The Current State of Things

The Current State of Things

  I haven’t blogged much lately, mostly because I feel numb watching the way the world is going. Not just numb, but helpless. Like I should be out there, protesting, volunteering for charities or changing the world with my own two hands. We are told to be afraid of strangers and immigrants. We are told walls and bans will keep us safe. They won’t. Walls and bans divide. They create hate. They create violence. There’s a rise of the extreme right in Europe and in the United States. The racist uncle who is constantly muttering under his breath and gets […]

London at Christmas

Treasure Hunt in London

My girlfriend managed, somehow, don’t ask me how, to get tickets for the very-much-sold-out-until-I-don’t-know-when Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. She also thought it would be boring if I just got a plain envelope to open in front of our lovely tree. So, she got me socks instead. How thoughtful. Ok. That’s not entirely true. I’m being unfair. She planned a treasure hunt for me. One where I had to get up at 6 in the morning on a Sunday. To be fair, we’d decided we want to drive into London on Christmas Day a few months ago. Walk around […]


Brexit: A few personal thoughts

I haven’t blogged in almost a month. June was quite busy and especially the last week was draining. Though there were some positive things. We were in Crete for a week with our German friends and it was a lovely holiday. I survived my fear of flying and will post some pictures soon. We came back to a turbulent week for Britain. To be honest we both expected the ‘remain’ vote would win and it was a big surprise that we’d ended up sitting in bed, glued to our phones, at 2.30 AM early last Friday, eyes brimming with tears, […]

Miniature Australian Shepherd

My Experience with an Anxious Dog 1

Blue is technically a Miniature Australian Shepherd, but he’s not actually miniature. He’s quite tall for the breed. He’s also shedding his fur. I could take up knitting and probably produce at least a jumper a day. Born on the 7th of May, 2008, he’s now 8 years old. He was a handful as a pup, now it’s worse sometimes. I didn’t jump into buying a dog without research. I’ve read more than a dozen books on which breed is right for you, what to do with a puppy, how to mentally stimulate them, how much exercise they need, what […]

our garden

Our Garden 1

was a mess. Literally. It was mostly left alone before we moved in and was just a pile of dirt, bushes and grass so high our dogs managed to disappear in it. The back fence got destroyed in a storm, the shed door wouldn’t close and once we let the dogs play, they basically killed the grass. The result was not pretty. At the back was a second shed to the right, before the storm took it down (along with the fence). Now, it’s just dirt and rocks and bricks. When we moved in last year it was already the beginning […]

learning a new language

Learning A New Language

I love languages. I studied Latin and Ancient Greek at school. My first language is German. I grew up in Switzerland and spent almost ten years of my life in Fribourg, which is in the French part of the country and even did a few years of school in French. I’ve always wanted to learn Japanese, but since the gf is half Greek, I decided to take on (modern) Greek. Might be a nice way to get myself used to a different alphabet before I do take on Japanese. Or maybe Korean? I also like the look of Russian. Or Arabic. Half […]