Oktoberfest, Grapes and Sunshine

*three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy*

The world’s biggest beer festival, Munich’s Oktoberfest, has opened with six million revellers expected just as the German city is grappling with a record refugee influx. The celebration of traditional Bavarian culture with its oompah music and beloved frothy beer kicked off when Mayor Dieter Reiter cracked the first beer barrel with two mallet blows and offered a toast to a “peaceful” Oktoberfest.

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our grapes this year – yay! We’ve just been making grape juice from our nutribullet
our harvest this year - yummy grapes

sunshine is here! it has been raining these past days, but now, we have sunshine!

So, what made you smile this week?

For: Three Things Thursday: Animals Are Awesome Edition, Weekly Smile 38 #weeklysmile. Also for: The View From 33rd Floor – Echoes of my neighbourhood, Skywatch Friday – 22 September 2016 Edition

Photo Blogging Challenge (July 2016): Photographer’s Choice

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a modern art from Grand Central, Birmingham, UK

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ThrustSSC was the first land vehicle to exceed the speed of sound (Mach 1) in October 1997.

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at Packwood Garden, known for the garden of yews

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alium, lavender and bees

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skywatch Berlin

For: Photo Blogging Challenge (July 2016): Photographer’s Choice

Drive – Daily Prompt

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“Are we there yet, Mum?”

“We’re running late, kung-fu is starting…”

“Go, Mum, go, you shouldn’t wait for that lot!”

“It was very funny today, so and so said this…”

“Don’t change it, I want Energy – cool!”

And so on and so on. I miss that little guy. He used to sit with his Mum first thing in the morning, on the way to school, sometimes he was still half-asleep. And when we picked him up, he was full of beans, telling us what happened to school and who did what and who was silly and so on and so on. Sometimes, one or two friends came back with him home and they messed around at the back. Sometimes, he would stay with his friends overnight. Sometimes, we had to ferry him from one activity to the next – kung-fu, karate, football, guitar, squash, etc. My boot was usually full of his bits and pieces – smelly gym and football kits, squash racket, guitar, etc. He’s not little anymore, and he may be driving his own car but I still miss that little guy.

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I am more than ten years old
I used to drive him
to school, back and everywhere
and now, just his Mum to work

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: Drive

Other “drive” posts:
https://devildollmusings.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/rolling-stoned/
https://knightedben.wordpress.com/2016/07/17/my-soul-will-probably-arrive-earlier-than-our-car/
https://knightedben.wordpress.com/2016/07/17/my-soul-will-probably-arrive-earlier-than-our-car/
Drive
https://mobi41.wordpress.com/2016/07/17/a-walk-on-the-beach/

June 13 Challenge

Day 13 Lucky 13

June 13, 1944. Prompted by the successful Allied Landing in Europe, Germany launched a V1 Flying Bomb attack on England. Luckily, only four of the bombs hit their targets. 

Tell us about a time you were lucky. Or unlucky.

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When I was younger, say early 20s, we took my brother to the airport to join his ship. It was his first job as a Marine Engineer and we were all happy for him. My father drove us all back home. My mother sat in the passenger’s seat and the three children sat in the back. I was on the right hand side of the car. We were in Dapitan and the barrier for the train went down. Suddenly my father couldn’t break the car. We were shouting, thinking we won’t be able to stop and we’d drive through the barrier. That our whole family would die and my brother would come home to an empty house. I was praying, I thought that was the end. I haven’t even started my life yet. Luckily, a miracle happened and my father was able to stop the car. We were all in shock but very grateful.

For: Day 13 Lucky 13