Month: February 2013

The weekend before…

It’s the 24th of Feb., and the weather forecast to the end of the month looks relatively mild. Mild of course means in the high minuses (or low minuses? I’m not sure how counting negatives really works)… and seems at this time of year to come with the disgustingness of Sleet- the worst infliction of the heavens’ upon the people. Snow is cold, sure, but most of the stuff this winter has been fluffy and delicate, and dancey (I think I’ve already abused Tchaikovsky enough previously in creating this image.. so if you’re not getting the image you must go and scold your parents for raising you in a deprived environment featuring an absence of ‘Fantasia’.. and then go and watch Fantasia… obviously). Sleet is more of a ‘going straight for the eyes with tiny pinpricks of frozen pain’ type of monster. Nonetheless, what with Nature’s current plan of things, I don’t think I’m being overly foolish or chicken-counting in asserting that:                               …

Pictures of Domesticity *

Complete with Andy modelling… (*warning: rather dry post for those not caring about the intimacies of our living space) Welcome to the visual tour of our new Wohnung: You come into the apartment, to the Flur… you can see in this photo the front door handle sticking out to the very right hand side. The current view is through to the kitchen, with the photographer’s back to the bathroom. I’m kinda in love with that little chest of drawers, which we also got from the Spanish people. The shoe rack and big corner plant are from the Kaufland, and the shelfy thing that the plant is sitting on, and the baskety things that the ivy is in we found on the side of the road. Germans seem to really embrace this ‘trash is treasure’ concept: unwanted items are put outside for others to pick up. Last night I saw one of those portable clothes racks and the night before a pair or rollerskates! Going into the kitchen: (here you can see the edges of the …

Update!

Hiya everyone,It’s been a while since an update. Andy and I moved into our wonderful new apartment at the start of the month, and it’s taken some time to get internet access at home…. a process which involved Andy going to the internet service centre and having a conversation in pig-deutsch with a lovely lady who unfortunately spoke no english and kept looking wistfully behind Andy at our favourite-house-guest-of-the-month James R., in hope that it was all a horrible joke and that any second James would step in with fluent German and they’d all laugh about it. Ultimately, Andy left with no internet, and a sense that he wanted the sale more than her: his repeated statements of ‘Ich kaufe jetzt’ (I buy now!) brought on no response. Turns out that, as Andy has no German identity card or bank account so far, he couldn’t have done it anyway- when we went back the next week the whole process went down in half an hour, and a week later we got our internet. And here we are… …