Monday, February 27, 2006

Jemima's great grandma

This is Jemima's great grandma, Gwen who lives in Northamptonshire. Jemima's been busy visting her grandparents, aunt's uncles and cousins in Australia for the last few weeks, and when she's over her jetlag I'll try and organise a visit so the two of them can get to know each other.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Some Like it Hot

Originally uploaded by andy+lu.
It's still rather chilly here in Frankfurt on Valentine's day. Yesterday the sun broke through and I had my lunch outside in the garden, although the ice was still floating on the water butt.
When I arrived in Germany to live at the end of 1991, it was so cold (-12) that I had to go out and buy a warm hat and scarf. I was not used to this in England. The summer of 1992 was fantastically warm and Matthew who was then only 5 then spent a lot of time at the outdoor pool. I learnt later that these were extremes for Frankfurt, but nevertheless on average, the climate is a lot warmer and less rainy than dear old England. I used to think that people were exagerating when they said it always rains in England, but from my visits back there, I know it is pretty much true. You only have to look at the weather chart to see all those clouds coming in from the Atlantic.
I don't think there has been a big change in the weather here since then. We had a very hot Summer in 2003, so much so that Humming Bird Hawk Moths started visiting our gardens to everyone's facination. I found out that they normally live round the Mediterranean but had been driven North by the extreme heat, flying over the Alps to get here. I think we saw the odd one in 2004, but otherwise they have retreated to their homelands.
The other freak weather we had was in 2005 when a tornado which tore down hundreds of trees in our immediate area and ripped off the metal roof of a nearby house. This is not something you expect in Frankfurt!
That's all for now