Archive for July, 2011


Having gone through a spell of justified misgivings and apathy, coupled with the fact that we lost our carpenters for two weeks to another job, I’m now getting excited again about the Laube. 

Today, the carpenters returned to finish what they started.  We went to meet them there this morning and were amused to find two of them sat on what was left of the roof…..  With our lovely Laube interior exposed to the elements, we were naturally rather anxious to know how fast work is going to progress.  By Wednesday evening this week, all the woodwork for the roof will be complete.  So Thursday has been set aside all day, for Robert to fix the first layer of waterproofing to the roof!  We will soon have a watertight house and can stay overnight then!!  Woooo hooo!

Let’s hope that this week doesn’t provide any torrential downpours……  July has been a very soggy month and we have had to spend more than a couple of days mopping up the water from our new floor boards.

We also went for a quick walk along the cycle path or Mauer Weg, today.  There are some lovely spots by the river to sit and I also think to do some fishing.  We also discovered a rather out of place area of land planted with fir trees.  In very neat German rows.  It looked rather spooky.  Here’s a photo…

Spooky Fir Trees

We also found a rather handsome mushroom, splendid isn’t it?  Does anyone know if it was an edible one?

Big Brown Mushroom


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Good and Bad…..

Hi All, sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but a lot has been going on, (including a trip to Switzerland)…..  But, I’m now ready to post again!

My thoughts about this post are rather mixed.  I have good news and some very bad news.  Let’s start with the good…

After our disaster with the worker, (which I posted about in my last blog), Robert found and employed a carpentry firm to work on all the woodwork aspects of the Laube.  The guys working on the Laube are great – not only are they experienced, reliable and competent workers, but they also really like the project and the location.  For them, it’s something very different to the usual projects they get.  Work is moving on fast.  We now have new floorboards, a partly replaced outside back wall, a new door, and new insulation in the walls.  However, they were reluctant to do more work on the walls until the roof is removed and replaced.  We have been trying to find a roofing firm to do the roof, but have had real problems finding anyone who has the space in their schedule.  However, the carpenters have volunteered to remove the current roof and do all the woodwork structure for the new roof.  We have quite naturally accepted their offer!  Hang the bill at the end of it all!

We have also sought advice from a close friend of Robert, Tom, who works for a roofing company.  He has instructed Robert on how to apply the first layer of waterproofing on a new roof and has kindly offered to give up a day of his freetime, to do the second layer, which involves burning the tar on to the roof……  So, maybe in a month’s time we will be able to spend our first night at the Laube!!!!

Here’s the latest pictures:

Work in progress on the Laube

Part of the interior...Note the large black bucket to catch the water dripping from the ceiling.....The roof of the Laube, covered in plastic (note the wrapped chimney stack... I had to climb up there to do that)!The new door to our Laube. We can now lock it!

 So, now on to the bad news…..  Yesterday was a work day in the Laube community.  This happens once a month during the summer, on Sunday mornings and involves all the male members of the community working on a project which is for the good of the whole.  Dutifully, Robert reported for work at the appointed time.  I sat serenely knitting and enjoying the sunshine with our Laube neighbour, Olivia, and her little boy William.  However, my serenity did not last long.

In a previous posting, I have told you about Ricky the Raccoon.  Well, it turns out that Ricky was actually Rickette.  About a month ago, she gave birth to five cubs!  However, Ricky had not made many friends in the Laube community.  She was stealing food from people’s tables, going into people’s Laubes and making a mess looking for food, scratching people when they tried to stop her doing stuff and generally being very badly behaved.  Her downfall was that she was not afraid of humans…..

She had decided to have her babies in a little nest she had made in the small hut at the back of our friend’s Olivia and Christian’s Laube.  When they discovered what had happened, thinking it was funny and cute, they told the other Laube community members.  However, they did not share the pleasure in this latest development.  A big discussion amongst the community ensued, which focussed on the fact that one Raccoon was trouble enough, but six was too much.  Suggestions of catching the family and moving them to another location were squashed and an awful decision was made.  They decided to kill her and her cubs.

Apparently, four male members of the community took it upon themselves to do this task.  In the meantime, Christian and Olivia locked the door of the hut with Ricky and her babies in it, to try to protect her and to buy some more time.  They were hoping to contact a friend who was a vet, who may be able to help re-locate the family.  However, their plan did not work.  The guys who had decided to kill Ricky, broke in to the hut.  Apparently Ricky put up a huge fight, but they eventually killed her and her cubs, painfully, with a garden fork.

I am horrified and appalled at such behaviour.  It is completely unacceptable.  I cannot understand how people can think this was the correct thing to do.  The Laube community is in a nature reserve!  What they did is illegal.  However, we can do nothing apart from say how we feel about it and wait a year until we are full members of the community.  Then I will do everything in my power to ensure that NOTHING LIKE THIS EVER HAPPENS AGAIN!  I’m so upset still, just writing this is making me cry.  Poor Ricky.  I’ll leave you with a picture of her taken when she was pregnant….

Ricky the Raccoon

Ricky the Raccoon


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