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22 Aug

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Here in front is our Camphor Laurel tree before it was cut down.

The Camphor Laurel tree before it was cut down.

The Camphor Laurel tree had to be cut down. (Its stump can be seen in the first picture.)  After the tree lopping team arrived, they first cut down our umbrella tree, then they started working on our palm tree and last of all was then the camphor laurel tree taken care off.

In a few days they’ll come back to cut out the three stumps.

We feel we suffered a big loss for we loved those trees. We enjoyed them over many years. But unfortunately they had to go. They did grow much too big for our small backyard, and they were too close to the fence and to our house.  There just was not enough room for them. They’re also classified as ‘noxious’. Their roots spread everywhere. From the spikes in the palm tree one could get poison into one’s skin causing nasty skin infections.

Man cutting the palm tree's trunk.

Man cutting the palm tree’s trunk.

Our backyard looks pretty bare at the moment. But we're going to plant soon something new and hopefully a bit more suitable for this small area.

Our backyard looks pretty bare at the moment. But we’re soon going to plant  something new and hopefully something a bit more suitable for this small area.

 

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Tuesday, 23rd of August

Peter took yesterday some pictures of our backyard and just sent them to me. Here they are:

 

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1st of August 2016

1 Aug

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Last month Lucas turned four. His birthday was celebrated in the Yacht Club at Lake Illawarra. From the club one has a good view across the lake.

 

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The family birthday party was on a Sunday, the day before the actual birthday. Matthew, Peter and I had earlier on that Sunday picked up Caroline from Sydney Airport where Caroline had been flying in from Darwin via Adelaide.

Here is Ebony with her two sons Lucas and Alexander. Caroline and Natasha are looking on.

Here is Ebony with her two sons Lucas and Alexander. Caroline and Natasha are looking on.

Caroline with little Alexander

Caroline with little Alexander

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Ryan and Krystal, Lucas in the front

 

Monika and Roxy

Monika and Roxy

 

This is the food that Peter chose as his lunch.

This is the food that Peter chose as his lunch.

 

I very much liked the rice and some of the very good tasting vegetables

I very much liked the rice and some of the very good tasting vegetables

 

Peter with the birthday boy

Peter with the birthday boy

 

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Alexander and Lucas in the club's playground

Alexander and Lucas in the club’s playground

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Playstation

The Playstation

 

They like the Playstation

They like the Playstation

 

A Playground for the very young ones

A Playground for the very young ones

 

Fun Play Area

Fun Play Area

 

Beautifully designed Play Areas

Beautifully designed Play Areas

 

I loved to walk around and take pictures.

I loved to walk around and take pictures.

 

Natasha was keeping an eye on her little nephews.

Natasha was keeping an eye on her little nephews.

 

Alexander is about to try out a bit of climbing.

Alexander is about to try out a bit of climbing.

Alexander watches his brother climbing.

Alexander watches his brother climbing.

 

Children having Fun!

Children having Fun!

 

Another View to the Lake from the Playground Area

Another View to the Lake from the Playground Area

 

Ebony and Natasha are about to take the children back to the table for the cutting of the Birthday Cake!

Ebony and Natasha are about to take the children back to the table for the cutting of the Birthday Cake!

 

Lucas has to come out now.

Lucas has to come out now.

 

Lucas loves his Cake.

Lucas loves his Cake.

 

Lucas with Nina and Troy

Lucas with Nina and Troy

 

Peter and Matthew can be seen in the background.

Peter and Matthew can be seen in the background.

 

Looking for something?

Looking for something?

 

Who is it under the table?

Who was under the table?

 

All of us have had a good time.

All of us have had a good time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONIKA’S PICTURES FROM BERLIN, END OF JUNE 2016

27 Jul
The World Clock (Weltuhr) am Alexander Platz

The World Clock (Weltuhr) am Alexander Platz

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Arriving at Platz der Luftbrucke

Arriving at Platz der Luftbrucke

This is where Peter grew up as a child

This is where Peter grew up as a child

Lucas stands where Peter may have stood more than 70 years ago.

Lucas stands where Peter may have stood more than 70 years ago.

The family meets cousin Corinna.

The family meets cousin Corinna.

In a park in Kreuzberg

In a park in Kreuzberg

Peter gives Alexander a swing in that Kreuzberg park.

Peter gives Lucas a swing in that Kreuzberg park.

Lucas is admiring the flowers.

Lucas is admiring the flowers.

Lucas, Peter and Uta

Lucas, Peter and Uta

Ilse with Lucas and Alexander

Ilse with Lucas and Alexander

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We are on the way to visit Ilse.

We are on the way to visit Ilse.

Kaiser Wilhelm Gedachtnis Kirche in the background

Kaiser Wilhelm Gedachtnis Kirche in the background

Ryan and Ebony with Lucas

Ryan and Ebony with Lucas

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A left over part of the Berlin Wall

A left over part of the Berlin Wall

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Ryan with Alexander touching a Berlin Bear

Ryan with Alexander touching a Berlin Bear

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Natasha with Lucas

Natasha with Lucas

Peter Uwe with Ilse on the day of the great Family Meeting

Peter Uwe with Ilse on the day of the great Family Meeting

This picture was taken at 9 in the evening on Saturday, 25th of June. The whole family had met for dinner. Some people are missing.

This picture was taken at 9 in the evening on Saturday, 25th of June. The whole family had had dinner at this restaurant in Friedenau. Some people are missing: Some had not been able to come at all or had to leave early. Still it is a nice large group.

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Peter’s Iphone Pictures from our recent Berlin Visit

27 Jul
Haxenhaus in Tegel (Northern Suburb of Berlin)

Haxenhaus in Tegel (Northern Suburb of Berlin)

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Matthew, Caroline and Martin

Matthew, Caroline and Martin

Inside of Haxenhaus

Inside of Haxenhaus

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House in Tegel

A House in  Friedenau

Caroline in Klaudia's apartment

Caroline in Klaudia’s apartment

Klaudia and Caroline

Klaudia and Caroline

Martin in Klaudia's apartment

Martin in Klaudia’s apartment

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Sakorn, Matthew, Caroline and Daniel in Alt-Spandau (Western Suburb of Berlin)

It had been Daniel’s birthday and he invited all his family for lunch in Alt-Tegel.

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Some more pictures of that family lunch I’ll publish in another blog.

We had tickets for the Komische Oper in Berlin.

We had tickets for the Komische Oper in Berlin. We saw a modern production of the “Magic Flute”

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This sign we saw outside a charity shop in Rubensstrasse.

This sign we saw outside a charity shop in Rubensstrasse.

We went with Martin to U-Bahnhof Rathaus Schoneberg.

We went with Martin to U-Bahnhof Rathaus Schoneberg.

Quite a collection close to where  we came out of the underground station.

Quite a collection close to where we came out of the underground station.

View down Innsbrucker Strasse towards Inssbrucker Platz.

View down Innsbrucker Strasse towards  Bayerischer Platz.

 

It was a rainy day. None the less we walked passed the duck pond through the Stadpark towards our destination: Die Pusteblume Cafe!

This duck pond is close to where I used to live as a child.

This duck pond is close to where I used to live as a child.

Another U-Bahnhof (Underground Station)

Another U-Bahnhof (Underground Station)

An interurban train (S-Bahn) arriving at Sudkreuz Station

An interurban train (S-Bahn) arriving at Sudkreuz Station

The next three pictures show some of the food we had at a restaurant in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern:

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Red cabbage, rouladen (meat-rolls) and dumplings

Red cabbage, rouladen (meat-rolls) and dumplings

In the midst of the Sony Centre (Potsdamer Platz, Berlin Centre)

In the midst of the Sony Centre (Potsdamer Platz, Berlin Centre)

 A birch-tree  near the Sony Centre


A birch-tree near the Sony Centre

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Potsdamer Platz underground station

Potsdamer Platz underground station

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They showed here the State of Origin Game from Australia.

They showed here the State of Origin Game from Australia.

This was a great meeting place for Australians who happened to be in Berlin at the time!

Our daughter Monika had arrived in Berlin with her children and two grandchildren.

Our daughter Monika had arrived in Berlin with her children and two grandchildren.

Natasha pushing her two nephews along. Mum Ebony looks on.

Natasha pushing her two nephews along. Mum Ebony looks on.

Kids having fun

Kids having fun

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Peter took the above pictures near the Brandenburg gate where the kids were entertained with chasing soap bubbles.

This is our great-grandson Lucas.

This is our great-grandson Lucas.

This is along the avenue "Unter den Linden"

One of the statues on the Schlossbrucke symbolizing peace. All along the way we saw some building sites.

Here again Natasha with the kids and the kids' parents, Ryan and Ebony, looking on.

Here again Natasha with the kids and the kids’ parents, Ryan and Ebony, looking on.

This is also "Unter den Linden"

This is die Neue Wache which is “Unter den Linden” a famous avenue.

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A mother holding her dead son, a sculpture by Kathe Kollwitz inside of the “Neue Wache”

 

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Martin enjoys Berlin

Martin enjoys Berlin

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Our family in a Mexican restaurant in Berlin-Kreuzberg

Our family in a Mexican restaurant in Berlin-Kreuzberg

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Nadine, Monika and Troy have come for a visit to our apartment on one of our last evenings there.

Nadine, Monika and Troy have come for a visit to our apartment on one of our last evenings there.

And here are some more of Peter’s Iphone pictures from the first week of our stay in Berlin:

Caroline and Matthew

Caroline and Matthew

My brother  Peter Uwe and Astrid

My brother Peter Uwe and Astrid

Our first Sunday in Berlin

26 Jul

Above is the video that was taken in the Volkspark am Weinberg.

We had arrived on Saturday, the 4th of June. Ilse’s sons had come to Tegel-Airport to pick us up and drive us with all our luggage to our apartment in Rubensstrasse. It was so good to have the two cars waiting for us. Klaudia as well as Ilse and Finn had also come along and we took off on the Autobahn that took us from the airport to our apartment in just a few minutes! Once we were settled in our apartment, we were given huge amounts of food, especially Ilse and Finn had brought a lot of food along. So all of us stayed together for quite a while, talking about lots of things and having a nice meal.

Strangely enough we did not feel too tired to go out to the Brandenburg Gate after our Berlin family had left us. So it was the five of us from Australia, namely Martin, Caroline, Matthew, Peter and me, exploring Berlin on our own on our first day in Berlin after we had only just arrived on our very long trip all the way from Australia.

The following morning we went out for breakfast. Die “Wolke” was just around the corner. They were doing pretty good business on a Sunday morning. We noticed a constant stream of customers. So we had a good breakfast sitting down in the Wolke Cafe.

PETER LOVED THIS BUN

PETER LOVED THIS BUN

Steak tartare is a meat dish made from finely chopped or minced rawbeef.

 

This what I had

This is what I had

Streusel-Schnecke is what we liked too.

Streusel-Schnecke is what we liked too.

I did not take pictures of all the food, but here is some more of the food that was on offer.

I did not take pictures of all the food, but here is some more of the food that was on offer.

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I seem not to have taken any pictures from that afternoon we spent near Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) and where we had gone to by public transport.
But on Sunday the five of us did – also by public transport –  go to Alexander Platz and from there on the U-Bahn to Rosenthaler Platz to meet my niece Corinna and her son Carlos for lunch.

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Am Alexander Platz

Martin, Caroline, Peter and Matthew

Martin, Caroline, Peter and Matthew

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The above picture I still took at Alexander Platz. After Alexander Platz we took off to ROSENTHALER PLATZ.

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Peter with my niece Corinna and her son Carlos

Peter with my niece Corinna and her son Carlos

I with Caroline, Matthew and Corinna

I with Caroline, Matthew and Corinna

This lunch is to my liking

This lunch was to my liking

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After lnch we went to this place.

After lunch we went to this place.

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When we left this interesting place we were heading for the park where – as Corinna promised – there would be some dancing on display together with great swing music from the 1940s. Carlos had made his good-buys in the meantime. (After all, it is only a certain amount of time a fifteen year old is willing to spend with the ‘oldies’!)

Corinna had been right, there was some dancing going on here.

Corinna had been right, there was some dancing going on here.

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Peter and I found the music quite electrifying. It reminded us of old times and the swing music that we used to like. During the 1950s, when we would often go dancing, swing was still quite popular.On that Sunday afternoon in the park inspired by the music  Peter and I actually tried a little bit of dancing of our own. To our amusement, somebody videoed us while we were doing this! (See video at the beginning of page) We found this absolutely hilarious. Later on we watched for quite some time the dancing of the very young people. They seemed quite familiar with this type of dance music and danced very well indeed. A lot of these young people had dressed up in the 1940s style. There was even one young guy who had dressed in something that reminded us of the post WWII period when the young Americans of our occupation forces looked in their  uniforms a bit like this guy did. Quite amazing!

I took a picture of our little group before we were sitting down for some drinks.

I took a picture of our little group before we were sitting down for some drinks.

It was a balmy early summer afternoon. We enjoyed our drinks, listening to the music and watching the young people dancing. The place is called “Volkspark am Weinberg”.

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Rubensstrasse, Berlin-Friedenau

24 Jul

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Martin, Peter and Caroline on the way to our apartment in Rubensstrasse

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Martin, Caroline and Matthew walk ahead to our apartment.

This is a visitor in our apartment.

We have a visitor!

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Locally grown fruit that we could buy at ALDI's

Locally grown fruit that we could buy at ALDI’s

It was about 1 km to walk to the ALDI shop.

It was about 1 km to walk to the ALDI shop.

A few steps away from the ALDI shop is the entrance to S-Bahnhof Friedenau. We used the S-Bahn (city-train) frequently. Martin often went to do some shopping at ALDI’s for us. He did not take very long to go there and back. I probably needed at least twice as much time to walk there for I walk so much slower than Martin.

We had also an EDEKA  store very close by to where we lived. Martin would quite often do some shopping there as well. The following pictures I took close to Rubensstrasse.

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We always bought a good selection of bread.

We always bought a good selection of bread.

We were one floor above ground-level and had this view into a courtyard from our living-room window.

We were one floor above ground-level and had this view into a courtyard from our living-room window.

During the day often would come trucks and/or workers into the courtyard.

During the day quite often trucks and/or workers would come into the courtyard.

 

 

Peter and Martin

Peter and Martin

This is the window with a view to the courtyard.

This is the window with a view to the courtyard.

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Berlin in 26 Days from the 4th to the 30th of June 2016

22 Jul

This Berlin visit was a true family event for  Peter and me. I would like to tell about the 26 days in Berlin in three different parts. First there were 8 days with Martin, Caroline and Matthew, then 9 days spent just with Martin and the last 9 days in Berlin we saw a lot of Monika and her family who came  to visit Berlin from the 21st to the 30th of June.

When we arrived in Berlin on Saturday, the 4th of June, we were five adults from Australia, and we were renting a three bedroom apartment in Rubensstrasse, Berlin-Friedenau. Our rented apartment was just great, very spacious and well equipped.

The other family group from Australia had booked an apartment in Prenzlauer Berg which is a bit North-East from the centre of Berlin, whereas Friedenau is South of Berlin’s centre. Monika’s group stayed in Berlin for 9 days after already having visited London, Paris and Zuerich. On Thursday, the 30th of June, they travelled back to London to stay there for another four nights and then to fly back to Sydney, Australia.

Thursday, the 9th of June was my brother Bodo’s 78th birthday. Peter, Martin, Matthew and Caroline went on that day to Kreuzberg (Cross-Mountain). Peter wanted to show them the place where he had grown up. My brother Peter Uwe came to go with me to visit Bodo.

Bodo is being looked after in a home for the Aged.

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We walked along here to get to the home where Bodo lives.

 

 

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This place, a Memorial for the Berlin Wall, is not far from where Bodo lives.

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Peter Uwe and Bodo

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Uta and Bodo

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Mum with Bodo, Uta and Peter Uwe in 1948

 

Below a few pictures I took one morning in our apartment. Matthew is in the background, Martin is on the left, and Caroline and Peter on the right.

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