have an excellent new year 2007. Stay healthy and may all you wish for come true! Peace and Light,
Where did 2006 go? I can hardly believe that this year has already passed.
Looking back it seems like yesterday that we celebrated the new year in our old flat in Mülheim's old part of town.
Last February we started renovating the place where Annette’s grandparents used to live so that we could move in. This project meant the initiation of me into the circle of DIYers. Who would have thought that I would end up knocking down walls, plastering and using power tools?
Much of this year we have spent putting the finishing touches to our new place and finding the right furniture. We still need a lamp for the dining area and a bathroom mirror, but apart from that we are done. The next big project will be redesigning our garden next spring. Annette has already gotten into gardening; I am not quite so enthusiastic, yet.
In the course of this year I also passed my probation period and settled in at the Volkshochschule Essen,
Annette is still at her primary school in
In the summer we spent a lovely week in Lynton, Devon and then picked up Nathan in
In the autumn we celebrated Margret's and Norbert's 60th bithdays with a huge party and in November we all went away on a nostalgic family holiday to Holland. In December Annette and I also spent a lovely weekend in Münster, where Annette used to live during her university years.
The last couple of days I stayed in Lichfield to see Nathan and deliver the presents Santa left in Mülheim. A shame, I was only able to stay for two days but we made the most of it and I am now a Lego master-builder as well as an Uno expert.
I wonder what the new year will entail for us personally. I hope we will keep being blessed with good fortune as the last couple of years have been very happy ones. On the whole the year will probably proof quite difficult for the Germans; VAT and National Insurance contributions will rise and a lot of people will really be worse off. But I think I am due for a little pay rise, so it's not all bad news...