I want to ride my bicycle…

My parents must have been keen cyclists at one time, I have the grainy black and white photos of their summer holiday in 1953: a cycling tour of Normandy. That must have been an adventure. My very first bicycle memory is of bring taken to primary school every day balanced on a floral cushion on…

Sumer is icumen in…

…Loudly sing ‘Cuckoo’ Cuckoos are sort of tricky birds, it’s hard to feel sympathy for mass-murderers, but for some reason they appeal, maybe also because of the clocks: Actually I heard my first cuckoo this year back on May 1, and was jubilant as I had a one Euro coin in my pocket at the…

Integrated at last

I have always loved TV. My British childhood was framed by Thursdays with Petticoat Junction Fridays with The Avengers And who could forget The Man from Uncle? Even then I had crushes on anybody who spoke with a foreign accent and so of course was in love with Ilya Kuryakin (even though he was actually…

The spice of life

Casting around for something to do yesterday, I decided to organise my spices and herbs alphabetically. I also wiped each container, inspecting the best before date (oops) and checking how much was still left inside before putting it in the correct place on the shelves in the kitchen, It was sort of fun, more or…

Happy Birthday Father Kneipp

I’ll be blunt: Germans have a very hands-on attitude to their health. I will never forget a woman telling me she was fasting, “Oh,” I said, “Do you want to lose weight?” “No,” she answered, “I’m doing it for the bowel.” It was as if her bowel was an annoying neighbour she needed to keep…

La douce France

One common mistake my students make is to talk about getting a ‘New kitchen’. When I was first in Germany I couldn’t understand what they meant, as people seemed to do it rather often and I couldn’t imagine all that building work being undertaken so light-heartedly. I quickly realised what they meant was a new…

Soft Furnishings

Having moved around a lot, and not always having any money to spare, I learned quite early about what I need to make the place I am living in feel like home. For me this has to do with pictures, lamps, colours, photographs, ornaments, and often in the past had to do with covering up…

On being vaccinated

I remember some lessons extremely fondly, times when I happened to catch the mood and enthusiasm of my students – who can forget, for instance, the time I bought a job lot of Barbie dolls on ebay and took them – with their Kens – together with loads of fabric, rickrack, feathers, sequins, scissors, pins,…

The best foundation

When I first met my lovely husband I wrote to my parents in England to tell them about him. I wrote, “…and he loves visiting open-air museums as much as I do!” Over the last 28 years we have certainly visited hundreds of such museums, in different parts of Germany but also in many different…

Choosing to know

Sometimes I can’t sleep for regrets. I am so sorry for all the stupid, wrong, thoughtless, unkind things I have done: to my family, my friends, my students, well the world, really, and would give anything to be able to start again, and get things if not right, then better second time around. I always…

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