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Summer time and the living should be easy ...

Posted by Mervi on June 17, 2021 at 3:40 PM





Dear friends! The Summer should be time for leisure and relaxation. Even this year we can't lead a normal Summer life but we can try to make the best of it!

Knuti's Weekly Magazine

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Reply Chris
4:00 AM on August 16, 2021 
GOOD MORNING
We have cooler and windy weather today.
I wish everybody a pleasant new week ! :)

MERVI - my feathered friends are well.
I visited them in the morning after
my shopping tour. :)
Reply Mervi
4:02 PM on August 14, 2021 
Dave - Good to meet you here again! I'm sure your mother will be delighted to meet you and your brothers. - I hope you'll find the perfect ingredients for a great BBQ!
Reply DAVE
3:24 PM on August 14, 2021 
Good Afternoon.

I hope that everyone is well.

I have spent the last 5 weekends in Muskoka. My friend and I finally completed the renovation to one of his buildings. New panelling, floor, electrical wiring and fixtures, toilet and sink and water supply line. The septic line will get connected next year. We all managed to catch some of the Olympic events, especially swimming and men's and women's track. Many of those races were exciting to watch. On Wednesday he and his family headed back to California and should be home tomorrow after a few stops along the way.

My mom has had some difficulties with her speech lately.The difference in her abilities was startling within one week. The doctor thinks that she had a small stroke that damaged the language center of her brain. An MRI and visit to a geriatric specialist has been arranged and he has prescribed some medication that should help. It could also be the beginning of some form of dementia. I'm having her and my brothers over for a visit tomorrow. We'll try to keep things as normal as possible for her.

It has been a wet, hot and humid summer this year. The last 10 days it felt like 40C. Today it is noticeably cooler at 22C but it is a pleasant day. This morning I went for a long walk through the woods. Then I answered some emails from my German cousin regarding the property sales. Both houses have now been sold so the inheritance journey is almost complete. Later today I'll walk to the grocer to get a steak and BBQ for dinner tonight. I haven't been able to BBQ in over 6 weeks.

Rumour has it that our idiot Prime Minister will call an election this fall. His polling numbers have already dropped 5 points since the story broke. No one wants an election when we are on the verge of a fourth Covid19 wave. He has 2 years left on his present mandate as minority government so Canadians are not amused at his move to try to get a majority government. I hope he suffers from the backlash and is booted out, or at least gets another minority.

My cardiac rehabilitation program has now ended. I am feeling good, but I notice that my breathing is affected by the really hot, humid weather when walking. This is new to me. I have to keep up my fitness regimen, which has faltered a little since my schedule has been all over the place during travelling to Muskoka and Manitoulin Island.

This month I begin my job search. I only want to work another 2 or so years. Then retire with maybe a part time job to keep me busy and provide beer money. :).

I wish all of you a pleasant Saturday evening.
Reply Mervi
1:38 PM on August 14, 2021 
Britta-Gudrun - I like that Knut photo very much, too.

Chris - I wish you a pleasant tour and hope you will meet many of your feathered friends.

Ralph - Have a good time with your human and feline friends!

Dumba - Sometimes KWM loads very slowly but if you try again a little later it usually works fine. I think I must delete some stuff because the site is getting 'too heavy'.

Ludmila - I'm lifting my hat for Katharina! What a challenging day she had and she made it!
Reply Ludmila
12:13 PM on August 14, 2021 
Mervi
Katharina managed the competitiin. Now we can do the other things. Tomorrow we will visit Kuopio
Dubai
Ich habe auch manchmal Probleme mit KWM
Reply ralph
12:07 PM on August 14, 2021 
Dumba I always just type Knutis Weekly into google or yahoo seach and they usually get me straight there unless Mervi is loading a new story
Reply Dumba
9:47 AM on August 14, 2021 
Sorry, DEARs and especially Mervi who is understandably so much disappointed, I cannot enter KWM anymore, not via a click under the latest Knuipe-Thread nor via my stored Link 'knutisweekly.com'

Mervi + Britta-Gudrun and who aver may feel concerned in addition:
I am really sorry I don't write anymore on a regular basis. It is not that I really don't want but that it teke me more and more time to get things done that I first have to menage the things of daily life - and after that I am normally more tired than 'Gott erlaubt' ;-)

. . .
Reply ralph
9:43 AM on August 14, 2021 
Mervi Good afternoon from Kidlington
The UK is an hour behind the Continent so my posts are
usually out of time with everyone else's.
I was out a lot last week again and will be out tomorrow.
I am staying over night till Monday with my friends.
They are soon hoping to get two new Burmese kittens
to join their three cats. They have a large garden and live in beautiful countryside.
I was in Berlin with my parents as a five year old just before the Berlin Wall went up in 1961. I still have a Berlin Zoi guide from thst year and a plastic toy Berlin bus.
Knut was a symbol of the unification of the city. Tosca came from East Germany and Lars from West Berlin.
It is over thirty years since unification. A longer time than my visit in 1961 and working there in 1987.
Life in Oxford is almost back to normal. Many people still wear masks especially on buses. But pubs and cafes are working well.
Sadly there are still no direct trains from Oxford to Doncaster.
Last September the park was still easy to walk round. Now it has doubled in size and the two Polar Bear enclosures are a long way from the entrance and each other. The other problem is that the entrance has moved to connect with the motorway.
This is great for families with cars but for me it makes the taxi journey longer and the motorway often jams up at going home time.
Flocke and her cubs have a lovely large enclosure. But it does need a binoculars or zoom lense. Also they spend a lot of time in the den like Raspi used to.
They did this in Marineland too but they
were closer to the visitors.
Luckily we have such great photos of them now.
Reply Chris
7:34 AM on August 14, 2021 
GUTEN TAG

Es ist sehr heiß heute.
Ich war mittags am Ruderverein.
Jetzt bin ich wieder im kühlen Haus.
Abends wird es eine größere Tour geben.

MERVI - es war sicher nicht förderlich, dass
die Knuipe so lange geschlossen war. Habe
etwas Geduld, die Leute kommen sicher zu-
rück. Im Herbst haben wir wieder mehr Zeit.

Ich wünsche allen ein schönes Wochenende !
Reply Britta-Gudrun
7:21 AM on August 14, 2021 
Mervi, Uncle Sergej ist wegen dieser schweren Arbeit an der Bar zu bedauern.
Mach dir ein frustfreies und gemuetliches Wochenende, so wie Knut im neuen Thread im KWM entspannt in die Welt blickt.
Reply Mervi
7:01 AM on August 14, 2021 
Britta-Gudrun - Everybody was hoping that our Knuipe would work again but now that it works it's been almost empty for several days. Uncle Sergej is disappointed because he has to drink all his 'creations' himself. :D

Well, I wish everybody a cosy Saturday anyway!
Reply Britta-Gudrun
5:47 AM on August 14, 2021 
Guten Morgen, wieder mal als early bird und das kurz vor Mittag!

Mervi, zurzeit fuehren nur wir noch die Unterhaltung in der Knuipe.
Wo seid ihr alle?

Das wird nun das letzte heiÃ??e Wochenende und das ist gut so.
Der Herbst kann uns gerne noch mit ein bisschen angenehmer Waerme verwoehnen.
Reply Mervi
1:41 PM on August 13, 2021 
Britta-Gudrun - I was about 10 years old when the wall was build. I remember my mother telling me about it. Of course, I didn't quite understand the meaning of it then .... In the year 1985 was the first time I saw the wall and the next time I visited Berlin it was gone. So much has happened during our life time.

Ludmila - I hope the weather will be fine tomorrow!
Reply Ludmila
9:46 AM on August 13, 2021 
Mervi
It will be a hard day tomorrow
Reply Britta-Gudrun
5:46 AM on August 13, 2021 
Guten Morgen!

Selbst das bisschen Hitze belastet mich im Moment sehr. Ich bin auch immer so muede.

Mervi, ja der 13. August ist ein besonders denkwuerdiger Tag fuer Deutschland mit dem Mauerbau vor 60 Jahren. Da war ich in Oesterreich im Urlaub und hatte Angst es gaebe Krieg. Und wenn man heute die Berichte von damals sieht, haben wir tatsaechlich am Rande eines 3. Weltkrieges gestanden...

Das Wochenende naht schon wieder, wo geht die Zeit nur hin?
Reply Mervi
5:21 AM on August 13, 2021 
Oh bear, it's Friday the 13th today! Well, we're not superstitious ... or are we .... :D

Ludmila - I just checked the courses for swimming, biking and running and I went out of breath by just reading. Katharina is a real IRONWOMAN!!!
Reply Mervi
4:27 AM on August 13, 2021 
Good morning! Guten Morgen!

Ralph - Sometimes I see the 'objects' better in my photos than while visiting a zoo - thanks to a good lense in my camera. :D - It's great we can follow the bachelor quarted and Flocke's trio in Sheila's and Philip's photos. Contacting them was a real jackpot for KWM!

Ludmila - I wish you, Uwe and Katharina a great day in Finland!

GERDA AND KAI had a little argument in the morning but towards afternoon they were best friends again. You can see Arkadi's photos in KWM now.

Have a pleasant Friday and a good start of the weekend - and take care!
Reply ralph
3:58 PM on August 12, 2021 
A lot to read in the Knuipe and KWM tonight. The weather
is starting to warm up here. But it is already dark by 2100 and Autumn is only two weeks away.
Ludmila and Uwe will be sure to bring us lovely photos from
Finland.
Last year I was with Flocke and her trio in their lovely.French home. In particular I could play with little Tala at the glass.
Now they have a much wider enclosure and a lake rather than a plunge pool. This is great for the cubs now they are bigger.
But you.do need a zoom.lense or binoculars to seem them as they rarely come close than thirty metres.
Fortunately many more photos appear of them in Doncaster than we had from Antibes.
Reply Mervi
2:28 PM on August 12, 2021 
Ludmila - I'm glad to hear you're having a good time in Finland - at least so far.

Britta-Gudrun - I think the memento of Bob is a good idea!
Reply Britta-Gudrun
1:06 PM on August 12, 2021 
Hallo, ihr kennt sicher die Geschichte von Bob, dem Streuner, der im voriges gestorben ist.
Jetzt wurde ihm ein Denkmal gesetzt.
https://www.bigissue.com/latest/statue-of-street-cat-bob-unveiled
-in-london-its-his-legacy/