Saturday, May 19, 2007

another loooong weekend

Hot on the heels of Mother's Day last Sunday, Germany celebrated Father's Day on Thursday. Because Thursday was also Christi Himmelfahrt - Ascension Day, everyone, father or not, had the day off. The kids also had Friday off making it yet another four-day weekend for them, the lucky ducks.

Mr. M, also known as "Papa" around these parts got treated to one of his favourite breakfasts: waffles and bacon. And he deserved it. I can't imagine a better father for our boys and they adore him.

Quick! Get the maple syrup!

The rest of the day was spent puttering around in the garden. This gorgeous butterfly kept us company for several hours, sunning itself on the stone steps and taking little sips of nectar from the flowers.

Not everyone enjoyed such a peaceful day off, however, since Father's Day in Germany usually has a dark side as well. While some families walked together in the woods and many of the Christian faith attended church services, a group of 60 youths met at a local hiking area and after getting falling-down drunk proceeded to punch each others lights out and do some severe damage with baseball bats. The police were very, very busy, not only in our area but in other German cities as well. I find it really unfortunate that many public holidays in Germany are seen as an opportunity to drink oneself into oblivion. That can't be right, can it? Everything in moderation, I say.

As you can see, I've been a bit too moderate in my blogging lately. Health issues have been getting me down and leaving me a little drained but I'm on top of things and should be up and running again quite soon.



At May 19, 2007 5:38 p.m., Blogger V-Grrrl said...

Belgian holidays always catch me off guard and I'm never sure quite what to DO with them. My good old American instinct is always to go out to eat and do some shopping or run errands, forgetting of course that in Belgium everything will be CLOSED. Which is probably why walking in the park is so popular with families. And drinking to oblivion appeals to the youth.

Don't these kids know where they belong? At the mall. At the arcade. At the movies. At the place with the climbing walls and bumper cars. That's the American Way! ; )

At May 19, 2007 6:32 p.m., Blogger Ms Mac said...

It's nice that you acknowledge Mr M so. Although I must say, I've never really understood this North American trend of making bacon sweet, I'm sure he enjoyed his bacon with Maple Syrup!

Look after yourself there, Mausi. Take some Vitamin C. Vitamin C always helps. Or red wine. I know it's one of the two.

At May 19, 2007 9:50 p.m., Anonymous Maribeth said...

Sorry to hear you are not up to par. Take care and get well soon!

At May 20, 2007 1:58 a.m., Blogger Thimbleanna said...

Mmmm. Those waffles do look good! Hope you're feeling better VERY soon!

At May 20, 2007 3:16 a.m., Blogger Lynda said...

Oh dear - we didn't realise that last Thursday was Father's Day!!! - the FIL was not acknowledged at all! - And he is so cute - he did an Volkshochschule English course many years ago (when he realised the Australian chick was around to stay and what's more the offspring were taking after mama!) He came home one night and annouced "You are my Daughter-Of-Love!!" - well this was a real turn for the books from my normally quite reserved FIL - to which I replied:
"I love it that you call me DOL, but it might be more appropriate to call me your Daughter-In-Law!"

But to hell with that - he now always calls me his Daughter-of-Love when ever he phones - and I love it!

Hope you feel better soon - I was missing your posts.

At May 20, 2007 11:07 a.m., Anonymous Lisa said...

Very sorry to hear you're feeling under the weather. :( I sympathize totally. Hope you're feeling better very soon.

A question for my favorite cook while I'm here... those beautiful waffles... did you make those from scratch or can you buy them here?

At May 20, 2007 3:12 p.m., Blogger Alison said...

Sorry to hear you're not feeling well Christina :( Hopefully you'll be back on your toes soon!

At May 20, 2007 5:30 p.m., Blogger Hillside Garden said...

Na? Ich hoffe, du fühlst dich bald besser?

Und - wir trinken nicht an jedem Feiertag, ich sowieso nicht, und alles was ich nicht ausstehen kann, sind betrunkene Horden am Vatertag. Schrecklich!


At May 20, 2007 9:19 p.m., Blogger christina said...

v-grrl - After living here for so long I've gotten used to the holidays and the big shopping rush beforehand but an open mall or two (very few malls here anyway) WOULD be a nice change.

ms mac - Yes, he's a good man so I feed him well. :-) I'm not really sure what the N. American obsession with bacon/sausages and maple syrup is but I guess we all just grew up on it and love it. I'll be taking vitamin C and drinking wine on alternate days to see which one works better!

maribeth - Thank you! You take care too!

thimbleanna - Just got a new waffle iron and had to try it out. The waffles were great.

Lynda - It's always the same day as Ascension Day here. In Canada it's not until the middle of June so there can be some confusion sometimes. My husband's aunt moved to Canada in the 50's and always sent her German father a card in June instead of in May and he could never figure it out!

Lisa - Thanks! Same old, same old, you know how it is. I should be doing better in a couple of months.

I did make the waffles myself, but you can buy them in supermarkets in the packaged cake section. I've seen them at our Plus market.

Alison - Thanks - I can still type, so that's something. :-)

hillside garden - Nein, nein, wir auch nicht, aber für einige dreht's sich alles wirklich leider nur ums Bier. Vielleicht wohnen wir nur im falschen Gegend. :-) Im nachbar Dorf gab es letztes Jahr bei Tanz in den Mai so viel Alkoholmisbrauch, daß die Feier für dieses Jahr abgesagt wurde. Sehr schade finde ich.

At May 21, 2007 12:22 a.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

That looks so yummy..

And the holiday, does everyone in Europe celebrate it?

I truly miss all of those extra holidays but at least we both have a long weekend this time..

I really hope you are back up to par and going!

We all love your posts and your stories!!!!! :)

Greetings from pouring vancouver!

At May 21, 2007 12:59 a.m., Blogger Nabeel said...

a great capture of the butterfly .. and well looks like you are doing the right thing to get better, i.e. a walk in the garden and taking nature pictures :)

At May 21, 2007 1:46 a.m., Blogger hexe said...

Hope you are feeling better soon. Take care of yourself and I look forward to your future posts.

At May 21, 2007 8:35 a.m., Blogger J said...

Does Mr M like maple syrup, or is that the Canadian in you coming out? Glad to hear he's such a great dad!

I disagree that 'many' German holidays are excuses for Germans to drink themselves into oblivion, I'd say 'most'.

I know what you mean about health problems - I'm still battling with hay fever and more often than not it seems to win.

At May 21, 2007 11:54 a.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

First of all, Christina, I'm always sorry when I hear you haven't been up to par. I hope you beat this beast!

I love your stories, too, and always love your posts, as you know. I hated to read about the "disturbance." UGH. Some people just don't get it until it's too late!

BTW, I left a reply for you on my post today. I really DO want to find a date when you can come visit us here in A'dam for the weekend (or during the week, whichever works best for you!).

At May 21, 2007 3:36 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Expat - Many, but not all European countries make Ascension Day a holiday, but I think Germany is the only one that celebrates Father's Day on the same day. Yeah, Germany seems to have tons of long weekends, especially in May.

Hope you get some sun soon!

nabeel - I'm hoping to get some better photos when the butterfly comes back. And yes, the garden is very healing.

hexe - Thank you! I've still got lots of blogging left in me yet.

J - He loves maple syrup. I don't know if we've brain washed him over the years or if he was just born with the right genes. :-)
Hope your allergies aren't bugging you too much!

Ginnie - Aww, thank you, my friend. I'm working on feeling better and will mail you soon.

At May 21, 2007 3:57 p.m., Blogger swenglishexpat said...

Father's Day, who would have known? We had to work. My son in Sweden does not know when it is Father's Day in the UK or Germany, and he never phones on the Swedish Father's Day since I am in Germany.I feel deprived! I thought I would be entitled to three F Days. I am sure Mr M's special breakfast was well earned. Good on him!

At May 23, 2007 10:35 p.m., Blogger Haddock said...

Nice piccy of the Red Admiral butterfly. Hope your feeling a bit better now. Take care :)


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