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©junebug on February 2, 2008

You also have a beautiful fern in your gallery, Ian! Cheers, Anne

Ian Stehbens on February 4, 2008

Anne,

It rained today, and looks like doing it all day tomorrow which is good for my newly transplanted ferns. The rain is good for me too!

Ian

©junebug on February 4, 2008

The rain is good for your newly transplanted ferns. Keep forgetting that it is summer in Australia and probably hot, so no wonder you are happy about the rain! Overhere, it also rained today, and since it had been below zero yesterday, the rain froze and the streets were very slippery because of the ice. They said on the radio that there were many accidents and there were no buses until 10 in the morning! I'm looking forward to the spring...! Greetings, Anne

Ian Stehbens on February 4, 2008

When I was in Europe the first time, I had to travel everyday to speak in a 'morning school' and 'an afternoon school', so I had to take my campervan out in every weather. And as it was my home and my means of fulfilling my only responsibility, if some accident were to happen, I was in deep trouble. Being new to such conditions I was always quite nervous, not knowing just when I could legitimately say, I cannot come. As a novice one can't always read the clues that an experienced local can. It was a bit scary at times. Especially during conditions that you describe for your yesterday. I recall very well that we had conditions like that when I was in Tyne & Wear, UK and there were small slopes that I not only couldn't drive on, but couldn't walk on either, and some of them were the access roads into the school. Hope the weather quickly moves on to warmer conditions for you. Our yesterday was our coldest day since Christmas Day. In Sydney we had a maximum of 20C on Dec 25, and yesterday with light rain falling all day the max was 22C.

Sincere regards,

Ian

©junebug on February 4, 2008

Your first time in Europe must have been quite an adventure, and I can imagine quite well how scaring it must have been for you when the roads were frozen, especially with your campervan which was your home at the same time! Coming from Australia you had never experienced these weather conditions before...no wonder you became nervous at times! It also scares me when the streets and sidewalks are covered with ice, because there are many hills where I live and you have to walk very cautiously if you don't want to fall and break your bones...It's raining again and I hope it won't freeze. Greetings, Anne

Ian Stehbens on February 5, 2008

Dear Anne,

I am sure that you will appreciate that there were many times in such conditions that our (in-)experiences enabled us to enjoy some real laughs at our own expense, usually after the event. Then there were the times we just knew the locals were doubling up in laughter too.

Then there were the moments of the unexpected: Like the time we arrived in Colmar, brightly dressed thinking we might find a church to attend, but it was just after the Pope's sudden death only a few days after he was consecrated. (We weren't listening to radios nor buying German or French newspapers.) Everyone was dressed in mourning black! Do you remember that day in 1978?

Ian

©junebug on February 5, 2008

Hello Ian, I know what you mean! When you visit foreign countries for the first time, you are, of course, not familiar with their habits and customs which can create funny situations. Yes, I remember the year 1978. It was the "Three Popes Year", because Pope Paul VI died in August. He was followed by John Paul I who died six weeks later and then came John Paul II. But I don't remember that people were dressed in black! Colmar must be a very catholic town! Well, that's almost 30 years ago now. Looking back I find it hard to believe time has passed so quickly! Greetings, Anne

Ian Stehbens on February 5, 2008

Dear Anne,

Time does pass so so quickly.

I think Annick Restle has just been to Colmar! Our visit there was on Sunday Oct 1, 1978. I understand that Pope John Paul I died on Thursday 28th September. Margaret saw a German newspaper on the Friday or Saturday, and came back to the van with "I think the new Pope has died!" Then when we arrived in Colmar, we were surprised to see the town in mourning, as windows in all the shops were shuttered and people were walking towards the church, all in black. Then we put 2 and 2 together and thought we were out of place, so quietly honoured the town with one photograph (one that has been published) and left to explore more countryside.

Ian

©junebug on February 6, 2008

Hello Ian! At that time, I lived in Düsseldorf, quite a big city on the Rhine. I wouldn't have noticed the Pope's death if I hadn't heard it in the news! Greetings, Anne

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