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Translation of Mother’s Poem for our Wedding

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So many followers of my blog had asked me for a translation of my mother’s wedding poem that I decided to get to work. The poem is quite poetic and uses my wife’s nickname Biene (Bee) as a metaphor for her flight from Germany to Canada in 1966. There was no way to preserve the rhyme and rhythm of this wonderful poem. The translation therefore can only give a crude impression, but at least you will know what this poem is all about.

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My Mother’s Wedding Poem loosely translated into English

It whispers here, it mutters there.

It happened to my youngest son.

He wanted to study in Canada

to get himself a really good job.

 

The exams taken in quick succession

did not bother and confuse him at all.

Also what comes now is not a lie.

Something buzzing came flying to him.

 

A little bee (Biene) tender and excited,

of a very special kind was she,

flew from the Rhine on and on,

totally joyful and spontaneous,

sometimes high and sometimes low,

almost singed her wings, oh no.

 

From Montreal to Calgary,

tireless like never before,

the little creature totally exhausted

landed at Peter’s basement door.

 

Peter showing respect for any kind of life

did not leave the insect unattended.

He took care of the Little Bee,

stroking her wings so tenderly.

 

Indeed with so much tender-loving care

she turned into a princess without delay.

A young maiden well known to me,

he took her quickly to the marriage office.

 

On the 21st of May you will be a couple.

That is clear to the people in ‘Born, Germany.

Not too long ago Peter as scout lived in tent.

And now Biene flew to him in a great hurry.

 

Here are the greetings to all the siblings

from all the uncles and all the aunts.

That all may go well wishes your mother

from the bottom of her heart.

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Photo by Karol Wiśniewski on Pexels.com

 

 

Canoeing on Easter Sunday

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Intermission

Before I delve into the next blog series about my Aunt Anna (the eighth child of Friedrich and Emma Klopp), I would like to share a short video which I filmed on Easter Sunday. My wife and I decided to go to our beloved Taite Creek Campground and venture out for a canoe ride on the blue waters of the Arrow Lake. While my nature-loving wife was paddling,  still young at heart she was happily singing a German boating song. Enjoy.

Happy New Year!

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May the New Year bring Peace and Good Will to our Planet. Best wishes to all my blogging friends far and near! I have been taking a break to spend more time with family and friends during the Chrismas Season. My apologies to all who have been expecting comments. I did read all your posts and viewed the photos and acknowleded them with a quick ‘like’, but that was all I could do. Next week I will carry on my blog activites continuing  with Albert Scheitzer’s Seminars, the Klopp Story, Wednesday’s Photos, and Bill Laux’s Mining Era. 

Happy New Year from Biene and Peter!

Biene’s Art Work – Part I

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Rock Painting

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Hello, my name is Gertrud Klopp. I am semiretired and live in Fauquier. Although, I loved drawing and painting as a child, I did not actively pursue this hobby until about ten years ago. Inspired by a book, I started painting animals on rocks with acrylics. Rock painting is probably one of the oldest art forms. It appeals to me because rocks are natural products and come in infinite shapes and sizes. A painted rock is like a sculptured object and can be safely displayed outside. Acrylic paints are wonderful! They allow me to repaint areas I am not satisfied with and eliminate the need to start the project all over again. Every summer while camping I have lots of fun collecting and painting rocks in nature’s inspiring work shop.

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A Walk with Biene over a Frozen Landscape

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Photo Essay

After so much praise Winter should say good-bye and let Spring have her say.
Arriving at the Fauquier Boat Dock

Arriving at the Fauquier Boat Dock

Rose Hips Ready for Spring

Rose Hips Ready for Spring

Fungus Growth on a Birch Tree

Fungus Growth on a Birch Tree

There are three human figures hidden in the ice. Can you see them?

There are three human figures hidden in the ice. Can you see them?

View across the Arrow Lake

View across the Arrow Lake

Biene Soaking up the February Sunrays

Biene Soaking up the February Sun Rays

Remnants of a Cherry Orchard Standing at the Beach

Remnants of a Cherry Orchard Standing at the Beach

Wooden Phantom casting its Shadow onto the Snow

Wooden Phantoms Casting their Shadow onto the Snow

Map of Africa Formed by Ice

Map of Africa Formed by Ice

Beautiful Ingorsol Mountain

Beautiful Ingersoll Mountain Viewed through a Frame of Driftwood

 

Another Glorious Day after the Snowstorm

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 Photo Essay

My Wife at our Winter Photo Shoot at Taite Creek

My Wife at our Winter Photo Shoot at Taite Creek

Catching Precious Sun Rays Peeking through the Forest - Gertrud Klopp

Catching Precious Sun Rays Peeking through the Forest – Gertrud Klopp

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Snowshoe Tracks leading down to the Lake – Gertrud Klopp

Getting ready for another Hunt for Nature Photos

Getting ready for another Hunt for Nature Photos – Gertrud Klopp

Capturing Rocks in the Crystal-Clear Water

Capturing Rocks in the Crystal-Clear Water

Old Logging Ramp of the Late Forties

Old Logging Ramp of the Late Forties

Shooting through Tree Stumps of a Bygone Era

Shooting through Tree Stumps of a Bygone Era

Brilliant Sunshine embracing the Landscape

Brilliant Sunshine embracing the Landscape

Looking South on our Beautiful Lake

Looking South on our Beautiful Lake

 

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