Thursday, 7 July 2011


I just realised I can say Kaffeerösterei and Espressomaschinen, and yet I still don't know the German for "Can you repeat that please?" or "I don't understand".

A rapid change in direction is needed.

. . .

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Not cutting it.

Berry:  I wish we went to a fireworks on fourth of July.

Me:  But you went to a castle!

Berry:  Yep.  Which was pretty dark and broken.

Monday, 4 July 2011


Happy 4th of July from Heidelberg Castle! 

Manshow has taken the theme too far, with noisy and hard-fought battles against sitting in the stroller, or holding hands, or staying within shouting distance.

Extra-special tactics include collapsing on the ground in various queues, collapsing on the floor of the cable-car, collapsing under the table in the restaurant, and wailing "ouchy ouchy ouchy mamaaaa!!!" any time I hold his hand. (Gently hold his hand -- but try asserting that to passers-by casting startled glances at the spectacle.) 

When it comes to three-year-old boys, independence is so overrated.

Friday, 1 July 2011