Wash Your Honey Jars Before Drop-Off at the Bottle Recycling Point

Our local beekeepers have  issued the following reminder: Do not dump unwashed honey jars into the Glass Recycle Containers. Rinse them out really well.

Any honey remnant left in the jar can contribute to the transference of the

  • Amerikanische Faulbrut (German)
  • Paenibacillus larvae (Latin)
  • American Foulbrood

which is one of the most detrimental bacterial bee diseases of its kind on a global scale. 80 – 90% of all imported honey contains spores of this disease, which is an additional threat to our local bee population.

Please rinse the jars very carefully before dropping them in the container.

The next step is:  the introduction of the requirement that imported honey be analyzed to detect the possible presence of American Foulbrood bacteria.

Recycling Point for Corks, Candle Stumps, and Paper Rolls, in Oberursel

I care about recycling very much in order to help our environment by reducing waste, so I’m always on the lookout for more items to recycle.

The Sheltered Workshop (Werkstätten für Behinderte) in Oberursel collects corks and candle stumps for up-cycling. So the other day, I made another drop-off, and also inquired if they collected anything else. They do. They have added paper/tissue rolls to their list or recyclables. One of the employees pointed it that paper rolls should have nothing printed on it.

Oberurseler Werkstätten für Behinderte
Oberurseler Str. 86-88, 61440 Oberursel (Taunus)

Visit their website for more details: http://o-wfb.de/kontakt/ and they are also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OberurselerWerkstaetten/

Also, Jacques Wine Shop in Oberursel takes in used corks for recycling purposes as well. His collection also goes to a good cause.

https://www.jacques.de/rund-um-den-wein/14/weinkultur/kork-ist-zu-schade-um-ihn-nur-einmal-zu-benutzen/

  • cork: der Korken
  • candle stumps: die Wachsreste (pl)
  • paper roll: die Papierrolle
  • recycling point: die Recyclingstelle, der Wertstoffhof

Baroque Castle in Werneck, Bavaria

For our most recent visit to my hometown, we decided to book a room at a brewery inn in Werneck (district of Lower Franconia in northern Bavaria). It was a good and convenient choice, as we only had to walk about a minute to reach the castle grounds.

I left home 40 years ago, and nowadays I’m trying catch up on local sights I missed to see when I was young.

Baroque Castle Werneck

Castle Park Werneck

We had picked a glorious day to take a stroll through the park.

Baroque Castle Werneck in spring time

Balthasar Neumann, Würzburg’s most famous architect of his time, had built this castle for the Prince Bishop, Friedrich Carl von Schönborn, between 1733 – 1745.

This historical postcard is part of my private collection.

Werneck Castle

The castle houses both a psychiatric and an orthopedic clinic.

The café, chapel, and park can be accessed by the public.

3 Things You Should Not Do on Good Friday in Germany

Social Media in Germany is full of debates again about our Good Friday (Karfreitag) rules, and what we can do and not do. In general, Good Friday is just one of a few public holidays, when silence needs to be observed. See Wiki for a list of ‘Quiet Holidays in Germany’.

The quiet days vary from state to state, and the state of Berlin seems to be the most relaxed about its Feiertagsruhe.

The following public places will be closed to observe this rule of silence:

Discos, clubs, sport events, open markets, circuses, fairs, theatres, opera houses, game centers, promotional events;

On a personal level, you may not:

  1. Dance to any kind of music in the public
  2. Wash your car
  3. Move to another location

… and if you are in Bavaria, you should most definitely not air out your bedding on Good Friday.

On a personal note, many years ago, we had traveled to northern Bavaria to visit my side of the family. We stayed at my brother’s house, and I saw the need for a good shake of the bedding which had not been used for many months. A neighbor chided me from across the street, “Maria, das macht man doch nicht am Karfreitag! Das bringt den Tod ins Haus!” (Don’t do this on Good Friday, it will bring death into your home!) I gave the bedding a final shake, and brought it in.

This was so strange after having just moved here from a country like Japan, where so many things are 24/7, and religious beliefs become a medley on holidays anyway.

There is little more contradictory than superstitious beliefs from pious country folk on Good Friday.

List of Expensive Verbal Insults for Drivers in Germany

So you think your German is not good enough to insult others, well, your hand gesture (the middle finger, e.g.) might be enough for you to be fined by the authorities.

Against common belief, there is no difference in whether you insult a police offer or any other person on the street, the charges remain the same. The charge only differs based on the offender’s income and social standing.

For example, a few years back, a famous German soccer player was fined € 10.000 for calling someone an ‘Arschloch’. An average worker would have gotten away with a much lower fine.

This is a shortlist of the most common insults, which come with a €1.000 fine:

  • “Arschloch”, “Drecksau”
  • “Wichser”, “Scheißwichser”
  • “Blöde Schlampe”, “alte Schlampe”
  • “Schlampen, ihr elendigen!”
  • “Sie haben den totalen Knall”
  • Sie sind “blöd im Kopf”
  • “Verbrecherin”, “blöde Kuh”
  • “Arschloch” plus showing the middle finger

Insults are not a trivial offense, but a criminal one, based on German law. This can lead to hefty fines or imprisonment.

On the other hand, the statements/name calling listed below remain free of charge:

  • “Sie können mich mal …”
  • “Oberförster”, “Wegelagerer” oder “Komischer Vogel” to a  police officer
  • “Leck mich am Arsch!” (if used around the Stuttgart area)
  • “Das ist doch Korinthenkackerei” (when arguing about a parking ticket)
  • “Parkplatzschwein” to a person parking in a non-parking zone.

Source: German ADAC – March 2019

Avoid road rage (lovely long German term: im Straßenverkehr ausbrechender Jähzorn), and keep cool.

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