Tuesday, June 27, 2006

hummel, hummel!

Following the example of bears in Berlin and cows in Zurich, there were 100 life-size figures of Hamburg’s most famous water carrier, Hans Hummel, in the city centre for about 3 years. Their time is up and they were auctioned on 6/23 , they are displayed all together downtown for a few more days. Lucky me, I got to see them all under sunshine:







Hans Hummel‘s real name was actually Johann Wilhelm Bentz (1787-1854) an original Hamburger who worked as a water carrier and was considered to be an ill-tempered type, which gave the children of the new town all the more reason to tease him by calling him by the derisive nickname "Hummel, Hummel!" (English: bumble bee). Because the tormented water carrier was seldom able to catch the little rogues - he was always carrying great quantities of water for many kilometres into the town - he could only react with coarse replies of "Mors, Mors!", a Low German (Plattdeutsch) expression to be translated as “arses, arses!”



And now comes the fun part of this post: a birthday! Not just a birthday, but a very special one:

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Happy birthday to our dear, charming Lady of the Hills !





I think I found the right champagne glass ( had to go all the way to Hamburg to get this pic!) to celebrate a blog party, it fits a whole bottle and more, lol!


All the best to you birthday lady! and many, many more blogging years. Cheers!!

There is a birthday gathering today at her blog, don't miss it! Expect a fine party, birthday fun, many bloggers and great virtual goodies which won't unbalance your bikini diet (!)



And one update: Got pictures of your laundry? Vickie has a whole collection and published mine today on her blog, thanks Vickie!

17 comments:

  1. Hummel! how sad that they had to be auctioned! will try to scavenge and find some pictures i took last summer with him....and scan them.
    btw, you could practically take a bath in that champagne glass! :D

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  2. BEAUTIFUL, dear Mar! LOVE that Champahnge Bottle in the glass! Amazing picture and Amazing Champagne, too...

    Those Hummell figures are devine! I am going to come back and study them more....later...
    Thanks So Much Mar for joining in the FUN!!!

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  3. Those Hummell figures are really something special to see! Thanks for sharing.

    I think you did a great job on the champagne glass for your friend. Hope she has a wonderful Birthday.

    Take care,
    Connie

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  4. What great pictures and a wonderful story of Hummel. Loved it.

    Thanks for visiting my MM.

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  5. I love Hummel figurines! And I found your post very interesting.

    Heading to the birthday party now. *s*

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  6. Those photos are so awesome!!!! You need to start selling your photos!

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  7. Love those Hummels. We had wolves here in our area, and they were auctioned off too. They are great fun to see close-up.

    I did a tribute to Naomi too - yours is very nice!

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  8. That's a lot of Hummels! I've never heard of him...but now I kind of want to know more about him. :)

    (Toronto had one of those sort of everyone - decorate - a - sculpture things. Here it was a moose, of course. ;))

    Thanks for visiting me today!

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  9. Very interesting story. Did not know any of it at all. I wonder how much they made for those things at auction!

    Love the champagne glass for The Old Lady! I will have to step over there later and wish her happy birthday!

    Hope you are having a great day yourself!

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  10. here in San Jose, we did that with Sharks. and last year in San Francisco, they did it with hearts. :)

    here from michele's.

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  11. These figures remind me of the bison that are painted to represent different things about Oklahoma and are scattered around Oklahoma City to celebrate the state's 100th birthday in 2007.

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  12. Great shots. Love the champagne picture.

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  13. ok mar - those are really cool photos!

    As always, love reading your blog.

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  14. Wow, what a collection just standing there! Intresting story.

    And the champagne glass is one that I would want, I adore champagne :-)

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  15. Very colorful and bright. I like them. Just came from OldOldLady's birthday bash. It was really a hit.
    My WW is up now.

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  16. Those hummels are soooo weird! I had to look closely to see if they weren't real.

    I have my version of a world cup post...and I'm just popping in from Naomi's party.

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