seconds into the vid...  iconclap

Rey Juan Carlos - 10.01.2011 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9gzJQiplBM#)

There exists another take form the same scene (but you can hardly hear what it is all about) where you can see the shocked and terrified faces of the journalists around when they all mentally seem to check: "Is that mine???"

What the King said there? Translated: "Well, I have this kind of a bit stupid mobile.... sorry!" (Bueno, tengo un movil un tanto... Perdona)

Of course, this has started an avalanche of people selling right this tone, one of the better examples here (Reyclon = King Clone):

El Politono del Rey (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2dyRNuoT2Y#)


- About the new (and worlds´ hardest) anti-smokers law I will probably write a seperate post, suffices to say that (Spain is super slow motion in all) 15 days after having been installed suddenly resistance is forming, and from all sides: Bars have to close and declare themselves "rebels", neighbours have convinced police in some cities to not allow after 10 o´clock at night people outside of restaurants, bars and discos because they cannot sleep because of the extra noise; cities have to ban gas stoves off the streets or regulate their use by decrete ("only one stove per 4 tables" in Madrid, e.g.); no umbrellas allowed anymore in Barcelona on restaurant terraces; people feel that banning "Casablanca" and Bette Davis from cinemas and television just because the new law says no film may be shown where someone smokes is going a tad to far, etc...  hdbng

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Jilly on 16 January 2011, 16:17:58
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See that sort of terrain scares the c**p out of me and for some reason I just expected to see big foot striding across the path at any moment, I really just hate silence I can't even sleep without noise yet I can sleep through anything.

PS. Was that Big foot in the clearing at 44 seconds in the second video?


It could very well be, Monty ;)

Soldiero,  you look so relaxed  and at peace there...


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 16 January 2011, 21:52:19
...
Soldiero,  you look so relaxed  and at peace there...

erm, without wanting to meddle, I think it is "Solideo" ("solid" might serve as a bridge). Looking at the photo it has either been side swapped or he really is one of the rare people that wear their watch on the right arm... :)

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Solideo on 18 January 2011, 11:20:47


erm, without wanting to meddle, I think it is &quot;Solideo&quot; (&quot;solid&quot; might serve as a bridge). Looking at the photo it has either been side swapped or he really is one of the rare people that wear their watch on the right arm... :)

Rattler



I do...I wear watch on right arm. I use both hands for almost everything (don´t thing about selfpleasure...first you thought for sure :) ). Play football with left, use fork with both, shoot both hands...write with right... use iscisors with both....I am rare, I know)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Mike on 19 January 2011, 17:18:59
Hello everybody, to this day i'm still living in Belgium :p


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Administrative Co-Worker on 19 January 2011, 19:12:01
I'm closing this topic for a couple of days (we'll keep it as short as possible) due to the personal request of a member concerned with the member's privacy.

Minor changes will be made without losing the continuity of the thread.

We thank you for your patience.

ps: Mike, great to hear you're still alive  ;)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Administrative Co-Worker on 12 February 2011, 12:19:20
ok friends, the topic is open for business again  :salute:


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 12 February 2011, 12:24:46
thx admin  :D

what's up? what you've been doing?

me? I? well, we did some shopping last the previous.... we're still in the dark and short days (no fun arriving at home after work during the week) so it was time to get out and relax

I found an advert on a 2nd hand website that someone was selling Ospreys CHEAP nearby.... went to him and yep.... quite a collection! His father was a modeller and passed away a couple of months ago. So now his son was selling out.
I kept myself to German WWII copies and got 43 (+ 2 books) for 100€, cheap, not? hihi

also bought the misses some clothes (to keep the peace, love and fire in the marriage  :P )

and to end some new Blu-Rays, these things are getting cheaper day-by-day... 3 (good movies) for 30€...

*****************

on monday I got a new 'help' at work.... again.... he's young (20) but seems to be a nice guy.... he's doing fine and is a relaxed and intelligent young man... I do need some help 'cause the workload has been over-the-max the last months... he's doing the walking and handling but seems to be fast in learning on the pc also... I'll do the bookkeeping as much as possible..

his S is mine from 0700-1200 in the warehouse and from 1300-1600 he works in the workshop to prepare new cars and minor repairs.

and you?

oh yeah, I also gave myself a nice present (http://www.nikkawhisky.eu/en/intro.html (http://www.nikkawhisky.eu/en/intro.html))

I already got as a present: Nikka Pure Malt Red (which was a GREAT gift, very nice whisky, totally my taste)

(http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/ProductImage.aspx?pc=JAPAN%2fNIK8&w=270)

and now I bought for myself: Nikka Taketsuru 12 Y.... didn't open it yet... curious about the smell and taste

(http://whiskystore.be/upload/whisky/NIK19.jpg)
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Description : The reputation of the 17 and 21 year old Taketsurus is already well established. This young 12 year old has no need to feel embarrassed in front of its illustrious elders thanks to great balance and freshness.
Color : Amber with bronze highlights.
Nose : very soft and almost cakey, malt is accompanied by notes of cooked apple and peaches which confer an agreeable sense of « tarte tatin » .
Palate : just as soft as the nose. Never straying very far away from notes of apples and pears?something like a crumble?but equally salted butter caramel.


I know, again I'm collecting.....  :P
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The life of a legendary couple intertwined with the history of one of the world's best whiskies.
ONCE UPON A TIME…

Masataka Taketsuru "The visionary" (20/6/1894 – 29/8/1979)

Masataka Taketsuru, seen as the father of Japanese whisky, was born in 1894 into a family that had been sake producers since 1733.

After training as a chemist, he was hired by an Osaka-based company, Settsu Shuzo, which was planning to produce a Japanese whisky. The young Taketsuru was therefore sent to Scotland in 1919 in order to acquire the necessary technical knowledge and a minimum of experience. He studied at Glasgow University, also learning about the art of blending and distilling. He quickly became passionate about this Celtic spirit, and decided to devote his life to it. His dream was to create a malt distillery in Japan.

When he returned to Japan in 1920, he realised that the project for which he had been recruited was not going to see the light of day. And, following the 1922 stock market crash, he lost his job. A year later, he joined the Kotobukiya group, for which he built a distillery close to Kyoto. This is how he became the father of the very first Japanese whisky in 1924.

In 1934, he decided to strike out on his own. Masataka Taketsuru remembered from his experience in Scotland that the environment was essential for producing a quality whisky.

He was a visionary who created the company Nippo Kaju and undertook the construction of the Yoichi distillery on Hokkaido. In 1939, he began his first blends. War broke out, but this did not stop him from bringing out his first bottle in 1940. In 1952, the company definitively adopted the name Nikka Whisky.

His growing success enabled him to establish a second distillery in 1969 on the island of Honshu close to the city of Sendaï.
Masataka Taketsuru died ten years later, aged 85.



Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 12 February 2011, 20:02:23
the misses just got a sms from an ex-co-worker: a woman she knew well and worked with committed suicide.

ag 42, victorious of a very agressive cancer but now treated as shit in the company-transfer.

as in most cases we'll propably never know the exact reason but in such a short timeframe after everything that happened in that firm it's most likely that the 'business' mentality of the bosses had something to do with it.

sad to hear, makes you think of all the lonely people out there who can't find a person to share their feelings with....


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 12 February 2011, 21:40:02
suicide is an option, but you have to think twice on how to commit it, dont make others suffer (hitting a train will have the train conductor with nightmares and PTSS until the end of his life):

One of my best friends (mentioned it before) is in the UCI, final cancer stage, more dead than alive. He does not even recognize anbody anymore, his brain is damaged beyond repair. They cut his morphine, because "morphine might kill him" (how absurd can we get?).

They have given him the "final" sacraments three times now (DEC 1, DEC 20, JAN 20), always involving the family to come from the continent to our island, and he still resists.

I dont know why and how he does, but I guess (and appreciate) he will have his reasons, but they are not mine.

For me, this would be a no-no. Suicide (you dont suffer) is the way to go while you can to keep the survivors from suffering (NOTE: Its always the left-behinds suffering).

Outsiders takes and actions surely play a role, so:

My take is to never tell *anybody* if I should become terminately ill.

Telling just one person is enough, you only give problems to the people around you, their compassion will not change anything for you and your illness (except make you feel bad for even have mentioned it), and they are better off treating you normally without the "CANCER!!" alert in the back of their brains.

This said, sorry to hear from your friend, but from my POV the way to go.

There is a day for all of us (no survivors on this planet, yet: Might be different for our kids), once you know its inevitable my take would be to reduce suffering to thirds. Maybe this lady thought alike?

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 12 February 2011, 22:44:08
the issue is that she had beaten the cancer... she was a silent type... a more introvert type


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 16 February 2011, 21:16:32
the issue is that she had beaten the cancer... she was a silent type... a more introvert type


latest news is that she decided to stop her medication (cancer treatment) and food/drinks

she told family that friends were taking care and vice-versa... she decided and afterwards waited for her death


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 18 February 2011, 21:50:25
the new guy I got at work to help me?

in 2 weeks twice sick....  :-\

really getting desperate... what's up with young people these days...?


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Mike on 24 February 2011, 19:21:53
hello everybody,

@ Koen: alot of young people are spoiled to much, i'm glad my army father gave me a childhood filled with diciplin and respect :)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 24 February 2011, 20:07:33
hello everybody,

@ Koen: alot of young people are spoiled to much, i'm glad my army father gave me a childhood filled with diciplin and respect :)


hey bud, yeah.... well he's back now and altough he's been sick twice I'm pleased with his work. So fingers crossed for the future  ::)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: stoffel on 24 February 2011, 20:36:26
Basically it comes down to this:

We have ( my generation whom now has 16 year+ children) grown up with shortages.
A lot of us couldnt get a good education.
We had practically nothing accept a cd player and a vcr when we were 16.
Now we can afford to send our kids to school and give them everything they want......
We work all day or dont look after the children, hence we spoil them with even more expensive gifts.
At school they are tought that with the schools diploma they can get a well payed top class job without doing anything for the money.
Our children believe money comes out of the wall and you dont have to do anything for it.
Discipline is a dirty word, children are allowed to do what they want, dont respect authority anymore.

The right program for spoiled, lazy and waisted children.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 24 February 2011, 21:26:26
Basically it comes down to this:

We have ( my generation whom now has 16 year+ children) grown up with shortages.
A lot of us couldnt get a good education.
We had practically nothing accept a cd player and a vcr when we were 16.
Now we can afford to send our kids to school and give them everything they want......
We work all day or dont look after the children, hence we spoil them with even more expensive gifts.
At school they are tought that with the schools diploma they can get a well payed top class job without doing anything for the money.
Our children believe money comes out of the wall and you dont have to do anything for it.
Discipline is a dirty word, children are allowed to do what they want, dont respect authority anymore.

The right program for spoiled, lazy and waisted children.



pfffffffff... don't agree 100%
shortages were present then and now

we're from the same era so I don't see the shortage as a problem, more the lack of attention to children.
I see alot of parents with 2 cars, big house, 3 holidays/year etc which all need to be payed, this means extra hours or longer home-work travels. With leads to less time WITH the children. In the morning to daycare and after school to schoolcare. That's shortage!

And yes, boys need a time in the army, even for short period(s). Metal bed, cold floor, dirty showers....

One of my questions to my new aid: do you make your sandwiches yourself?


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 25 February 2011, 00:32:42
Basically it comes down to this: -snip-

We had practically nothing except a cd player and a vcr -snip-


ROFLMAO  hicks

JFTR, my playground was this building (for some time), playing with old hand grenades and stray leftover ammo:

(http://www.aufbau-ffm.de/serie/Teil21/Bilder/ruine.jpg)

Today, while nobody right now in front of his play staion remembers, it looks like this:

(http://de.academic.ru/pictures/dewiki/65/Alte_Oper_Frankfurt_Winter_2008.jpg)

Who is better off?

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Fredrocker on 12 March 2011, 22:16:08
Well I am now in South Carolina... here is some pics of the new Homestead...

(http://www.fredrock-racing.com/images/melissahome.jpg)

(http://www.fredrock-racing.com/images/backyrd.jpg)

and a picture of our newest edition Scoobie

(http://www.fredrock-racing.com/images/scoobie.jpg)

 hatsoff


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: stoffel on 12 March 2011, 22:30:57
Good question Matt :)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 22 July 2011, 07:40:15
Ok, moving time comes closer (Sunday I will be leaving the house).

What I will miss (took the picture about 10 days ago in the early morning hours, from my terrace):

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/faehre290611_screen.jpg)

OTOH, some things have changed to the better: Initially I planned to live in a terrain of my ex camper style (tent, etc.).

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/my_new_home_screen.jpg)

Could have been an interesting adventure and I was looking forward to it (my ex offfered me to live with her in Palma, but I am not made for cities anymore). But then, 2 weeks ago, on the market in Andratx ran into a lady who knew me by name, even if I could not allocate her. Talking along with her it turned out that we had spoken 15 yrs ago about my (current) house, as she had lived in it as adolescent.

Of course, this led to taking a coffe with her and telling her of my predicament with losing this house now, plans, etc. . To my surprise she then said: "Wow, that is great, I have come over to the island - sghe lives and works in Barcelona - to search for someone to take care of a ranch of mine that is deteriorating rapidly and which I cannot keep afloat..."

A deal was done rapidly: I will run the ranch for three years, wont have to pay rent, electricity or water in exchange for building up the house and cultivating the land.

So, after having been a seaman for 16 yrs now I am going to become a farmer... :) Actually started work the same day, hence I have been so quiet lately: Between my work, working there and here to clear the house and moving the workshop there was not much time, 18 hours days standard...

The place is idyllic, in the mountains: A house with a solid roof and windows, but nothing inside (not even a loo), 40.000 sqm of terrain, an own pond and fountain, and 5 stables.

Today I will get the keys after having now worked the last two weeks to open the access ways (everything is grwon in), clean out the stables and set up a place for all my tools, collecting the various material around the ranch and concentrating it there, etc. Now it is about finding a way to install electricity, running water and a working bathroom. Till october I will also have to build a fire place, plenty of work all coming up.

Here some first impressions:

Front view off the road (path), now already opened to access, you can see my car in the rear, a privilege: Parking in a kind of garage in the shadow...

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/newHouse1_comp_1_screen.jpg)

The new house form the other side, all the terrain looks like this, again plenty of work after october when we can start fires again

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/newHouse2_comp_screen.jpg)

The stables behind the garage, now all cleaned, organized and with my terrace chairs and table already moved in: Shadow all day because they are situated under massive trees (had to literally cut my way in to them with the chain saw)

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/newHouse_06_screen.jpg)

And, finally, the pond with a small bamboo forest, already cleaned out so far that I can access the pond and the future pumping station by the fountain

(http://www.warandtactics.com/Images/newHouse_28_screen.jpg)

Looking forward to this adventure, while I have no internet close at least I will be able to recuperate my economy.

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: stoffel on 22 July 2011, 13:39:42
Very nice Matt :)

That will be worth another visit ( of course when you are done ) Wanda would sure love the place because she can get a tan.


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Koen on 24 July 2011, 10:31:14
good news Matt, I was woried but it seems that 'good luck' has also found you on its trail....  smallclap


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 12 November 2012, 22:28:31
... - snip -
... Looking forward to this adventure, while I have no internet close at least I will be able to recuperate my economy.

Rattler


Well, a year and three month have gone by, and things have changed/improved:

We are now three living on the farm, got a lot of animals, everything is more or less accessible and we have a marketing plan set up on how to make money from this (on a hobby aspect, still). Ieven got my first warm shower w/o sun about two weeks ago as I now have brought water uzp to the house and got a boiler. :) 14 month of showering cold and outside have finished, a life of true luxury begins (now I only need to get the loo going, basic setup also finished).

Will post some pictures today or tomorrow, well worthwile the whole adventure.

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: stoffel on 13 November 2012, 09:58:36
Great, so I can do my holidays on the farm?
Wanda needs a week out  in a sunny place, all she likes to do is read and lay in the sun so she will not be bothering you :)


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: Rattler on 13 November 2012, 13:39:09
Great, so I can do my holidays on the farm?
Wanda needs a week out  in a sunny place, all she likes to do is read and lay in the sun so she will not be bothering you :)

You are most welcome, just don´t rush it:

I have forwarded your request to the lady owner, who will soon - in collaboration with her mother, her brothers, her sons and her husband - establish a comittee to discuss it profoundly taking into account all the aspects that might affect us, you, the farm´s economy, society overall and the islands environment and correlate it with the quest for independence of Catalonia.

There might be a slight delay involved in the process when establishing who has to be on the comittee (taking into account hereditary compromises, rank priveleges, econoomic weight etc.), but I am sure the farm gods will find a way to solve this within a mere three month (if the Commitee On Reducing Bureaucracy does not choose to interfere).

The Committee on Origin Of The Money has already decided last year that any money that is not German money is welcome here, so I don´t expect troubles from that side (just to confirm: Your money is of Dutch origin, no?)

I am quite positive to get first feedback on the issue and your request before summer, so it might be a go. :)

Rattler


Title: Re: Where we live
Post by: stoffel on 13 November 2012, 15:54:41
LOL,

Most is Dutch, but the money I owned for Wandas holiday comes from the recent exercise in Germany :)
Wanda grew up there to, does that count?
Anyway it will not be before the holiday season when we will be able to come over.
Iberia doesnt fly on Amsterdam anymore, flights will be cancelled due to economic situation and there is no straight flight to Mallorca untill june.

When we come over it will probably late summer or early spring.
But I look forward to it, Kimberley and Glenn will probably love to feed the animals ( what animals btw)
Would be nice to meet you again!

(I will bring the laptop as well so we can have a decent game of Tacops)