Wendy and I lost our luggage in Spain and we didn’t get either of our bags back when the ship left Copenhagen so we took a walk around Warnemünde looking for some replacement stuff. We did find some.

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Doberaner Münster (Minster of Doberan)

Bad Doberan
Rostock
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern  Germany

The Minster of Doberan, was originally a Cistercian abbey that was fully established in 1368. The abbey itself, is located in northeastern Germany. This is the first abbey in Mecklenburg and was founded in 1171. The abbey was also used as the burial site for the regional rulers of the Nicholan Dynasty, was important both politically and historically. It became the center of Christianity for the region. The architecture and furnishings of the Minster have largely been spared from the ravages of war and pillaging over the centuries. No other Cistercian abbey in Europe has this much of its original interior still intact, such as the monumental cross altar and the sculpted tombs of Dukes and Duchesses and other royals. The main altar is the oldest wing-altar in art history. Even after the reformation and the closing of the abbey in 1552, the church continued to serve as a pantheon for the deceased rulers of Mecklenburg, as well as the regular place of worship for an Evangelical-Lutheran congregation. The government of the state in which it is located has issued a public declaration regarding the preservation of historic building: “The Minster in Bad Doberan is considered the most important medieval building in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, the best example of medieval creativity put in practice, and it is a building of the highest technical and artistic perfection.” ~ This abbey is indeed a unique monument in the coastal region of Germany along the Baltic Sea. (original author J T Demitz) Photographs supplied by KennethAllenPhoto.

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Had a great time taking photos at Marlee and Nate’s Wedding.

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Enjoying sunny day.


April 14th, 2013. Took in some Lacrosse with Ella Kate, Mommy, Daddy, and Grammy.

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Typical House Finch


Sitting on the back porch the other day having a decaf and this little finch showed up.

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Sited as it is, on a ridge above the confluence of the Rivers Livet and Avon (pronounced A’an), the castle occupies a natural strategic site. It is likely that the present castle is constructed on the site of previous fortifications and may originally have been an Iron Age Dun. It is now a Scheduled Monument.

There is little written history on the castle and what there is can be open to interpretation. However, it is recorded that King Robert II granted the lands of Strathavon (including Drumin) to his son Alexander Stewart on the 17th July 1372.

Alexander Stewart (1342-1406), referred to as the “Wolf of Badenoch” was noted for his temper and harsh justice. He is mostly remembered for the sacking and burning of Elgin Cathedral (1390) as part of a long term feud with the Bishop of Moray. It is unlikely that he was ever in permanent residence at Drumin, the castle being held by one of his sons. He also owned the strongholds of Lochindorb and Loch-an-Eilean and would more likely be resident there.

It is thought that Sir Walter Stewart, the Wolf’s Grandson, built the current castle in the late 1400’s, replacing an earlier fortification. The same Sir Walter Stewart, however, disposed of  the castle and lands pertaining to Drumin in 1490, when they passed to Alexander, 3rd Earl of Huntly.

The Stewart family continued to live at Drumin and nearby Kilmaichlie, until the early 1700’s when Gordon Stewart is thought to have been the last resident of the castle. It is presumed that the castle fell into disuse about this time.

The only other notable reference to the castle in the intervening period was that the Marquis of Argyll stopped there with his army before the Battle of Glenlivetin 1594.

Texas Wildflowers


Went for a drive this morning and noticed some wildflowers on the side of the road. They were so colorful I had to turn around and take some photos. Lots of color…. especially the Indian Blanket. Lots of bees, moths and butterflies. See if you can find the photo  with a spider. There are also two more insects in that photo.

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