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Well - things are quite dramatic on several accounts at the moment.

Next weekend we are looking forward to a trip to Bonn. We shall see our granddaughters again for the first time since we got back from the US. All is in turmoil there because they are moving, our son has a new job and is commuting an hour each way at the moment. There is nothing to keep them in Bonn any more as his new school is over the Rhine and quite a way out Eastwards in the Westerwald. The youngest granddaughter is now 5 months old - she was 2 months old when we saw her last, so we shall notice a big difference.

The main drama next weekend however is the dramatised version of the Matthew Passion which his choir are putting on. I am listening to it now. The choir (Vox Bona) performed it as a concert at Passiontide but the big event will be the acted version next weekend. For the concert they already sang without music. That sounds impressive, but I sang it some 40 years ago and can still sing along with the chorales and the "Sind Blitze und Donner in Wolken verschwunden" bit.


Drama nearer home is that just before I left for England last week, our car got a flat tyre - I was driving, but it wasn't my fault. There was a nail on the ground where I parked. Because everyone has just put summer tyres on their cars over Easter (mandatory in Germany) or for some other reason, the garage is having trouble getting deliveries of replacements. This year we had had brand new tyres too!

Fortunately, we have a really good public transport system and getting to and from the airport by bus and train is not difficult or expensive, nor does it take much longer.

Bigger drama at home, however, is that our shower has decided to start leaking. Well, it has probably been leaking for a good while, and we only noticed a few days before I left for the UK, as it started dripping through the ceiling below.


More drama with my mother. I'd only been back a couple of days and she had another bout of delirium, symptom of a UTI. I felt so guilty - should have seen it coming. In hindsight, there were some signs whilst I was there, but I didn't add them up. She called my sister at 5 am yesterday morning with stories that the police were coming to ask her questions. She was wandering about the house, picking things up and re-arranging things, and had gone out of the patio door - all without her frame, and that's quite a step down.

My sis got the doctor to come during the morning and antibiotics were prescribed. Fortunately we now have quite a team of helpers and neighbours who can come and administer the medicines when my sister can't make it because of work commitments.

Well, that's enough drama for one journal. You'd think. But now I'm up to "Lasst ihn kreuzigen". Can it get any more dramatic?

Thanks for reading.

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I nearly always forget mine. But this year I've remembered. So smiley - bubbly to me for 19 years on the site!

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Back again - Ghosts, John Steinbeck and little boys

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We celebrated our 42nd wedding anniversary this week. Well, no celebrations actually took place because we are in our son's flat in Silicon Valley, looking after his little boy whilst son and daughter-in-law take a short break. It's a 24/7,exhausting job, but great fun!

So we are now in California for practically the whole of April and won't be back in time for the 20th anniversary meet which I really would have loved to attend. Even if it had meant a stopover at Heathrow between San Francisco and Frankfurt!

For the last few days here we shall be off sightseeing. Maybe I'll have some stories to tell about that later.

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