Summerlike day in the marketplace

By: barbamz , 8:54 PM GMT on March 29, 2014

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Three times a week - Tuesday, Friday and Saturday morning - places at the northern and eastern side of Mainz Cathedral are reservated for farmer's market (only in December the scenery will change as the farmers have to give way for Christmas market, moreover on Carnival and other big festivals in the town). Today has been a spring day with an already summerlike touch - at least in the sun. You can see the varied clothings of the people from thick cardigans (in the shadow) to bare arms (in the sun). The colourful market offers vegetables and fruits, flowers, cheese and wine, as you can see in my pictures below. The farmer selling eggs (and giving advices for a healthy living from his own experience) is always accompanied by cock "Moritz" who is very alive and a celebrity of the market. Moreover you will find fresh grindet coffee, meat, sausages, fresh bread and more exotic foods from other countries. In one spot people use to gather to enjoy an early wine; a lot apparently arrive with their posh bikes. Disadvantage of this unusual warm and sunny March is the drought: Pantsies already look a bit exhausted while some doves are looking for food in the beds ...





















Summertime will start this night (March 29/30) in Germany, so we're losing one hour of our sleep.

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Current weather in Germany. Source German weather service DWD/Eumetsat.

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47. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
7:07 PM GMT on April 20, 2014
barbamz has created a new entry.
46. GardenGrrl
10:34 AM GMT on April 20, 2014
Happy Easter!
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45. sandiquiz
11:29 AM GMT on April 19, 2014
Hi Barbara - All ready for the Easter Sunday rain, and even getting drizzle today, but nothing can dampen the Easter Spirit:)

Happy Easter Greetings to you :)

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44. GardenGrrl
5:00 PM GMT on April 18, 2014
Quick "Hello". We are all so busy these days. Where did that late season freeze come from? We had one here in Texas as well.
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43. nigel20
5:43 AM GMT on April 17, 2014
Hi Barbara! It has been a while, how's everything?

Our annual drought is taking place here in Jamaica, but it is having a major impact on Kingston. Major reservoirs are at danger levels, below 35% of capacity. Impact is limited/minor outside Kingston's corporate area though. On a positive note, the rainy season should begin in a couple weeks...we should see the start of the wet season by late April/early May.
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42. clearlakemike
5:13 AM GMT on April 17, 2014


Your vineyard fires reminded me of the fans they have in the vineyards in the Napa Valley. Not for warmth but sometimes it will rain too soon towards the end of the dry season before the grapes are getting ready to be harvested. The rain is not good for them...mold. So they try to dry them off with the fans.
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41. clearlakemike
5:00 AM GMT on April 17, 2014
Source.

Satellite-tracking technology reveals great white sharks wander as far as the Hawaiian Islands.

PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

Tourists aren’t the only ones who choose Hawaii as a refuge for the winter. Satellite-tracking technology reveals warm Hawaiian waters are also a destination for great white sharks.

Great white sharks in Hawaii? More likely than you think
Research reveals great white sharks' swim patterns include the Hawaiian Islands.
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40. barbamz
8:34 PM GMT on April 16, 2014
Quoting 39. clearlakemike:


I mentioned on someone else's blog the new logo reminds me of every dripping faucet I have ever had to deal with. Makes me want to go and call the plumber...



Lol, that's a good one, Mike.

Sandi, indeed hard to believe that you're already longing for rain :-o
We certainly do, and soon we should get some drops, of course over the holidays of Easter when most of the people won't welcome "bad" weather ...

But first some frosty nights have to be defeated:


Gfs forecast temps (Celsius) for tomorrow morning.

Little cold spell in Germany which is preparing for the second night with some frost, dangerous for all the blossoming fruit trees and the grapes as well - as they all are way ahead in development this year due to the very warm winter and spring so far.

In some wineyards they enspark little fires in the early morning hours, and later some helicopters would hover above the yards in order to move warmer air layers to the ground. Hope they'll have success!


This morning in the region of Franconia (part of Bavaria). Foto: dpa/Report from Focus.
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39. clearlakemike
2:43 PM GMT on April 16, 2014
Quoting 36. barbamz:





New WU logo obviously took the colours from my avatar (detail from an old coloured print from the 15th century), lol.

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Asian air pollution strengthens Pacific storms
By Rebecca Morelle Global science correspondent, BBC News, 14 April 2014 Last updated at 23:24 GMT
Air pollution in China and other Asian countries is having far-reaching impacts on weather patterns across the Northern Hemisphere, a study suggests.
Researchers have found that pollutants are strengthening storms above the Pacific Ocean, which feeds into weather systems in other parts of the world.
The effect was most pronounced during the winter.
The study is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
Lead author Yuan Wang, from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, said: "The effects are quite dramatic. The pollution results in thicker and taller clouds and heavier precipitation." ...

Whole article see link above.


I found this to be very interesting, Barb. There have been comments made that the volcanic smog that hovers over us quite often is having the opposite effect, inhibiting rainfall and contributing to the drought. The science that I have read that has been done from the weather station on Mauna Loa (same one that has been studying/measuring the levels of CO2, which just reached a new milestone of 402ppm...the highest in 800.000 years) on measuring the rainfall in the trade wind clouds since the early 90's have indicated that there is less and less moisture in the trade winds that bring rain to the Hawaiian Islands.

Yes, I think they should have just used your avatar for the new logo. I mentioned on someone else's blog the new logo reminds me of every dripping faucet I have ever had to deal with. Makes me want to go and call the plumber...I know it is supposed to represent a rain drop but it looks like it is falling into a little commode or sink. I know some are not happy with the new NUWU and might think of the former but overall, other than the logo, I like the new format albeit still buggy.
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38. sandiquiz
1:11 PM GMT on April 16, 2014
Hi Barbara,

LOL - about the new logo! Your avatar is much more "artistic" !

Enjoying the wall to wall blue sky, before tomorrow arrives and the rain they are predicting falls! Mind you, I need some rain, the plants in pots are needing watering daily, they are so dry!
After the winter we had I can't believe I said we need rain!!

Hope you are well:)
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37. barbamz
9:46 AM GMT on April 16, 2014


Creepy, huh? I took this photo three nights ago nearby.
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36. barbamz
10:25 AM GMT on April 15, 2014




New WU logo obviously took the colours from my avatar (detail from an old coloured print from the 15th century), lol.

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Asian air pollution strengthens Pacific storms
By Rebecca Morelle Global science correspondent, BBC News, 14 April 2014 Last updated at 23:24 GMT
Air pollution in China and other Asian countries is having far-reaching impacts on weather patterns across the Northern Hemisphere, a study suggests.
Researchers have found that pollutants are strengthening storms above the Pacific Ocean, which feeds into weather systems in other parts of the world.
The effect was most pronounced during the winter.
The study is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
Lead author Yuan Wang, from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, said: "The effects are quite dramatic. The pollution results in thicker and taller clouds and heavier precipitation." ...

Whole article see link above.
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35. clearlakemike
11:31 PM GMT on April 14, 2014
Hi Barb, another call for Fossil Fuel Divestment from Nearly 100 Harvard Professors.

Posted on my Word Press blog,

Nearly 100 Harvard Professors Push Fossil Fuel Divestment | Activism, Blog | BillMoyers.com

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34. barbamz
10:31 PM GMT on April 14, 2014
Thanks, Shirley, for your nice post!

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Africa: Tutu - Climate Crisis Demands 'Anti-Apartheid-Style Boycott' of Fossil Fuel Industry
The Guardian, by Jon Queally, 11 April 2014
Nobel laureate says 'people of conscience' must break ties with oil and gas companies that are destroying planet's future.
Archbishop emeritus of Cape Town and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu is saying there is no longer any excuse for not doing everything humanly possible to fight climate change and called on Thursday for an international "anti-apartheid-style boycott" against the fossil fuel industry.
In a striking essay and call to action in The Guardian newspaper, Tutu writes: "People of conscience need to break their ties with corporations financing the injustice of climate change."
As examples, Tutu said people can and should boycott events, sports teams and media outlets sponsored by oil and gas companies. He also touted divestment by municipalities and universities have broken ties with the industry and called for public health warnings against products associated with the carbon-reliant economy.
"We cannot necessarily bankrupt the fossil fuel industry," said Tutu. "But we can take steps to reduce its political clout, and hold those who rake in the profits accountable for cleaning up the mess." ...

Whole article see link above.

Here is the essay of Archbishop Tutu:

We need an apartheid-style boycott to save the planet
We must stop climate change. And we can, if we use the tactics that worked in South Africa against the worst carbon emitters ...
Twenty-five years ago people could be excused for not knowing much, or doing much, about climate change. Today we have no excuse. No more can it be dismissed as science fiction; we are already feeling the effects.
This is why, no matter where you live, it is appalling that the US is debating whether to approve a massive pipeline transporting 830,000 barrels of the world's dirtiest oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Producing and transporting this quantity of oil, via the Keystone XL pipeline, could increase Canada's carbon emissions by over 30%.
If the negative impacts of the pipeline would affect only Canada and the US, we could say good luck to them. But it will affect the whole world, our shared world, the only world we have. We don't have much time.
This week in Berlin, scientists and public representatives have been weighing up radical options for curbing emissions contained in the third report of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The bottom line is that we have 15 years to take the necessary steps. The horse may not have bolted, but it's well on its way through the stable door.
Who can stop it? Well, we can, you and I. And it is not just that we can stop it, we have a responsibility to do so. It is a responsibility that begins with God commanding the first human inhabitants of the garden of Eden "to till it and keep it". To keep it; not to abuse it, not to destroy it. ...

Whole essay see link above.
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33. WeatherWise
9:32 PM GMT on April 11, 2014
Hi Barb! Good idea - the vegetables for getting in shape for your hiking trip.

Another reason for my walking is to stay in shape for vacation trips with my young grandchildren. They love for me to come along and I love it too.

Fresh vegetables are so nice to have to eat - but so easy to overlook and eat all the other stuff instead. In the vegetable bin - out of sight, out of mind!

I like Mike's photo of the plumeria in bloom - Beautiful art in nature!

I was surprised to find the dogwoods in bloom today.

I did half of my walk and had to stop and run get some large leaf bags for my yardman. I just had him to rake this week and get all of the leaves and sticks that had fallen from the winter storms. He will mow next weekend - hopefully my grass will come on out and be green by then.

Oh, thanks for the link to the stork cam - that is neat. Amazing how many stork cams that you have! WOW! I love all of the pretty flowers in your blog comment 7. They are so pretty.

Okay, have a great weekend. I finished my walk between starting this and ending it.
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32. barbamz
6:24 PM GMT on April 11, 2014
Hey gang. I hope you had a nice week! I'm sorry I'm not much around in the moment as other errands distract me from WU. And weather isn't that striking in the moment, but quite usual for April.

WeatherWise, thank you for the lovely owl sketch. Some years ago a white owl visited my while I sat on a calm balcony in a dark night in Greece during vacation. A really mesmerizing encounter for some seconds, and the owl obviously was as surprised as I was, because it was late in the season and most of the tourists had left already.
I've read your veggie entry. Nicely done. I'm sticking mostly to fresh vegetable soups in these weeks in order to lose some weight. A hiking trip is pending end of the months and I need to be fit, lol.

Mike, I really love this picture with the palm tree. Great shot. Thanks a lot!!

GardenGrrl, yes, sigh. Not everybody is going to find a real Picasso or something like this on their wall, lol.


A pic from the park in Göttingen / Lower Saxony where I've been last weekend. Guess it's now all green as nature is in here in Mainz, still way ahead in the season. Lilacs already are blossoming for some days.

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31. GardenGrrl
3:08 PM GMT on April 10, 2014
Hi Barb, all those found pictures have me wishing my antique prints and oils were actually worth something.

The Audubons I picked up cheap and framed at an old mansion junk sale are just regular prints from the 40's darn it.

Have a great day :)
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30. clearlakemike
4:13 AM GMT on April 10, 2014


Plumeria blooming today. No Saharan dust in the sky...just clouds with probably some volcano exhaust (SO2) mixed in the water vapor.
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29. clearlakemike
3:32 PM GMT on April 09, 2014
It is interesting to me also that when the cold fronts drop across the Hawaiian Islands from the northwest they also draw the warm air up first from the south. Being that we are at the southern point in the island chain we will get those warmer nights also before the colder air moves to the southeast. Our dry area received about a half an inch of rain this past weekend. Like your area, it was very welcome.
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28. clearlakemike
3:13 PM GMT on April 09, 2014
Outward journey I think is correct or Outbound is used often here, usually in air travel lingo, Barb. I enjoyed the photo of the tree. We have trees blooming here also now. The Plumeria trees lose their leaves and flowers in the winter and are starting to bloom again. For the ones I see on the road there is no safe place to stop and take a photo. But maybe I will come across some others that are easier and safer to take a photo of for your blog.

Glad to hear the Saharan dust has cleared out for you, and Sandi. Yes, that and a few drops, must have made your outward journey seem more like the Moroccan Motocross. Hopefully, the windscreen washer was full!! I have rented cars before only to have the windshield get covered in mud and there is nothing to wash it with. Grrr....

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27. WeatherWise
2:47 PM GMT on April 09, 2014
Hi Barb! I have a fresh veg new blog entry - Came back by to check out your vegs again!

In honor of Draw A Picture of a Bird Day, very late last night after going to bed but before falling asleep, I sketched a snowy owl. Just a simple drawing! Did you do a sketch?










Hope you had a Happy Draw a Picture of a Bird Day!
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26. barbamz
6:33 PM GMT on April 07, 2014
Yeah, I'm back from a visit in Lower Saxonia, thanks Mike. On the outward journey (hmm, right vocab?) there was some muddy fog, and spare rain drops from a yellowish sky with Saharan sands were gathering on my front shield, lol. But Sunday has been a marvellous bright, sunny and very warm day. Nature is many weeks ahead in development this year! See the pic below of a cherry tree in the garden where I has been. But tonight a cold front should arrive in Germany, unfortunately not combined with much/any rain for the parts of mid and south Germany which would be very grateful for some decent showers.



Edit: Wow, very late in the night (or very early in the morning) we've still got 16C = 60,8F midtown (would mean a summer night!), because the cold front first is advecting warm air from the south before it's going to hit. But look at the drop which should happen very soon:



Have a nice week everyone. Not sure if I'll have much time the next days ;-)
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25. clearlakemike
6:09 PM GMT on April 07, 2014
Hi Barb, hope you enjoyed/enjoying your weekend...

The Gurlitt story has come to mainstream American TV,

Billion-dollar art battle steeped in WWII history
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24. barbamz
8:10 PM GMT on April 04, 2014
I'm out for the rest of the weekend, folks. Have a good time everyone!

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23. barbamz
4:16 PM GMT on April 04, 2014
Quoting 21. clearlakemike: Barb, I want to clarify that I was laughing so hard at your comment about the angel and the photo of the angel said it all also - not the Saharan dust. I am amazed by that.


No problems at all, Mike. Thought your post was funny :-) And I don't wont to be the weather cock or the angel on our cathedral at all as it's common that lightning would strike them. I've observed it by myself. And in former times our cathedral burned down due to lightning for several times. Now protection is way better of course.

Health problems with the dust: In the UK it has been bad because the dust was mixed with artificial air pollution. Havn't heard of severe problems in Germany yet though people f.e. with Asthma may feel the dust, the more as the air is loaded with pollen as well.

Ah, and the photo of the blue, blue Pacific Ocean! Amazing! Thank you. Lucky Mike to have it at your doorsteps ...

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22. clearlakemike
3:47 PM GMT on April 04, 2014
Your latest photo from your balcony looks very apocalyptic. I like the ominous dark composition but not the reason for it.

When I was in California last year there was a day when the air was so stagnant and polluted I could hardly breathe easily outside. How is it there as far as health concerns with the dust? Other than annoying things like having cars getting dirty.
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21. clearlakemike
3:38 PM GMT on April 04, 2014


Danse de la Keave

No dust or rubbish! Youpi ! I had a nice swim.

Barb, I want to clarify that I was laughing so hard at your comment about the angel and the photo of the angel said it all also - not the Saharan dust. I am amazed by that.
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20. barbamz
1:51 PM GMT on April 04, 2014
Yes Mike, we're really messing up our world on a large scale now. Oceans, atmosphere --- geeze.


Photo of the dusty sun I took a couple of minutes ago from my balcony.
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19. clearlakemike
1:47 PM GMT on April 04, 2014
The smog from China reportedly also moves across the Pacific to California. The atmosphere is also being used as a sewer as well as the water. There is a beach near me where the debris from the North Pacific gyre washes up onto. It is about a foot deep in plastic rubbish, fishing nets, etc.
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18. clearlakemike
1:21 PM GMT on April 04, 2014
I just read that there is this fine dust all over the cars in London. Also read recently, that as the world population increases from 7 billion to 10 billion at mid century, half of that will be in Africa.
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17. barbamz
9:29 AM GMT on April 04, 2014
Quoting 15. BaltimoreBrian:
Water in Berlin: the moisture down below



Thanks Brian for this link! Very interesting. And yes, German's water saving attitude has become an issue, surprisingly. In my town as well, as water works are forced to push extra amounts of fresh water into the sewer ducts in order to prevent them from getting clogged ...
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16. barbamz
9:25 AM GMT on April 04, 2014
Smog expert: Worsening Saharan dust storms to become an annual Spring fixture as climate changes
The Independent, April 4, 2014
The Saharan dust storms thickening Britain's smog and coating cars from Cornwall to Aberdeen will become increasingly strong in the coming years as a "nasty mixture" of drought, development and intensive farming in North Africa pushes up air pollution, a leading dust expert warned yesterday.
The rapid population growth in Western Sahel countries such as Chad, Niger, Mali and Mauritani in the past 20 to 30 years has prompted a surge in agriculture which has greatly increased the amount of dust, Dr Robert Bryant, of Sheffield University, told The Independent.
He said there was every sign that the trend - which has also seen cars in Devon, London and Northern Ireland covered in a fine reddish-brown dust and caused breathing difficulties in asthma and chronic bronchitis sufferers - will continue.
"There has been a dramatic increase in some aspects of dust flux [emissions], which have doubled over the last 50 years. Population pressure alone is likely to exacerbate the problem and if current trends continue the amount could double again over the next 50 years," said Dr Bryant, a Reader in Dryland Processes at the University of Sheffield. ...
Whole article see link above.


Current satellite map with dust induced/related clouds over Europe.


Current Saharan dust layer over Europe. Source.


Saved loop.


Saved loop some hours later: Cold cloud tops temperatures (red) induced by the Saharan dust. These aren't Mesoscale Convective Systems (thunderstorms).

I'm right under the center of the circulation right now (with dump warm 23C = 73,4F), and it's hazily sunny outside.



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15. BaltimoreBrian
1:44 AM GMT on April 04, 2014
Water in Berlin: the moisture down below

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14. clearlakemike
5:11 PM GMT on April 03, 2014
omg...LOL! What next, Barb? Lightning strikes? lol If I was that overly dramatic angel I might want to go inside the cathedral!!

Good luck with the food festival, Sandi. I hope it is indoors!! :)
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13. barbamz
2:33 PM GMT on April 03, 2014
Thanks Mike, Shirley and - yes, poor Sandi, who's always hit by bad weather: windstorms, floods now European smog with Saharan dust, uhhh!

Here is a video, taken yesterday evening in Emden/Northwestern Germany showing dust from the Sahara blowing through - and continuing right over the channel toward UK. German author emphazises that it's not fog but dry dust.




Current dust concentration forecast, including my place near Frankfurt. Overcast sky with indeed eery air outside right now.

Photo I took one hour ago with the angel of our cathedral looking at the sun (maybe a bit overly dramatic, I confess, lol):


However, according to this map Mainz is just at the border of the affected areas:





Current Nitrogen Dioxide concentration over Europe. Click here to get an animation of the forecast. Really nice site, although it isn't nice what it's showing.

Air pollution: Rise in 999 calls for breathing problems
BBC News, 3 April 2014 Last updated at 14:38 GMT

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12. WeatherWise
2:18 PM GMT on April 03, 2014
Hi Barb! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving that neat bird chart and nice sweet comment. I am with BriarCraft - I love Farmers Markets too. I can hardly wait for it to open! My CSA farm share starts next week - I purchase a quarter share from Strawbery Creek Farms - a local farmer that delivers a tote bag full of fresh veggies each week for 24 weeks I think it is. YUM! Hope you are having a wonderful day!


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11. sandiquiz
12:57 PM GMT on April 03, 2014
We have a food festival in MK next weekend, so I shall have to go out with the camera:)

We have "smog" here in the UK. It really is miserable! We need a stiff breeze to blow it all away!!
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10. clearlakemike
6:44 PM GMT on April 02, 2014
LOL...
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9. barbamz
2:00 PM GMT on April 02, 2014
Aaaannnd ---- more treasures found, this time in an Italian kitchen and without any Nazi involvement, lol:



Stolen Gauguin painting 'hung on factory worker's wall'
BBC, April 2, 2014
Stolen paintings by Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard hung on an Italian factory worker's kitchen wall for almost 40 years, police have revealed.
Now worth at least 10.6m euros (£8.8m), they were stolen from a collector's London home in 1970 and left on a train in Italy, with no indication of origin.
At a lost-property auction in 1975, the unsuspecting Fiat worker paid 45,000 Italian lire (23 euros; £19) for them.
He hung them in his Turin home before taking them to Sicily when he retired. ...


Whole story see link above.
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8. barbamz
11:59 AM GMT on April 02, 2014
An exceptional high concentration of dust aka SAL (Saharan Air Layer) is forecast to be advected to southwestern and western Europe, especially to the Mediterranean coast of Spain:


Saved image. Source: SKIRON.




Current air quality in Germany. Red is bad. It's not only Saharan dust but pollution as well. Mainz isn't affected right now, as you can see. Sky is quite blue outside (a bit milky though), and, boy, it's warm downtown! Up to 25C/77F on my balcony.
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7. barbamz
11:33 PM GMT on April 01, 2014
Thanks gang for visiting and leaving kind words, lol! Mike, I would like to give you 10 points for the lovely shot of Mauna Kea, but the rating and comment section has been disabled. So just my words that I like this view, combining palmtrees, snow and (hidden) fire.

Below you see the collected shots from the walk in our park on Sunday, first showing the more contemplative part of "Town Park", including the little bird house with the palm trees where the net wires are too tight to focus the camera on the exotic birds alive (except the flamingo section), so that I had to stick to the panel. At the pond you'll see ducks, peacocks and more animals a little later in the year; when I passed by on Sunday the pond was just about to be filled with water - however early in the year.

In the 18th century this had been the location of the posh summer residence (called "Favorite") of the mighty Prince-Archbishop, but the palace with its gardens was completely destroyed at the end of this century (1793) in the war between the revolutionary French (occupying Mainz) and the imperiatorial troops of the old reign which wanted to regain the power in the town.


The former "Favorite" on the slopes down to Rhine River (Source: German Wiki with more illustrations). Now there is a modern hotel with the same name.















Second you see impressions of adjacent "People's Park" which really deserves its name on days like this: Folks are out with their kids in full force; the whole place is fogged by BBQ-smoke, a miniature train is circling the place and above - not shown by my photos - the airliners spread their noise on the approach to Frankfurt International Airport. Ahhh, living in town ...





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6. BriarCraft
10:39 PM GMT on April 01, 2014
I have a special fondness for farmers' markets and the one featured in your header looks like a really good one. I smiled at seeing the cock Moritz. The photo of the pigeons in the pansies is cute. And all the colorful market photos are just wonderful.
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5. clearlakemike
4:30 PM GMT on April 01, 2014


Coconut Palms and some outrigger canoes for you, Barb, from Ho'Okena Beach Park on the Island of Hawai'i.




More palms and snow too! lol Mauna Kea (and observatories) observed from near sea level at the Waikoloa Resort up to almost 14k feet elevation.
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4. sandiquiz
2:49 PM GMT on April 01, 2014


Wishing you a very happy April, with sun and warmth, laughter and plenty of Easter Eggs!
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3. clearlakemike
3:50 AM GMT on March 31, 2014


Beautiful series from People's Park, Barb. Reminded me of a Spring day in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

Thank you for the photo of the tropical Mainz palms! :-)

Well, I give you a view from a lazy day beach bum, lol

A billionaire visited us in his beautiful yacht.
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2. barbamz
12:38 AM GMT on March 31, 2014

Stork cam in Hoechststadt/Germany(refreshes every five seconds). Three eggs in the nest.

Here is another one in Mannheim (livestreaming).

And here are even many, many more, lol.
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1. clearlakemike
11:08 PM GMT on March 29, 2014
The farmer selling eggs (and giving advices for a healthy living from his own experience) is always accompanied by cock "Moritz" who is very alive and a celebrity of the market.

lol...I laughed at the photo, too.

Very nice, Barb.

btw, everybody cleaned up nicely after Carnival!! :-)
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