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Friday, 30 April 2004
Maximiliansau

Kogelberg Restaurant

Last night we went back to the Kogelberg restaurant in Maximiliansau. Ash and I went for “extra sharf”, Ant ordered “normal” and the others had something in between. As Miriam pointed out their spice gradings are not logical: normal, mittel-sharf, sharf and extra-sharf, when you would expect something along the lines of: plain, mild, medium, hot. After the meal we went to the Italian place next door for coffees and the like.  One Euro fifty for a good quality cappacino cannot really be matched anywhere else around here. 

It turns out that one of the waitresses in Kogelberg is South African, and comes from Tableview outside Cape Town. Her Afrikaans is almost as Posted by bigblue on 30/04/2004 at 12:28 AM
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Tuesday, 27 April 2004
la ros&#233e

la rosee

I got back to Haguenau at 1 am this morning, unpacked and crashed. It was a good clear drive except for one stretch that lasted about half an hour. There was an innundation of trucks who were all trying to overtake each other.

The weather here is clear and sunny, but with a lovely freshness to the air. Unfortunately the same can’t be said about the office: I have moved (since last week) to the edge of the office close to the long open window where the sun streams in and it becomes stultifying. The above photo shows some dewdrops on a tulip in Mme Wolff’s garden.

Posted by bigblue on 27/04/2004 at 10:25 PM
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Monday, 26 April 2004
laissez vos vitres

Eurotunnel

I have just driven onto the train to go back through the tunnel to France (see photo above). We have a few minutes before the train departs. Hopefully we will be going forwards through the tunnel this time � on the way to the UK we went backwards, and it made me a bit sick.

When I get to the other side, I have about a 5 hour drive to get to Haguenau. It will be longer if I stop for considerable periods.

Posted by bigblue on 26/04/2004 at 08:25 PM
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Sunday, 25 April 2004
la tombe de Delius

Grave of Fritz Albert Theodor Delius

This afternoon, after a shopping excursion with Pinkie, we stopped at St Peter’s graveyard in Limpsfield. There are a few “famous” people buried there, including the composer Frederick Delius (1862 - 1934) who is buried with his wife Jelka (née Rosen (1868 - 1935) who was a painter.  Delius originally had the full name of Fritz Albert Theodor Delius.  From 1897 until his death, he and his wife lived near Fontainebleau in France and it amazes me that they are both buried in Limpsfield which is 510 km from Delius’ place of death (via today’s motorways).

You can read a short bio about Delius (and his wife) at Posted by bigblue on 25/04/2004 at 08:36 PM
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la tulipe

tulip

I got up late this morning, ate and then went out for a walk with Tessa, Jim, Brenda, Holly, Gogo and Popple in Posted by bigblue on 25/04/2004 at 01:21 AM
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Friday, 23 April 2004
entre chien et loup

dusk

This is the sunset, as seen from the motorway between Reims and Calais.

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la pousse de colza

Oil Seed Rape

I’m on the road to Calais. This is the kind of scene you can see at the side of the road. I’m outside Reims. I find it beautiful, but I’m not sure why: there’s nothing inherently attractive about extreme monoculture.

Posted by bigblue on 23/04/2004 at 09:21 PM
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une piste cyclable

cycle path

Yesterday after work I went in-line skating with (the out-liner) Franz.  It was my first time this year, although I had thought of doing it ever since the clocks changed, and was invited to go with some guys from work last week.  The piste was more busy than I remember it to be last year - normally it is very quiet. It must be due to the blissful weather.  The above photo is of the piste (somewhere between Betchdorf and Surbourg), but is a photo that I took last year or the year before (in June).

Next week I might go skating before work in the mornings. It is energising, and moreover I don’t have many more opportunities to skate on the pistes around here.  I am thinking of posting a map with directions on finding the skating pistes. I’m not sure if I would be breaking the copyright of one of these mapping websites though.

Tomorrow I am going to drive to the UK. I’ll stuff my car with the spare computer, books, etc. and leave work early. I’ll return on Monday evening with an empty car. I’ll leave my bicycle here as I am hoping to use it over the next few weeks.

Posted by bigblue on 23/04/2004 at 01:15 AM
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