Archive for the 'Deutsch' Category

Welcome home, Patou!

Sunday, December 17th, 2017

Saturday, we drove to Kittrel, NC, to pick up Patou. Here she is, this morning on her first day of training. She was born October 26 to a pure-bred Great Pyrenees dad and a mom who is half Great Pyr and half Akbash.  She was one of five pups for sale and with her slightly […]


Sunday, November 19th, 2017

Gestern habe ich wieder Quark gemacht! Hier in den Staaten is es fast unmöglich im Supermarkt quark zu finden. Zum Glück ist es aber super-einfach Quark selber zu kultivieren. Einfach Milch warm machen (30 Grad Celsius), Starterkultur hineinmischen und dann nach 24 Stunden mit einem Käsetuch die Molke abtropfen lassen. Fertig. Man kann ein paar […]

Foraged mushroom lunch

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Last week we discovered mushrooms growing on a pile of horse manure out back. Laura identified the mushrooms as Coprinus comatus, or Shaggy Inky Caps, which are actually quite delicious, but have to be eaten immediately after harvested. So this morning I went out there and picked a bunch of mushrooms and fried them up […]


Sunday, January 1st, 2017

(Auf Deutsch hier)  Most of 2016 unfolded more or less quietly for us with some new beginnings, changed expectations and gradual growth and adjustments. Laura settled into a new job, Julia’s journey took some unforeseen twists and turns, Jacob is just growth all around :-) and I experimented a bit with changing my diet and […]

Farm Projects

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Last week, I finished the expansion and remodel of the hay storage shed. I rebuilt the floor and doubled the storage area, so we can now store two 900-pound hay bales. I can use a come-along to ratchet up the floor on the right side, so the second bale flips into place when the front […]

Ich bin ein Berliner

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Stay strong, Berlin. Stay crazy.

Vergesst Zonen-Gaby nicht!

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Let’s dance! Tanzen erlaubt!

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

In Germany, on certain holidays, public dancing is banned. The State of Baden-Württemberg has one of the strictest anti-dancing laws: no dancing on Sunday from 3 -11 AM plus a long list of public, religious holidays. Now the State government has decided to loosen the rules and allow public dancing on Sundays, New Year’s day, […]

Fiery looping rain on the sun

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Fascinating video footage of our sun. On July 19, 2012, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory’s AIA instrument captured these images of an eruption on the sun’s surface over the course of 22 hours. Faszinierende Aufnahmen einer Sonneneruption vom 19. July 2012. Über 22 Stunden hat NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory’s AIA instrument diese Aufnahmen im Ultravioletbereich des […]

Autumn colors

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Our driveway on a crisp, sunny evening in November. Unsere Einfahrt an einem sonnigen Novemberabend. Julia and Cleo getting ready to ride out. Julia und Cleo bereiten sich auf einen Ausritt vor.

Quick trip to Washington

Monday, November 17th, 2014

(DEUTSCH) Last weekend was super busy and fun. Saturday, Laura and I went to a Bar Mitzvah – or rather a B’nai Mizvah (plural) for the twin boys of one of the professors I work for. We attended the service in the morning, and then returned for the party in the evening. Great fun! Sunday, […]

Encore, Encore!

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Germany wins the U20 Women’s Soccer Worldcup! Deutschland’s U20 Auswahl der Frauen hat in Kanada die Auswahl Nigeria’s knapp besiegt und damit den dritten großen internationalen Titel dieses Jahres für den deutschen Fußball ergattert! Super Leistung!    


Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Another Championship! Germany’s U19 Mannschaft is UEFA Champion! They defeated Portugal’s U19 team 1:0 today in Hungary in the final. Fortsetzung! Die deutsche U19 Nationalmannschaft ist Europameister! Die Jungs haben heute Portugal im Finale in Ungarn 1:0 geschlagen. Ganz tolle Leistung!

The Worldcup in Numbers

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Here are some new records and interesting numbers from Germany’s 2014 Worldcup appearance Germany now has won FOUR Association Football (Soccer) World championships: 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014 This ties them with Italy and is one less than Brazil. Germany now has had the most Final appearances (8), most top-three spots (12) and most consecutive […]

Winter or Spring?!

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

(DEUTSCH) And yet another ice storm in March! Yesterday morning everything was coated in ice, yet again, even the poor little daffodils. After it had rained all Monday, temperatures dipped just below freezing Tuesday morning, while it was still raining. It was not as bad as the ice storm on March 4th, but schools closed, […]

Weather rollercoaster

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

(DEUTSCH)    This winter has been a bit of a rollercoaster here in Central North Carolina, with temperatures in the 50s and 60s one day and then well below freezing the next. Earlier this week was a good example: On Sunday, we hit 71°F (21°C) and for the next 40 hours temperatures went straight down. At […]

Emus in the snow

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Emus don’t like the snow. A few cold nights are no problem for them. They keep warm by huddling in a sheltered spot, tucking their feet under their plumage. But when snow is on the ground and it’s hard for them to find a dry spot where they can sit to stay warm, they just […]


Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

This morning we had the coldest temperatures in over a decade: 8°F (-13°C) and that only 26 hours after a high of 59°F (+15°C). The data below are from our weather stations at the house. At RDU, the low was 9, which breaks the record cold temperatures from 1988 for the day. Of course our […]

Wiedervereinigung 1990

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit!

Urlaub in den Bergen

Friday, July 26th, 2013

(English) Letzten Samstag packten wir unser Gepäck, Futter für die Pferde und Jacob’s Kayak in den Pferdeanhänger, luden die Fahrräder auf das Fahrradgestell und die Pferde auf den Anhänger und dampften ab in die Berge für eine Woche. Wir fuhren cirka 150 Meilen/240 KM nach Virginia in die Nördlichen Blue Ridge Mountains am New River. […]