Saturday, March 26, 2011

Spring into the Woods

The last week's weather was great, but the rain was to return this weekend. Not fair! So, to beat the rain, we went early Saturday into the woods, or really a marshland, near the Donau. Sabine works in the area, and takes her jogs through these woods - she wanted to show us the snowbells carpeting the forest floor (no exaggeration!!), and the fresh buds on every branch.

We got "lost" in the woods:

Anika has learned to love the flavor of "bear lauch" a wide edible leaf that has a remarkable garlic taste. She can eat enough to really, literally stnik up the entire car with her breathing. Anyways, we found Anika sitting in a patch of "bear lauch" munching away....

Pascal is always the soldier, or guard, or karate master. Give him a stick, and..... I got him to pose in front of a thickly barked old tree. I guess he is guarding the tree itself - someone should. He looks a little confused in the picture, but he quickly came back to his senses.

Mama and Papa also got to play in the trees. Watch out for the old rotten branches, crack, slip.... awwwww!!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Brothers and Sisters

Brothers and sisters, sometimes they really do love each other - and I even have proof. No doubt Anika and Pascal love each other, but they sure know how to hide it most of the time. Between those two a fight can start at any moment for practically any reason. It makes you wonder sometimes how they will ever get along in any kind of civilized way, but then you see, they do actually love each other.

I recorded the proof, above on a short hike to a castle just outside of Wien. Really there are castles on every third hill top here. From the castle we had a nice view of flatlands stretching out to the snowy mountains. And, of course, on the next hill just across the little valley stood another castle. I'm pretty sure the two castles are so close across the valley that they could've traded cannon shots at each other's castle, back in the day.

Anika with her T.V. pal. See even Spongebob gets out and about the town once in a while!

Cool, Eh!

Pascal insisted on wearing his spiderman sunglasses last Sunday. Wasn't even a little bit sunny. I couldn't resist snapping a picture of him next to the graffited stairs near our apartment. He gave me the Cool, serious look.

Pascal, just couldn't keep his cool together and had to smile. Thank goodness! Don't worry you're still the coolest guy in our family, Pascal!