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Dizzy drinks table 2019

Small drinks table. Don’t stare at it too hard or it makes you dizzy, whatever you’ve been drinking.

29 September Travel






260 km 3h 5 m von Kabishof nach München


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20 September – Lazy day in St. Peter







Breakfast on the balcony.

Little constitutional walk around the village.


Shopping for some local goodies in Pizak.

19 September – Teis






Teis is at the end of our valley, Villnößtal.

This small chapel is bizarrely surrounded by concrete trenches built during the 1st world war, with a bunker underneath.

The tiny chapel shows Mary with the 7 swords symbolising her 7 sorrows.

Our pocket sword comes in handy to harvest some nice parasol mushrooms and cut off the woody bits.

They shrink amazingly when cooked.

Gerhild used her stick to carry the bag full of mushrooms. Stock und Hut, steht ihr gut …

18 September – Zanser Alm




St. Peter‘s while we had breakfast on the balcony today

Off to Zanser Alm today with a huge car park, but plenty of space for the visitors.

For Baron von Münchhausen fans there‘s even a cannonball to swing on.


The Geisler range

Time for a rest.

17 September – 3 churches, Peter, Valentin & Jakob




Time follows its own rules in South Tyrol. This was when we started our walk today as shown on St. Peter‘s clocktower.

This plain little church in St. Valentin was started in 1090. (webpage)

So this toothy chap might be getting on for 1000 years old.

In 1945 Brazilian bombers just missed the church and the farmer‘s house next door, so the survivors expressed their thanks by setting up two (hopefully) empty bombshells in front of a small shrine.

And here‘s the third church, in St. Jakob.

16 September – The Panorama walk





Twins recently joined the family, a boy and a girl.

Today we walked the „Panorama“ path. I wonder why they called it that?

A bit steep for Gerhild‘s first day.

Farm gate politics. That‘s a snake at the left.

When the sun goes down, the moon takes its turn.

15 September Travel

See everything on one long page here, or choose a day.

St. Peter, dem Hauptort des Villnösstal






260 km 3h 5 m von München nach Kabishof

Agriturismo Kabishof

Villnöß Brillenschaf Video

The view from the east balcony.

The view from the south balcony. Gerhild just hanging out.

Caputh Kunst 2019

Tony Cragg Skulpturenpark

Rüdesheim Sunday


Rüdesheim Samstag


Location- the old Asbach Uralt distillery.






Article for Automata Magazine – Street Automata

Street Automata in France

“La Voyage à Nantes” is a regular summer event designed to promote the currently not very well known city of Nantes, which in 2019 took place from 6th July to 1st Sept. It is very simply organised around a long green line painted on the floor which leads visitors through the streets, passing both temporary and permanent artworks, including the amazing giant elephant which David Soulsby described in the January 2019 edition of the Automata magazine.

The green line also leads you through the rue du Maréchal Joffre. This small, trendy French street includes a baker, hairdresser, bookshop, burger joint, which is no surprise, but if you look up a little you will find that things are on the move. Over the hairdresser’s shop, there is a barber with that curious critical pose which is so typical of his trade, all the while his scissors snipping incessantly. In the base with its transparent cover, a giant comb moves back and forth. Over the vintage clothes shop a woman keeps trying on the same red and white spotted dress, the gearwheels of indecision spinning beneath her feet. All along the street there are a good dozen of these creations, which can be seen during the annual event held in France’s 6th largest city, Nantes which is near to the Atlantic coast and the Bay of Biscay.

The automata were designed by Nantes-based English artist & illustrator Gavin Pryke. He is quoted as saying “I like the idea of making an interactive work that appeals to children and their grandparents alike.” Implementation of the full size automata started in December 2014 with a team of 8 people involved in their production and installation. Installed above shops and restaurants they are quite large so that they can be easily seen and enjoyed from across the street. The bases are reminiscent of the bases of table top automata where turning a handle visibly puts cogs and levers in motion. In rue du Maréchal Joffre the real mechanisms are concealed and the bases have a transparent front revealing mechanisms which are part of the show but do not actually make things move. It’s a hard life as an outdoor automaton, so they are only installed for the duration of the Voyage à Nantes event during July and August. At night the wooden performers are allowed to rest, to get ready for their next action-packed day. After the event they are taken down and moved indoors for some tender loving care to make them fit and ready for the next year.

There is a short film of the street’s automata in action here

Download images of the automata from here

Nantes Sunday 21 July off home

12:45 Fly back to Schönefeld
Nantes Atlantique Airport, 44346 Bouguenais

Nantes 20 July la nuit Bretonne




Last trip to the Jardin des Plantes. Found some funny text about the pots in the garden

…on our way to  LA NUIT BRETONNE – CONCERTS ET FEST-NOZ in the chateau

Starting with an Irish band, the Four Winds

Ending up with traditional Breton dancing on a huge wooden dance floor.


Nantes 19 July Jules Verne walk




We walked to the Jules Verne museum today.

Cup of tea anyone?

To encourage people to read at the library, provide some comfy outdoor seating

and wheel the books out to the readers! Believe it or not, Gerhild is reading, in German, about the “Vegetable Orchestra” found in the book truck.

Writer’s block in stone

How to liven up the marking for the pedestrian part of the path next to the Loire.

Great carved trees in the Quai des Plantes.

Old school skateboarder without a battery.


Nantes 18 July LU biscuit factory


Today we went to the old LU biscuit factory to see a Richard Mosse exhibition. Funny to travel all the way to Nantes to see a huge infrared picture of Berlin’s old Tempelhof airport.

The video “Incoming” was very impressive.

Then we prepared a picnic, split a nice bottle of French red into  two plastic water bottles and found a good spot behind the cathedral for the free concert.

Tables for your picnic, lamps hung from the trees, two great bands and a mild Nantes evening.

Nantes 17 July Saint-Nazaire

We took a boat to Saint-Nazaire today and on the way –

Not a planning disaster but a work of art…

Erwin Wurm having fun

Exclusive place to live.

Mum, please mum, can I take it home!

Nice additions to these buildings, if some head scratching is called for.

Never seen a lock with a bomb-proof roof before

What to do with a useless submarine base

Japanese style garden of the stars with a boys’ and a girls’ tower.

Kim and his keep-kool hat.

Nantes 16 July la vie est belle




It took us a while to discover that this shop sign is of a “Gouty Rat” which was the eccentric name of a shop familiar to the young Jules Verne.

21:30 Choeur Mikrokosmos in front of Museum d‘histoire naturelle. Sat on comfy shop step until we got bored and drifted off to find this nice little rhyme, loosely translated if rhyme-free as “life is beautiful, just like you”.

Which was also used in “les enfants de paradis”… Go on, try out your French comprehension!

Nantes 15 July Galerie des Machines




What’s that?

A nicely planted street pissoir – only in France.

On the “Arty” walk. Nantes waiters are so friendly!

What is Gerhild doing in that basket in the galerie des machines?

Waiting for takeoff with Heron airlines.

You’ve never seen a hummingbird like this.

A wooden goose.

Testing the plants for the Heron Tree.

On our happy way home.

Nantes 14 July Erdre walk



Today we went for a pretty walk along the river Erdre, accompanied by Sunday joggers, a few bicycles and people looking for a picnic spot.

Creative use of bits of tree to make a nice picnic area.

One way to paint your boat.

There’s a message in this somewhere.

Kim likes this skeleton tag which we have seen on a few pieces of black street furniture.

Where the path is blocked by posh gardens they built a nice boardwalk.

Nantes 13 July Trentemoult




Strolled along the green line today, after buying a baguette for lunch.

The park opposite is reflected in this pierced facade.

Nice signs for the butcher‘s shop

Cheeky fellow stepping on Gerhild‘s head.

Bookshop sign!

In the evening we took the ferry to Trentemoult.

Where there are some great paintings lurking behind the ivy.

Not to mention this large clock with no hands.

As it got dark, the rings on the île de Nantes lit up (les Anneaux -Daniel Buren)

Which looked good from the ferry on the way home.