Guest Contribution by Dieter and Edda Barge
Edda and her sister Anke having a Practice session
This week our friends from Germany put a little surprise video into my Dropbox. It was originally intended as a special birthday greeting from Germany. My wife and I were so deeply touched by its beauty both musical and visual that I decided to post it on my blog with the contributor’s permission, of course. Abend Ballade means Evening Ballad. Its music was composed by Edda’s second youngest brother Andreas Trampenau, grandson of my uncle Bruno Kegler. Edda played the composition on her Kawai E-Piano and her husband presented the wonderful images of clouds in the form of a slide show further enhancing the festive mood.
First Page of the Composition ‘Abendballade’
Dieter and Edda Barge raising their mugs to say ‘Happy Birthday!
With this musical and visual treat I would like to wish you all a Blessed and Happy Easter. Please note ‘The P. and G. Klopp Story’ will continue with Chapter Twenty next weekend.
Hello to all followers of Peter’s blog!
Today you finally get to read and view my contribution about my cacti and their beautiful flowers. For many years now I have been growing cacti. Now let me introduce us with a picture of my wife Edda and me. You can also find us in the Kegler-Tree by clicking here (Chart II – IV). You will notice that looking after pretty flowers is not the only thing we do.
First of all let’s start with a picture showing the propagation of these plants. At the end of May in 2012 we visited La Gomera Island. We love the Canary Islands. We already spent some time at Lanzarote and at the more distant island of Madeira. On Gomera Island, from the golden barrel cactus, Echinocactus grusonii (1), I collected seeds (2) . Back at home I sowed the seeds and within a few days they were beginning to sprout (3). They had to be thinned out (4). Today we have about 220 cacti up to 10 cm in diameter each (5).
But now let us look at a few examples of these beautiful flowers.
There are cactus aficionados, who later on devote their love to the growing of orchids. But I find that cacti as plants look more beautiful. We hope that you like the pictures.
We wish Peter and Gertrud lots of fun and success with their blogs!
Greetings from Germany!
Edda and Dieter Barge