Monday, April 23, 2012
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Monday, October 03, 2011
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
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Monday, May 09, 2011
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.
Sunday, December 05, 2010
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
|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 http://www.feldbahnmuseum-wiesloch.de/ 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
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
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: