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27 June 2007 @ 11:07 am
Virtual Sunshine  

Today we are having "Siebenschlaefer", which is basically the German equivalent to the North American Groundhog Day as far as traditional weather lores go.

The two main differences though: The whole affair isn't about the arrival of Spring, it's about Summer. And demonstrating to the world that we are being exactly the bunch of peevish, overly thorough and overly serious people which everyone wants us to be, Germans do not rely on the behavioural quirks of cute little animals for their weather predictions. Oh no! Apparently it's all about empirical evidence drawn from century long observation for us.

Just look out of the window, my newspaper says. And if you see rain, you'll see rain for the next seven weeks. Statistically proven accuracy of this: about 60-70% (which, of course, can be easily translated into "just slightly higher than 'The weather might be dreadful, or it might not be dreadful'" *g*)

But as this morning, in fact, was the sixth rainy morning in one row...





Summer 2006. German North Sea Coast, East Frisia, Neuharlingersiel and a lovely little island called Spiekeroog:













































And no, this person did not take these lovely pictures, because she honestly couldn't photograph her way out of a paper bag.




But this person could. All pictures except the very last taken by cavendish.

 
 
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Kathyh: Kathyh summer flowerkathyh on June 27th, 2007 10:47 am (UTC)
Yay! Sun! Lovely pictures. The German North Sea coast looks distinctly similar to the British North Sea coast with miles and miles of beautiful sand. I hope yours is warmer though...

Apparently it's all about empirical evidence drawn from century long observation for us.

Sounds like our St Swithin's Day. Apparently if it rains on St Swithin's Day (15th July) we will then get 40 days of rain. This is based on neither empirical evidence nor cute animal behaviour but has something to do with a very obscure saint!
Bimo: Terra_incognitabimo on June 28th, 2007 06:31 am (UTC)
I hope yours is warmer though...

Well, if so, than only slightly, I guess. Normally you don't see that many people swim in these waters, and that we could, because the water temperature had risen to a comfortable 22 °C during out stay, had more to do with a long streak of exceptionally warm weather than with anything else ;-)

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Bimo: Terra_incognitabimo on June 28th, 2007 06:35 am (UTC)
And is the attractive lady in the hat and sunglasses you?

I'm afraid, yes ;-)

(I usually don't come across all too well on photos, but this is one of the very few pictures that I am really happy with.)
sinningiasinningia on June 27th, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the virtual sunshine. I am really in need of it!

The pictures are lovely. Such beautiful little ships and is the woman in the second last photo you? Because she looks right sweet.
I bet you had a fun time too.

~sinningia~
Bimo: Terra_incognitabimo on June 28th, 2007 06:56 am (UTC)
Thank you for the virtual sunshine. I am really in need of it!

So glad I could help out with a bit of cheerfulness!

I just read what you wrote in your LJ about creativity always striking during times of maximum stress, but never inbetween. That's such a familiar feeling...


is the woman in the second last photo you? Because she looks right sweet.

Yup, it's me ;-)



Molly Joyful: ChibiMollyjoyful_molly on June 27th, 2007 01:09 pm (UTC)
*blissful sigh*

And herewith, I declare this day saved. :-D

*is happy*
Bimo: Terra_incognitabimo on June 28th, 2007 07:00 am (UTC)
Yay! Then the coastal picture spam has fulfilled its mission!
Master Erestor: JackDav desserterestor on June 28th, 2007 08:23 am (UTC)
Absolutely! I so love this landscape. *is still happy*
Hmpf: fanatichmpf on December 8th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)
*wants to live up north*
I worked on a dig in Leer, Ostfriesland, this summer! (Plus my family's northern, and I've always wanted to live somewhere near the coast.)