344: On The Street Where I Live

~Our Street~

This drone footage view is almost exactly the same as the apartment complex and gardens where we live. 

I never thought that I would ever live in a city as lovely as this.

Our street in Graz, Austria

~Samantha On Watch~

Our cats love it on the window ledge watching what’s going on in the street, safely behind netting which Natascha puts up daily when it’s warm. 

~A Royal Visitor~

The other evening the Queen of England was outside.

“We are not amused ……..”
“….. as one’s chauffeur has buggered off and left one locked in this vehicle ….”
“…. and one is unable to have a Royal “we”.”

Have you talked like the Queen ?  It’s easy Don’t say “I” and “My”, say “One or We” and “Our”. Try this with one’s nose in the air.  “One hiz hoff to the store to purchase Our Royal Jelly for One’s compexion.  One never carries money,  so hoff you go underling”. *emphasise with back-handed wave*

I hope you don’t have a royal bust-up with your family or friends, exclaiming, “Who do you think you are, the Queen of England ?”.  Blame me !

~A Little Bit Of History~

On a serious note.  Dotted around Graz, Austria, and other towns and cities, there are brass plaques in the pavements (sidewalks), memorials of people snatched from their homes by the Nazis, never to be seen again.  This one is just across the street. 

It says: “Here lived Richard Zach. Born in the year 1919. In the resistance (resistance movement). Arrested: 31.10.1941. Sentenced: 17.8.1942. Executed: 27.1.1943” (Jg. is an abbreviation for Year basically. They probably didn’t know his exact birth date. That abbreviation Jg means Jahrgang and it’s used for birth years or for graduation years and stuff like that)

Sadly, this may happen again in Europe.  Nationalism is rising against the drug dealing, rapist, knife wielding and abusive migrant gangs openly ruining traditional cultures (including their own).  People have had enough.  

~Crash !~

It was a quiet day, when ….

WHAT WAS THAT ?
Will I or won’t I take a look ? Okay, just a quick one !
“Oh, my kittens ! I’m out of here !”

In a flash, Samantha was gone !

“Is it safe to come out now Daddy ?”

Samantha had moved so fast that her shadows, shocked, never moved.

So what happened ?  We think that the wind slammed the window (red arrow) taking out the whole pane of glass which fell onto the sidewalk (pavement).  Luckily the Queen was not under it at the time or there would have been an International Incident ! 

Do you have a story about your street ?

Ralph xox ❤

Natascha took all these post photographs.

87 Comments on “344: On The Street Where I Live

    • Heehee. I must water down my reply a little. Perhaps you must live in Venice then dear Annette 😉 Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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    • It is an unusual snippet of what is unnoticed by many and what a lovely man in the BBC video P2S. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  1. Graz is a lovely place to live Ralph & Natascha! No stories about my street, it’s just normal houses on both sides of the street! We do have a small mountain in view which is nice! Good to see Samantha & the Queen! So happy for you living your life to the fullest. 📚 Christine

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    • It’s lovely that you have a mountain view Christine. I thought I would be homesick for the mountain village where I lived for 13 years in Spain, but no, Graz was really worth the move. Take care my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  2. Yes, yes there are many stories about my street! Hahaha! 😂😂I laugh hysterically thinking about them. Let’s see! 😜
    So, I just can’t remember any at this exact moment.🧐Best to all! xoxo 🧡🧡

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    • Of course there are stories about your street. Let me jog your memory a bit dear Resa. Well, there was the time when you …. no, that’s naughty ! And the incident in bar … hilarious ! And … no, not that ! Definitely not for WP ! Glad I could help you my friend. Love from all of us. Ralph xoxoxo ❤

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  3. those plaques are heartbreaking and so important so that they are never forgotten. i hope their is a way out without violence or discrimination this time. as for the pane of glass, i feel that excitement and unusual occurrences follow you wherever you go, embrace them!

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    • As you say dear Beth it is heartbreaking to read what happened to these people during the second world war. They would all be forgotten or not known about without the plaques outside their homes. Politicians are always the problem in messing up normal people’s lives. Maybe it is time to have a new system without confrontation.
      I don’t know how it happens, but there is always something for me to use as blog fodder, even a pane of glass. Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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  4. I’m glad you are enjoying your beautiful new city. The plaques make me sad, but also happy that they are there as reminders of what happens when hatred rules. How nice that the Queen followed you to Graz; you are so important! Cheerio, Ralph!

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    • Thank you dear wifi Linda. Graz is a lovely city and I am pleased to be here with Natascha. The plaques are a sad reminder, aren’t they ? The Queen missed coming to tea as she was locked away in the car. Oh well, maybe on her next visit. lol. I hope you are having a lovely weekend my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  5. Lovely to see that the Queen was visiting. 🙂 Right now I am back in the north where my job is – the street are very “northern” (rugged) and the houses quite far apart. So sorry to hear about the unrest – it seems to be happening a lot around the world. You and Natascha seem to be very happy with your kitties and city. 😀

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    • I really must learn to curtsy in case the Queen visits again. I can imagine how rugged your town is, but I bet there are a few stories to be told. Yes, we are all happy dear Lynette as I hope you are my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  6. Crikey, I’m glad a commoner wasn’t passing by when that pane of glass lost its grip on life! Has Samantha’s heart-rate slowed down?

    The German word for those plaques translates to something like “stumble upon”. I can’t recall the German word! You see them in quite a few European cities, and are a quiet reminder of juts how stupid and cruel mankind can be.

    You sound like a happy man, Ralph-o!

    Love to all of you. ❤

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    • Crikey ! (now that is a good Australian word ). Crikey, that would not have been good being a commoner under that sheet of glass. Crikey, I cannot recall that German word as well, in fact I don’t even know it. Crikey, I must be a happy man if you say so dear Yvonne. Have a crikey great Sunday my friend. Lots of crikey bugs. Ralph xox ❤ …..ummm ….ooops… hugs

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    • Oh I know the word! I don’t know why I forgot to tell Ralph… You are totally right it translates to something with “stumble upon”. The German name for those stones is: “Stolpersteine”. Stolpler means “stumble” and Steine means “Stones”. So know you know.

      I just hope that nothing like that will happen again. But especially people in power just don’t learn and keep repeating the mistakes of the past.

      Hugs! Natascha ❤

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      • Good morning from Australia (which is sometimes understood to be Austria by some Italians). You’re so right, some of our mighty leaders continue to think war is yhe answer.
        I will commit stolpersteine to my memory bank, Natasha.
        Hugs to you. ❤

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    • Vous êtes les bienvenus Georges. Je suis tellement heureux que vous ayez apprécié ce billet et que vous puissiez passer un bon mois de septembre cette année, mon ami. Ralph 🙂

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  7. Drama, history, beauty, royalty, cats; what more could you want in a street? My street is dull, in comparison. Btw, I have just noticed your GDPR statement. I approve! I am sure Data would too.

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    • You have caught the whole post in a nut shell, one sentence dear Gallavanta. Brilliant ! Maybe it is a good thing to live in a dull street. Yes, Data has boldly gone where no GDPR sidebar widget has gone before. Love Ralph xox ❤

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  8. Dear Ralph, you really have given a beautiful and fun account of Graz.
    I love it all but am tear eyed after listening to the man who kept cleaning these
    plaques of rememberance.

    Thank you

    Miriam

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    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment about Graz and sharing your sadness about that lovely man on the BBC video dear Miriam. Have a wonderful Sunday my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  9. Interesting, Graz is a lovely town, Austria is a lovely country. Amazing the Queen in your street, and it looks like my car she was in. And I thought my son had it for 2 weeks, I didn’t realize he lent it to the Queen. ( She cleaned it too) . 🙂

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    • Yes, we are very lucky to live in such a lovely city YC. The two cat shadows on the wall is in fact solely Samantha, reflections off of two cars outside. Ralph 🙂

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  10. A house on our street caught fire this week. There were about 6 fire engines and a couple of police cars that responded to it. I notice the fellow has a dumpster in his drive way today, so he must have incurred some damage. That was enough excitement for one week. Hope all is going well with your two.
    Leslie

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    • Oh no ! Not the sort of excitement one really needs in the street. I hope that poor family are okay and are insured for fire as I hope you are Leslie. I’m not yet, but your comment has given me the push that I need. We are fine as I hope you are my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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      • The family got out alright. I think it started in the kitchen. There must have been a lot of water and smoke damage. They have a dumpster out on their driveway now. Guess it’s fix it time. 😉

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  11. It looks like a beautiful place to live. Your post was was a real mix of images, both whimsical and significant. Just like real life. Thanks for sharing, Ralph. Des.

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    • Thank you so much for your wonderful comment Des. I am sorry that my reply is whimsical. No change there then ! Take care my friend. Ralph 🙂

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  12. A beautiful city indeed! The remembrance plaques are so important; especially now with so much world turmoil.
    I’m really surprised the royalty in your house (the cats!) didn’t go downstairs and meet the Queen. 😀

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    • I really do love your comment Magick Mermaid. Thank you so much my friend. Yes, things like the plaques are important and hopefully mankind will not make the same mistake again. There is no way our cats would be allowed to meet the Queen as we would never hear the last of it. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  13. What a beautiful city, great photos and I loved the Queen’s visit. lol So sad that gangs are ruining everything, it’s the same in the UK a tinderbox in which I hope someone can stop from lighting the fuse. As always, take care both of you and have a wonderful week. xx

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    • You are spot on with your comment dear Adele, especially about the gangs which are commonplace all over Europe. It needs something really serious to be done to stop them and make sure it never happens again. Thank you so much and do take care of yourself and have a great week my friend. Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment SmileCalm. I really do appreciate it. Take care. Ralph 🙂

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    • That is interesting Jan. Must be a bit of history to have named your street that way. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  14. It’s so good to enjoy the street where we live! I enjoy mine tremendously. But no, I don’t have any hilarious stories to tell; just a few sweet ones… haha.. 🙂
    Here’s hoping you are all well, including the poor Samantha and her shadows! Phew; what a calamity. How many lives has she left; hopefully lots.. 🙂

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    • How lovely to live in the street like yours. I am so pleased for you dear Carolyn. Samantha has got over her ordeal quite quickly by constantly sitting in my office chair as soon as I get up. Have a lovely week my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Thank you Al. Graz is really lovely. I am sure that it is in Europe, but I could be mistaken, I could be in Disney World 😉
      Yes, never forget !
      I really enjoyed your post about your street my friend and I recommend anyone who is reading this to pay your post a visit.
      Have a great week my friend. Ralph 🙂

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  15. Oh, what an amazing environment you all live and it looks so…majestic, Ralph, now that explains the visit of the Queen I guess 😀 Shadows can be very threatening, Samantha, I was hiding too when I found mine…MOL 😀 Granny says we live in a circle, so guess what that makes me, hehehehe….Pawkisses for a Happy Sunday to all of you 🙂 ❤

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    • Hello Binky 🙂
      Oh no ! Chasing your tail is one thing, but chasing your shadow …. doesn’t work when it is cloudy.
      I hope you and Granny have a great week making selfies.
      Lots of strokes from all of us here in Graz xox ❤ ❤

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    • How poetic ! Thank you so much for your wonderful comment Mihran. Have a great week my friend. Ralph 🙂

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  16. Wow, yes, your new city-home does look gorgeous.
    Poor Samantha getting so scared, hope you managed to get the window fixed or it could get a little drafty. 🙂

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    • Thank you dear Amanda. Graz is lovely.
      Not my window, thank heavens. The glass pane fell from way above our apartment and I don’t think they have had it replaced as yet.
      Have a lovely week my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  17. I ve been in Graz few times a very long time ago but I remember it like a beautiful town, but I confess I find Austria in general a beautiful country 😍

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    • That’s great Ortensia ! You must know Graz reasonably well then. Lovely, isn’t it ?
      Have a great weekend my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Well I wouldn’t go that far as saying I know it well but I have great memories.have a great weekend you too❤️

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  18. Holy smokes Ralph, that window was scary, no wonder Sam ran for cover! And the Holocaust memorials are heartbreaking, just as what the crazy is going on in the world – mainly Europe and the US. Stay safe my friends. ❤ xx

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  19. Dear friend Ralph,

    Thanks for sharing a bit of your neighborhood with us. Sadly, our neighborhood isn’t quite to so interesting – all we see are little chipmunks and wild turkeys running around – lol.

    Take care,
    Nancy

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    • Heehee. Your street sounds so wild dear Nancy ! 🐿️🦃🦃🦃🐿️🐿️🐿️🦃🦃😳 Ralph xox ❤

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  20. Refreshing, although sad sad events mentioned in the midst …you turned it around and left me with a smile. Looks like you have quite the character in your royal household. What an entourage 😻👑🐯🎬💞☮

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    • Thank you so much for liking the images AoC. The sticker on the car window of the British Queen was a bit of fun to see outside my apartment.
      It is a changing world, more for the worst, but, hey, it is all prophesised and Christ with his government will sort it out on His return.
      Take care. Ralph 🙂

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    • Grazie mille per il tuo ottimo commento Flavio. Per qualche ragione era nel mio dashboard spam che ho appena salvato. L’Austria è un paese adorabile e così anche l’Italia. Stai attento. Ralph 🙂

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  21. So glad no one was walking below the window at the same time, did you have to fix it yourselves? It looks beautiful in Graz so pleased you’re at home there now.

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    • It WAS very lucky that no-one was passing by underneath the falling glass, wasn’t it Charlotte ? It made a heck of a noise when it smashed onto the pavement. It wasn’t our window as we live on the ground floor and it fell from an apartment 3 floors above us, so I don’t know who repaired it.
      Thank you my friend. Graz is lovely. In your line of work I suppose you will never settle. Gallivanting all over the world must be a thrill for you, a singing bonus ! Have fun ! Ralph xox ❤

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      • You know what Ralph this week in London a man died in just such an instance, he’d popped to the loo and was going back to his van when a full frame of glass of a new build fell on him 😳. What a coincidence.
        I’m off to Germany for a couple of days next week. Looking forward to it.

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