SEASONS – Das Kranzbach

To celebrate our Pearl Anniversary and Him Indoors’ birthday, we went to Das Kranzbach for the long weekend. We had a great time! This upscale spa retreat set in a 1915 country house with an annex is 16 km from Partnach Gorge and 15.9 km from Bavarian Zugspitze mountain railway.


For some reason, they upgraded us. We were given a biggish room on the top floor of Mary Portman house. In the main house, the stylish rooms are furnished in a modern, Arts and Crafts style, and feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Annex rooms add balconies and modern pine furnishings. Quirky treehouse and a 1915 gatehouse suites are also available. The weather was nice so we were able to walk to Elmau and to Fernchensee Lake.

Breakfast and dinner are included and served in the chic restaurant, which features a terrace with mountain views. The day spa includes indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, steam baths and treatment rooms, in addition to yoga and hiking.

For: SEASONS -June’s SUMMER and WINTER by Jesh Stg, #MySundayPhoto – HMS Belfast /June 19, 2016 and San Francisco Botanical Garden (Sundays In My City). Also for: Ten Things of Thankful 157 (Stormy times) #TenThankful by Lizzi, rural greens…, Tell Me Something Good #10

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A Birthday by Christina Rossetti


My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a water’d shoot;
My heart is like an apple-tree
Whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
That paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these
Because my love is come to me.

Raise me a dais of silk and down;
Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me.

For: Nurturing Thursday

Share Your World – 2015 Week #49


What would be your ideal birthday present, and why?
It’s my birthday this week and I’m celebrating it with Him Indoors, that’s all I need – him! Actually, a day later we are flying to the UK to celebrate it with HRH the son and his beautiful K. A long weekend in the UK, how cool is that?

What colour would you like your bedroom to be?
I like the colour of our bedroom – maroon at the bottom and cream on top with a strip of wallpaper to divide the colours. I’ll stick with that.

Would you prefer snowy winters, or not, and why?
For Christmas, it’s got to be snowy and then no more after that. However, we tend to have long winters here and we get fed up of shovelling snows, so by February, we usually fly to the Philippines for a month.

Would you rather go a week without bathing, but be able to change your clothes, or a week without a change of clothes, but be able to bathe?
I can’t last a day without taking a shower, so I’d go for a week without a change of clothes.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Last week has been rather warm for December, I’m very grateful for that.
This week coming up is the flight to the UK to see the son and K, Him Indoors’ parents and my brother with his children – sort of early Christmas celebration. And we’re meeting K’s parents to talk about the coming wedding.


For: Share Your World


A Prayer for a Mother’s Birthday by Henry Van Dyke – Nurt Thurs

It’s my Mom’s birthday on Saturday. So this one’s for her….
Happy birthday Mommy!!! We love you ❤ ❤ ❤


Lord Jesus, Thou hast known
A mother’s love and tender care:
And Thou wilt hear, while for my own
Mother most dear I make this birthday prayer.

Protect her life, I pray,
Who gave the gift of life to me;
And may she know, from day to day,
The deepening glow of Life that comes from Thee.

As once upon her breast
Fearless and well content I lay,
So let her heart, on Thee at rest,
Feel fears depart and troubles fade away.

Her every wish fulfill;
And even if Thou must refuse
In anything, let Thy wise will
A comfort bring such as kind mothers use.

Ah, hold her by the hand,
As once her hand held mine;
And though she may not understand
Life’s winding way, lead her in peace divine.

I cannot pay my debt
For all the love that she has given;
But Thou, love’s Lord, wilt not forget
Her due reward,–bless her in earth and heaven.

For: Nurturing Thursday

To My Dear Sister – Happy Birthday!


Today’s my sister’s birthday – yay!!! So here’s greeting you wherever you are and wishing you all the best. Take care always, we’re thinking of you today… cheers!!!!

The Sisters
by Rainer Maria Rilke

Look how the same possibilities
unfold in their opposite demeanors,
as though one saw different ages
passing through two identical rooms.

Each thinks that she props up the other,
while resting wearily on her support;
and they can’t make use of one another,
for they cause blood to rest on blood,

when as in the former times they softly touch
and try, along the tree-lined walks,
to feel themselves conducted and to lead;
ah, the ways they go are not the same.