Der Mai

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Der Mai

Im Galarock des heiteren Verschwenders,
ein Blumenzepter in der schmalen Hand,
fährt nun der Mai, der Mozart des Kalenders,
aus seiner Kutsche grüßend, über Land.

Es überblüht sich, er braucht nur zu winken.
Er winkt! Und rollt durch einen Farbenhain.
Blaumeisen flattern ihm voraus und Finken.
Und Pfauenaugen flügeln hinterdrein.

Die Apfelbäume hinterm Zaun erröten.
Die Birken machen einen grünen Knicks.
Die Drosseln spielen, auf ganz kleinen Flöten,
das Scherzo aus der Symphonie des Glücks.

Die Kutsche rollt durch atmende Pastelle.
Wir ziehn den Hut. Die Kutsche rollt vorbei.
Die Zeit versinkt in einer Fliederwelle.
O, gäb es doch ein Jahr aus lauter Mai!

Melancholie und Freude sind wohl Schwestern.
Und aus den Zweigen fällt verblühter Schnee.
Mit jedem Pulsschlag wird aus Heute Gestern.
Auch Glück kann weh tun. Auch der Mai tut weh.

Er nickt uns zu und ruft: "Ich komm ja wieder!"
Aus Himmelblau wird langsam Abendgold.
Er grüßt die Hügel, und er winkt dem Flieder.
Er lächelt. Lächelt. Und die Kutsche rollt.

Erich Kästner „Der Mai“ (1955)

... hier wundervoll vorgetragen von dem unvergleichlichen 






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On a stroll through Tønder - Denmark















Tønder, city, southwestern Jutland, Denmark, southwest of Åbenrå. Founded in the 13th century and chartered in 1243, it was a prosperous seaport in the Middle Ages until its harbour silted up. From the 17th to early 19th century it was the centre of a lace industry, which was revived after 1920. Industries include high-tech aluminum and cardboard manufacturing. Of historic interest are Christ Church (1592), with its medieval tower; many old gabled houses; and the gatehouse-museum of the 16th-century Tønderhus Castle (destroyed 1750). The main street of the nearby village of Møgeltønder, with its thatched cottages, is a national monument. The Schackenborg Castle is a royal residence. The city, within the border region of Sønderjylland (North Schleswig), passed to Germany in 1864 but was returned to Denmark by a plebiscite in 1920.

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There’s something about arriving in new cities, wandering empty streets with no destination. I will never lose the love for the arriving, but I'm born to leave.     

Charlotte Eriksson






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Little Wonders - 2

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Spring forever appears
the soothing music part
of lyrics unspoken.
It thaws the frozen fears,
mends the wounded heart
that Winter has broken.

- Aarno Davidson


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Fine Art Snails 2019 Calendar !!

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Fine Art Snails 2019 Calendar !!


My new Fine Art Snail Calendar 2019 is now available !!! Everywhere in Europe !!
Celebrate every month of the new year with one of these twelve funny and so beautifully photographed snails. Cute little moments to open your sense for the magical world of small things around us. For the 4st time in the publishing commercially available, very soon to be ordered at the following link -> Calvendo Publisher


CALVENDO has chosen this calendar for its Gold Edition.





pulse

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“My soul is full of longing
for the secret of the sea,
and the heart of the great ocean
sends a thrilling pulse through me.” 


― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow






For more beautiful skies all over the world visit: SkyWatchFriday






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Little Wonders - 1

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"I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the spring.
Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature's rebirth?"

-  Edward Giobbi



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Frohe Ostern! Happy Easter!












Frohe Ostern! Happy Easter! 

Ich hoffe, Ihr findet ein wenig Zeit zur Ruhe und zum Ausspannen mit Euren Lieben und genießt die ersten Frühlingstage und habt die Chance das Leben zu feiern und all das Gute, was es mit sich bringt. 
I hope  you have some time out for resting and relaxing with your loved ones puts a spring in your step and give you a chance to celebrate life and all its blessings. 



Sincerely yours,

isabella 


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Come gentle Spring!

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"Come, gentle Spring!  Ethereal Mildness!  Come."

-  James Thomson 




Wish you all a wonderful Spring/Autumn Sunday dearest friends!

Sincerely yours,


Isabella









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Vorfreude

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Wenn die Erinnerung die Vorfreude übertrifft … 
dann war es schön.

- Wilhelm Vogel






Im letzten Jahr haben wir im März 2017 die wundervolle Insel Sylt, eine der friesischen Insel in der Nordsee besucht und es war derart herrlich entspannend und so schön, dass wir beschlossen haben, in diesem März 2018 wieder dort hin zu reisen. Ich freue mich riesig auf das Gelb und Blau der friedlichen Tage des nächsten Wochendes.

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Last year we've visit the lovely island Sylt, North Sea in March 2017 and it was so very relaxing and beautiful that we consider to do this again in this year 2018. I'm looking forward to this yellow and blue peaceful days next weekend.














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Winter is back ...

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... so there's not really much to do - dreaming of warmer days, planning new SNAIL FINE ART CALENDARS for 2019, cuddling with the cats and painting flower, sunshine and places of yearning.

Wish you all a beautiful and cosy weekend.


Cordially yours,


Isabella 



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My North - the Convent of Wienhausen

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It's a silent time in winter, because the Convent of Wienhausen can only be visited in a guided tour.
Guided tours take place starting 1st April until October. But you can enjoy the beautiful architecture in winter and the peaceful atmosphere of the lovely village Wienhausen.




The Convent of Wienhausen was the home of major cultural and historic advances related to early religion in German society. The world’s oldest eyeglasses are also located there. The convent was founded between 1221 and 1228 by Duchess Agnes of Landsburg (who died 1248), the widow of Henry (Heinrich), Count Palatine of the Rhine, and the elder son of Henry the Lion, Duke of Saxony. Duchess Agnes had also founded the convent of Isenhagen. She probably founded the convent as a means of salvation for her sins and those of her husband. At that time the foundation of the convent received much support from Bishop Conrad 2nd of Hildesheim. According to the chronicle of the convent, it was first established in 1221 in Nienhagen, near Celle. About 1231 it was moved to Wienhausen due to mosquitoes, "poisonous worms," and bad air. Two years later it was officially confirmed by Bishop Konrad the Second. A document dated April 24, 1233 is still one of the most valuable pieces of the convent’s own archive. In 1244 Duke Otto requested the convent's incorporation into the Cistercian Order. Much debate revolves around whether Wienhausen was actually incorporated into the order. The request survives but not the answer. Most scholars agree that Wienhausen followed Cistercian customs but was likely not formally incorporated into the order. The convent was then rebuilt in the North German red brickwork style with its characteristic Gothic gables from about 1310 to 1330 by the generosity of the widow resident Princess Mechtild.





The Rule at that time was Benedictine. The convent developed strong ties with convents in both Derneburg and Medingen. The community was supported by the neighboring nobles and patrician families of Lueneberg and Braunschweig. Members of the Welf family were continual patrons of the community. The abbesses of the community stemmed predominantly from nobility so therefore, during the first 200 years of its existence, the convent reached the peak of its cultural and material wealth. The convent derived income from land holding, rents, tithes, patronage rights, and rights and possessions in the Lueneburg salt works. In total, Wienhausen had patronage rights in six churches. The nuns probably contributed to the convent’s income by producing and selling tapestries and embroidery work. There is an abundance of famous artwork in the nun’s choir which originally had 89 seats, though the population was probably lower throughout that time period. The number sank into the 20’s in the 17th century and remained that way into the 20th century. The nuns of Wienhausen did not approve of the Reformation and so had to be forced to accept it. In the process, many precious objects and buildings were taken away or destroyed. In 1587 the last catholic abbess died and finally the nunnery became a protestant convent. For years to come however the women would continue to hold secret Catholic services. Built originally c. 1330 the Nun’s choir has both wall and ceiling paintings which depict scenes from the Old and the New Testament. Also portrayed are scenes from the life and the Passion of the Christ. The images below of some of the ceiling paintings should be viewed slowly in order to fully appreciate the exquisite 14th century religious art.

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It's Springing

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"The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts 
well out of proportion to their size."


-  Gertrude S. Wister









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