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Lockdown, Easter, Felix‘ Birthday…

and we finally have our furniture 🙂

After a lasting bad weather spell for February / March we now have lovely weather – and the BBQ season has officially started! We’re really grateful for our backyard – and the exercise trips on the bikes through the countryside and to the beach. The most recent highlight: The Devils‘ Hole, a nature reserve that is a breeding ground for natterjack toads (Located right behind Julius‘ school).

We can’t wait to be able and allowed to check that area out more thoroughly, but even just on the way through we saw toads, tadpoles, newts, a frog, a salamander and a lizard… Biologists paradise! 🙂

Hoping everyone had a happy and safe Easter! Stay safe & healthy!


We have arrived… Right on time for New Year’s and a final glimpse of wintery Christmas atmosphere around Liverpool. We have settled in Formby, near the beach – of course! The kids wear their very formal school uniforms (so far) with pride! Liverpool offers lots of culture & fun exhibitions. A work-related trip to nearby Chester reveals Britains roman heritage – that little down will be explored much more soon!!

And again, it seems I have skipped over quite a few events – especially November 2019 is rather cut short – even though my birthday was awesome (I managed to squeeze in a slide from the dinner that weekend, and a brief glimpse of our fantastic outing to Cirque du Soleil’s‘ „Kurios“, but seem to have left out the sculptures by the sea entirely…). Too much happening! Lots of „final“ and „lasts“: performances, tournaments, races, award ceremonies, conferences, primary school graduations, and many many farewells… in and around Coogee, Sydney, and Hobart. We are so grateful for so many old and new dear friends, fantastic times and unforgettable memories. Another decade is over, another chapter closes… On to new adventures, we’ll see how taking a „grown-up“ job goes with our nomadic lifestyle! Am writing this sitting on Coogee beach, while Julius is playing his last Beach Volleyball game. I will miss the fantastic views & easy lifestyle – thanks, Australia, for a great time…

Here a start – in reverse order; our last weekend’s massive Queensland to „Elements 2019 Festival“, with stopovers in Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour, and brief visits to Byron Bay (that has changed quite a bit since our visit in 2001!!) , Ocean Shores (what a cute little place!!) & Buladelah (honourable mention. Because we love Smith’s Lake. But really, there’s nothing to see in Buladelah. But great name anyway).

A few pics from Lilly and supporters at the Sydney Olympic Stadium – again this year she was one of the few select athletes to proudly represent the Sydney Coastal Zone in the Sydney East Athletics Championship (and even made it into the finals!). As we started right from there the kids were rather exhausted.

Just a few days before that we went to visit friends in Melbourne – Lilly got to hang out with Harmony for 2 days, we got a private tour of the Victorian Parliament by MP & Sen’s Dad David, we spend some lovely hours with Jen, Andrew & the 5 kids, and we even managed to squeeze in a brief catching up with Mick, Maria & their lovely girls 🙂

There’s still more to come from these events, and much more planned (starting with seeing the sculptures by the sea with some of our favourite Tasmanians tomorrow!), Halloween disco, …..

Sportevents, Sydney-Ausfluege, „Book week“, …. genug zu tun!! 🙂

Und es wird langsam Fruehling…

Kaum ist Julius‘ Geburtstag vorbei – geht es schon mit Lilly’s weiter! Zunaechst noch ein Besuch beim winterlichen Lichterfestival „Vivid“, dann ein 3-Tage Ausflug zum Mount Victoria in die Blue Mountains, wo wir Lilly’s 9. Geburtstag gefeiert haben – mit Theresa, Russell, Aaron & Theresa – und einer fantastischen „Pavlova“!

Ausserdem hatten wir noch grosse sportliche Erfolge zu verzeichnen, mit Lilly die im 100m sprint wieder alle ihrer Alterklasse zurueckgelassen hat, und Julius der mit 2. Plaetzen in 1500m und 800m die Coogee Bay Public School in der Distriktsausscheidung vertreten wird. Am gleichen Tag waren dann auch noch Chor und Bandkonzert.

Heute noch die letzte der Festivitaeten: Lilly’s offizielle Geburtstagsfeier bei den „Cool Cats“ in Randwick. Das Halbjahr ist dann naechste Woche auch schon wieder um, mal sehen was das zweite Schulhalbjahr 2019 zu bieten hat!


Schnorcheln, Great Barrier Reef, Sonne, gutes Essen – 3 Tage in Cains um unseren Julius zu feiern!

After a short detour to Liverpool and Munich, a veeeeeery long time of no blogs – at last, some new pictures!

To celebrate Felix‘ birthday with us, Gerd and Gerlinde arrived – and we shared lots of adventures, from Coogee to Kangaro Valley, Smith’s Lake and beautifil surroundings and back… Happy Ester, many more pictures will follow soon!

Hat eine Weile gebraucht, durch die hunderte Fotos durchzuarbeiten, hier aber nun ein riesengrosser Rundum-ueberblick unserer 3 Wochen in Hobart und Umgebung!

Highlights: Weihnachten mit Mike und seiner Familie, die Jubilaeums-Cocktailparty & The Taste of Tasmania mit Ingy & Richie, early Christmas at Randalls Bay mit Pete & co, Bruny Island, Lake Saint Clair, Freycinet National Park & Wineglass Bay, Mike’s Farm & und viele Tiere, Mount Wellington, Tassie’s unzaehlige wunderschoene Straende, Sonnenschein, Rektango @ Salamanca Square, ….. schee war’s! 🙂 Jedesmal wieder 🙂

Juli 2020