Kitchener in Bloom

Beautiful daffodil
Beautiful daffodil
When Janelle bought her home several years ago she decided she wanted a flower garden rather than grass in her front yard. Janet and I were very supportive. Janet had a green thumb, like her mother and Janelle. I like to work (play) in the soil so I quickly took a spade and turned the grass under.

Janelle did her research and I helped her plant bulbs over the last number of years. For this reason she has flowers blooming from spring through the fall.

What a surprise for her yesterday morning to open her door and discover a sign and a letter stating that her garden has been nominated by someone to participate in Kitchener in Bloom!

Kitchener in Bloom nomination sign
Kitchener in Bloom nomination sign

With excitement she said “Dad our garden is part of Kitchener in Bloom.” I am so proud of Janelle. I so much enjoy gardening at her home and at her brother and sister-in-law’s home. I call it my opportunity to farm.

So congratulations Janelle. Your neighbors also enjoy your garden.

~ Wilmer

Alzey, Germany

Katharina Luther
As a widow Katharina Luther was forced to flee Wittenberg to Torgau because of the outbreak of the Plague. Near the city gate her cart was involved in an accident in which she was injured and then died. Her grave is in St. Mary’s Church.

 

Carol & Lorne Smith‎, along with Nancy & Bob Kelly, inside the baroque cathedral Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), Dresden.
Carol & Lorne Smith‎, along with Nancy & Bob Kelly, inside the baroque cathedral Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), Dresden.

 

Philipp I of Hessen, in order to promote Protestant unity, invited Martin Luther and Ulrich Zwingli, along with other reformers to a colloquy at Marburg Castle. Luther and Zwingli are depicted in the center; Zwingli is holding his finger up to Luther.
Philipp I of Hessen, in order to promote Protestant unity, invited Martin Luther and Ulrich Zwingli, along with other reformers to a colloquy at Marburg Castle. Luther and Zwingli are depicted in the center; Zwingli is holding his finger up to Luther.

 

The Taylor family in Koblenz at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers.
The Taylor family in Koblenz at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers.

 

Concert held by the 120 voice St. Alban Singers in St. Martin's Cathedral, Mainz.
Concert held by the 120 voice St. Alban Singers in St. Martin’s Cathedral, Mainz.

 

Judy Wilson and Wilmer stand by a segment of the Berlin Wall in a park in Mainz.
Judy Wilson and Wilmer stand by a segment of the Berlin Wall in a park in Mainz.

Read the blog on Tourmagination’s website.

Leipzig, Germany

Martin Luther spent 6 Months in the Coburg Castle in 1530. He took refuge here during the Diet of Augsburg.
Martin Luther spent 6 Months in the Coburg Castle in 1530. He took refuge here during the Diet of Augsburg.

 

Hans &Katharine at Wartburg Castle
Hans &Katharine at Wartburg Castle. Martin Luther was held as prisoner here at Wartburg Castle for 6 Months when the authorities because authorities wanted to kill him. During his time here, he translated the New Testament from Latin to the German Language. ‎This changed the course of Christianity as people now could understand the Bible in their own language.

 

Fields of Rape (Canola)
Fields of Rape (Canola)

 

Wittenberg Town Church square
Wittenberg Town Church square

 

Wittenburg Church Door, where Martin Luther tacked his 95 thesis
Wittenburg Church Door, where Martin Luther tacked his 95 thesis

 

Group in front of a Linden tree, planted here in Luther Park by Waterloo Lutheran Seminary (Waterloo, Ontario).
Group in front of a Linden tree, planted here in Luther Park by Waterloo Lutheran Seminary (Waterloo, Ontario).

Read the blog on Tourmagination’s website.

Rothenburg on der Tauber, Germany

 

Bob Kelly sharing with the Group in Worms at Luther momument
Bob Kelly lecturing at Reformers Monument

 

Visiting the section of the Heidleberg Castle destroyed by the French during the occupation
Janet Walther, Carol and Lorne Smith visiting the Heidleberg Castle

 

Nancy & Robert Mann ; Judy & Bruce Wilson inside the Walled City- Rothenburg
Nancy & Robert Mann ; Judy & Bruce Wilson inside the Walled City- Rothenburg

 

Lorne & Carol Smith in Rothenburg
Lorne & Carol Smith in Rothenburg

 

Group at the Steinsfurt cellar
Group at the Steinsfurt cellar

 

Wilmer and driver JP Weber
Wilmer and driver JP Weber

 

William Berczy Historic plaque, Wallerstein, Germany
William Berczy Historic plaque, Wallerstein, Germany

Prior to the tour group members arriving, Lorne and Carol Smith and I were able to fit a visit in a with our long-time friend and historian Aksel Rink, who recently celebrated his 96th birthday.  We had a wonderful visit with him in his gardens, as you can see from the photo at the top of the post.

Meeting in Nordlingen, Germany with Mayor Herman and Peter, Staff and Historian Aksel Rink
Meeting in Nordlingen, Germany with Mayor Herman and Peter, Staff and Historian Aksel Rink

Read the blog on Tourmagination’s website.

~ Wilmer Martin