August 24, 2015

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Adventures in Abendbrot #4

In my ‘Adventures in Abendbrot’ mini series, I’m sharing some of my German dinner time sandwich concoctions. Check out my first post in the series for the story behind it. Abendbrot No.4: cream cheese, mushrooms fried with a dash of soy sauce, mixed with capers, chives and seasoned with cracked black pepper. Served with a boiled egg and sliced apple.

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August 8, 2015

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Thoughts on…helping

I’m sitting at a cafe, enjoying the cool air conditioning indoors as Berlin’s latest heatwave rages outside, sipping yet another iced latte so I don’t outstay my welcome. Scrolling through my Facebook timeline to see what I’ve missed, what’s new, I hover over a message someone has just posted, about a collection for refugees this weekend. Anyone who even vaguely follows the news will be aware of the current worldwide refugee crisis, so it’s not the first message of its kind. We try to give […]

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July 20, 2015

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Snapshots #30

Apologies that it has been so quiet on the blog recently. First we suffered through a heatwave (40 C degrees!!) that made it impossible to think, let alone ┬áblog, and right now we are in the middle of moving house, from one side of Berlin to another. It may be another couple of weeks until things get back to normal – whatever ‘normal’ is – including setting up the internet at our new place, so please don’t give up on me. I promise I have […]

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June 30, 2015

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Thoughts on…raising bilingual children

People are often confused by my German sounding surname and my native command of English. My equally native command of German, yet my frequent interjections of “in English we say…”. Truth is, I was born in Germany, to German parents, but moved to Scotland when I was 4.5 years old. It was the first of several moves back and forth between the two countries, but overall I’ve spent more than half my life in Scotland. I went to school there and studied there, worked there, […]

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June 29, 2015

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Home Tour: Big Boy’s Room

After sharing Mr Fox’s┬ánursery space a while back, a couple of you asked whether I would give a wee tour of The Boy’s room too. We gave it a ‘mini makeover’ when Mr Fox was born, so that the baby wasn’t the only one getting a new room, so I have a few before & after photos to share. BEFORE: AFTER: I exchanged the frames on the wall (some robot wrapping paper and an old Ernie poster my friends gave me for my 18th birthday), […]

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June 26, 2015

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{Apps We Love} LOOPIMAL

So, screen time for kids. A much debated topic. As a very tech savvy family, our house is overrun with gadgets, and The Boy knows how to use most of them. While we try to limit screen time, as too much of a good thing can result in mood swings and bleary eyes, there’s no denying that Apps and Videos can achieve great results too, whether it’s helping us stay connected as an expat family, supporting us in our quest to raise our children bilingually, […]

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