Monthly Archives: December 2017

There’s A Hole …

You could easily chalk this up to cultural differences. Or maybe German children are smarter than their Canadian counterparts.  The first time we walked out of our village heading into the mountains I noticed a hole in a hill just outside the town limits. There was a small rail car in front of it with […]

Cultural Differences VII – Baking

With our kitchen having been installed for a week it was time for Christmas baking. Past time really; in Canada I would be on to my second batch by this point. But could I pull it off? Baking requires more than just an oven… I have heard it said that a good workman never blames […]

Thought For The Day

Just to be clear, I didn’t see this one myself, but figured it was worth sharing. Must be a new definition of “perfect,” that is all I can think.

If The Train’s On Time…

According to government propaganda in fascist Italy of the 1920s and 1930s, the unstated message was that, while you might not care for the man, at least under Mussolini the trains ran on time. They didn’t of course, and still don’t. Given the propensity for dictators to kill their critics, it probably wasn’t healthy to […]


A friend brought me a newspaper from the airport lounge. I don’t get to see many physical English-language papers in the depths of the Black Forest, so I was very grateful. It was the Gulf News, which is published in the United Arab Emirates. It appears aimed at the expatriate population there, especially those from […]

The Nativity Set

Today is the second Sunday of the Advent season, the day we light the second candle on the Advent wreath. I should be able to tell you what that candle signifies, but I can’t off the top of my head. When I was growing up my family didn’t do anything special for Advent. Probably had […]

Christmas Market in Lippstadt II

Just a few photo impressions today. If you need words, try yesterday’s post.