Sunday, 28 March 2010
Alexander's birthday present was a new bike. In the past 5 months he has had a growth spurt, and his old bike was now too small for him. The seat couldn't go up any further.
Finally all the snow has melted, and the weather is getting better for bike rides. Today was the first day of getting the bikes out and riding to Wannsee. He loves his new bike!
A quick rest on the way home.
Cameron's almost ready for the next size up too....probably only another 6 months to go for him!
Monday, 22 March 2010
Time for Easter decorations. I love the German tradition of buying branches with buds on them, decorating the branches and then waiting for the buds to blossom.
I have collected some lovely egg decorations since we have arrived.
I hope I can keep this tradition alive when we return to Australia. The only question is, where will I get budding branches in our Autumn season?
Sunday, 14 March 2010
Cameron showed us how to make the paper cones to put the melted chocolate in. Then cut the corner of the cone and start to decorate.
Cameron's tray of decorations.
Alexander's tray of decorations.
Once the decorations were finished, the rest of the chocolate was eated out of the paper cones....with a lot of mess!
The finished result was delicious on top of ice cream!
The lake was still frozen, but the weather has been warming up, and thin layers are visible. Even when it is fairly solid, none of us want to walk on the lakes.
As we walked around the lake, we kept seeing dead fish, and some of them were huge. We are not sure whether there is a problem with toxins in the lake, or perhaps these are the fish that have died in the super freezing weather we have had this Winter, and now that the lake has started to thaw, the fish have floated to the surface??
After our walk, we stopped at a cafe for a really crappy cup of coffee. Then we headed off to the International Travel Show at the ICC. We got some great information about Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and the kids got some freebies as we walked around.
We walked back home, and just as we stepped in the door, the skies opened up and it has started to snow again heavily.
Sunday, 7 March 2010
Ten kids enjoying the pre-race drinks and snacks.
Emily is ready to burn some rubber.
Ready to drive. It may have been indoor, but jackets and gloves were a must, it was freezing!
Get your motors running....
From cautious beginnings, the kids quickly got the hang of it.
Practicing for the awards ceremony - Cameron was the fastest in the first leg
Ready for their second drive
Excitedly checking the results on the TV monitors.
They had a fabulous time! Here are the 10 kids after the medal ceremony. It sounds like most of the kids will be back for their birthday parties here throughout the year.
(Back row L-R: Emily, Kirsten, Alexander, Cameron, Myron, Toby, Bradley, Front row: Harry, Isaiah, Lynes)
So that's the birthday week over for this year.
Final count for cooking...2 cakes, 92 cupcakes, 23 eggs cracked, and no idea how much butter, sugar, flour and icing sugar was used.
The first Sunday in March represents the last Sunday of skating at Horst Dohn Eisstadion. Since 2005, it has been a happy routine to meet friends there at 10am on a Sunday morning, skate and chat, stop for a coffee, and do a bit more skating.
As this is our last year in Berlin, there was a touch of nostalgia about this particular Sunday - it would be the last one of its type for us in Berlin (the first of many 'lasts'..). From the first days in 2005 until today, we have all improved and Alexander adn Cameron have really grown. Below are some photos from each year.
Some very happy memories.