Tag: autumn

Sunday Column (458)

I love starting my blog on a Monday. Whilst it won’t make much of a difference to you, the final post being shared on Sunday, I love sitting on the plane or train on a Monday to reflect on the weekend, on life in general. Latter was the whole purpose when I started the Sunday Column now 458 weeks ago. Almost 10 years. It was about not only copying things and sharing things, but making my blog personal. I believe I have achieved that. It also gives me an outlet for my thoughts. My readership is in the thousands and people from all over the world are visiting my site. This is a nice thing to know that every week, people are waiting to read my weekly column. Thank you for bearing with me. So reflecting on the weekend, I didn’t do much to be honest. We all have a cold and seem to be tired. My best friend from Germany was supposed to visit but was ill himself too. So we ended up with a very relaxing weekend. Some good food and excellent wine, cheese and the fire being on. We also got some game controllers for the AppleTV

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Sunday Column (336)

Today to the day I left from Dusseldorf, Germany, to go to the USA for a year as an exchange student. I was 16 I believe, so 1993. 22 years ago. Life passes very quickly! On the way back I remember smoking and drinking whilst being stuck on the run way in Chicago, sitting in the last row of a Lufthansa jumbo. Those were the days. On Tuesday, 18th of August, I will have another anniversary. On that day, 14 years ago, I left from Dusseldorf to Aberdeen, via London, to move to the UK to finish my university degree. I never returned to Germany permanently and met the love of my life just before I finished my studies. Our anniversary is later this year 😉 Isn’t life amazing. You never know what you get. You step on a plane, you go places, and you it might change your life forever. For the better, hopefully not for the worse. Anyway, let’s not be sentimental. What has happened is the past. History really. The highlight of the week was actually very personal. My wife managed, thanks to the MIL (mother in law) babysitting, to come into London and go out for

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Sunday Column (286)

Spending 10 days without the family was great. Or was it? There is something to it, like being able to leave things lying about like scissors, knives and lighters. There is something about getting up at 5 am and making lots of noise. Or to spend all Saturday in front of the computer trying to set up websites and new blogs about productivity. On the other hand, I did miss those cuddles, the love and being part of a team of people, however small. The constant reminder that life isn’t only about yourself, you and what you want to do. But that life is for sharing, for teaching and learning. I ordered a huge pizza on Sunday, being very lazy. Did I enjoy just eating by myself? Of course I didn’t. Wouldn’t it have been more fun to share it with the kids and watch a movie in the living room sitting on the picnic blanket. Or, as we normally do, make pizza ourselves. The way I felt on Monday it would for sure been a better idea. Not coming home to an untidy house where toys are all over the place, discovering new ones and fixing old ones. Not

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Sunday Column (238)

Autumn has arrived. Indian summer. The cobwebs are everywhere and the mornings are cast by a mellow light. It is misty. And, I have a cold. Yes, the evil man flu is back. After two weeks of conferences and exhibitions, airplanes and lack of sleep, I finally got the first man flu of the season. But I am soldiering on, too much to do at work. Probably for the first time in a while I could imagine going on a holiday. A warm place with a pool and gym, nice healthy food. Nice wine. Yes, I could do with a few days of relaxation, rest and recharging my batteries. Having been five weeks into my new job is tiring too. Not only getting up to speed but start ups can be exhausting, yet so much fun and rewarding. I am enjoying it! Instead of exercising and resting, I enjoy a few glasses of wine at night and comfort food to keep me going. Not the best, but sometimes it really helps 🙂 This week I wanted to make an effort to not write about work. Not about my commute. So this takes 80% of my weekday experience away. I got

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1st day of autumn (first day of fall)

I just read a post on this blog about the first day of fall / autumn. My comment was this: Hello, I could not have said it nicer or better. You are right, the fall (autumn in Europe :-)) is a beautiful season. I think what I like are the cobwebs and the cold air in the morning. Everything seems to be much slower, more peaceful. As if the world goes to sleep for a few months. On the other hand, when the sun comes out, things are getting warmer and nicer and the vibrant colours let you enjoy nature in a very special way. What a lovely time! Volker

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