Eranthis hyemalis

This yellow little flower makes me happy. If I had a favourite color, yellow might be it.

Eranthis hyemalis

I am joining the #WeeklySmile bunch, as I wholeheartedly agree with the host, Trent, that we need some positive posts in between all the serious stuff in the news and on the web. Give someone a smile today, and see what happens!

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Older entries in the #WeeklySmile:

I haven’t killed anyone!

Turkey smiles


Spanish Smiles


Against the Odds



As I enjoyed my tea and scones today, it struck me again how much I like my china set. First off I think it is real pretty, but the fact that my dad picked it out and bought it all by himself in a country, Japan, on the other side of the world – is what makes it a treasure in my eyes. The Noritake China, pattern 5802 Arlene, can be replaced for 400 USD, so the monetary value isn’t great, even though it was only produced between 1957 and 1966. Which means that I can use it more than I do, as I have been afraid of breaking it. Now that I know that this is not a rare pattern, and it can be easily replaced, it will not be devastating to break it.

Helsingør (Elsinore), Denmark

Now that we have visited the Kronborg Castle, where Hamlet lived, spoke to ghosts, and died, I think it is only natural to pay the surrounding town a visit, Helsingør (Elsinore, as Shakespeare called it). Helsingør is situated on the northeastern tip of the island of Zealand, Denmark, at the narrowest point (4 kilometers) of the sound, (Øresund) between Denmark and Sweden.


The area has been inhabited for a long time, and around 1200 the first church, Saint Olaf’s Church, was built. Helsingør as it is known today was founded in the 1420s by king Eric of Pomerania. In 1429 he established the Sound Dues, meaning all foreign ships passing through the strait had to pay a toll, which constituted up to two-thirds of Denmark’s state income. At the time, the Swedish side of the sound was Danish, therefore Denmark could control all activity in the sound. With this income, Eric of Pomerania built the castle Krogen that was later expanded and renamed Kronborg. (This is the castle we visited yesterday – Hamlet’s Elsinore.) All ships had to stop in Helsingør to get their cargo taxed and pay a toll to the Danish Crown, and of course this meant increased trade for the town, as the ships had to anchor here anyways. In 1672 Helsingør had grown into the third biggest town in Denmark. The Sound Dues were abolished in 1857.

A lil’ bit of trivia: The car ferry line crossing the sound, between Helsingør and Helsingborg, Sweden is the busiest in the world with more than 70 departures in each direction every day.

The Greatest Ferry Line in the World




Lunar Lunatic


Sir Nerdalot looking happy with his toys – like a lunatic!

From the very get-go, I knew Sir Nerdalot was a very smart nerd. I really like that about him. He saves me a lot of time looking things up. It’s just easier and more fun to ask him. But gift giving can be a pain in the sit-upon though, as you can read all about in my funny story about How I lost Sir Nerdalot, when I gifted him a telescope.

I realize now that I have created a monster, and especially now that Sir Nerdalot has got a suitable camera and the thingamajingys to connect the camera to the telescope.  The upside of his Lunar Lunacy is that I get pictures to put on my blog. So here they are, Sir Nerdalot’s The Lunar Lunatic’s two first attempts at capturing the Moon, in the words of Sir Nerdalot The Lunar Lunatic himself:

“So, for my birthday last year Old Mamasan gave me something I’ve been wanting for a while; a proper telescope. After spending some time getting the hang of the telescope itself I finally went out and bought the things I needed to connect a camera to it.

I am still fiddling around with the settings on the camera to get the best light but here’s my first attempts at lunar photography, taken from my backyard.

Looking forward to the next full moon with clear skies!”

“Second attempt at lunar photography. The moon is showing up better as it moves closer to full but I still need to figure out if it is possible to get better focus. I mean it should be possible, it’s only 370,000 km away”

Now he is patiently waiting for an eclipse to fotograph!

Despite the total lack of local culture, historic sites and lavish scenery: I would really love to visit the Moon! That would be an incredibly cool quest!

I have already written about my dream of Space Tourism, and if you are in the mood, here is my funny, short story Space travel much?

Do you dream of Space Tourism? Would you like to visit the Moon?

Howl at the Moon