Monthly Archives: July 2011

tower rise

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Shortly after sunrise we had a tower rise in the village today. The refurbished top of the chapel tower was delivered on Andi’s folklift, and then lifted back on top. The clock is to follow shortly.

shopping in the village

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The kids insist we should go shopping in the village once in a while, and their favourite place to spend money is the very ancient chewing gum dispenser on the road halfway down the hill. We spend about one Euro, have a break on the bench which never seems to be used, and go home again.

three o’clock routine

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If one of the women in the village turns 70, 75, 80 , … the rest joins up to collect money for a present and flowers, and meet at 3pm on the day to visit the birthday girl for cofee and cake. I could spot more than 200 euors in the present, and they reassured me that they always manage to get this amount easily.

Erna is in hospital

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To do with hot weather and low blood pressure. The many raspberries in her garden are more than ripe, and it seems such a waste not to pick them. There is surprisingly a lot of fruit in and around that doesn’t get picked and processed. The picking is always the fun part, and the sticky juicing and jaming and freezing and drying always takes much longer than planned. But there is so many rasperies that it’s almost worth considering some schnaps making ……

canned

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After a week of asking many in the village if they have a canning machine, or know someone with a canning machine, the very friendly publican from Goldener Stern in Rattelsdorf lets me use his. It’s about 80 years old, and they use it for potted meat. This is also the pub where they make their own cottage cheese and once in a while fresh sausages to be fried on the day – something that Frankonians seem to appreciate very highly and the pub is packed on the day. Today was quiet and he didn’t mind me canning clay.