Week 27 from July 1st to July 7th was one of glorious weather in Edinburgh. The city is truly magnificent when the sun shines, it’s just a pity that it shines so rarely! Mum retired this week, a major milestone in her life and kind of a watershed in mine. I’ve also had some distressing news from home which makes me feel every centimetre of the distance between Edinburgh and Melbourne, but I shan’t dwell on that now as I’m hoping for better news later in the week. I’ve started playing with Duolingo to learn German. It’s kind of language learning by game play andRead More →

Week 2 is from the 7th to the 13th January. We leave Fulda and head back to Edinburgh and I make a squeaky tetrahedron for Katja.   <img alt=”It’s always a sad day when we have to leave Fulda” src=”http://www.kersti.com/blogpics/7471ae7e58b511e28b2322000a1fbe1b_7.jpg” /> 130107 – It’s always a sad day when we have to leave Fulda. This pic is of the Orangerie which is attached to the Schloss.   <img alt=”Katja is learning all about the properties of the tetrahedron #mathsgeek” src=”http://www.kersti.com/blogpics/8c8bf4285be511e2979622000a1fb04f_7.jpg” /> 130111 – Katja is learning all about the properties of the tetrahedron #mathsgeek with the ball I crocheted for her.   <img alt=”Important tetrahedron properties –Read More →

This is a bit of an in-joke for the geek mathematicians out there: Einmal besuchte der britische Mathematiker Godfrey Harold Hardy seinen indischen Kollegen Srinivasa Ramanujan im Krankenhaus. Kaum hatte er das Zimmer seines Freundes betreten, teilte Hardy diesem mit, er sei mit dem Taxi Nummer 58008 gekommen, was ja wohl »eine nichtssagende Zahl« sei. »Nein, Hardy«, erwiderte Ramanujan, »es ist eine sehr interessante Zahl. Wenn man sie nämlich in einen Taschenrechner eintippt und diesen dann umdreht, erscheint das Wort ›Boobs‹.« Darüber lachten die beiden Herren noch eine schöne Weile. For those who aren’t so familiar with the Hardy-Ramanujan Number, read the first quote onRead More →

On a recent trip to Munich I sampled this traditional Bavarian dish. It’s essentially a smashed up pancake served with stewed apple and it’s very quick and easy to make. The name isn’t really translatable – Kaiser we know as Emperor, but Schmarrn means something like nonsense, or mishmash or rubbish. The story goes that the Empress Elisabeth of Bavaria (Sisi) was concerned about her waistline and had instructed the chef to only make desserts that were low in fat. The Emperor wasn’t impressed by this as he preferred the usual heavy desserts. Sisi found this dessert too rich for her and so refused it.Read More →

Had an absolutely lovely long weekend in Fulda, Germany. I left work at lunchtime and headed to the airport where I met up with Christian who had flown in from Edinburgh. We then grabbed a flight out to Frankfurt. Sounds rather silly, but it was actually cheaper to do this than for Christian to fly out directly from Edinburgh, plus we got the added bonus of an extra few hours together which is pretty precious at the moment. At Frankfurt airport Inge and Helmut were there to greet us, so lovely to see them again 🙂 It was then off to Vapiano for dinner, IRead More →

There’s so many bretzel recipes out there that I had avoided making them for so long. A lot of them had accompanying pictures that looked nothing like the gorgeous dark brown and creamy white originals. This one, however, showed a little more promise. This is one of those recipes that is not hard to make…but makes you feel a great sense of accomplishment when looking at the finished product. You can either make them into a tight knot, pretzel shape or simple bun shape. And how was that finished product? Tasted just like the originals and Christian went back for more so I’d call thatRead More →

Oh my, that’s one hell of a trip! I tried very hard not to cry, but in the end couldn’t help myself. Very hard to say goodbye to your husband for three months! The consolation was that I got a window seat and one seat between myself and fellow traveller James. Still, 7 hours from Melbourne to Singapore is a long time, and then when you add on another 12 hours to Heathrow after only a 40 minute break, that’s ghastly! Once at Heathrow I followed the pathway – right past a great view of fabulous shops… after walking so far that I began toRead More →