World War II, although almost at its end, still raged in Europe and Anna was a beautiful twenty year old girl, who lived with her family in Naples, south Italy. As it was common in the south, religion and family honour was still very much alive then. Hmm….it still is, when I think about it.Anyway, as we know from history, allied troops were also stationed in Italy. So it happened that my grandma met a young, good looking English fighter pilot and they fell in love! He’s name was James.So far so good, it could be the start of a beautiful romance! Sadly, it’s not…..James had to leave for a new combat mission after a while, but not before promising her and her family that he’ll be back and they would get married as soon as possible.God, they must have been crazy for each other! It’s unimaginable, how painful it must have been to say goodbye under these circumstances.…
Mar 09 2019
Mar 02 2019
I have been a week in Austria on a skiing holiday.
This holiday was unplanned. But when Lasse a childhood friend called and told me, that he and his son William had rented a house for a week near Zell am See, Austria and asked if I wanted to join. Space was no problem at all. WHY NOT. I did not have to think it over to long. I had been away on work for a while in USA so no one at work protested. Diana new that I love skiing and that it was 4 years ago since last time we had our skiing week.
So for Diana it was OK too.
Feb 23 2019
Gosh, where to start then? Ten years ago I was kidnapped from my original home and…. (ops, just caught a stern glance from mum…)
OK, OK here it comes: Ten years ago – in March 2009 – me and my brother Thor were actually rescued from a faraway place called Thun, in the canton of Berne. We both were 1.5 years of age and it wasn’t a horrible home actually, but the people there didn’t want us anymore and sought a new home for us.
Yes, I had a brother whose name was Simba (mine was Minou).
Our mum and dad changed our names to Odin and Thor, which were Nordic Gods
Feb 16 2019
We are very sorry, there will be no post this weekend….
The reason is quite simple: All of us three thought the other one would write something. So on the end Odin was snoring through the days and relied on us, while Patrik and I – being busy with work – assumed Odin or the other one would have plenty of time to play author this week…
Well, apparently not.
Means the mood between us is a bit….well, it could be better!
However, we agreed that Odin will write a post for next weekend – he promised and even swore on his paw!
Feb 09 2019
Not so long ago I’ve heard about LUSH….Well, the soaps….and started to inform myself about these products. Mainly on their website, but also critical comments in the internet, written from people, who tested them.
According to LUSH, everything is produced without animal testing and only natural ingredients are used, which are fair traded. Therefore, these products do not harm the environment and many are even vegan.
Of course soaps are known since, like, forever. So nothing new about that, BUT….
I couldn’t believe my luck, when I discovered they even have shampoo and conditioner in their assortment – as a SOAP BAR! Does that really work? Do you get the familiar foam you want to have? And how nurturing are these products for your hair?
Slowly, it dawned on me that when using these soaps I would reduce the plastic bottle waste a lot! THAT convinced me definitely – I had to test these slippery buggers!
Feb 02 2019
On our last visit in Loano, over Christmas and New Year, I’ve made a movie about the marina and our yacht.
We thought it might be helpful, if one can see how everything looks like when entering the marina. How it works with the card to open the barrier, the short drive to the boats and where you can park to unload your car (in the “tunnel”, beside the recycling station).
Afterwards you’ll leave the marina area the same way as you came in and park your car. You can choose either the big parking ground beside the marina office, or the underground car park – whatever you like (either are possible).
The movie about Luna Azzurra became a bit wobbly, sorry for that. Nevertheless, it might give you an impression how everything looks like when you’re on board.
Another movie shows how close the facilities with showers and toilets are from Luna Azzurra. Plus how they look like – very clean indeed!
We believe presenting Luna Azzurra and her surrounding like this give one a much better idea, than just photos. Don’t you think?
Jan 26 2019
He aimed for Sunday, 20th January.
That was still (almost) OK, because that was also his birthday (yes, 25+ as usual *smirk*), and we planned to pick him up from the train station around lunch. We still would have time to celebrate!
On Saturday, came the news that he had to stay longer. His replacement came down with the flu and couldn’t come to work. Meant, my dad was the fortunate one, to spend more time in the desert and Fort Stockton, where his hotel was! At least the weather was pleasant, sunny with 17 – 20 deg. C! Boy, did I envy him…