Knightly Accolade of Dieter...

Knightly Accolade of Dieter...

...to Sir Dieter Sokoll

Lola Gerlinda's                PLANT & FLOWER SHOP

Lola Gerlinda's PLANT & FLOWER SHOP

SOON TO BE OPEN

Lola Gerlinda's Hobby - Plants & Flowers

Lola Gerlinda's Hobby - Plants & Flowers

Flowers are the new hobby

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Hello, we are Gerlinda and Dieter Sokoll. Gerlinda is Filipina and Dieter is German. Since the KNIGHTS OF RIZAL have bestowed the knighthood on Dieter in Decemter 2017, he is called Sir Dieter and with this privilege comes, that Gerlinda is called Lady Gerlinda. Close family and friends call her Gerlyn. We are living in the City of Cagayan de Oro, the city of Golden Friendship. This is our blog, where we post our photos, videos and stories about family, life, travels and our LOLA GERLINDA'S FLOWER SHOP. The reason for this is, that Gerlinda's Hobby shifted from raising pigs to plants and flowers. Because of African Swine Fever she had to stop raising pigs. We both love dogs. That's the reason why a few large dogs are family to us. There are the the German Shepard ladies Bouney and Daisy and our young mixed boy Bravo, daughter of Bouney, who has a Belgian Shepard Malinois as father and is lightly handicapped. At the other end of the house we are having some local cats, they adopted us or we the cats, who knows.

You can contact us at: dieterwsokoll@gmail.com 

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Gerlinda & Dieter private - Hunting Flowers in the Mountains Photos & Video by Sir Dieter Sokoll

We went to a small village in the mountains and Gerlinda found a few private houses with a lot of plants and flowers around for sale.

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In simple memory of Tatay Isidoro Z. Nanay’s birthday. Today Tatay would have been 88 years old.

We slaughtered our only one left pig for this occasion. There are no more pigs and piglets for this year, because of the ASF (African Swine Fewer).

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Gerlinda & Dieter PRIVATE - The mysterious Gardens of Nanay Photo & Video by Sir Dieter Sokoll

All our dear neighbours are plant and flower lovers. So they plant and tend around the houses.

There are many things to discover that you would not expect to find in a flower garden. There is an old motorbike standing prominently in a flower bed, a bicycle hanging on the wall and an old oven for steaming hanging planted in a tree.

Of course, the indispensable dwarf family is also at home in an old tree root. And the view goes out into the countryside and over to the mountains.

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Gerlinda & Dieter private - VIDEO - SUZIE MING & her 4

We adopted one of the stray cats around our house with her litter of 4 little kittens after she took the little ones out of hiding and jumped on the property with them to our dogs. The cat was given the name SUZIE MING by us and immediately accepted the offer when we brought her into the house. Here she can now raise her kittens in safety and I can make my own cat videos hahahaha Have fun watching!

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GERLINDA & DITER private - We are adapting mummy cat with her litter

Over time, a few cats settled in with us. When the food for the pigs was sorted, five cats came one after the other or were already waiting to receive their daily share.


There are three female cats and two males. One of the pregnant cats had decided to have her litter with us in the roof between the corrugated iron and the ceiling panelling. Actually no problem for us. But there must have been something that made the mummy cat jump down from up there with one of the little cats in her mouth onto the property wall and then into the property.

Gerlinda was about to drive into town with her son when she noticed what was going on and told me. I went outside immediately, first locked up Bouny, the shepherd dog that was running loose. Then I went to have a look. Mummy cat was squatting with one of the little cats in the corner, where the rubble from the renovation work was still lying. When I came closer she hissed at me. After giving milk, she takes down the second little kitten.


When I notice that she wants to get a third one (I don’t know how many there are yet), I get the two little cats out of the corner and put them in a plastic box and bring them to the house entrance where she can see and hear them.

But no, she jumps back to the old place with the third kitten. In the meantime Gerlinda is back and prepares a bigger box. Mama cat, now called Suzie Ming, jumps under the roof again to fetch number four. In the meantime I fetch Number Three again and take her to her siblings. Now Suzie Ming sits there with the one little cat and lets it drink. Then Gerlinda goes with the broom to keep the cat at bay and gives me the little kitten. It too finds its way with me to its siblings, who are already meowing for mummy.

We also sit down not far away and wait for mummy cat. What will she do? Will she accept the help? Will she realise that we want to help her?
Then she comes over the wall and looks and then comes to the box. She lets us touch her and jumps into the box. So we decided to give her a safe place in the house with her little ones. There she is now and she very quickly understood that she gets full board here.

GERLINDA & DITER private - We are adapting mummy cat with her litter
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