Swapping Homes Anybody?

NOW THAT WE'VE WALKED THE WALK, WE CAN GIVE YOU THE STRAIGHT TALK ON HOME SWAPPING. (Season 6)

Downtown the world famous spa resort of Baden-Baden

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

We feel quite at home here in spite of the weather

Another day of bad weather --at least no Floridian steam room-- brought the arrival of my son for a precious few days.The evening rewarded us with some sunshine and milder temperatures as well as a great sunset. We made good use of it by going on a walk around and thru the fields as I did many a time before with all my visitors.In the past 3 weeks, the blackberries and plums ripened and I eat as I go along. Like my daughter, my son headed straight for the young cows (yearlings) and ponies. Rephrasing the old family saying: You can take a boy out of a farm but you can't take a farm out of a boy. 
The other two pictures show modern German apartment architecture here in town and that Germans bring their bags when they go shopping. And not just the measly little Publix bags that I took years promoting until I saw a number of people actually bring them. No, real baskets.I had mentioned this before on my Irish blog.http://www.inandoutofireland.blogspot.com/ When we first arrived on Irish soil, I was the only one who even had or brought a basket to the shop. The shop owner looked condescendingly at me,"Why bother? We have plastic bags now". She shook her head about the incredible German government that charged their citizens a small amount for plastic bags since the 80s. She added"That wouldn't go down well in this country". It took until the year 2001/2 until European laws leveled the playing fields for European consumers.By then I had moved away from the farm and never met shop-keeper Deirdre again. Curious to know what she would have to say for herself....





1 comment:

  1. Great to hear your updates, Siggy. We bring our bags shopping too in California, but I think many of the states are lacking this mentality.

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