Saturday, March 21, 2015

Pomona/San Dimas

 Happy Spring!  (Daffodils are on sale here at Trader Joe's!)
Frühlingsanfang! 

Yesterday, we spent the day in Claremont and also visited Pomona College.  We met one of Peter's Swiss friends, who teaches at Pomona College.  And we also visited with some friends from back home that moved out here a few years ago.  Ginny and I had our last child with the same midwife :) in NY.  So we toured the campus, met Ginny and her family, and then went home with Peter's friend for dinner.  His wife was also there and we spent a relaxed evening outside eating grilled vegetables and chicken with a Southwest salad.  For dessert we had sherbet with homemade lime curd!  And we drank lemonade made from the lemons that grow in their backyard.  They are ripe right now.

Gestern waren wir in Claremont und haben auch Pomona College besucht.  Dort unterrichtet ein Schweizer Freund von Peter.  Wir haben uns dort auch mit Freunden von zu Hause getroffen, die seit einigen Jahren hier wohnen.  Ginny und ich hatten die gleiche Hebamme für unsere letzten beiden Kinder in New York.  Wir haben uns das Collegegelände angesehen, mit Ginny und ihrer Familie Neuigkeiten ausgetauscht und sind dann mit Peters Freund zu ihm nach Hause gefahren, wo wir auch dessen Frau kennengelernt haben.  Es gab gegrilltes Huhn und gegrilltes Gemüse, dazu einen mexikanischen Salat.  Zum Nachtisch gab es Sorbet mit selbstgemachter Limettensoße.  Zum Trinken gab es Zitronenlimonade mit Zitronen aus dem Garten.  Die sind im Moment überall reif.  

 Very hazy mountains
Sehr dunstig: Man kann kaum die Berge sehen.

 The snow has almost all melted by now.
Der Schnee auf den Bergen ist inzwischen 
fast ganz geschmolzen.  





 Pomona College

 Observatory
Sternwarte

 Culture Hall (Theater)
Theater

 Here on campus the view of the mountains is much nicer. 
Hier beim College kann man die Berge wieder besser sehen.








 Peter serving lemonade from the lemons below.
Peter serviert Limonade von diesen Zitronen.




Today we had Latin in San Dimas.  While Jonathan and Charlotte learned I don't know what (I guess I should ask them what lesson they are covering these days), the rest of us walked to downtown and looked at the shops.  Flora already knows her way around quite well: She knew exactly where to cross the street and where to turn.  After all, Peter takes the children there every other week while I do my skyping.  Today I did not have to skype and so I went along.  After Latin class, there was some playing on the playground with the other homeschooled children that attend Latin.  And then we went back to Pizza Rev for dinner.  Oh, and for lunch we made another Rice Bowl recipe, this time Western African Peanut stew.  Of course we watched the short video on Niger, the country that was featured for this recipe on the Rice Bowl website.

Heute war dann Lateinstunde in San Dimas.  Während Jonathan und Charlotte sich mit Latein beschäftigt haben (ich weiß gar nicht, bei welcher Lektion sie im Moment sind, muß wohl mal nachfragen), sind wir anderen in die Innenstadt gegangen.  Flora kennt den Weg schon ganz gut und weiß, welche Ampel man drücken muß und wo man abbiegen muß.  Sie ist ja auch alle zwei Wochen dort, wenn die Großen Latein machen und ich hier zu Hause meine  Studenten mit Skype unterrichte.  Heute mußte ich aber kein Skype machen.  Nach der Lateinstunde gab es noch Spiel draußen mit den "Homeschoolkindern", die auch Latein gemacht haben.  Zum Abendbrot sind wir zur Pizzeria gefahren.  Ach ja, zum Mittagessen habe ich ein Rezept von Rice Bowl gekocht, dieses Mal war es ein afrikanischer Eintopf aus Niger.  Wir haben auch den dazugehörigen Kurzdokumentarfilm gesehen.  


 Mountains in San Dimas: Aren't they beautiful?  I love the way they look, like waves.
Dies sind die Berge in San Dimas.  Sie sehen wie Wellen aus.  Wunderschön!


Flora picking some lavender.
Flora pflückt Lavendel.  




 Playing with a ball
Ballspiel



 You can eat outdoors at Pizza Rev.
Man kann bei der Pizzeria draußen essen.




And now I just finished catching up with my one German class, but I still have to do the other one, but that one I will do tomorrow.    

Und bis eben habe ich Arbeiten meiner Deutschstudenten korrigiert.  Der eine Kurs ist fertig, der andere kommt morgen dran.  




10 comments:

  1. Lovely pictures. It is a shame the Internet does not do smell-o-vision for I bet those lemons and lavender smelled divine!

    The outdoor mini fire box on the table looked fascinating x

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    1. Those lemon and orange blossoms are fantastic! And then there is rosemary all over and of course lavender. So many good scents. Maybe in ten years we will be able to send scents as well.

      It was in the middle of the table, surrounded by glass. It was perfect for the evening. It was getting cool and so a fire was just right.

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  2. What a lovely day, Eva! Another wonderful trip and a visit with good friends :) How relaxing and healing with all those sweet scents pervading the air! I tell you, how will you come home? Julius will have to call to all of you . . "come home to me . . " What did you think of Pomona College? It looks very pretty.

    I have to try the peanut stew! I made Shepherd's pie the other night.

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    1. We actually got a picture of him sleeping in the living-room. When we saw it, we all missed him. We do miss him the most of everything back home. I don't know if I could always live here without the regular seasons, but right now, it is simply like paradise (although the thousands! of homeless people in L.A. make you stop and think about this part of the U.S.).

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  3. I also really like your daffodil picture. Is that Miriam poking her head through?

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  4. Dear Eva, about five years ago, we took a family trip to Pennsylvania at the end of April. We were there for our God son's first communion. And travelled around the area for about three weeks. When we left the Colorado mountains, it was a typical Spring-- meaning it was still basically Winter! But as we made our way East, it got warmer and more Spring-like. However, when we got back home near the end of May, Colorado was in full Spring heading towards Summer! We felt so out of sorts that entire Summer having totally missed our own Spring. I hadn't realized how short our Springs are and how much I would physically miss it! Your story of Spring had me thinking!
    Spring blessings, Barbara

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    1. Yes, missing a season can be very strange if you live in an area that has four full seasons. I think when we are back home and fall comes around we will realize that it is nice to have some colder weather once in a while -- although now what we are having in NY this winter and spring.

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  5. Man bekommt richtig Lust auf Sommer wenn man deine bilder sieht. Das collegegebäude und das Theater sehen ganz schön aus. Wir haben lavendel in massen letzten sommer aus Frankreich mitgebracht, ich liebe lavendel. Hier schläft noch fast alles an Blumen es ist noch zu kalt!

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    1. Ja, Lavendel riecht schon schön, das finde ich auch, und in Südfrankreich wächst er ja wirklich überall :). Hoffentlich kommen bald die Blumen bei Euch!

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