Sunday, April 29, 2012

Bike Ride

The important thing is to know how to relax

Monday, April 23, 2012

Liam's Scary Seventh Birthday

Liam went with a vampire/witch/ghost theme for his seventh birthday party last Saturday. I made a quick slideshow with the pictures and posted below.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas Baking

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Macartan's 42nd Birthday

with birthday candles and kids singing "Wie schön, dass Du geboren bist"
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Monday, October 03, 2011

Odenwälder Herbstlauf


I did the half marathon of the Odenwälder Herbstlauf today. I had been aiming for a time of less than 2 hours, but given that it was so warm (26°C), and some inconsiderate planner had put quite a few hills in the way, and my training partners won’t run a whole kilometre without piddling and sniffing (three whiney excuses) I was quite pleased in the end that I finished my first half marathon at all. The time of 2:03:02 gives me something to improve on for next year.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Yes, of course

This puts my mind at rest. Any reservations about the Kurpfalzschule's ability to tutor my child in the language of Shakespeare are now banished :-)
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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sunday, June 26, 2011

My old mountaineering boots didn't make it back from Chamonix

If you look closely, you can see the word "Made in Italy" on the sole.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Liam and Rosalie at the Naturkunde Museum in Berlin

There appears to be a conversation going on in this photo.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Ice Cream in Marlay Park

Kieran and his siblings tried out the playground in Marlay Park, Dublin. All went well until his grandfather decided that children need ice cream once the sun shines.
As the picture shows, Kieran's enjoyment of said ice cream is way ahead of his proficiency in directing it to the correct area of his face.
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Sunday, December 05, 2010

Liam plays Hirte Simon (Simon the Shepherd)

As Liam told me he was to play a shepherd in the kindergarten church play, I automatically assumed that it would be a nativity play. However when he also told me that his friends were playing a thief and a wolf respectively, I began to suspect that there was more to it than this.

From 2010-12-05 - Liam plays Shepherd Simon

In “Die vier Lichter des Hirten Simon”, the protagonist searches for his lost lamb, and along the way dispenses light to society’s outcasts (thief, wolf and beggar). Liam shared the title role with another kindergarten child, which is an insurance against stage fright amongst five-year-olds. In this instance it was unnecessary, both shepherds withstood the pressure. Liam even ad-libbed a little – on picking up his lantern with four candles he claimed it was too hot, and took one with just one candle instead.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Feldbahn- und Industriemuseum Wiesloch

From 2010-10-02 - Feldbahn- und Industriemuseum Wiesloch

The Feldbahn- und Industriemuseum in Wiesloch had an open day today, with their little narrow gauge railway trundling to and fro along a 200 metre line. Rosalie and Liam found this train very entertaining, as well as the guided tour of the little museum.

The full title for the event was "FUNZEL- UND LATERNENABEND", or Museumslichterfahrt mit Laternenprämierung, see for details. The idea was that each child would bring a lantern, so that the train rides after dark would have more atmosphere.

Contrary to expectations, there were no prizes for “best lantern”, so the hectic hour of hedgehog and ladybird-themed lantern creation last night was somewhat in vain. Nonetheless the kids had a great time, as the pictures below show.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Assembling a new Swing and Slide

Yesterday was a very busy day here, as Project New Swing and Slide moved from the planning phase to the Realisation phase. Fortunately Heike’s brother Hans-Günther was on hand with the appropriate power tools to get the job done.

There were one or two moments of incredulity as we realised that the instructions were not written in the traditional linear style. The essence of page 6 was that in order to get to page 7, you really need to re-do page 5.

Such problems notwithstanding, we did manage to get a functional swing for the kids before the barbecue started, and I added the slide today.

Below is a slideshow of the Saturday photos, and the finished product from today.

From 2010-08-08 - New Swing and Slide

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Kindergarten Sommerfest

On Saturday Liam and Rosalie’s kindergarten celebrated their summer fest, this year with a medieval knights & damsels theme.

Fortunately there was some help from the freie kurpfälzischen Ritterschaft, a local group of medieval fans who kept the children enthralled with stories, games and bouts of jousting.

Some pictures below:


We visited the Felsenmeer (literally sea of rocks) near Darmstadt last Sunday. The boulder field gave the kids plenty of opportunity to climb around and have fun.

A few impressions are in the slideshow below: