Monday, 26 November 2018

T sTands for This and ThaT

Hi Everybody!

Hope your week got off to  good start. On Tuesday's it's time for Elizabeth's T stands for Tuesday party, so here a warm welcome to all ladies taking part. My drink is cappuccino, here seen in my huge Christmas mug:

The moon on Friday was huge and red, a wonderful sight:

At the beginning of November G & I visited the Gruga Park in Essen, and I already showed a lot of the photos. Today I have some from the coffee garden there, where there is also a cafe, unfortunately only open in the summer months! But the garden itself had a lot of information about coffee:

There was also an Osage orange tree there with rather strange fruits, huge and looking a bit like green brains. The notice is to warn people that fruits can fall down and hit you.... We picked up one of the fruits and G put it on the post. You can read more about it here:

We also visited the hot-houses:

There were oranges and lemons growing on one tree here:

A beautiful olive tree:

A reading corner for a welcome break:

And a collection of lovely bonsai trees:

There is a Ronald-MacDonald children's house in the park, built by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. I just have 3 photos from Wikipedia to show, my camera was full. But I have a new and super-large memory card in the meantime, so this won't happen again:

Have a great day, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!


  1. Waht a moon! Interesting photos today and your coffee looks amazing, I like large mugs.

  2. Hello dear Valerie!
    Love your Christmas mug!! So preety!
    Wow!Great captures of the full moon!
    Stunning pictures from your walk and i like that building!
    Very impressive architecture! I haven’t seen this strange fruit before!
    Thank you for sharing all those beautiful images!
    Wishing you a lovely day and a happy week! Hugs!

  3. What an ugly/beautiful!!!
    Love the tree stump photos! Now that's art!!!
    Gorgeous photos as always... magnificent!!!
    Such a lovely place for the darling children that need to be there. I wish with all my heart that they did not need to be there at all.

    Hugs 🎄

  4. Wow Valerie, that moon is fabulous. Love the other photos, too, and I had no idea that there's a Hundertwasser house in Essen, it's gorgeous. That huge mug is great. And what a strange fruit, it really looks like a brain! Have a nice evening, hugs,Sarah

  5. Totally fabulous photos valerie , especially that moon...looks so close xx As a lover of al things wood I just love that piece of art and the amazing textures within xx

    Sending huge hugs
    Annie xx

  6. That is one amazing shot of the moon! So vibrant in color! But I got so excited to see the coffee! That is one huge fruit - wow, I can see why they warn people not to stand under :) Love the wood art!

  7. Wow what a fab place, and I definitely agree with the coffee sentiment lol. The moon looks amazing, we've spent most of November in Tenerife, and the sunsets there were beautiful too. Have a very happy week, Sue xx

  8. As everyone has commented, WOW on the shot of the moon. I like the bright colors of you Christmas mug. That is one big sip! Those fruits are really strange looking like something out of Dr. Seuss. Grinch fruit! Happy T Day!

  9. I just finished a way-too-big hot chocolate! Loving the Ronald House -- I understand that memory card thing. I try to delete after I've downloaded and backed up but with mixed results. I was worried I'd run out of room in Europe and hauled my back-up older camera with me! I was OK but I think barely!

    1. In future I will have a spare card with me at all times!

  10. I do like your Christmas coffee mug.

    That moon - it's glorious, wonderful photographs.

    All the best Jan

  11. Wow! Your moon photo is fantastic!!! I totally forgot to go out and take a photo of it...I even had my camera charged for it. Love the first coffee poster. More great photos of outing ♥
    Happy T Day!

  12. Lots of interesting photos Valerie, I love the red moon!
    Alison xx

  13. Lovely photos of the gardens Valerie. Those fruits were a weird shape as you say like green brains. That Olive tree must have been really old as well.
    Your Christmas mug looked very festive and the cappuccino delicious.
    Happy T day wishes Valerie.
    Yvonne xx

  14. Love your Christmas mug, Valerie. "It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas" - my favorite time of year.

    I've never seen such a red moon. Your photos are National Geographic quality.

    Maclura pomifera - how strange. I never heard of it. We had a grafted orange/lemon tree once. The fruit evolved to inedible rock-hard sour oranges - lol. Love the Ronald MacDonald house too.

    Happy T-day! Eileen xoxo

    1. We weren't able to taste the fruits in the hot-house, but rock hard and sour oranges would not be to my taste!

  15. wow, that mug, moon, photographs, amazing...xx

  16. Oh my that Fruit looks like a brain hee hee!! What an interesting shape, I've never seen anything like that before. That moon is tremendous..
    Bet your coffee mug holds a refreshing amount of Coffee.
    Happy T Day Hugs Tracey xx

  17. Hi Valerie i love your coffee cup and boy what an amazing pic of the moon,i always love your lovely pics my friend.

  18. What a fabulous post-I love your big Christmas mug-so fun, wow great photo of the moon-we got to watch the full moon rise when we were at our friends for Thanksgiving on Thursday-it was amazing but was not red like yours-more orange.
    Loved all the photos, we have osage orange growing here too in the woods-the native americans used the wood to make bows and it is also a dye plant as well-a lovely yellow.
    Happy T wishes Hugs Kathy

  19. I love your Christmas mug. It won't be long, now until the big day. It is beautiful and the cappuccino looks great, too.

    I would love to visit the park that explains about the coffee. I'm always interested in learning about coffee. That "fruit" is what we in Kansas call Hedge Apples. The trees are planted close together along the north side of country roads in order to stop the drift or blowing of snow onto roads. The trees are called "Hedge Rows," and that is where the green "fruit" gets its name. It is definitely inedible.

    Thanks for sharing the park and your cappuccino with us for T this Tuesday, dear Valerie.

  20. Now that is a big and cheery mug.The perfect amount of warm drink on a cold morning. And that moon was huge. It was cool to see in real life and you got some fantastic photos. And it is interesting to see those tree and that osage orange. I have never seen one before and they are really fascinating looking fruits. HAve a wonderful T day Valerie. Hugs-Erika

  21. The cream in your drink looks delicious, Valerie! The photos from your walk are beautiful. It doesn't look like winter there yet as I spied some lovely blooms. And what an interesting looking fruit that looks like a brain.
    That Ronald McDonald house is magnificent! Stunning architecture.
    Happy Tea Day,

  22. Your mug certainly looks like it will hold plenty of your favourite drink Valerie.

    Love and the photographs and the idea of a coffee garden is brilliant. You find such amazing places to visit with your friends. Thank you for sharing them with us

    Have a very happy T Day

    Love Chrissie xx

  23. I'm loving your Christmas mug, so festive! Wow, that red moon is so amazing 😀. I bet it was a spectacular sight to see it in person too! I enjoyed spending time looking around the Park with you - amazing! Sending you happy T Day wishes! J 😊 x

  24. I love that cheering Christmas mug :) Wow, that moon! You got such good shots. That garden is delightful, and quite different from anything we see here. I'd love to ramble through there :) Happy T Tuesday

  25. Love your mug and your moon! Great photos! Happy Tea Day; still Tuesday here. :)

  26. Your coffee looks delicious and that moon is gorgeous! Those are some large fruits! It looks like a wonderful place to visit.

  27. Such a beautiful post! I love your Christmas mug! I love your moon photos! I love the coffee garden! Wonderful! That fruit is so big! Wow! I love the Ronald McDonald house! Big Hugs!

  28. I love your Christmas mug - mine will come out on Saturday! You sure did get a good shot of the moon - well done! I loved seeing more of the Gruga Park, especially the coffee garden! I loved the photos of the Ronald McDonald House, even though you couldn't take any yourself!! Belated Happy T day!, Chrisx

  29. was für tolle bilder,die ronalds mc donald statd ist ja klasse,und das tropische gemüse sieht ja sehr interresant aus,die bäume wirken auf mich,als würden sie leben,ich sehe sogar augen und arme.
    deine cafetasse ist ja niedlich,sowas mag ich auch sehr.
    sorry das ich im moment so wenig kommentiere,ich war im krankenhaus,man hat bösartiges gewebe in der nase fest gestellt,ich weiß noch nicht wie es weiter geht und bin viel am weinen.
    ich wünsch dir schon mal ein schönes we.

    hugs jenny

    1. Sorry to hear about it Jenny, that must be very hard for you.

  30. I have my Christmas mug out too. :)

    LOVE, LOVE< LOVE your moon photos. Simply stunning.

    Thanks for sharing. :)

  31. Woowww this moon is wonderful Valerie !! I love your christmas mug, it's so happy! Thanks so much for sharing those beautiful photographs, they are lovely and so interesting. This fruit is .... so strange !! another secret of nature! Happy to see you also have got palm trees! and the bonsai trees are simply adorable !!
    I wish you a very nice evening, big hugs, Caty

  32. What a colourful, happy mug. I would love to drink ou of that. (Not only because it is BIG!)
    The red moon is awesome. I must have missed it. I don't remember seeing it.
    The coffee themed park is interesting, even though the cafe wasn't open.
    That fruit is amazing! I have never seen anything so large. I think you were lucky to find one, as by the looks of the photo there was only one left on the tree.
    The greenhouse is beautiful as ever. A lot of the trees you showed, grow here naturally (lemons and oranges, olive tree and palm tree) But the specimen you saw are extraordinary and beautiful. The olive tree must be hundreds of years old! And the palm tree is beautiful, as it wasn't windswept.
    I'm really impressed by the bonzai. My brother-in-law is a bonzai enthusiast, so I know a little bit about the work involved and the timescales. These are truly beautiful and have been tended to over a long time with oodles of patience.
    The Ronald Macdonald house is beautiful. I love Hundertwasser and his style. It is just that Hundertwasser and Mcdonalds seem an anachronism. But of course he was a contemporary of my mother and he only died in the year 2000. Very interesting nevertheless. I confess I hate Macdonald and what he stands for, but knowing that sick children are being helped here has softened my opinion somewhat.
    Happy belated T-Day,

  33. OMGosh!! That Olive tree is just Amazing!!!
    Did you try that fruit? boy is that ever ugly! heehee
    Such gorgeous photos Valerie! That moon/sun is amazing!


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