A Winter’s Day in Norfolk

At last, after long, long waiting winter arrived at our Norfolk coast. Jack Frost hadn’t forgotten us. One blog after the other presented beautiful winter pictures. We envied Ann-Christine, Maren and Hanna, and all the others for their fine snow. As you see it was worth envying them ๐Ÿ˜‰
This is Siri ๐Ÿ™‚ and ๐Ÿ™‚ Selma writing. We just came in. Our dear Dina told us we have to unthaw first. Nonsense! We are little polar explorers, at least we feel like them. We don’t care about the prickling feelings in our faces. It’s so great walking on snow that nobody else has walked on. It makes us believe weโ€™re special. That’s mini-exploring, isn’t it?

Endlich, nach vielen Jahren des Wartens, kam der Winter zur Kรผste Norfolks. Vรคterchen Frost hatte uns nicht vergessen. Ein Blog nach dem anderen zeigte feinste Winterbilder. Wir beneideten sooo Ann-Christine, Maren und Hanna und all die anderen. Das Beneiden lohnte sich ๐Ÿ˜‰
Hier schreiben wieder Siri ๐Ÿ™‚ und ๐Ÿ™‚ Selma, die gerade hereingekommen sind. Unsere liebe Dina meint, wir mรผssen jetzt auftauen. Quatsch, wir sind doch kleine Polarexplorer, zumindest fรผhlen wir uns so. Da macht uns doch ein wenig Kribbeln im Gesicht nichts. Was wir toll finden, ist als Erste in Schneeflรคchen zu laufen, die noch keiner betreten hat. Dass ist doch bereits Mini-Exploring – oder?

It’s our dear Master you see in the first two pictures. In the snow, we only see the back of him. He is storming ahead through the snow as if he is about to conquer the North Pole. Actually, we think he walks that fast because otherwise, he gets too cold. Who wants to appreciate the beauty of snow has to be able to stand the cold. Well, this is only a matter of clothing. We are fascinated that those snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together. They can sink ships like the unsinkable “Titanic”.

Auf den ersten beiden Bildern seht ihr Masterchen. Ihn sehen wir im Schnee immer nur von hinten. Im Schnee muss er voranstรผrmen, als ob es den Nordpol zu erobern gelte. Aber wahrscheinlich geht er so schnell, weil es ihm sonst zu kalt wird. Wer jedoch die Schรถnheit des Schnees erleben mรถchte, muss die Kรคlte ertragen kรถnnen. Naja, man kann sich dagegen anziehen. Was uns allen am Schnee fasziniert, sind diese feinen, zerbrechlichen Schneeflocken, die jedoch, wenn sie zusammenpappen, Schiffe wie die “Titanic” versenken kรถnnen.

Klausbernd Outwhitedon a walk in Cley

We found this quote by John Ruskin: โ€œSunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. โ€ This could be from us. We weatherproof Bookfayries absolutely agree.

Wir fanden ein Zitat des englischen Kunstkritikers John Ruskin: “Sonnenschein ist ein Genuss, Regen erfrischend, Wind krรคftigt, Schnee erheitert. Es gibt kein schlechtes Wetter, nur unterschiedliche Arten vom guten.” Das kรถnnte von uns sein. Genau das finden wir wetterfesten Buchfeen auch.


The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination. Terri Guillemets

Oh dear, now we have to look after the fire in our fireplace as Dina and our Master are staring mindlessly at their screens.
When we were small fairies we ever so often looked out of the window to make sure that it hadn’t stopped snowing. We would welcome some more snow now so that everything looks even more enchanted.

Huch, jetzt mรผssen wir nach dem Feuer im Kamin gucken, da Dina und Masterchen stumpfsinnig nur auf ihre Bildschirme gucken. Als wir noch klein waren, mussten wir, wenn es schneite, stรคndig aus dem Fenster gucken, als ob das den Schneefall nicht aufhรถren lieรŸe. Jetzt kรถnnte es ruhig noch etwas schneien, dass alles noch mehr verzaubert wird.

A local Blackbird braving the cold.

Together with Dina, we read Otto von Mรผnchow‘s inspiring book “Develop Your Creative Vision;Pphotographically seeing – See Better, See Deeper”. Dina is fire and flame now to find the unconventional or unusual and is not any more concerned about photographing sunsets, boats and flowers. We, the poor Bookfayries, have to help her look for the unusual now. With the picture above our dear Dina failed miserably. When we had a look at the social media this morning we saw at least five similar pictures.

Wir lasen zusammen mit Dina Otto von Mรผnchows inspirierendes Buch mit dem Titel “Develop Your Creative Vision; photographically seeing – See Better, See Deeper”. Dina ist nun Feuer und Flamme, das Unkonventionelle zu finden und sich nicht mit Sonnenuntergรคngen, Booten und Blumen abzugeben. Nun mรผssen wir bei jedem Spaziergang mit Dina auf das Unkonventionelle oder das Ungewรถhnliche achten. Bei dem Bild oben ist unsere liebe Dina ja klรคglich gescheitert. Wir fanden mindestens fรผnf รคhnliche Bilder als wir heute Morgen nur kurz schauten, was in sozialen Medien so los ist.

We wish you a beautiful winter with glittering snow that’s crunching when you tread on it.
Wir wรผnschen euch einen schรถnen Winter, guten Glitzerschnee, der fein knirscht, wenn ihr รผber ihn lauft.
Siri ๐Ÿ™‚ and ๐Ÿ™‚ Selma, the blithely Snowfayries

ยฉ Text and illustrations, Hanne Siebers and Klausbernd Vollmar, Cley next the Sea, 2021

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    • Dear Frank,
      thank you very much. We loved the first picture most as well and we loved this heavy snowfall.
      Happy Valentine’s Day to you too.
      Keep well
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Siri & Selma,
    So nice to hear from you and your feeling on the snow. I’ve told many bloggers that I miss snow – some understand, some think I’ve lost whatever marbles I once had! lol, Klausbernd looks as though the weather hasn’t slowed him down any – that’s always good to see.
    Give my best to all and have a wonderful week ahead, my friends!!
    GP

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    • Dear GP Cox,
      we noticed that as well some people think we are crazy to like the snow and winter. But we are friends of the snow and this cold clear air at wintertime. Snow draws us all out into nature. We enjoyed already several long walks.
      Thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™
      All the best to you, our dear friend, and have a great week to come.
      Keep well and take care
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank you, so much dear GP Cox!!
      We can well understand that you miss the snow, here comes fairy greetings for you dusted with Norfolk snow โœจ๐Ÿ’ซ๐ŸŒจโ„๏ธโœจ๐ŸŒŸโ„๏ธ๐Ÿ’ซ
      With the best wishes to our dear friend in Florida
      from Siri & Selma ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

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  2. Wonderful photos of a snowy Norfolk. It is some years since we had such a ‘real’ winter here. As long as I don’t have to drive too far in it, I don’t mind it too much.
    And Ollie thrives in the cold! He much prefers it to being too hot, and loves to drink the icy water from part-frozen ponds.
    Love from beetley, pete and ollie. X

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    • Good afternoon, dear Pete,
      we love living here but it’s a pity that we don’t have real winters here every year. That the only thing we miss. Like Ollie, we thrive in the cold and in the snow – but we don’t drink the water from the part frozen ponds ๐Ÿ˜‰
      With lots of love from the coast where the snow is already leaving us again.
      Keep well
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Minus 21C here this morning – Ruskin is right, there’s no bad weather, this is perfect for freezing extra vegetables on the windowsill. I like your โ€œKlausbernd Outwhitedโ€ shot, it reminded me of watching a movie on a very old video tape, with the characters sometimes vanishing into the static. I’m glad you’re enjoying the beautiful winter, it always does seem magical to find yourself in a world where the water has turned crystalline.

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    • Dear Robert,
      we always like temperatures below minus 20C. Then the air is so clear enhancing colours and shapes and you start to see optical illusions.
      We have to admit we know the real whiteout from the literature only. We can imagine how you will panic in a real whiteout. When Dina took this picture we had a heavy snowfall that we could hardly see further than 2 meters in front of us.
      Thanks and cheers.
      Keep well
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Well Fab Four, you have clearly been inspired by Mother Nature as this post will long remain among my favorites ever. It NEARLY makes me wish for a winter storm but not quite ๐Ÿ˜Š. I can remember many times during my life in the northeastern US being totally immersed in the beauty of a fresh snowfall but of course afterwards I had to brave the icy roads to get to work and the magic disappeared. I was completely enchanted by the photography this week, which contrary to Siri and Selma’s opinion is absolutely beautiful and quite different from any others I’ve seen. I hope you enjoy the pristine white beauty and the exhilaration of the cold for as long as it lasts. Here we have rain and clouds and I find myself refreshed by the beauty of your post. Happy valentine’s day to you all โค๏ธ

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    • Thank you very much, dear Tina.
      We remember this great winters when living in Vermont and even in Montreal. We loved them. Here it’s a kind of smaller winter, much less snow and much warmer. Nevertheless, we got a little taste of winter and thoroughly enjoyed it. We were a lot outside, walked for hours but unfortunately it wasn’t the right snow for building a snowman. The weather forecast predicts the end of winter in the coming week. That was short!
      Wishing you a happy valentine’s too โค โค
      Keep well
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. A really lovely post and beautiful pictures too! Just to add to Ruskin’s remark, there’s no such thing as bad weather just poor clothing! Mind you I won’t be venturing out today, like yesterday, as the wind would blow us over! Unfortunately, we don’t have any lead to put in our boots! Enjoy your snow whilst it lasts; here in NI the snow lasted all of a couple of hours! ๐Ÿคฃ

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    • Dear Ashley,
      you are so right about the clothing.
      We had beautiful winter weather for the last four days. Snow and not too cold, just around minus 2 to 3 degrees in the day, the right condition for long walks. On and off we had heavy snowfalls. But the end of the winter is already forecasted for next week. That was a short winter but we thoroughly enjoyed it. What a pity that you have such a wind.
      Thanks for commenting and wishing you all the best.
      Keep well
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Ways of seeing is how we see things. We find and capture beauty in the simple and mundane. Fantastically seen and presented photos real, simple and abstract forms.

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    • Dear Timothy,
      thank you very much ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™
      We like simplistic pictures of the mundane. Our dear Bookfayries like to help Dina finding the perfect motives.
      Keep well
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank you very much for your kind comment. Yes, the first two pictures are loved most by Siri ๐Ÿ™‚ and ๐Ÿ™‚ Selma as well.
      All the best.
      Keep well
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Dear Jet,
      indeed, we are snow lovers. We are out every day when we have some snow.
      Thanks for commenting.
      Wishing you a great week to come.
      Keep well
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Herzlichen Dank fรผr die schรถnen Schneefotos, liebe Hanne und lieber Klausbernd und natรผrlich allen voran Siri und Selma!
    Wir sind gerade von einem wunderschรถnen Winterspaziergang auf dem Mauerweg im Norden Berlins wiedergekommen. Die Skizzen und Fotos, die entstanden sind, schauen wir noch durch und bloggen sie wahrscheinlich, wenn alles wieder grรผn ist ๐Ÿ™‚
    Liebe GrรผรŸe von Susanne und Micha

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    • Liebe Susanne,
      wir sind jeden Tag woanders hingefahren, wo wir dann stundenlang spazierengehen konnten. Meistens waren wir die einzigen dort, was neben der tief verschneiten Landschaft auch zur Magie beitrug. Oh dear, irgendwie sind wir seit Corona richtig menschenscheu geworden. Schรถn dass ihr auch einen schรถnen Winterspaziergang hattet. Bei solchem Winterwetter wรคre es ja eine Schande drinnen zu bleiben. AuรŸerdem befรผrchten wir hier, dass im Laufe der nรคchsten Woche sich der Winer wieder verabschiedet.
      Auf deine Winterbilder sind wir gespannt. Jeder sieht ja den Winter anders. Ich habe ein GroรŸteil meiner Kindheit unter einem Winterlandschaftsbild von Pieter Bruegel d.ร„. geschlafen. Ich liebe noch heute Bruegels Winterbilder.
      Ganz liebe GrรผรŸe an euch beiden
      Keep well
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Lieber Klausbernd,
      bei uns in Berlin hat es die ganze Nacht geschneit und wir haben neue winterliche weiรŸe Schneelandschaften vor der Tรผr. Schรถn!
      Nichtsdestotrotz ruft die Arbeit, ich habe einiges auf meinem Tagesplan und so wird es nur einen kleinen Spaziergang zur Apotheke geben, um die Masken abzuholen, die ich kostenfrei aufgrund meiner chronischen Krankheit erhalte. AuรŸerdem wollen zwei Bรผcher von mir auf die Reise gehen. Da ist es wichtig, vor 17 Uhr beim Briefkasten zu sein.
      Ich wรผnsche euch einen schรถnen winterlichen Tag im fernen Cley,
      viele GrรผรŸe von
      Susanne

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  8. Snow is something I haven’t enjoyed for a while. I moved away from snow country in 1993 and would visit the snow on my terms to ski. We are now expecting four inches here in Austin Texas so once again I can feel one with our chilly friend. I loved the photos and especially that of Klausbernd walking away. (I think your gloves are too fashionable for the cold, Klausbernd) Best wishes to the Fab Four, and thanks to Siri and Selma for the update. ๐Ÿ˜

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  9. Snow in North Norfolk, my dear friends! Well, of course you are more than delighted with his visit; I hope Jack Frost appreciates the warm welcome and decides to stay longer than the weather forecast might tell you, dear Siri and Selma. You have to practice your fairy magic a little bit longer.

    Love the high-key photos! Thereโ€™s obviously so much keen photographers can do to create fresh and amazing photographs. I’m glad you enjoyed Otto’s book and got new ideas, Dina-Hanne. To see better, deeper and more than before sounds like a good exercise to break all rules and overcome the conventional. Have fun venturing out, all four of you.
    Klem
    Per Magnus x

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    • Our dear friend Per Magnus,
      yes, Siri ๐Ÿ™‚ and ๐Ÿ™‚ Selma can’t answer personally as they are VERY busy practising their best fairy magic. That’s serious stuff, we are not allowed to disturb them.
      We think photographing is about seeing the world in a new way. Otto is absolutely right. In social media and especially on Instagram you see always the same conventional pictures. But we noticed it’s not that easy to see our surroundings anew.
      KLEM ๐Ÿค— ๐Ÿค—
      Stay happy and healthy
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Guten Abend, liebe Uschi,
      fรผr Frankfurt ist doch echter Schnee ziemlich selten – oder? Und kalt habt ihr es dazu noch.
      Dann haltet euch fein warm.
      Bleibt gesund und munter
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Das sind sehr, sehr feine und poetische Winterbilder… Knirscht bei euch der Schnee auch so schรถn beim Gehen? Ich habe mir gestern einen schlimmen Muskelkater zugezogen, weil ich stundenlang neben den Wegen im Schlosspark herum gewandert bin – wegen dem herrlichen Knirschen des trockenen und feinpudrigen Schnees…
    Liebe GrรผรŸe, und bleibt gesund!

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    • Hi,
      thank you very much for commenting and for liking Dina’s pictures. That is very much appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚
      Stay happy and healthy
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. I enjoyed your white-out edits. There’s nothing like walking in pristine snow untouched by humans or, sometimes, anything. It’s a feeling that make the heart swell with joy and I’ve been known to shout for joy when in that situation. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the beauty.

    janet

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    • Good morning, dear Janet,
      yes, walking in pristine snow is such an experience. Sometimes we have a bad conscience to tread on this pristine snow and destroy the untouched surface and sometimes we love to start a new track.
      Unfortunately, the snow is melting already. It was a short winter of a bit more than one week. But we were out every day for hours enjoying the snow.
      Thanks for commenting and all the best.
      Have a happy week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Dear friends, this post immediately put a BIG smile on my face. I’m so happy for you being able to celebrate the joys of winter. It’s probably more fun to have a snowy winter for just a few days than months of icy roads in the countryside and frozen paths in the woods, freezing cold rooms, heating not working properly and so fort. What didn’t work too well during your short winter? Did you get your groceries delivered, bins emptied, oil/gas fills? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I love the winter, but my favourite time of the year is spring when the birds start to chirp again, the ice melts and the first blossom is just around the corner. Bye-bye boots, welcome normal shoes again! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you for cheerful post, Siri and Selma. Love the photos and Dina-Hanne’s new approach. To see Masterchen in front of you almost racing along is indeed unconventional!
    Let’s talk next weekend, I have so many papers to prepare for the coming week.
    Take care and mind the ice after the rain!
    Kram
    Annalena x

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    • Good morning, our dear friend Annalena,
      thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™
      You asked what didn’t work because of the winter condition here. The waste collection didn’t come for one week. That didn’t bother us too much as we produce not so may waste. Siri ๐Ÿ™‚ and ๐Ÿ™‚ Selma are watching when we are shopping that we reduce our waste. Actually, that was all that didn’t work. We got our shopping delivered some hours later but that was okay and we had enough gas in our tanks.
      Now the snow is melting. We are very sad that winter is finished for us here.
      KRAM ๐Ÿค— ๐Ÿค—
      Lots of love โค โค from all of us
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thanks a lot, dear Ingrid.
      That is exactly what we like: simplistic pictures. Hanne-Dina and we as well are loving a minimalistic style.
      Wishing you a wonderful week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. Dear Siri and Selma,

    Serendipity and your fairy dust have bestowed magic on our side of the world. Yesterday, at long last, Vancouver received a snowfall, at the same time that your snow came to visit Norfolk. I was beyond excited to hear the crunch of our boots as we walked along a nature path close to home. I took out my book of poetry and read, Snowflakes by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, which was recently introduced to me by your dear Master. I agree snowflakes are one of natureโ€™s most fragile gifts to humanity – each unique and yet belong to a wonderful community that covers the earth with softness. Thank you for the introduction to Ann-Christine, Maren and Hanna and their brilliant photography and blogs. Sending much love and many hugs to my dear friend, the Fab Four of Cley!!!!!๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโ„๏ธโ„๏ธโ„๏ธโ„๏ธ

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    • Good morning, dear Rebecca,
      sorry, we have to answer because Siri ๐Ÿ™‚ and ๐Ÿ™‚ Selma are very busy trying their fairy magic against the melting of the snow. Unfortunately, we think they will not succeed.
      Snowflakes are great masterpieces of art by nature. William Scoresby, a whaler and scientist after him the Scoresby Sound is named, spend months drawing snowflakes while he was frozen in at the coast of NE Greenland. We had a look at his pictures in the Whitby library where his estate is stored.
      Enjoy the snow and have a happy week.
      Thanks for your kind comment and keep well.
      Love <3<3 โค โค and hugs ๐Ÿค— ๐Ÿค— ๐Ÿค— ๐Ÿค—
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I am now heading over to research William Scoresby and the snowflakes. We travelled by steam train from Pickering to Whitby but didnโ€™t have the time to visit the Whitby library. Oh, that would have been wonderful adventure. Please tell Siri and Selma that I appreciate their efforts to keep the snow from melting. Alas, the forecast for Vancouver is 6 degree C bye the end of this week so we are enjoy the snow while we can. Sending many hugs and love back to our dear friends, The Fab Four of Cley.

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    • Oh Klausbernd, the snow has melted away with our 6C degrees. You are so right – never delay happiness or an experience simply because you think that it will come again or be there for you โ€œtomorrow.โ€ By the way, Iโ€™m thinking of reading Paul Austerโ€™s โ€œMoon Palaceโ€. Will keep in touch….

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    • Dear Rebecca,
      “Moon Palace” is for me the best novel Paul Auster ever wrote. Parts of it remined me of the teaching of my Gurdjieff teacher. I like the structure of this novel, it’s in a way with a novel within a novel. Have fun reading it!
      With love and hugs
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. And I am happy to see you in the snow! Beautifully photographed and written…and Siri and Selma had their say of course! Klausbernd Outwhited is an absolute favourite, but I truly love the artistic touch in every piece. Sorry to say the snow is leaving us too…but thank you for mentioning me and my blog. Well, I will have to buy that inspirational book too…I have been thinking about it. Now I know. โ™ฅ

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    • Good morning, dear Ann-Christine,
      the snow is melding, little avalanches are coming down from our roof, and it looks a bit bleak outside. What a pity! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
      Thank you very much for liking our post. You know, our dear Master is an armchair-explorer reading a lot about polar expeditions. He told us about the frightening whiteout. In this heavy snowfall, we joked about the whiteout – well, we could hardly see more than 3 meters in front of us. Actually, we loved it.
      This book by Otto von Mรผnchow is very inspiring and another book Dina is just reading “The Wildlife Photography Workshop” by Ross Hoddinott and Ben Hall.
      Wishing you a wonderful week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • More snow here tomorrow – but then rain! Glad you made the most of your snowy days. I bought otto’s book today and have already started reading. Thank you for the tip of more books!
      Wishing you all a lovely week!

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    • Guten Morgen, liebe Greta,
      wir freuen uns, dass dir Dinas Fotos gefallen. Ja, wir lieben den Schnee und das sollen die Bilder wiedergeben. Aber leider geht wohl die weiรŸe Pracht dahin, denn vor ein paar Stunden begann es zu tauen. So eine Schande!
      Mit lieben GrรผรŸen vom kleinen Dorf am groรŸen Meer
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Good morning, dear Jude,
      thank you for liking Hanne-Dina’s photos.
      Together with Otto von Mรผnchow, we see photographing common subjects differently. We always find it annoying when you see masses of similar pictures on social media. That’s boring, isn’t it? Sunsets, boats, and flowers f.e. are not seen that differently by different photographers. We think that’s an illusion or a rationalisation by the photographers.
      Wishing you a great week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Dear Jude,
      sorry, I don’t want to insult you. I forgot that the flowers are your passion like mine are the books. I expressed myself undifferentiated, what I mean is that everybody photographs sunflowers in summer (Hanne-Dina did as well in our blog about beauty) and then these thousands of pictures of poppies when they are flowering.
      Your photography of flowers is different as you know a lot about flowers.
      All the best
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • No offence taken KB – I was just saying that for some of us who are not very artistic we get joy out of any photo that isn’t out of focus! And I don’t look at Instagram or FB or any other social media channels so I am blissfully unaware of the thousands and thousands of identical images out there. ๐Ÿ˜‚
      Take care Fab Four of Cley – hope you have had your vaccines.

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    • Dear Jude,
      a big relieve! Thank you. ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™
      I had my vaccine ๐Ÿ’‰ a fortnight ago. Now I am booked for the second one at May 1st but Hanne-Dina is too young. She has to wait until April and Siri ๐Ÿ™‚ and ๐Ÿ™‚ Selma as Bookfayries are Covid-resistent.
      Oh dear, most of the snow is gone within the last 6 hours ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
      Have a happy week.
      Klausbernd ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Well its good that the bookfayries are covid resistant. And nice that Hanne is so young ๐Ÿ˜Š hopefully everyone will have been vaccinated by the end of the year and our lives can return to some normality.

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    • I got my first jab today! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ŠThe surgery called yesterday, I couldnโ€™t believe my luck ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป and today everything went so smoothly. Very efficient and well organised. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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    • Dear Jude.
      Hanne-Dina is due in May for the second one like me. But even after the second jab, I will be careful and keep my distance from others – except Dina, Siri ๐Ÿ™‚ and ๐Ÿ™‚ Selma of course.
      Wishing you a wonderful weekend
      Klausbernd of
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank you very much, dear Cindy ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™
      We love it cold, real cold means clear as well. Unfortunately, we hardly have it really cold here.
      With love โค โค from the small village next to the big sea
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. Ihr Lieben!
    See better, see deeper: natรผrlich, was denn sonst. Wie immer kann ja jeder. Und als Triebfeder des eigenen Schaffens ist solch eine Haltung perfekt. Die Bilder sind es ebenfalls, klasse!
    Liebe GrรผรŸe
    Jรผrgen

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    • Hallo, lieber Jรผrgen,
      “wie immer kann ja jeder” – toll ausgedrรผckt. Wir lieben es. Siri ๐Ÿ™‚ und ๐Ÿ™‚ Selma schrieben es sogleich in ihre bunten Feenbรผchlein. Das oberflรคchliche Sehen, das diese ewig รคhnlichen Bilder hervorbringt, lรคsst einen die meisten Beitrรคge in sozialen Medien nur gรคhnend schnell wegklicken. Bei Instagram feiert sich besonders der Stumpfsinn.
      Danke, dass dir Hanne-Dina’s Fotos gefallen.
      Ganz liebe GrรผรŸe vom kleinen Dorf am groรŸen Meer
      Wishing you a great week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Dear Jenny,
      some love it cold ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Snow is great, isn’t it? We remember mapeling in the northern Vermont woods when we went with horses and sledges to collect the rough maple juice bringing it to the hut where we boiled it. Romantic memories of cold winters with lots of snow.
      Thanks for commenting.
      Wishing you a great week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. Leider geht es hier am Niederrhein schon wieder zu Ende mit der Verzauberung. Mich hat die Schnee- und-Eiszeit sehr belebt, ich liebe das. Die Bilder gefallen mir gut.

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    • Leider, leider ist es hier genauso. Innerhalb der letzten sechs Stunden brach bei uns der Frรผhling mit 13 Grad C und Sonnenschein aus. Das lieรŸ einen GroรŸteil des Schnees schmelzen. Wir fanden auch den Schnee รคuรŸerst belebend. Er zog uns jeden Tag hinaus, uns zu langen Spaziergรคngen verfรผhrend.
      Danke, dass dir Dinas Bilder gefallen.
      Bleibe gesund und munter
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  17. Crunch, crunch, crunch you go, with each step you make, snow makes that sound
    you’ll not soon forget! What winter brings is an adventure of times lost in thought.
    Incredible photos help too! I remember
    Have a most refreshing day, Eddie

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    • Thank you so much, dear Eddie. Indeed, this crunch, crunch while walking on snow brings up happy childhood memories. Snow, in general, is associated for us with many childhood memories.
      Wishing you a wonderful week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Dear Jan,
      thanks a lot for your kind comment ๐Ÿ™‚
      We love our wonderful wild white world but unfortunately, it lasts only short here.
      All the best
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  18. Wieder so unglaublich zauberhafte Fotos, mindestens so schรถn, wie die hauchzarten Schneeflรถckchen. Und beim Voranstรผrmenden Masterchen, als gelte es den Nordpol zu erobern, habe ich breit schmunzelnd hier gesessen. Liebe GrรผรŸe in den Schnee โค

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    • Liebe Vera,
      schรถn, wieder von dir zu lesen. Danke fรผr deinen lieben Kommentar.
      Ja, Masterchen stรผrmt nur im Schnee voran, ansonsten trรถdelt er eher hinterher bei unseren Spaziergรคngen.
      Mit lieben GrรผรŸen vom kleinen Dorf am groรŸen Meer
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. Sieht echt schoen aus, bei Euch. So wie Master(chen) bin ich heute auch durch den Schnee bei uns gestapft. Aber nicht im (leichten) Schneetreiben, sondern bei strahlendem Sonnenschein. Trotzdem war es lausig kalt, wegen des Nordwinds. Mir sind fast die Finger abgefallen. Handschuhe konnte ich ja nicht anziehen, weil ich fotografieren wollte, und mit Handschuhen kann ich die Kamera nicht bedienen. Die Fotos kommen dann bald – jedenfalls eine Auswahl davon. Heute Abend gab’s dann zum Aufwaermen Chili – lecker.
    Liebe Gruesse, und haltet Euch warm,
    Pit

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    • Guten Morgen, lieber Pit,
      wir hatten auch die letzten Tage Sonnenschein, wenn’s auch heute grau in grau ist. Aber es war nicht kalt, nur so um minus 5 C max. am Tag. Das war die richtige Temperatur, um stundenlang durch den Schnee zu stapfen. Wir kannten das von nรถrdlichen Lรคndern, dass Sonenschein im Winter Kรคlte bedeutet, und du wirst es kaum glauben, aber minus 5 C wird hier als extrem kalt betrachtet.
      Bei uns ist leider รผber Nacht fast aller Schnee geschmolzen, da es richtig frรผhlingshaft warm wurde. Wir nehmen an, dass dies das Ende dieses Winters fรผr uns ist. Der hat dann gerade ‘mal zehn Tage angehalten. Naja, besser als gar nichts.
      Mit lieben GrรผรŸen zum Veilchen-Dienstag
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank you sooo much for your kind comment ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™
      It’s in a way to present the unforeseen perspective. Great that you like it.
      With warm greetings from the cold sea
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  20. Such beautiful photos! Oddly, we’ve been hovering around -2C a bit ourselves, but unfortunately we have only the cold and no snow. It’s harder to appreciate the cold when there’s no power and homes are as cold as the outside, but beauty has a strange ability to warm the heart, and I’m certainly warmed by looking at these images!

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    • Good morning, dear Linda,
      oh dear, you have a power cut we suppose. We keep our fingers crossed that the power will soon come back.
      The snow is gone at ours. It was a short winter of ten days only. Now it’s warm and we already miss the snow.
      We hope you got it warm again in your house.
      Thanks for your kind words.
      All the best
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  21. Wonderful snow photos. The full picture of Klausbernd disappearing down a path is my favorite, although the bird with it’s red berries and orange beak is a close second. I, too, love the snow and have been known to disappear into the wilderness on snow camping trips. As for tending fire or staring at a computer screen, I suspect you can guess what my favorite is. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hard to beat a crackling fire on a cold day! โ€“Curt

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    • Dear Curt,
      thanks a lot.
      We will soon light a fire just for fun. It became warm again and the snow is nearly gone. It’s a pity but that seems to be the end of winter.
      Thanks for liking Dina’s photos. We were out all day long the last fortnight when we had the snow and Dina couldn’t stop taking pictures. In the end, we choose these four photos for our blog.
      All the best
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank you very much, dear Lynn ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™
      We are happy that you like Dina’s photography. Indeed, we wanted to tell the story of snowy days. Those days are quite rare here. These winter days lasted ten days only, much too short for our taste.
      We wish you a wonderful rest of this week.
      All the best
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Dear Steve,
      thanks a lot for this link to Lilias Trotter. We never heard of her before. What an amazing life she lived. That she was a neighbour of Anthony Trollope shows how artists had the tendency to live near to each other. You can especially see this in England in St. Ives f.e. but actually in our coastal villages as well.
      Wishing you a wonderful weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Liebe Barbara und Kater Mimo,
      leider, leider ist der Schnee fast vรถllig รผber Nacht verschwunden. Sooo schade ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Das ist ja etwas ganz Besonderes bei uns, wenn es mehrere Tage weiรŸ ist. Hier direkt am Meer ist es meisten zu warm. Dieses Mal hatten wir immerhin zehn echte Wintertage und Bilderbuch-Wintertage waren das, mit nur so um minus 3 Grad C und Sonnenschein. Besonders war es, als es zu schneien begann, das war wir ein Blizzard. Da entstanden auch diese Bilder.
      John Ruskin kann auch als ein groรŸer Naturfreund gesehen werden.
      Auch dir alles Gute und ganz herzlichen Dank fรผrs Kommentieren
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  22. I bet you enjoyed the winter. It’s not necessarily given it will arrives at Norfolk, I would believe? Here in Bergen, Norway, we have already had the most fantastic winter in many years. Yes, cold, down to -15 degrees (at least at night), but I’ll take that any day for some winter in the city and its surroundings. You captured winter beautifully in these images. And thank you for the lovely mentioning of my book. โค Wish you a lovely weekend – probably with the winter gone by now, as this is the case over here on the other side of the North Sea.

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    • Dear Otto,
      you are very welcome.
      We have had a beautiful winter on our coast too. Unfortunately, it lasted only for ten days. It’s all gone now and overnight we got spring here.
      Thank you very much for liking Hanne-Dina’s pictures ๐Ÿ™‚
      We wish you a wonderful weekend
      All the best
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Indeed, it was, actually, like a mini-snowstorm. Afterwards, the sun came out and we had a beautiful winter’s day.
      Thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Indeed, we lived in places where we had beautiful winters for about 4 to 5 month. We loved that really much. For us, snow is not something special, it’s not an obstacle.
      Thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™
      We like your blog and will visit it again soon
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Dear Achim,
      thanks a lot. Unfortunately, the snow went overnight and now it’s spring, sunny and warm.
      All the best. Have a happy weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  23. Hello! Just by watching this photos I feel cold. You are so brave. I know that you are saying that it is a matter of clothing, but I am wondering: “would I survive in that climate even with clothes for snow?” I am not sure because I regularly feel cold even in spring and autumn (and sometimes in summer in the shade) in Mexico City ๐Ÿ˜€
    Have a great weekend!
    Marianne

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    • Dear Marianne,
      people are different. We love winter and cold weather preferably with lots of snow. We couldn’t live in a place with mostly sunshine and hot weather. Actually, we once had to live in the south of Greece. This permanent sunshine and warm weather made us quite unhappy. We love the North in every respect, its nature and culture. So everyone has their likes and dislikes. From what you have commented we are sure that would not be the right climate for you here. When we write to you that our greatest holiday was an expedition to Northeast Greenland that will give you the shivers just by reading it, we suppose.
      Greetings from Cley next the Sea to Mexico City
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  24. Hallo Ihr Lieben,
    gerade habe ich hier noch mal eingeschaut. Dinas Aufnahmen sind einfach super fantastisch. Die minimalistische Einfachheit ist einfach bestechend.
    Liebe Gruesse,
    Pit

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    • Ja, herzlichen Dank, lieber Pit. Das ist es genau, was wir lieben, eine minimalistische Einfachheit. Aber das ist, wie Brecht es einmal ausdrรผckte, das Einfache, das schwer zu machen ist. Dein Lob tut uns gut ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
      Ganz liebe GrรผรŸe vom kleinen Dorf am groรŸen Meer
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Lieber Klausbernd,
      mir gefallen solche Bilder immer sehr, selbst wenn ich sie so gut wie nie selber mache. Ich will immer moeglichst viele Details drin haben und uebertreibe es dann oft mit Kontrast und Farbsaettigung.
      Robert Parker, der diesem Blog ja auch folgt, hatte neulich ein paar ganz fantastisch minimalistische Bilder auf seinem Blog. Hast Du vielleicht schon gesehen.
      Liebe Gruesse, und habt ein feines Wochenende im kleinen Dorf am grossen Meer,
      Pit

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    • Lieber Pit,
      wir lieben die minimalistsche ร„sthetik wie schon gesagt. Roberts Bilder haben wir gesehen. Sie gefallen uns sehr gut. Deine Fotografie ist ja vรถllig anders, das ist doch Doku. Dabei gelten ja andere Gesetze. Wir kรถnnen es uns nicht verkneifen, einen kรผnstlerischen Anspruch zu haben.
      Wir richten gerade unsere neuen iPhones ein. Das geht viel einfacher als ich dachte. Ich hatte nรคmlich grรถรŸte Befรผrchtungen. Aber zum Glรผck ist ja Hane-Dina SEHR computerclever.
      Hab’s fein und bis dann.
      Ganz liebe GrรผรŸe von der sonnigen Kรผste
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Lieber Klausbernd,
      stimmt natuerlich: meine Fotos sind dokumentarisch und haben keinerlei kuenstlerischen Anspruch. Was “dokumetarisch” angeht: das stimmt allerdings nicht immer ganz, wegen meiner Bearbeitung mit EasyHDR. Da werden des Oefteren die Farben doch etwas verfaelscht. Aber ich kann mich einfach nicht von meiner “Sucht” nach Detais in den Fotos trennen. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      So, so: Ihr habt also neue Smartphones.Ich denke mal, die iPhones der lezten Generation. Gratuliere! Ich bleibe noch bei meinem Samsung S9+.
      Liebe Gruesse aus Fritztown, auch an die restlichen 3/4 der Fab Four, un dviel Spass mit den neuen Smartphones,
      Pit

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    • Genau, lieber Pit, wir erfreuen uns an den neusten iPhones, da unsere alten gerade ‘mal nur 5 bis 6 Std. Batteriedauer hatten. Die waren auch 5 oder 6 Jahre alt.
      Ganz liebe GrรผรŸe an euch in Fritztown
      Klausbernd
      Kommt Fritz the Cat von Fritztown – ich meine die verrรผckte Katze der Freak Brothers

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    • Thank you very much, dear Ladyship. We are happy that you like Dina’s photography.
      Thanks and wishing you a great weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Ja, lieber Helmut, dann kam der Winter doch noch mit all seiner Pracht. Unser Hoffen hat gewirkt.
      รœber dein Lob freut sich besondes Dina sehr.
      Vielen Dank fรผrs Kommentieren.
      Wir wรผnschen dir ein rundum feines Wochenende
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Herzlichen Dank, lieber Gerhard ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™
      Auf jeden Fall haben die Verรคnderungen SpaรŸ gemacht.
      Hab ein tolles Wochenende.
      Mit lieben GrรผรŸen vom kleinen Dorf am groรŸen Meer
      The Fab Four of Cley
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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