Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Don't blame me!!!

Crikey .... you asked for it so DON'T BLAME ME!!!!!
I tried to stay awake but, fair dinkum, how could I??????????
Our first day in Germany was spent here at Bad Kreuznach. Watched young people carrying on an old tradition of boat jousting. A lot of fun was being had by all.
So many churches.  This one was a bit different though!!  No way that one will fall day. Build your house upon the rock was a song I learnt in Sunday school. This was taken literally, aye??
At Brugges in Belgium.  Beautiful city.
Colmar in France. So many flowers!! Beautiful.
Colmar.
Colmar.
More Colmar.  Very picturesque with all the flowers.
Looks like you in your young days, aye, Mr JF Sir.
You can see the window with the people and JRT if you look closely.
All the churches had their harvest offerings. This one was particularly beautiful.
Neuschwanstein castle. Beautiful. We have seen it before on sunny days. Nice to see with a bit of cloud around.
Hmmmmmmmm!! You Scottie blokes are everywhere, aye??  Mittenwald in Germany.
Reminiscing!!  A small guest house we stayed in many years previously. The same people owned it and remembered us. We were welcomed with open arms, kisses and hugs. They bought out an atlas in which, on the map of Australia, I had written places they were to see if they ever visited Australia. It was strange to see my handwriting in that altlas after all those years. Their son was 5 the last time we were there. He is now 15 and huge. We saw him again. HE didn't remember us. I wonder why??
Well I love cows and these two were just so lovely.
The view from our guest house in a little town in Bavaria.

Taken from the window in our room.
The little golden roof in Innsbruk.

Ettal cathedral.
 Oberammergau. One of our favourite villages. Home of the passion play. Performed every 10 years since the 17th century. Beautiful painted houses everywhere. Very pretty place.
Hotel Wolf in Oberammergau.  The owners  hold seminars and dog training weeks. You stay in the hotel with your dog. There are facilities behind the hotel for training. Agility, flyball, all sorts of things. Here's where you can find them. It's worth a look.   http://www.hotel-wolf.de/   I wanted to do it but I think the plane trip and quarantine laws would kill our Charlie boy.
Coming out of Hotel Wolf. This was a VERY well behaved boy.
Mmmmmmmm.  Paul Newman????  Trying to look like a German.
How good does this bloke look??
We stumbled across a happening in another of our favourite villages. Dinkelsbuhl.





I honestly don't think this bloke was dressed up for the happening. I'm sure he dresses like this all the time and how good did he look???

Wertheim.  We took our Jen here when she graduated from Uni. We told her it was where Diagon Alley in Harry Potter was filmed. She believed us.  We have since put her straight.

Very cute half timbered house in Wertheim.
We took this as we took the same photo ten years previously. We didn't have poo bags in Australia in those days. We do now. Wertheim castle in the background.
Crikey ..... Is that the SAME person pinching poo bags!!



BORING, AYE!!!!!!   As I said ... DON'T BLAME ME!!!!!!!!

Wanna run ....   Love, Charlie.

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  1. Oh, now Mom says she wants to go back to Bavaria. Neuschwanstein is a trip she will never forget.
    Lovely pictures. Even if you slept through it Charlie.

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    1. Yeah ..... I must say I liked the look of THAT castle. Couldn't you have some fun hiding from your Mom in there.

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  2. Thank you for sharing so many wonderful pictures and a special thank you from River Song, a Brussels Griffon who got to see pictures of her ancestral home.

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    1. Crikey ..... I'm glad I made someone happy, aye?? Mum LOVED Belgium and wants to go back. No way, says I.

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  3. Ahhh...Loved the tour!
    Well, growlmy did, I am sleeping...until she squeed at the JRT! And found the 'hidden' one too, and woofed at the scottie and sheltie(?).

    The little boy (I thinks he's a boy...), in that group of children reminded growlmy of your MsG...but in a clothed edition, BOL!

    Did you take the boat tour of the canals/waterways in Brugge? Growlmy, Auntie and a cousin did that, it was marvelous!

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    1. Crikey .... I'll let Mum answer your questions etc.
      * That little boy was such a sweetie. Far too pretty to be a boy! He did look a little like our Miss G. I took lots of photos of those children. They were so beautiful. I was worried the parents might think I was up to no good. It's terrible that we have to feel that way these days.
      We did do the canal tour in Brugge as well as a horse and buggy tour. What a beautiful place. So much history and so old. Nothing is old like that in Australia or America for that matter I guess. It was very busy in Brugge. So many tourists but I can understand why. We found it much busier, everywhere we went, than it was 10 years ago. We saw and photographed lots of dogs. JRT's are very popular but that little bloke was exceptionally cute. French bull dogs, however, we found to be flavour of the month or something. We saw far more of them than any other breed. Ten years ago it was westies.

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  4. Da pictures look real nice and momma liked em lots, but I'm more interested in da foodz. Did your peeps get any good foodz over there?

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    1. Crikey Travis .... YOU WANT FOOD PHOTOS?? You've got a problem, mate?? What?? You think they went for 4 weeks without food? Sure!! They got some good foodz and they took photos. Have I GOT TO show you those?????? FAIR DINKUM!!!!!!! Get a grip, mate!!

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  5. What a wonderful trip! Did your mum spot any wire-haired fox terriers? I only ask 'cos when Gail went cycling in Alsace she sent me a picture of a WFT she spotted in Eguishein (v. near Colmar).
    http://bouncingbertie.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/message-from-alsace-updated-with-photos.html
    Toodle pip!
    Bertie.

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    1. Not one Bertie ..... not one!!!!! AND she was lookin'. Ten years ago they saw one in Rottweil in Germany. No Rottweilers but one WFT and loads of westies. How funny is that. Mum thought there would be Rotties everywhere. They also went to England and Scotland then too and did see quite a few WFT's there. Our Lucy was alive and well then and Mum was missing her terribly so she accosted every WFT she saw.

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    2. Mum wanted to say she envied Gail cycling around Alsace. She reckoned it was a very pretty area. She loved Riquewihr. Did Gail get to see that very beautiful village????

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  6. Well, we played tug, but SHE loved them. Dinklelsbuhl was where SHE bought HER very first Birkenstocks, boy that was a long time ago and Wertheim was where SHE bought the ones to replace the ones Roxy chewed, that replaced the ones Bella chewed.

    SHE loves Europe......
    We'll just continue playing chasings. We had to go camping.

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    1. Crikey .... sounds like it's time for your Mum to go back to get another pair of Birks. Your Mum went to Wertheim???? My Mum thought she was the only Aussie ever to go there. It's not a real touristy village but it is very pretty according to her.

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    1. Yeah ..... I s'pose ..... if you like that sort of thing!! Personally I'd rather go camping at the beach.

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  8. Thank you for these wonderful photos, has brought back some wonderful memories of holidaying on the continent.
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx (and her Mum)

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    1. Funny how Mum's love those memory things, aye, Princess??

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  9. What a great holiday. How charming and pretty the area is. Loved seeing the stalks. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Mum liked those storks too Molly. That photo was not real good but at least you could see them. We don't have storks in Australia. We do have a jabiru which is from the same family. They are real pretty!! You should google them. They are beautifully coloured.

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  10. Whut is it with the peepoles an the goin-places piccies? I am still in bed but Mommy's pourin ofur the piccies. She's nefur been nowhere.

    Whut were the kiddos doin with the bigger person? Looks like a anvil they are sittin 'round.

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    1. Your Mommy's never been nowhere??? Crikey ..... that's how my Mum would like it. She only goes because Dad wants her too but she did enjoy it. She reckons she can see all those places on global village on TV so why does she need to go there.
      Mum's not sure what the kids were doing but it was a medieval happening and his Dad was a blacksmith so I guess the lady was showing the kids how to bash iron or something. The little bloke had a hammery thingoe and was hitting something on the anvil thing. You can see Mum's right into all that stuff, aye??

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  11. Hari OM
    WAKE UP CHARLIE MATE!!! You missed a heap of beauts.... Visited some of these places last century, when I was young and in hotpants. GORGEOUS. The shot of the castle is a stunner... amongst a bevy of stunners. Thanks for letting the peep take over the blog again mate... Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

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    1. HOTPANTS .... you wore hotpants????? Crikey ... I sure would like to see those photos!! I wouldn't sleep through that.

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  12. it's not boring, Charlie, it's great! my grand grampy was born in Colmar, it's a nice place, right? and the event in Dinkelsbuehl looks great too. was it a medieval fest there? I love such events, have you tried the food too?

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    1. Oh ..... that's nice that Mum visited your Grampy's village, Easy. It is a nice place. So many flowers!! Beautiful. It was a medieval festival in Dinkelsbuhl. Mum loved seeing all the people all dressed. They would just look ridiculous here in Australia but over there in such a beautiful old village it just looked so natural. Everyone was so happy and had so much fun.
      Did they try the food????? OMD! I lost weight fretting for them while they were away. Mum put on 3 kilos and is now trying to get rid of it. Mum and Dad loved the food. Especially the pork knuckles. They could have bought me back a pork knuckle or two but no such luck for me.

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  13. CRIKEY Charlie.... we are just STUNNED by all these super pictures... they are all OUTSTANDING... We love the story of the folks REMEMBERING Your Mum.....
    OH MY DAWG... we ADORED this post... butt WHERE were the DACHSHUNDS?
    THANKS fur taking us along.

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    1. You're not going to believe this Frankie and Ernie but Mum and Dad hardly saw any dachshunds. Did you know you are not called a dachshund in Germany. You are known as Dakkels over there. How funny is that?? Mum took heaps of photos of EVERY dog she saw (not quite but almost every one). She has one of a dachshund and she would have put it in this post but it wasn't a very good photo. The poor bloke got cut in half. Ten years ago when they were there westies were EVERYWHERE. This time it was French Bulldogs. Everytime they turned around there was another one. They went to Rotteil ten years ago and thought they would see heaps of Rottweilers. Nope!! Not one .... just westies.

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    2. Whoops!! Rottweil not Rotteil.

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  14. what a wonderful trip and the photos are beautiful

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    1. Glad you enjoyed them. How did YOU stay awake??

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  15. Wow! My ghostwriter has been to some of those places way back in 1979! They haven't changed a bit! Thanks so much for the lovely photos! Sorry you got bored, though Charlie.

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    1. Crikey ..... 1979! Your ghostwriter must be as ancient as my Mom, aye?? Mum says those places haven't changed much but they've sure got busier so enjoy the memories you have. You might be disappointed if you returned now.

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  16. OMD! now I see why the left you behind. Beautiful pictures and looks like lots of fun.

    Aroo to you,
    Sully

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    1. Yeah .... well you might see why they left me behind Sully but can you understand why they did?? I sure can't!!

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  17. Oh my we are so so jealous. What a wonderful trip
    Snorts,
    Lily & Edward

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    1. Crikey Lily and Edward ..... you two would have loved it. Mum said she's never seen so many french bulldogs in all her life. You blokes were EVERYWHERE!!! Belgium, Holland, France, Germany and Austria. Talk about popular!!

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  18. Wow, that looks like a wonderful trip! Mom is jealous!

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    1. Awwwwww Buddy ..... I don't think it was THAT good!! Mum was glad to get home.

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  19. Not boring at all! So beautiful! I want to hop on a plane to Germany right now!

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    1. Germany is Mum's favourite too. It is soooooooo beautiful and soooooooooo clean. No-one seems to litter over there.

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  20. Wunnerful pichurs yur pawents taked, Charwie! We du nod mind seein' dem. Nope, nod one bit. I r wif Zoe - whut dose kids wuz duin'???

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    1. Crikey Zaidie ..... have a look at Mum's reply to Zoe. She tried to tell her what the kids were doing but she made a right botch up of it, aye?? It was a medieval happening. Mum was right at home!! She's medieval herself now, aye?

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    2. Honest tu meatz, Charwie, I du, in fak, wead all da comments, bud Momma's mem'wy r wike a siebe(sieve)! Du yu fink hur cood wememer whut yu telled Zoe WAY back at da beginnin'? Ob corse nod! Oy bey. Da stuff I pud up wif, wivin' wif hur. Da stowies I cood tell!

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    3. Mmmmmmmmm Zaidie ..... you might be a bit hard on your Momma this time. Maybe I hadn't replied to Zoe when she read the blog the first time or maybe, just like my medieval Mum, her memory IS like that siebe thing again. My Mum can't remember what she did yesterday. Matter of fact she can't remember what she did 5 minutes ago sometimes. Cwikey Zaids ..... I'd like to hear some of those stories you cood tell about wiven' wif your Momma. Reckon I'd be rolling around the floor laughing, aye??

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  21. Charlie is so cute and your pictures are gorgeous!! We are wanting to get a whippet. :D

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    1. Whippets are great, Lauren, but I'm a bit biased. Thanks for droppin' by. It's been nice meeting you and your family. I sure hope we can be friends.

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  22. Hey Charlie!
    Wow, thanks for letting us see your fabulous vacation! OMD those pretty churches and you even got to see cows. Nice to see they have poop bags too...they're really important! BOL Never been there, so I liked seeing your great pix.
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Pol Comm

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the pics, Sarge. I thought they were pretty boring myself. Mum bought home some of those poo bags. How weird is that??????

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  23. No charlie, it was not boring.....we enjoyed looking at places we will never get to go and see!.........tell Mum thanks!

    The Mad Scots

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    1. Well I was bored Susie and Sidebite. Glad you weren't though. I passed your thanks on to Mum.

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  24. Wow! Thanks, Mrs. Charlie! Thanks for sharing those! Those were gorgeous pictures!

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    1. Yaaaaaaawn!!!!!!!!! Glad you like 'em Fizzy!!

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