September 20, 2009

Tilinga Hochzeit

Gary White entertaining as ever Outdoor cinema comes to Sommerberg, maybe somethingfor the future … The Sommerberg Hotel was closed over the weekend for Tilman and Inga‘s wedding. The extravaganza started friday evening with New Orleans rock musician Gary White playing acoustic guitar in the barbecue tent, meanwhile outside an arty film was […]
September 10, 2009

Frogs and bogs

One of the last tadpoles to emerge as a frog looks on rather mournfully at the bewildering landscape, or maybe it is just that it has missed the summer and has only the winter to look forward to. Meanwhile a dragonfly makes a low pass darting over the same pond from where the […]
September 7, 2009

Wald Hotel – Demolition

The last floors of the Wald Hotel bit the dust this afternoon leaving just fresh air where the hotel once stood. The diggers now have the tiresome job of sorting through the rubble to separate wood from metal and concrete from plastic. The open space certainly gives Sommerberg a less oppressive feel but […]
September 6, 2009

Enztal beleuchtung

.Wow !!!.. Meetings with ambience . . Music and dance. . light toys for sale . In the Bad Wildbad Kurpark last night the spectacular annual Enz valley illuminations took place despite the cold, wet weather. Rain doused many of the thousands of candles that made up the displays but it failed to […]
September 4, 2009

Wald Hotel – demolition day 5

Moments before the upper floors fell This afternoon the top floors collapsed into a cloud of dust, which was thankfully contained by rain and a well-aimed fire hose. The view from my lounge window changed forever … was that silver glint on the horizon the Pforzheim Sparkasse.
September 3, 2009

Wald Hotel – Demolition day 4

As we move into autumn the weather turns bringing grey clouds and rain. Meanwhile the Wald hotel is still standing but looking rather the worst for wear today.
August 31, 2009

Wald Hotel

Front and back, winter and summer, images from the past The century old Wald Hotel and last remaining original Sommerberg building will soon be a distant memory. Bulldozers and diggers have moved in to demolish the old wooden building to make way for a new restaurant and hotel. Demolition Day 1 Today the […]
August 11, 2009

Blue butterflies and peacocks

A stunning blue butterfly spotted in the forest today The small blue butterfly looked particularly delicate with its semi-transparent wings. Meanwhile not far away a fine example of a peacock butterfly sunned itself on a mass of pink flowers. Numerous blue-green dragonflies could also be seen hovering over ponds still supporting tadpoles. These […]
August 7, 2009


The ‘Waldfresser’ (forest-gobbler) is a rare beast but its noisy hydraulics and high-powered saws soon reveal its location. This monster can fell a tree, strip it of its branches and cut it into equal sized logs in just a few minutes. The ‘Waldfresser’ leaves a swathe of felled trees in its wake creating […]