03 September 2008


Summer's going on

... and we're alive, though not posting.
Summer was beautiful until now, quite calm.
Jakob celebrated his 4th birthday, with a little garden party (but I forgot to take pictures).

We spent some time at the Lake Constance,

and at my sister's place, a dairy farm in South Germany.

Jakob and Klara.

Luise and Jakob, driving by coach.

More modern: Thomas' a new scooter - which Jakob likes to sit on , but not to drive, until now (yes, there are child seats for scooters!)

Garden harvesting went on:
But we spent less time there, because of the seasonal explosion of harvest mites (very tiny insects living in the grass, a real plague: if you touch the grass or other plants, they crawl on you,
and then
"inject digestive enzymes into the skin that break down skin cells. They do
not actually bite, but instead form a hole in the skin and chew up tiny parts of
the inner skin, thus causing severe irritation and swelling. The severe itching
is accompanied by red pimple-like bumps and skin rash . For humans,
itching usually occurs after the larvae detach from the skin." (Wikipedia)
And it's a really strong itching, and they are everywhere!
These days, it rains a lot, we hope they will be washed away altogether ...

So, instead of being in the garden, we hang around in restaurants,

and at summer parties,
(this one was the big annual "museum's party" along the river Main, with us, 2.999.997 people were there).
There was music and food and theatre and sports and, yes, also modern art .
And now, there are only ten days left until our three weeks trip to Japan.

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