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Will the Spring be Spring like this year?

Posted by Mervi on March 4, 2020 at 6:35 PM

Collage by Mervi, Knut by Gudrun

Dear friends! After the non-existing Winter it's Spring time again. Let's hope that at least this season will be more 'normal' than the Winter was!

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Reply Ludmila
3:10 PM on March 8, 2020 
Ich habe nur gelesen, dass Spahn empfohlen hat die Veranstaltungen abzusagen.
I hope you will manage to see the cubs.
I never understood why the people have a problem with an hour. It is only a Sunday with 23 hours, the all next days have 24 hours, as usually :)

Let us drink on all women
Reply Chris
11:01 AM on March 8, 2020 
Alle Veranstaltungen mit mehr als 1000 Leuten sind ab sofort verboten.
Dann kann man den Liga-Betrieb jetzt einstellen. Auch bei Eishockey,
Handball, Volleyball, Basketball ist jetzt finito - what a desaster. :roll:
Mailand & Venedig haben sie ebenfalls unter Quarantaene gestellt.
Reply Mervi
10:53 AM on March 8, 2020 
Ralph - I find 'Decameron' an excellent title for the current situation. :D - Even here people are buying more food and other necessaries than usual but so far the shops haven't ran out of anything. - I'm thinking of all the brave polar bear mothers today. They really do an excellent job - especially in the wild where raising kids is a real challenge.

Chris - I wish the goose family best of luck and hope papa goose's leg will heal soon.

Happy Women's Day to all the ladies - both two and four legged! :D
Reply DAVE
10:49 AM on March 8, 2020 
Good Morning.

Happy International Women's Day.

Last night we turned to clocks forward, so this morning I was up early. Losing one hour always feels like you're being cheated. And then you have to run around the house to adjust all the clocks and timers.

It is sunny and 4C with the prediction of 11C by mid afternoon. It feels like Spring, but I'm pretty sure that Old Man Winter won't go without a fight.

Today I continue my work in the basement. There are numerous electrical issues that I want to change. They are not unsafe, just questionable when applied to the Electrical Code of Ontario. I can't believe that licenced electricians would do this type of substandard work.

I want to get out for a long walk today to take advantage of the nice weather. There are lots of construction projects that have sprung up this winter, so I want to check them out to see what is being built.

Mervi - My mom's retirement home had two flu like outbreaks this winter. All events were cancelled and every resident ate all three meals in their rooms. Things seem to be back to normal now. Get well.

Ralph - Let's hope that your plans reach lift off.

Have a nice, relaxing Sunday.
Reply ralph
10:14 AM on March 8, 2020 
I think the Polar Bear world has some great role models for International Womens Day.
First up are the grand dames like Kati and Antonia
Then the four young bears in Emmen together with Qintana, Nuka andQillak.
The sporty Mums like Giovanna and Tonja.
This years' Muns andcubs.
In fact all the she-bears in Zoos and in the wild...
Reply Chris
9:51 AM on March 8, 2020 
MERVI - the story of the lynx indeed was very exciting...
Keepers in the wildpark could not believe their eyes. :D

I was at the river, to look at the little nilgeese.
They survived their first night bravely. I found
them eating on the meadow, well protected
of mama geese. Unfortunately the male has
a bad foot, he cannot walk normal. I hope,
the foot will heal soon ! :)

Its a pity, that so many events will be cancelled now.
The Bundesliga played normal this weekend. But I
would not be surprised, if the games next weekend
will be cancelled too. :roll:

By the way, we have the international womens day.
Reply ralph
9:10 AM on March 8, 2020 
Just come back from an Antique fair. I met my Polar Bear sellers and also bought some toys. We have a new coffee shop so I was able to have breakfast in comfort and read the papers
Afterwards I looked in my local TESCO supermarket. All the expensive toilet paper had gone but curiously their own brand which is the cheapest and fine by me was still there. Go figure?
The first case has been recorded in Oxford. It made me remember one of those TV thrillers a while back on German TV called Die Pest about a modern plague in Cologne. It used the old Decameron story as its basis. As we have a PM called Cameron who landed us in a mess and then fled I am calling the current state Decameron.
Preparations for my travel continue rather like an Apollo moonshot. I will continue the countdown until something makes me abort. The same applies to the trip.
I use the Apollo theme because I had thought last year's amazing trips might be the last. Then came all the new cubs and of course Kati still there.
The trouble is that I only have a narrow window to see the new cubs small. Train travel in Europe is cheaper than UK so I can afford 1stClass which is less crowded.
Sadly the same is not true in UK so I am postponing the tripI had planned to see Raspi inYWP till April/May. However with so many great photographers living locally...
I will look in later.
Reply Mervi
7:56 AM on March 8, 2020 
Good morning! Guten Morgen!

Dave - I was looking forward to a real 'sports festival' during the Summer but now we don't know what will happen. Cancelling the Euro 20 (soccer) and/or the Olympic Games would be really sensational - to put it mildly.

Chris - The story of the lynx is really amazing. I hope he will have a good life in the wild where he hopefully stays now. - Fantastic article of the Antarktis! Hopefully these scenes won't vanish ....

Britta-Gudrun - This cold is really stubborn but the worst should be over now. However, it has made me very tired.

Ludmila - Thank you for another 'picture book' from Hawaii!

The Easter daffodils are blooming. They are, of course, beautiful but I would have prefered to see tham later! - In KWM there are some news from Hellabrunn signed by our friend Anita.

I wish everybody a cosy Sunday!
Reply Chris
5:56 AM on March 8, 2020 
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Reply Britta-Gudrun
4:42 AM on March 8, 2020 
Guten Morgen und einen schoenen Sonntag!

Mervi, ich wuensche gute Besserung, diese Erkaeltung ist wirklich sehr hartnaeckig.
Schone dich und ja, der Anti-Panik-Drink ist wirklich vonnoeten. Dieser Hype um diesen Virus geht einem wirklich auf die Nerven.

Chris, den Nilgaensen viel Gleuck mit ihrer sehr fruehen Brut!

Annemarie, ich wuensche dir ein ruhiges letztes Wochenende in Goettingen, auch wenn es wenig wohnlich ist in der fast kahlen Wohnung.

Ich wuensche einen entspannten Sonntag, an dem ich heute wieder mein Stammtischessen habe.
Reply Chris
3:21 AM on March 8, 2020 
* :D https://tinyurl.com/wm73yhc :D *
Reply DAVE
7:38 PM on March 7, 2020 
Mervi - I will join you for the Anti-Panic drink, but it's not us who really need it.

Here is a long list of sporting events that are being cancelled or postponed.


Unfortunately todays population sucks up any and all misinformation.

Have a Good Knight.
Reply Mervi
3:39 PM on March 7, 2020 
Dear friends! My 'ordinary flu' makes me really tired so I don't write so much now. I agree with you - the media is causing unnecessary panic. Of course, all real information is OK but they're only after bold head lines. Now the women's ice hockey WC in Canada has been cancelled, too. The authorities in Oslo had forbidden spectators in Holmenkollen but there were a lot of people in the surroundings as usual. - Uncle Sergej has created an Anti-Panic drink for us. Cheers!
Reply Ludmila
3:15 PM on March 7, 2020 
I think the media produce panic. The most people have only light symptoms.

Let us drink something to calm down.
Reply Chris
2:31 PM on March 7, 2020 
The media are crazy about covid19.
I cannot hear it anymore. We have
600 cases in Germany with :roll:
82 million inhabitants - that is
NO pandemie, its only stupid.
Reply ralph
2:20 PM on March 7, 2020 
Dave Stay safe and enjoy your steak and beer.
The BBC remains a mixture of extreme and reasonable comments in its reports of corona.
It seems likely that by late March the containment phase will have failed and the corona will be widespread in all European countries.
I am glad that I have the stories about Polar Bears on my phone.
Looking forward to a drink from Uncle Sergej
Reply Chris
2:18 PM on March 7, 2020 

We had the nice weather today.
No wind, sun and pleasant tem-
peratures. So I was out the whole
day. First with the car at the Hof-
laden and the lake nearby. Then,
later, with the bike at the river -
and :) SURPRISE !!! :)
the nilgeese have youngsters!
Very early in the year, but they
are sooo cute! Very small, but
they will grow soon. :D

Now its Krimi-Time !
Uncle Sergej, I need a strong drink!
I wish everybody a pleasant evening.

DAVE - the Olympics are in 5 month.
Its totally nuts, to cancell it now. In
August nobody will speak about
covid19 anymore - thats panic. :roll:
Reply DAVE
9:56 AM on March 7, 2020 
Good Morning.

A sunny but cold morning here in Waterloo. Two weeks ago we were getting a real blast of winter for a few days. Last week we got mild temperatures and rain. Friday it got cold again and we received about 5cm of snow. Today it is -9C but the temperatures are supposed to climb to 10C by tomorrow. Crazy weather this season. I always think that winter will never end, but the signs of its demise are visible everywhere.The days are getting longer and tonight we turn the clocks ahead one hour. Even the birds seem to be singing louder and more often.

We have our first case of corona virus here in Kitchener-Waterloo. A woman who travelled from Italy to Toronto recently. She has mild symptoms and is self quarantined at home for two weeks. It is scary to think about how many people that she came in contact with during the course of her flight home and time spent at the airports. Toilet paper, cleaning products, masks and hand sanitizers are flying of the shelves in stores all over Canada. Not to mention canned food and bottled water. People are getting paranoid. I believe that the Olympics in Japan will be cancelled or postponed.

Today is the usual chores plus I want to clean up the basement. I have some items to take to the Salvation Army thrift store. Then a walk, beer and BBQ steak.

Have a great Saturday
Reply Mervi
6:25 AM on March 7, 2020 
Good morning! Guten Morgen!

Britta-Gudrun - I hope Django will take it more easy now so he won't get more injuries. This is indeed a challenging time for him. Let's hope the best!

Gudrun's report from the zoo + the Tierpark is today's offer in KWM! Now I'm off to Holmenkollen! I wish you all a pleasant Saturday!
Reply Britta-Gudrun
4:40 AM on March 7, 2020 
Guten Morgen!
Endlich mal kein Regen und so wuensche ich einen guten Start ins Wochenende.

Mervi, Django lebt in dieser Zeit einfach sehr gefaehrlich, das aengstigt mich immer sehr....