Sunday, May 29, 2011

Field Trip Fail: Vianden

First of all, I do apologize for not being around here the past two weeks. I had at least four posts in mind (I know--wow!), but unfortunate circumstances (I hate unfortunate circumstances!) kept me from posting anything at all. The Husband had a nasty virus, and then his back went out, and I have been playing nursemaid in a serious way for the past week and a half. He's getting better, but it's slow going. Very slow.

The day before he came home sick, he'd decided to take a day off, and he and I took off in his Mini Cooper for a late-morning journey to Vianden, Luxembourg, an adorable town just over half an hour from our house. We had no purpose in mind for this visit (his third and my fifth, I think)--just a walk through town, some photo ops, good views of the famous reconstructed castle (not pictured--ahem), and some lunch.

It was a beautiful day, sunny but not too hot. Perfect short-sleeves weather, really. And as you might ascertain from what I've said so far, the town is pretty darned photogenic.

So I know what you're thinking as you read this. "Is that all? Where are the rest of the photos--the GOOD ones?" I hear you asking. Normally I do a bit better than this, right? 

I am sorry to say that after something like five years, apparently I still cannot properly operate a Nikon D80. I expect it to take perfect, postcard-worthy pics every time, but occasionally, it fails me (or more likely, I fail it). Either way, almost every photo I took that day was quite literally a wash-out. I thought I'd be sneaky and post some photos I took in the town last August, but alas, I can't find them anywhere (lame).

Evidently sometimes this is the best a gal photographer-poseur can do:

I know--sad. And hey--I'll be back with another Fail story soon; I've got plenty of 'em!

**In other (non-fail) news, the editors at Circle of Moms kindly nominated Fairytale Hausfrau for inclusion in their upcoming list of the 25 Best Expat Mom Blogs. I appreciate the shout-out, lots! Now, if you like FH and would be so kind, you can hop over to the Circle of Moms link in my left sidebar at the top, then when you're there, scroll down and clicky-click on the "thumbs-up" to vote for my blog. I doubt I'll make the cut, but at least you can help keep me from looking so pitiful! And--you can vote every day until June 6, if you're so ridiculously inclined. Thanks bunches for your charity--mwah!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

April and May in the Garden

photo credits 1, 2, 8: The Girl

It's been astoundingly beautiful and sunny in the German countryside. That's why I chose to take some garden photos in full sun--to show you what it's looked like for the past month or so. It's rare to have so much sunshine here, so I've been trying to take advantage by being outside as much as possible: watering and checking on all of our plants, going for long walks, and watching lots of baseball and soccer. The lack of rain hasn't been so great for the farmers, unfortunately. We finally had a thunderstorm last night, which cut short The Boy's baseball game and made us all go running for cover. It didn't last long, but at least the fields got a welcome drink.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

French Countryside Holiday: Miscellany

out and about in Fayence, Mons, Draguinan, Antibes, Grasse...

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hovis Soft White

I'm taking a break from sharing France photos to give you a glimpse of this hilarious British advert, which I found via The Blue Hour, via 10 Engines. I love so much about this, especially how the race participants drink cuppas rather than water along the way. I got some additional laughs just thinking about how it would be if the German rapeseed farmers around these parts had a race: all participants dressed in black, wearing glasses, and grabbing Bitburger beers en route.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

French Countryside Holiday: Seillans

scenes from our medieval village home for five days in April...
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