Friday, March 14, 2014

I'm back, a lot has happened since 2006!

I am still in Frankfurt and still not eating the sausages (Wurst) but a lot has happened - I joined Toastmasters, I trained as a Coach, I moved TWICE and last year .... well that's another post ...

The 34 years is not my age and this is not how I normally dress. Were at the 34th Zulu Ball in Schwalbach near Frankfurt - it was our 4th time, so we missed the first 30, pity. One of the best music events in the whole region - big band, blues, piano person.


Tuesday, September 19, 2006

On top of the world

I managed to get a away for a week at the end of August, walking in the mountains in Austria . It rained every day for the first 3 days but the sun finally came out and I had to buy a sun hat. Posted by Picasa

Jemima the architect

At her first birthday party, Jemima had her first lesson in building from her dad Andy - put the big bricks at the bottom! She also showed early signs of musical talent on her musical octopus and percussion set. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, June 15, 2006

High wire adventure


I went to the Trainer Congress in Fulda last Saturday and was charged up by the motivating presentations and the very interesting people there. The highlight was when 12 of us went to the nearby "Hochseilgarten" after lunch. By the time we had rearranged ourselves in order of height standing in a line on a big log, we already felt closer and proceded to escape from a "melting iceflo" carrying a beaker of "nitro glycerine". The highlight was when we had to ascend 7 meters up in the trees in pairs and traverse a thin suspended beam with nothing to hold onto except our partner who was facing us on a parallel beam. It was an amazing experience of putting your trust (and your life if it wasn't for the safety harnesses) in someone else's hands.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Along the Nidda 2

This one is from a couple of weeks ago. Jane and I went walking along the Nidda from Hoechst upstream from where it joins the Main. I managed to get a shot of the heron before it flew off. We also watched crows who seemed to be "fishing". A few weeks before I had seen a crow with a live fish which surprised me because I thought they mainly ate carrion. Looking in the Internet I found video of another type of crow fishing by thowing bread in the water and and catching the fish when it came to eat the bait! you can see this at:
http://www.orenhasson.com/EN/bait-fishing2nd.htm Posted by Picasa

Along the Nidda 1

May has been pretty wet and it rained very hard on Saturday night. So when I went on my bike on Sunday morning, the Nidda was flowing fast and furious and was at least a meter above it's recent level. I noticed a lot of debris being carried along as I went upstream to Bad Vilbel and was curious to know what would happen when all this stuff (including logs) got to the weir at Heddenheim. So I went back downnsteam and had a look. As the photo shows, all the debris had gone over the weir but was trapped under the waterfall because of the back circulation. Hopefully someone will fish it all out during the next week.
Also sighted: A very large hare stopped on the path ahead. It was as big as a dog and it's ears must have been 30cms long. The swallows were swooping fast and low over the river catching flys. What fantastic aerodynamics! The ducks had to paddle hard against the strong current just to stay in the same place and had to fly home in the end. Posted by Picasa

Friday, April 14, 2006

Matt in Germany


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Originally uploaded by granddad2005.
Matt arrived today via Ryanair and the sun came out to welcome him so we decided to go across the Rhein by ferry at Bingen rather than on the Autobahn.
He's a good head of hair taller than me now - maybe I'm shrinking!

Friday, March 24, 2006

Spring is here


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Originally uploaded by granddad2005.
Not quite Australia, but the Sun came out in London and showed it really was the start of Spring.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Jemima and her mum



Originally uploaded by andy+lu.
Lovely Jemima with her lovely mum Lu in Australia. Jemima is 5 months old here and growing rapidly, also the hair which had to be cut.