Today we had a birthday to celebrate. And it was hard work ;) Especially because we decided to walk there, and back again.
giant sequoia schloss heiligenberg, jugenheim
It was a great walk with beautiful weather. We walked by one of Hessens tallest trees, the Giant Sequoia near Schloss Heiligenberg. Planted there over a century ago, it has grown a lot, but noone exactly knows how high it is these days.
The view on Schloss Heiligenberg when one takes the road to Hotel Brandhof. Two more Giant Sequoia’s standing next to it, but none as high as the one near the pond.
But we, of course, take a different track. It’s the one that’s in between the road to the north side and the south side track around Heiligenberg.
Make sure you’ve got good shoes – It’s very wet despite being at the south side.
The trees are still very empty, so around the end of February.
And the trees near the path are holding on for dear life, giving so much shelter to the little creatures of the forest.
Still, patches of green are visible: Moss is growing wherever it can.
Sun is setting, this won’t be visible anymore though in a few months time. It will be all green.
Bold trees wherever you look, until you’re in a patch of needle wood.
One patch of needle wood, turning everything green but also dark as it doesn’t let any sun through.
Somehow we managed to get lost, that didn’t let the views on the trees down however. Sun really low here, just above the hills, turning everything warm with an orange glow.
The moment you leave the ordinary track and get lost, nature shows it’s wild beauty.
Little ecosystems everywhere
Or maybe just the buffet leftovers from a squirrel?
The last sunlight and the different types of moss turns everything into a miniature beautiful Japanese garden.
Finally we got the track back – after going offroad for a while
Looking back, the sun’s last bits of gold were sprayed on top of the hills.
And our destination for the evening was in sight.
A warm welcome and a taste of what’s going to expect us.
A salad of baby spinach surrounded by an absolutely fantastic cooked St. Jacobs shell
Also the cream soup with a touch of mustard had a St. Jacobs shell delicacy as the center.
And then the creme-de-la-creme of the evening: The entrecote was previously shown ‘as is’, and after a while showed up again, cooked, and prepared (cut) at our table. Only in France I’ve seen food being shown to our table, before it was prepared. Here, in Germany it’ rare. And, for me, it’s a sign of care and even honor when a chef de la cuisine does so.
The .. well. let’s say 1200 grams of Entrecote are sliced – we almost had a fight who gets what. But at the end, we were all so much full, full of yummy tastes, it didn’t matter much anymore. It was a delicacy for all. And with the suggested wines, it was a feast as well. Just as if an angel peed on your tongue.
The end result: Entrecote with oyster mushrooms. I didn’t even eat what was served around it – potatoes, sauce. This delicacy is *over* the top at the Gasthaus Landgraf. Expensive, yes, not for vegans or vegetarians either. But if you’ve got something to celebrate, this is the place to go to!
Just one video, something I found last week and I never knew it existed. It’s Tina Turner chanting a buddhist mantra called Nam Myoho Rengo Kyo.
I never would have thought her raw voice sounds so well with it.
Get ‘Beyond’ Featuring Tina Turner Chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo here:
Out from the first ‘Beyond’ cd, Tina Turner chanting the buddhist mantra Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.
Original text with English signification:
Myoho renge kyo — The wonderful Law of the Lotus Sutra
Ho ben pon dai ni: Skillful Ways
Ni Ji Se Son — There the World Honored One
Ju San Mai — Quietly came up
An Jo Ni Ki — From his samadhi
Go Shari Hotsu — And said to Shariputra:
Sho Bu’ Chi E — The wisdom of the Buddhas
Jin Jin Mu Ryo — Is profound and cannot be measured
Go Chi E Mon — Its gate is hard to understand
Nange Nan Nyu — And difficult to enter.
Is Sai Sho Mon — No Shravaka-Disciple
Hyaku Shi Butsu — Or Self-taught buddha
Sho Fu No Chi — Can understand it.
Sho I Sha Ga — Why is that? (because!)
Butsu Zo Shin Gon —the [present] Buddhas attended on many
Hyaku Sen Man Noku — hundreds of thousands of billions
Mu Shu Sho Butsu — Of [past] Buddhas,
Jin Gyo Sho Butsu — And practiced the many teachings
Mu Ryo Do Ho — Of those Buddhas bravely and energetically
Yu Myo Sho Jin — To their far-flung fame till they attained
Myo Sho Fu Mon — The profound Law
Jo Ju Jin Jin — Which you’ve never heard before,
Mi Zo U Ho — And also because they are exposing
Zui Gi Sho Setsu — The Law according to the capacities
I Shu Nan Ge — Of all living beings a way that the intention is hard to understand
Shari Hotsu — Shariputra!
Go Ju Jo Butsu I Rai — Since I became Buddha, I also
Shu Ju In Nen — Have been stating various teachings
Shu Ju Hi Yu — With different stories of previous lives,
Ko En Gon Kuyo — Various parables, and various similes.
Mu Shu Ho Ben — I have been leading all living beings
In Do Shu Jo — With countless expedients
Ryo Ri Sho Jaku — In order to save them from materialism,
Sho I Sha Ga — Because I have the power
Nyo Rai Ho Ben — To employ skills,
Chi Ken Hara Mitsu — And the power to perform
Kai I Gu Soku — The Paramita (reached goal of wisdom) of insight
Shari Hotsu — Shariputra!
Nyo Rai Chi Ken —The insight of the Tathagatas
Ko Dai Jin Non — Is wide and deep.
Mu Ryo Mu Ge — They have all the [states of mind
Riki Mu Sho I — Towards] countless [living beings],
Zen Jo Ge Da’s’ San Mai — unchecked [intelligence], powers,
Jin Nyu Mu Sai — Fearlessness, dhyana-concentrations,
Jo Ju Is Sai — Liberations and samadhis. They entered
Mi Zo U Ho — Deep into no limits, and attained the Law which you’ve never heard before
Shari Hotsu — Shariputra!
Nyo Rai Nyo Shu Ju Fun Betsu —The Tathagatas divide the Law
Gyo Ses Sho Ho — Into various teachings, and state
Gon Ji Nyu Nan — Those teachings so gently and skillfully
Ek Ka Shu Shin — That living being are delighted.
Shari Hotsu — Shariputra!
Shu Yo Gon Shi — In short, the Buddhas attained
Mu Ryo Mu Hen — The countless teachings
Mi Zo U Ho — Which you’ve never heard before
Bus Shitsu Jo Ju — No more
Shi — Will I say
Shari Hotsu — Shariputra
Fu Shu Bu Setsu — Because the Law
Sho I Sha Ga — attained by the Buddhas
Bus Sho Jo Ju — Is the highest Truth.
Dai Ichi Ke U — Rare [to hear] and hard
Nan Ge Shi Ho —To understand.
Yui Butsu Yo Butsu — Only the Buddhas attained
Nai No Ku Jin — The highest Truth, that is
Sho Ho Jis So — The Reality of All Things
Sho I Sho Ho — In regards to:
Nyo Ze So — Their appearances (form? shape? size? ) as such,
Nyo Ze Sho — Thier natures (essence) as such,
Nyo Ze Tai — Their embodiments (present incarnation) as such,
Nyo Ze Riki — Their powers (potentiality also possibilities) as such,
Nyo Ze Sa — Their activities (function or role) as such,
Nyo Ze In — Their primary causes (obvious cause) as such,
Nyo Ze En — Their environmental causes (process) as such,
Nyo Ze Ka — Their effects (latent or hidden effect) as such,
Nyo Ze Ho — Their requital (final outcome or return) as such,
Nyo Ze Hon Ma’ Ku Kyo To — And the combination of these [factors] as such (over and over again)
Today was another day filled with snow and sunlight. We’ve had a week and a half of frost over the nights and in the last few days, the temperature doesn’t go above 0 degrees anymore during daylight. Which means that the snow that fell last weekend is still there :)
So we took off in the Quattro to enjoy the Odenwald. Evading the usual busy areas like Kuralpe and Neunkirchen, we set off to Meßbach.
Thanks to Waze we were redirected into some very “interesting” streets where even our Quattro Panzer couldn’t get through. But soon, we found our way.
We took the road on the sunny side of the valley, which had high hills on the east and south side.
What was very interesting to see: The snow had grown overnight due to the nightly moisture.
It was amazing to see the difference between the different areas.
Parts had sunlight but were still frozen. They were probably high and cold enough to stay snowy.
Then there were parts where the angle towards the slowly rising sun was just right and the snow had melted.
And the ever-shady sides were covered by ‘eternal’ snow.
Loads of animal tracks over this field, zigzagging away.
Despite being almost black and white, there are some colours in between, depending on the angle it has towards the (warm!) sun. But for the rest, the surface defines what the snow looks like.
In a few cases the snow was almost good enough for sledging, but as it varied so much, we didn’t take one with us this time.
Some fields seemed ready to sledge, but when we walked uphill, the snow was very soft and fluffy, which means we would end up having to pull the sledge downhill.
Some of the contrasts with the warm sun, the black, empty trees and the white fields were just stunning
On our way back we run “into” this lovely cow, indicating that there’s a raw milk ‘gas-station’ here. There are quite a few “Milchtankstellen” here in the Odenwald and around and the raw milk you can get there for very reasonable prices tastes very nice. That is, if your stomach can handle it. It’s very fat but sweet and it has a very distinguishable taste. You love it or you’ll hate it.
Further on our way back we saw Schloss Lichtenberg in all it’s glory. That I had to drive cross country to return to the main street I won’t mention here.
The road back via Neutsch & the Hützelstraße towards Ober-Beerbach – these windmills are even visible from Gernsheim and have become a distinctive landmark – day and night. At least it’s a sustainable way of gathering energy.
Something we did get today as well – solar powered!
Despite multiple snowstorms being promised by weather prediction apps like wetter.com, it seemed only kachelmannwetter was right: No snow. Just a little bit.
And so we went up in the Odenwald yesterday evening when it finally started to snow, only to see what was up there. And it looked prosperous.
So today we went up for a little walk a bit deeper into the Odenwald. The 2 places where people use to go to for sledging (Kuralpe & Neunkirchner Höhe) were already overwhelmed by families and trafficjams were building up in the morning according to Waze & Google Maps.
So we walked uphill and were overwhelmed by the brightness, the white of the snow, blue of the skies and the sunlight that made it so vivid.
The hills that were sunlit quickly turned green again
Opposite of our valley, the Neunkirchner Höhe was visible in the bright sunlight. Reflecting car windows as they were fighting over parking places. We were glad we didn’t go there this time.
One of the few creatures we saw, next to 4+1 roe deer was this couple of horses. They were quite frightened of our bright orange Unox hats, and once they’d collected enough energy a simple “woooo” was enough to spook them while they were still tenths of metres away. Once we walked up by the corner of their meadow, they were eager and nicely said ‘hello’ – and so did we. Very interesting to see, one older and one younger horse, walking so much in sync.
With the sun coming from the other direction it was a beautiful reflection of the shiny ice crystals in the snow.
Up higher the traces of the field underneath the snow were visible, creating unseen symmetry in a snow white field.
I wasn’t sure if the blue skies, grey/brown-green/white fields were better in colour or in black-and-white. So I took both.
After having been home for a while, in the grey, depressing fog, there was nothing better than to tank sunlight++
Even better when we saw the 5th roe deer crossing the fields. It didn’t go much further until people walked by.
Then some nasty clouds were threatening to come closer, and the sun got even more brighter.
We traced some more animal tracks, do you know which ones you see here?
Not much lower in the valley the snow disappeared and the green reappeared in the Streuobstwiese. Many birds were feeding on the leftovers of apples and other frozen fruits in the snow
And what else but making snowballs and little snowmen in the snow? It must be in the genes..
Last but least: a great laugh: Germans with a sense of humor. Still thinking about how this could be translated into english.
Feuerwehr means Fire department, as in fire defense. But Feierwehr literally means “Defense against parties”. And also, every evening after work the Germans “celebrate” their “Feierabend” which could mean Party Evening, but only means they’re off after work.
So have your guess what they could mean with this “Feierwehr”