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Sometimes dreams take a little longer…

… to finally come true. No, I haven’t found the girlfriend I am looking for. However, another dream has finally become true. A holiday at a barrier-free horse riding centre. Hof Grueneberg , located in Brandenburg is such a great place for relaxation. It turned out to be quite complicated to sort out everything around the payment of the necessary assistance, but finally, with the help of quite many people, we could find a solution.  All in all, the preparation of the holiday took about 9 months. More than once, I was afraid, we couldn’t get it done.

Fortunately, there were always people who encouraged my not to give up. To name all of them would certainly go beyond the scope of this report. However, my riding-therapist deserves to be mentioned here, because without her this holiday would not have been possible.

Hof Grueneberg is such a special place. Nearly all available apartments are completely barrier-free. The flat “Lankesee” which I rented for a week has two separate bedrooms and another couch usable as sleeping place in the living room. The living room and the bathroom are large. Disability-related equipment such as nursing bed and lifter can be rented (against fee). Simply let them know beforehand. A shower-and toilet-wheelchair is available free of charge.

At Hof Grueneberg several animals have found their home. Cats,dogs, chicken and of course horses. Except the horses, you can feed all animals. It is, however, FORBIDDEN to feed the horses, petting is allowed. In addition to offering therapeutic riding, normal riding-lessons can be booked as well. What really impressed me was the fact that the complete area (including all stables) is fully wheelchair-accessible. I can surely recommend the collective-actions offered on a weekly basis as well. Baking Pizza was fun.

 

I had five lessons of Hippotherapy (including Saturday). There is a lifter to transfer the patient from wheelchair to the horseback and the transfer takes places in a separated part connecting stables and riding arena. The riding arena is big and light. Great. I was allowed to ride Lanka, a really lovely carthorse-mare. Her walk was much quicker than Shirley’s , which felt really strange in the beginning, but incredibly cosy by the end of the week. Such a pleasure, such a sweetheart.

If you want to leave the apartment and stables for a while, the region has a lot to offer. We decided to have a visit at the “Baumwipfelpfad Beelitz (Heilstätten)” and the park of Rheinsberg Castle. Everything fully accessible by wheelchair. However, we dismissed the thought of a boat tour, because the accompanying person was not free of charge. The pulsing German capital Berlin is about 60 Kilometres away.

A lovely, cosy and relaxing holiday ended far to quickly. I hope and pray, that I will be able to see all people and animals again next year.

Declaration of Love to a horse

My therapy-horse has just given me yet another proof that horses are wonderful beings. Not only has she been as gentle and soft as she always is, but she has proven her wisdom twice in our 45-minute-lesson last week: as we were about to start trotting, Shirley stopped. The lungeing rein had had a few knots. As soon as these knots were unknotted, Shirley immediately started to trot as if nothing had happened, she’s just such a sweet-hearted horse girl. And, as already mentioned above, Shirley showed her wisdom again, later that day and I gained the impression that we had successfully communicated for the first time. When I had my hands off the handhold, Shir5ley started snorting very carefully and I somehow know that she would have loved to snort more intensively, but her priority was to give me her security. So, I put my hands back on the handhold, and Shirley thanked myself by snorting loudly and proudly. It’s such a great horse and such a great feeling being able to communicate with her. Please; Shirley; never stop communicating und I only can hope that we have many more years to come. For myself, there seems to be no safer place in the world than sitting on Shirley’s back.

 

 

City- and Countycouncil-election 2016

It was not supposed to be, yet. Personally, I barely missed election into the city-council. I wish to thank all people, who have given me their vote and their trust. If everything goes well, I will be having a new try in 2021.

Congratulations to all (newly) elected city-council-members and especially to the five members of the Green Party. I wish to all council-members a politically fair und constructive co-operation, allowing and enabling good developments for the city.

Personally, I will continue to engage myself for everything good for the City making a contribution to a green and live-worthy city of Achim.

Photographic Workshop Hagenbeck with Linda Peinemann

The day after the landscape Workshop, the next Workshop was leading me to Hagenbeck and it truly was a day coming close to perfection, probably as close as it gets. Good, dry, but not to hot weather-conditions, a lovely group of people with a lot of fun and even more willingness to help each other on the way to good pictures and the incredible luck of being at the right place on exactly the right time. I barely can express how happy I felt during the day. To feel that the bond and the joy of a common passion is bigger than the division caused by my physical limitations and to be accepted in the way I have been in every single class I participated in, that is the way inclusion should really work. A special thanks to everybody who supported me in taking these pictures and just having a day that I will remember positively for a long time.

Photographic Workshop „Pestruper Gräberfeld“ with Linda Peinemann

This workshop was truely a very special occasion for several reasons: Not only has it been my first-ever landscape-photography workshop, but also the second workshop where two participants were doing my assistance, including car travel. It was a great and wonderful experience, perfectly fitting the beauty of this evening class with a social event. Thank you very much, it really is a pleasure.

Photography at Weltvogelpark Walsrode

At the beginning of my summer-holiday, there was a lovely surprise. A group of Lindas workshop-participants spontaneously organized a trip to Weltvogelpark Walsrode and I was able to participate. It has been a really lovely and enjoyable day. It was great to be there and I think, it produced quite good results. Have a look for yourself.

Nature-and Macrophotography

On July 1st , I participated in Linda Peinemanns Nature- and Macrophotography class. The location where we went was one of the largest and multifaceted  private gardens of the region. Plants and trees offered as many picturesque motives as the decorative accessories giving the garden a special and unique atmosphere.

Gratitude

At a time, when the world seems getting crazier almost every day, and hatred seems to be getting more and more present and obvious and in different forms, we all should learn two things again: seeing happiness in the small things in life and being thankful for activities or places we have in our lives, that help us to find our inner calmness and balance.

To me, there is happiness in the fact that “my” therapy horse was coming to the gate by herself during my last visit, it grounds me that she allows me to feel her warmth and power, end it having a place like this, there I can find calmness and peace and just feel happy makes me grateful. Thanks to everybody having a share in that.

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Second class with Linda at „Zoo am Meer“

To make up for the six months without “Linda classes” just a week after the architecture class, I took part in the Workshop at the “Zoo am Meer”. It was a very special workshop. For the first time ever two participants in the class, Antje and Maike assisted me during the workshop. And they made a great debut, indeed! And I got the fantastic opportunity to put Antjes new super-tele-lens on my camera which has proven to be probably the best choice to deal with blue-footed-boobys. The results, in my opinion are quite surely among the best pictures I have ever taken so far. Many thanks to all the wonderful people allowing me such enjoyable and relaxing days.

Pictures published with friendly permission of Zoo am Meer.

First class with Linda after 6 months

After a break of 6 months, I had the first class with Linda in 2016. Architecture. In theory it sounded quite complicated to take care of all the lines you need to have in mind. Taking the pictures was challenging but the class was great fun. The results were quite good though I have to admit, that nearly all pictures had to be reworked with the Computer.