Home Again, Home Again

Just back from an extended trip to Germany for a family get together. I took hundreds of photos, but mostly family groups and blurred shots of children on swings. Far too much to tell about a three week trip so just some impressions of our trip. We were in Schleswig-Holstein in the north. Lots of wheat fields, sometimes with poppies.

Lots of Jelly-fish, particularly in the harbours, which is something I remember from previous trips.

Less familiar were the huge numbers of Hover flies and Ladybirds. The latter due to a bumper year for aphids apparently.

The strangest sight was of seaweed washed up on the beach, red with a covering of Ladybirds. Apparently the wind had carried huge numbers out into the Baltic, but some how they survived.

Insect life in general seemed to be thriving. I’ve never seen so many Painted Ladies (although I must confess that I took this photo in the village just before we left)

We saw lots of these colourful little chaps, but I have no idea (yet) what it is.

We had a lovely time, eating and chatting with aunts, uncles, cousins and their kids. My brother and his kids were there for a few days from Zurich, and my Mum and Dad. We spent a lot of time on beaches. It’s nice to be abroad – different weather, different food (TBH is now addicted to Pork in a paprika marinade), different architecture even – brick and timber-framed buildings are common…


With huge roofs extending down to the ground floor, quite often thatched…

I highlight for me was swimming – I love swimming in the sea and our kids are of an age when even modest waves are a great excitement. We swam in a lake a few times too. It was great to see how confident A and B were in the water. It was a lake that I’ve swum in on a few occasions over the years, and the rather wonderful smell of the water was instantly familiar. Perhaps other lakes smell the same way – I wouldn’t know, it was only when I was fully immersed in the water that I was aware of it. Perhaps I should take a leaf out of Roger Deakin’s book and join the trend for ‘wild-swimming’. More anon. Perhaps.

Home Again, Home Again

8 thoughts on “Home Again, Home Again

  1. dragonmage06 says:

    Wow, those jellyfish look cool. I’ve never seen one outside of those that wash up on the beach and I try to keep my dog away from.

    I really really really like the pictures of the ladybird and the butterfly. VERY cool. I can only imagine how much fun you must have had!

  2. Welcome home Mark,
    Sounds like you had an excellent change of scene, a good time with the family, and have hit the ground running..err, swimming back at the blog with a great variety of stuff.
    I think I used to see those jellyfish with the 4 rings in warm summers in Sussex, possibly Aurelia aurita. The red beetle with black coat tails might be the soldier beetle Rhagonycha fulva.
    There were some Roger Deakin progs. on Radio 4 a while back – a great listen. Have you read his wild swimming book? I haven’t but it’s on my list..

    1. Great to see you back again Mark…beginning to think you’d gone for good.

      Fantastic looking houses…don’t see anything like that in this part of the world! Sounds like you had a good holiday hopefully you’ll tell us all a bit more?

  3. beatingthebounds says:

    Thank you all as ever.
    Rob – Waterlog is terrific, strongly recommended. I’m a bit Deakin obsessed at the moment – I’m still dipping into ‘Notes From Walnut Tree Farm’ (but trying to make it last!) and last week TBH found ‘Wildwood’ in our tiny village library and brought it home for me to read. What a treasure.

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