On making mincemeat of it – part 1

Every year, I make a load of mincemeat, for myself, my family, and anyone else who wants some. Every year, I make it up as I go along, and no one’s complained yet. This is part 1 of the recipe – insofar as it can be called a recipe – for 2015. *** A word […]

On Advent decorations – part 3

<- part 2 ….Then I moved in with DB. DB is German. DB’s parents are German. All of them were born and live in [former] East Germany. There is a lot of tradition involved in aΒ  German Christmas, and a whole lot more in an East German one. I’m not sure why, or even if […]

On Advent decorations – part 1

Once upon a time I lived in a house where we didn’t think about Christmas until all the birthdays were over (mid December). We had a huge (to a small child) box in the attic marked “Christmas”. It was brought downstairs a few days in advance, so we could walk round it and my parents […]

On birthday food

This is the cake from the inside: This is the tray of potatoes, carrots, onions and, most importantly, parsnips ready for roasting: They were SO very good, the steak was a little bit unnecessary – but who turns down a steak when they’re offered one??! It was a very good steak too. Here are the […]

On returning, having never left…

Hello strangers, long time no speak – where have you you been?! This post is dedicated to Anon from random life (and anyone else who might have been wondering about me). ******* Hey! Yeah, it’s been ages.. πŸ™ I think I’m pretty much back* now though. I didn’t exactly go anywhere, but I wasn’t really […]

On flying home* for Christmas

Two weeks ago I bought a ticket for a flight to Berlin. Last week I checked in online, printed my boarding card and packed my bag. On Friday I got a train from work to the airport (and was there on time), went through security, unpacking and repacking most of my suitcase in the process. […]

On a roll

I have a new job!! πŸ™‚ I start in February πŸ™‚ Gives me time to move house, go skiing and visit my folks before people expect great things of me πŸ˜‰ and that in spite of being stuck in the current job until Christmas. Actually, that’s not bad either – it means I get paid […]