Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Greetings From Germany

Communication from home in Sydney tells me that the temperatures have been quite warm. Here in Germany it is a very different story, it is around 2 degrees, let's say here that in our deepest winter downunder it is rare that we would have those kind of temperatures, but I have to say I am enjoying the experience.I rug up in a very cosy jacket as does everyone here and just get on with it. All of the buildings, houses and hotels have heating which is very comfortable, not too hot and I found out today that the warehouse of our company is also heated, not sure I should mention this to my colleagues in Sydney.

Well I arrived here yesterday morning (Sunday),after checking in to the hotel, decided it was better to go for a walk and try and join the timezone. (It would have been quite simple to just crawl into bed and catch some sleep).

There was really nothing open ( I am in country Germany near a place called Kirchlengen)however I came across a little Florist that was open for Advent. Next weekend is the official opening of the Christmas markets but I think some of the shops are gearing up for this season and selling their decorations and ornaments.
I have taken a few pictures in this little Florist shop, they are not brilliant , there were a lot of people in there as they were offering punch and coffee and some Gingerbread, also the light was not brilliant but you will get the idea.
This was the entrance it was this window display that attracted me to stop, I love the pots with the topiary, in the middle is a make believe snowball one with an elf atop and the other with a small Santa.

I would love to bring one of these trees back to Oz but they are real and that would be a no no, notice the squirrel made from tree bark in the background.

another little display just inside the entrance

candles with greenery set among them, and a close up of the Topiary

these candle sticks were interesting, using old pages on the stick itself and once again greenery and nuts to set the candle amongst.

just another area , jars of pinecones,I really love the use of live greenery and one can never have too many candles.

How cute are these little pots with the toadstools, a little red corner.

These little pots with miniture Spruce trees were out on the street

more candles and baubles

The use of tree lights helped make the atmosphere

I think this white wreath was one of the few items that didn't have some living plant attached to it but I don't have room in my bag.

During my walk I noticed a lot of these serious wood storage sheds. Gearing up for a very cold winter I guess

and an amble up one or two streets to check out the house styles

a little stream flanked with bare trees surely gives the feel of winter

This I found amazing, at the front door of this very nice hotel which is my home for the next week, not the fact that it was a designated smokers area but the fact that a heater was provided. Looks like it was well used

and finally this sign. This sign was at Frankfurt airport as I was about to get on my connection to Hannover.
Those of you that read this blog wouuld know this year I have been working on a project using this software. Don't get me wrong I love SAP but this project has seen our Australian subsidary move to our parent company platform and it has not been what I would call a good move. I have used SAP for the last 11 years and we had it working perfectly for our business in Australia. Germany have vastly different ways and ideas that have not been so successful for Australia so I coudn't resist this picture which I promptly sent to my boss. I shan't print his reply.
Well I have had what I would call a brilliant day to day and tomorrow is the start of my two conference for a new version of SAP for next year so I now need my beauty sleep so until next time take care, have fun and most importantly
Happy sewing

ps I have just used the spell check and every word has been flagged, I guess it thinks this should be German lol lol so sorry in advance for any errors but I am tired and need sleep


Catherine said...

Love everything you showed from that little shop!! It looks like a very nice, quaint little town!

Miriam said...

Thank you for sharing all those photographs from Germany. I love the scenery. It looks like a lovely town, even if it is very cold. Good luck with learning the new version of SAP. (DH has worked with SAP for many years too)

broderie said...

after reading your email jean, i came over to linen and raspberry to see all the goodies! trust you to find such a gorgeous shop within moments of arriving, i think they must have known you were coming! the town appears to be very pretty and a nice spot to spend a week, even though it is work ! happy days !

Nedra said...

How wonderful to see some of Germany, the country of my ancestors on both my mother and father's side.

Cardygirl said...

Thanks for sharing your trip...looks like a great shop!

sie tut es auch said...

Hi Jean,
nice to see you nearby ;o)
Wish you a great time!

Mannick...91 said...

A chance to be in Germany right now - even if it is cold, 6 ° we - to see the beautiful store windows with Christmas decorations. Thank you for all the photos.
Good memories for you when you find the weather in Australia, especially if you have never experienced these winter temperatures.

Chookyblue...... said...

thanks for sharing............would love to see more.......

Nyla said...

Lovely town, shop and post! Hope your work time there goes well. Thanks for taking the time to share after having just arrived.

Bookchick said...

Love it sis, looks fabbo. ARe you going to the Christmas markets?

Daniëlle said...

Love to the the pics of our "neighbours" hihi! Love the shop you went to, specially the hearts in the little red corner! Your clamshells look so lovely!! Have lots of succes at the conf. XXXD

Mannick...91 said...

Information for "Düring my walk I Noticed a lot of serious contention wood storage sheds. Gearing up for a very cold winter I guess"
These houses must have wood boilers for heating.
It's snowing on the east of France, maybe you will get them!

Septembre said...

oh how lucky you are to be in Germany at this time (i was living there last year for one year) it is lovely at the Xmas time but yes a little bit too cold...enjoy, love your beautiful blog!!!!

Taryn said...

Great pictures all around. I would love to have that big glass jar that is full of Christmas balls and fill it with quilts. One can dream.