Saturday, 16 February 2013

Sepia Saturday 164; Grandfather's Tobacco pipes;

The Appenzeller  tobacco pipe, called a Lindauerli is part the
Alpine  national costume, still worn today for social occasions.

The tobacco pipes  are still produced today  in the same way and style as in earlier times. Generally they are produced from wood of the pear tree  and varnished  very dark brown or black and decorated
with stylized  Edelweiss, Alpen flora and cows from silver or tin.

This one is a tobacco pipe with a swan neck!

This is also a Lindauerli, I should have pointed the head down wards, that's how it is smoked'

A folks song; Myn Vater isch en Appenzeller,
 der isst de' Chäs mitsamt'em Teller.

My father is a born  Appenzeller he eats his cheese and the plate, which means, in earlier time they served the cheese on  a thick piece of bread, so he eats the cheese and the plate!

Still a very traditional  bringing the animals  up to the Alps in early summer and also celebrating when they are returning at the end of summer.

The canton Appenzell, situated in the north-east of Switzerland, was from 1513 to 1597 one single cantons (1597 the canton was divided into the Catholic Innerrhoden and the reformed Ausserrhoden). 

A girl who can Yodel!

©Photo/text Ts

Friday, 15 February 2013

Friday, surprise...

Privileged; roses in the kitchen;

This morning it was raining and I went grocery shopping. I left at 8 am and was back at 10:30. I usually go to a smaller shopping centre not to far to drive. I quickly went to the library to pick up some books. I read now a lot from my Sony reader, but from time to time it is nice to hold a REAL book!
The books I borrowed are  BAND OF SISTERS by Gathy Gohlke;
AND WHEN SHE WAS GOOD by Laura Lippman;  I don't know about this one THE SINS OF THE MOTHER; Danielle Steel, perhaps I read it perhaps not. Anyway some blissful hours are waiting.

When I returned home I found a small parcel waiting for me;  a beautiful present;

Exquisite bangles made from Buffalo horn. Artisans in  North Vietnam make them. The colours are very beautiful and they are feather-light to wear.  

©Photos/text Ts

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Thursday; a g a i n...


Today I send a green smilebox to my friends in the cold climate to cheer them up!
I have lots to do in the garden after the rain, not only what I want grows like crazy, this means hat, gloves and boots until it gets to hot out there.

Cheers until perhaps tomorrow...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Tuesday; Yes;

What is hiding behind the blue? Never mind, every cloud has a silver lining.


Monday, 11 February 2013

Monday; green...


 Cannas make wonderful statements, with their bold, elegantly straight demeanour in the gardens.

My favourite is this one.  Its flower is quite insignificant in regard to the others. The flower is small, deep red on a tall stem, quite out of  proportion. What I like about this Canna are its leaves which are a delight and make up completely for the lack of flower power. 

©Photo/text Ts