1. "Erholung" – recovery – is one of the best German words. Actually, it's not the word so much as how it is used. Because "Erholung" also means recreation, and is most often heard in the phrase "Gute Erholung", which doesn't mean "get well soon" but rather, "have a good holiday". It's a word that… Continue reading Good weird: 5 things about holidays, 8.8.2016
Did you have a lovely chocolatey weekend? Us too! Do you feel at least four times better after a four-day break? Me too! Was it lovely and springtimey? HERE NEITHER. In fact, it snowed. Admittedly it snowed while the sun was shining... but it snowed.I have faith, though. Spring will happen. And when it does, your… Continue reading Feeling flowery?
On spring, chilly children, and the joy of colour
Don't know about you, but I'm about ready for spring to come. As a snow fan I feel we got excellent value from this winter, but its time has passed. (Even if Little Dude is still asking for snow every single day.) Spring, however, seems to be having a bit of a diva moment and after just… Continue reading On spring, chilly children, and the joy of colour
Yesterday Little Dude (just turned 2) stood on skis for the first time, and Elfling (nearly 6) for the second time. Me? It was my third time, if counting by trips taken, not by days. I haven't done nearly enough skiing to feel remotely confident, and the last time was seven years ago, so the… Continue reading Fear itself
Post-holiday notes to self
1. When travelling with children, especially children under 2, remember to pack extra clothes for yourself and them. Then pack some more. Then some more. They will not only get dirty through playing, they will get you dirty, and then just when you think the far too many clothes you packed will just about get you… Continue reading Post-holiday notes to self
Vive la difference?
As Max grows, there are a whole new set of comparisons to draw against Claudia. The one giving us grey hairs right now is that, while she was a demanding infant but super-sweet, biddable, careful toddler, he's... not. Well, sweet, yes, absolutely; he is still King of Cuddles, cheerful and affectionate and utterly delicious. But… Continue reading Vive la difference?