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Kew Gardens 20th Smile – Lights by night


Christmas lights in Kew Gardens – a treat for the Pre-Christmas time.

We enjoyed a lovely evening in the big garden with the famous beautiful

Kew’s Christmas Lights!


New colours and shapes everywhere.

A small compilation

The Palmhouse changed colours and on the lake in front fountains and stars appeared.

Every display was accompagnied with amazing music,

some classical, choir and modern to make the whole light show a memorable experience.

We had a wonderful evening walking through a light wonderland.

Of course there was mulled wine and hot chocolate too!

Please click on the picture to enlarge them.

All pictures taken by me at Kew Gardens.


Wishing all a wonderful and peaceful 3rd Advent !


1971 – sorting out in the attic


It was time again to sort a bit in the attic.

I found more fun stuff from 50 years ago from my school life.

My homework Autumn 1971 – you might recognize some ???

The seasons 1971

As you can see I couldn’t draw well, so for some of the homework I asked my mum or my sister to draw for me. – Clearly July and August were done by my substitutes. ūüôā

Tulip explained
Class Rules for 1971
  • Be punctual !
  • Line up in front of the School !
  • Go slowly and quietly up the stairs !
  • Behave quietly in the classroom !
  • Don’t talk during lessons !
  • Work hard and participate !
  • Be good and helpful !
  • At break – don’t run !
  • Put all rubbish in the bin !
  • Don’t throw away your sandwich (or whatever you ate at breaktime) !
  • After school go straight home !

It is lovely to go down memory lane

I quite enjoyed school and was a very quiet and obedient pupil.

Happy is the person 
who knows what to remember of the past, 
what to enjoy in the present, 
and what to plan for in the future.
Arnold H. Glasow 

Time to move on …..

a new year to come soon…….

new adventures to be had !

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

and a lovely 1st Advent!

First Advent


In Germany, as a child, my parents always celebrated the Advent time with us. Advent and particularly the four Sundays before Christmas Day have been a period of preparation for Christmas for many centuries.


Advent time is starting 4 weeks before Christmas. Every Sunday we light a candle.   Advent wreaths are groups of four candles with leaves and twigs from evergreen trees and plants. We had a bouquet of fir twigs on the table with 4 candles. My mum always decorated it beautifully. We light one candle on the first Sunday of Advent, two on the second Sunday, three on the third Sunday and all four on the fourth Sunday  which is 23rd December this year. We then continue to light all four candles during the Christmas period.


A bit like a countdown to Christmas. We loved it as children when my mum, in the evenings after dinner,  sat at the piano and played Christmas songs and we sang to it, or played the recorder to it. It was a fantastic family time together with candle light and music. I loved that tradition.

I will be taking my guitar out and play some Christmas songs tonight for my children.


I am wishing you a wonderful 1st Advent Sunday!

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