It is so beautiful here. There must have been something quite special this year which encouraged all the roses to bloom profusely. My very loved Stanwell Perpetual usually produces four or five blooms in June. This year there is a cascade of fragrant beauty. More blooming roses than I can easily count, so thickly do they flower.
And my camera is broken. I hope I can fix it.(Well, I hope someone can fix it for me!) Alice took some pictures for me, but when she sent them to me they showed up as zip files and WordPress says it cannot show them. I hope to get Andy to unzip them for me. I hope to get the camera repaired. I’m contemplating buying a DSLR camera, something I’ve thought of for a few years now.
And all the peonies are blooming at the same time. It’s a sort of miracle. Usually the day after the peonies bloom a devastating rain storm will dash every petal to the ground. But not now……
And how about coincidences?
Remember in my last post I said I didn’t know if I would ever see Csobanc again?
Well, within 24 hours a relative in Budapest emailed many of us to say that he wants to plan a family reunion for the Fricke family – he’s hoping for next summer in Csobanc!
The Fricke family is the one to which my mil was born. During the Napoleonic times they lived in Celle, by Hanover, when that was the possession of the Kings of England. Paul’s grandfather’s grandfather fought at Waterloo as an officer in The King’s German Legion. But when his son was growing up, Hanover became part of Prussia. His parent sent their son Georg to Austria Hungary where in due course (after many years) he became a general in the K&K, the Kaiserlich and Koniglich army.
Here is a photo of Georg and his wife who was born Aurelia Klucky and probably his adjutant, playing cards, sometime in the 1880s if the person who gave me this is correct. And I think he is……..
I would love to go to Csobánc for a family reuinion if at all possible. And my daughter Alice would like to go too……Even if it would be very many people. Or if it would be only a few. It would be a joy to see this beautiful land again!