Tuesday, 23 August 2016

June... July... August...

Oh man, this poor little blog-space of mine. It's terribly neglected. 
I wish it were because we've been so busy with fun things, but actually there's not much going on. Fortunately, a few photos snapped along the way remind me what we've done.

So... JUNE

In KinderClub we had a photo-shooting session with the kids and side-walk chalk. It was fun drawing different things on the floor as props and the kids had fun.


A few of us collected cakes from kind donors and sold them at the market one Saturday. It was fun getting to connect with people we see around but never get to talk to. 


We did a lot of hanging out at home, and finally finished the area by the desk. Somebody went to Ikea and brought the shelf back, but with the wrong brackets, so Malcolm went to Ikea to swap them. Then it took ages for us to finally buy screws for it on the other side of town. Eventually... it was up! And Malcolm drew a series of Ericas for the frame above it :)



We also went out one night to see the "Musik tut Gutes" benefit concert by the Johann-Strauss-Orchester Wiesbaden at the newly opened town hall. It was really cool and the music really good, and it seemed like our few grey hairs gave us license for us to be there ;)


Malcolm worked really hard, as usual. There were a couple Saturdays where he headed into the lab, and I got to be all impressed with his chemistry AND how he looks in a lab coat.


Malcolm also played his first German soccer game for his Chemistry group's team. Sadly, I couldn't go and watch him play, but apparently he did pretty well. It was typically German and he reported a lot of beer being drank afterwards. 


JULY

The month began with Malcolm heading to China for a conference. It was a looong journey, but he made it!


While he was away, I had plenty of things to do. I went to a 50th birthday party which was lots of fun, AND THEN, Anabel came to visit for 3 days. 


It was so much fun seeing her again, and getting to see Marburg together. We walked and walked and walked... and laughed and laughed and laughed, and it was SO good. 





Plus, she brought me a ridiculous amount of stuff from SA, so that was a bonus ;) 


After a hurried drive to the train station, it was a rushed goodbye and she jumped onto the train at the last minute. 

It was just a few more days, and Malcolm was back! Hooray! 
He had a really interesting time in Nanjing, and after missing a flight and having his luggage lost on the way there, his flight back was significantly better! 

 


I think his trip deserves its own post some time, though. 

The semester wrapped up and my class at the language centre wrapped up, and everything in CenTral came to a close for the holiday. 


The first week of the holiday was a busy one with the children's holiday program in CenTral. We had plenty to do with the kids... a walk to a great playground where we spent the afternoon playing, a day doing various workshops, a trip to a crystal-cave and an animal park, and an afternoon at a castle garden picnicking and playing. 


We didn't do too much else... except in the evenings when Malcolm was home and we could go for walks hunting pokemon and eating icecream. 



AUGUST

Honestly, what did we do? We went hung out in the city, hung out with friends, and grilled. Not too much else? 

This last weekend we went to the medieval market in the Castle park. It was fun and quaint and interesting. 


There were things to buy and also things to see and play. 
Like mouse roulette...

 




Malcolm's archery was pretty good... he may not win the hunger games, but he'd probably survive in a forest lacking predators but rich in game. 

Now Summer is nearly over... it seems to have just flown by without me realising it. But, we'll see what the last days of Summer bring :) 

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