Something About Trains

Little boys love trains. It was fun going to experience the model trains through Charlie’s eyes.

“There are five miniature trains running on 280 feet of track.”

Monday morning, Laura and Charlie and I went to the Columbus Main Library downtown to see the Huntington Holiday Train Display.

The train display is a tradition since 1992 built by Paul Busse. He created all the buildings with moss, seeds, pine cones, bark and natural plant materials

The setting is Bavaria in Germany, buildings patterned after Rothenburg and Bernkastel- the Frauenkirche Cathedral is one in Dresden- Columbus Sister City. You might recognize Mad Ludwig’s castle.

in the Children’s Library there is a wonderful aquarium.

http://www.columbuslibrary.org/come-see-huntington-holiday-train-main-library

Glass Bead Artist in Berlin

C70943ED-8D41-4723-A0C6-627DC2F2E2C4You met Dagmar Bruckner and her husband Gunnar yesterday at  Kiez Eis blogpost.

Here she is in her gallery/store, just around the corner from the ice cream store.

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Dagmar’s first career was Occupational Therapist but about fifteen years ago while living in Brooklyn, she learned how to make glass beads.

She demonstrated the making of a glass bead. The colored glass rods are from Murano, Italy.

She lit her torch and melted the end of the rod to the consistency of honey, turning it all the time onto a metal tool.

 

Sometimes she uses a mold to form the bead but most of the time she creates each bead by hand without the mold, so they don’t lose the handcrafted touch.

 

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Tiny pieces of the Berlin Wall inside a single glass bead

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Once a month dbeads conceptstore hosts concerts. 9A411027-2EEB-4E56-95E6-B359948DF6A9

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Her graphic artist made these bumper stickers with this saying! She gave me a couple to bring home.

658B16B8-8A3B-432D-9AE5-F94D388CEFDCThanks Dagmar for being part of the People at Work Series. She suggested a new project for my next visit to Berlin- Artists at Work!

Preparing CHRISTMAS Trees in Berlin

A definite “shelf-life”. Ben H. of WordPress Created this photo challenge.

Temporary. Christmas decorations qualify for the word of the week.

And on top of the Gluhwein Stand-

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Classic QUICK Lunch in BERLIN

Currywurst and pomme frites.

Bratwurst with mustard on brochen

Beer.

Standing outside on the corner across from  KaDeWe.

or very own mini October Fest. Oh that’s right, it’s November. 

83A25A7C-6DC7-4DA0-AAEB-8C4374B4BABFBeen total veg for more than two weeks. A single bratwurst in the final week of Berlin visit. Cheers!

ST. MARTIN’S DAY in Schoenberg-Berlin

 

St. Martin’s Day

at 5:00 PM -St. Matthias Church in Schoenberg neighborhood, Berlin. ( Sunset was at 4:20)

I saw the announcement on Sunday

The church bells rang out for more than 5 minutes.

First there was a little play telling the story of St. Martin and singing hymns about St. Martin.

517C8677-94AA-478C-9F78-076D68270E94THE congregation filled with children went outside to follow St.Martin riding on the horse. A companion horse trotted behind. The children carried paper lanterns, some with candles but many with tiny LED or flashlight or tealights inside.  More singing and walking in the procession to Winterfeld Platz.

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7C0E11C3-C26D-4E7E-A332-C69FC7EFCE3BThe polizei kept watch at the end of the closed street.

 

 

 

The polizei closed the street and kept watch.