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2009 A Good Year ….?

I did do a review of the year 2008. But it’s onwards and upward and whilst we head into 2010… here’s a look back on the last 12 months of 2009.

*If I missed or forgot something or someone – just hollar and I will ammend as soon as possible 😉

  • December was kicked off with the Carbon Neutral Revolution and Trim 2025

Whilst I flicked through my diary and realised just how much I actually had done… it should be noted that none of this would make any sense without someone to share the stories, the laughter and equally the tears with. I am forever greatful to the so many great friends and people I have met along this years road. Thank you. 🙂

Did I enjoy it? Every second. Don’t get me wrong… no road is an easy an easy one especially when I work in an industry that is so weather dependant and I am self employed. That is not a complaint…. more an additional reason to appreciate the people who stand tall by my side when time are tougher and there too when we laugh our socks off.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh. Nollaig Shona duit. Slán agus beannacht.

Thank you again, for everything.

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Osnabruck Botanical Gardens [botanischer garten], Germany

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In 1984 The Botanical Gardens of Osnabruck were born. To celebrate the gardens 25th anniversary I met with Curator Dr Nikolai Friesen [saturday 6th June] to find out a little more about this young yet amazing horticultural gem of north Germany

Opened in 1984 the 8.6 hectare site includes 5.6 of which were formerly a quarry. Similar to other botanical gardens, this one also includes the Osnabruck Horticultural College and also what is known as the ‘green school’ [grune schule] from where courses are held and run.

It is estimated that 70,000 visitors pass through the gates every year. Not bad for such young gardens but what is more amazing is whilst I was there on a Saturday, 4 weddings were to take place, an art exhibition and a butterfly exhibition! A great way to attract new visitors…

The truth is that some botanical gardens, to the non plant/ botanical purist, can be quiet boring… Not in this case! It does follow ‘the rules’. But it is young and that makes it a little different giving it almost an edge on some of the [so many] others I have been to.

The people were amazing, the grounds were superb from the very helpful Jan Eickmann employed by the town right down to Ingeberg who works in the coffee shop voluntarily [her husband is also a volunteer] and makes great coffee 😉 Thank you!

Would I return? In the morning. Would I recommend it? Absolutely. 5/5.

Osnabruck is an amazing town brimming with culture on my way through the alt-stadt [old town] I the honour to meet Eduard from Old Time Jazz. They were simply doing what they love the most… enjoy!

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