2016 Kawasaki KLR650 (Model KL650EGF), VIN JKAKLEE15GDA87764, B.C. licence plate W74907, Nina at head of Lane 30 for the 3:15 pm sailing to Duke Point, Vancouver Island, B.C. at BC Ferries Tsawwassen ferry terminal, Delta, B.C., Canada on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 13:39 PDT.

[2010 Nikon D3100 14.2 megapixel DX-format DSLR Nikon F-mount camera, s/n 5119118; Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G lens, s/n 2874760, with 52mm B+W UV Haze filter]

© Copyright words and photographs by Stephan Alexander Scharnberg, July 2017

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Gartow’er Weihnacht

© Copyright photograph by Frohlinde and Klaus Paasche, December 2008

My aunt and uncle (one of my father’s four sisters) e-mailed this photo with their Christmas greetings a few hours ago. They live next to my deceased grandfather’s house, in which my cousin and her family now live.

Gartow is a small town in Landkreis Lüchow-Dannenberg, Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony), Deutschland. It is a few kilometres down the road, eastward, from grandfather’s house and orchard in Höhbeck, and nearby Brünkendorf. During the Cold War and the reality of two German nations, this little rural corner bulged into the DDR (Demokratische Deutsche Republik), the communist state. It is here, another few kilometres east, where the river Elbe, coming from the North Sea and Hamburg, disappeared into the DDR at the village of Schnackenburg, famous for its storks and their nests on the thatched roofs of the local houses.

On my summer visits in the 1980s, I often cycled the country roads, paths, and dikes. Grandfather passed away about two weeks after his 100th birthday, simply not waking up one morning. His birthdate was October 18, 1896.

This photo reinforces my many fond Christmas memories.

1 comment:

karyn said...

We hope you live a long life with many good memories--like your grandfather.