Look Out

Some days ago I visited an old, green thumbed man, who has reduced his once sprawling garden into a very carefree affaire that demands just some cutting of the lawn nowadays. He pointed to the apples rotting in the meadow – they are all too early ; the trees throw them down because of the drought, simply because they can not keep to the regular schedule. He also mentioned that at least one local creek fell dry.
Two days ago we decided that it was time to go out, air the brain & move the flaccid body around – so a visit to a nearby recreational area with lakes and a small river – that would be it. The lakes were still there, and locals were still bathing, swimming, and drinking beer in naturalibus, but the river is gone.
Larger rivers like Kocher and Jagst e.g., or the Neckar, have remarkably low water, of course a danger for fish and other wildlife. Transport by inland vessel on Rhine and other Wasserstraßen becomes difficult, the loading capacity must be reduced – hence more vessels needed, hence more cost.
At least the South of Germany is spared (large) fires ; some hectares of woodland were destroyed by fires in the Spessart and in Northern Franconia, but this is not comparable to the fires in the Eastern Federal States, which in itself are far far smaller than what our Southern neighbours in Portugal, Spain, Greece, Italy, and Southern France had to endure.
We have to reduce the amount of natural gas used for heating, in order not to freeze off some limbs in the coming winter, thanks to Vlad (and our idiocy to trust this fine man !), so some cities already closed public swimming baths to reduce costs and consumption. It seems that there is a connection between natural gas and production of electric energy, another area that may see some difficulties in the (near) future. I also remember to have read that our electric grid’s digital administration is already infiltrated with foreign maleware, or viruses. Thanks again, Vlad. Or Kim – who cares ?
All I know is that the cost for heating, warm water, and energy in general, will soar sky-high. Things will become uncomfortable for the average citizen
It is unhealthy to look into the news too long, bookmark articles etcetc., the image is bleak nowadays. The only highlight is the search and seizure action at the little fuehrer’s whorehouse – there is still a chance for the American Federal State. But I doubt that this will comfort me in the coming winter, when I’ll sit rolled up in a rug at my desk writing my thoughts down on a piece of paper wile the candle gently smokes. I only hope the ink will not freeze.

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10 thoughts on “Look Out

  1. It’s becoming difficult to stay positive about the fate of our world these days, BUT there was a sense of hopefulness when I heard about the lawful search of TFG’s home! Perhaps it’s a sign of better times ahead, sweetpea! xoxo

  2. No worries Savannah – usually things do not turn out so bad as we may fear. Looking at upsides, and not at the downsides only, is allowed, useful, and makes it all bearable.

  3. I don’t read the news very often (too gloomy), but I have noted that Germany is suffering (and will probably suffer more in winter) because of the lack of Russian gas, and I have thought of you. Thoughts won’t keep you warm in the chill months though, so I hope your home is well insulated (or that you can make it so).
    It’s a shame you can’t bottle the current heat for winter use.

  4. Some people are saying that our coming summer will mirror yours…
    Currently, floods are the big worry in our Southern States. Here, in tropical climes our winter has been warmer than usual. Plumeria, that normally look rudely phallic until September/October are flowering now!
    I think I will re-play your Sunday musid!

  5. The block of flats I live in, is from the 1970s (1973 ?), made from good, stable concrete. Isolation is for the weak. We have now a brand new, terribly efficient, effective and what-not central heating thingy – that runs on natural gas, naturally. The windows were replaced ten years ago or so, but I can assure you IDV, it’s a draught – zieht wie Hechtsuppe !
    My rug, grandfather’s socks, and fortified tea …

    So you are surrounded not only by giant spiders & nice little froggies, but phallic flowers too ! It’s all a bit special down under, isn’t it Dinahmow ?

  6. I will knit you a blanket, Mr Mags! The UK will suffer too, as I read that we are selling some of our gas to Europe, which will mean that we have a shortage – but hey-ho – it means sharing our resources, I guess? and we can all shiver together. We’ve done this before when we were kids – get the candles and the Monopoly board out!!
    Sx

  7. In the end we’ll all will share knitting patterns !

    Thanks for sharing MsScarlet. I always though the UK has oil and gas fields in the Northern Sea, somewhere East of Scotland. I remember that one argument for the Scottish independence was that an independent Scotland would be stinking rich from the money pouring in from the oil industry, because these fields lie within the distance an independent Scotland could successfully claim. So the money would not go down to London (and then only partially back, the Scots see themselves cheated), but would stay in Edinburgh. The idea of a Scotch independence seems not too bad, at least from a Scottish point of view. Free Scotland would still be member of the European Union.

    “The Shrinking Kingdom” would be a good name for a board game – ? But at “Monopoly” we at least know the rules : Let’s cheat our way to the Schlossallee !

  8. Ah yes, I remember the days of having to sleep fully clothed and sometimes with my outdoor jacket on under the blankets. I grew up very poor for some period of time and could etch patterns into the ice on the insides of my bedroom window. It would be good to look for bedwarmers now while other people don’t think of them yet. I recommend the ice/water rubber bladder things. In the summer you put ice in them to cool you and in the winter, you put hot water in them and curl around them under the blankets for warmth. The kids these days, don’t know such old-time tricks. We call them “ice packs” but you have to look for the ones that say they do ice and hot. It should have a rubber lining inside. They can be found in the pharmacy. It was the most helpful thing during my post-operation too. It replaces the medieval bed warmer pans.

    I hope it won’t be so bad for you though.

  9. This calice passed me Melanie, thankfully my parents / folks always managed to have enough wood (and an additional Zentner (that is 50 kg) of coal) for the winter. The coal was mostly used for keeping die Glut over night, so that you do not have to start the fire from scratch in the early morning in the cold kitchen. So it became cold in the sleeping chambers, but never under freezing point.
    And of course you are right – we need a Wärmflasche, a warm water bottle. In earlier days it was made from metal, I think since the 1930s or so they are made from rubber. I had a red one that came from my grandparents, it was made by “Fiat” (!), must have been from the 1940s. Sadly some years ago it finally gave in and sprang a leak.
    I know that somewhere in my household a blue, newer one must be. In my experience the best way to do it is when you fill it up with water that had boiled, then wrap the pillow around it and built a little mountain in your bed, some (two ?) hours before you go to sleep : Warm bolster, warm cover, warm mattress, and the bottle is not too hot anymore so that one can put it on the feed without harm.
    If things go really bonk we’ll need to reactivate the Kochkiste too – wikipedia calls it “haybox” in English. Had the advantage that it heats the bed too.

  10. @Mago Yes! I knew you would know all these things I talk about! I think many of my fellow modern Americans might freeze to death without being able to adjust things with knobs and digital thermometers.

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