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About kiplette

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  • Location Hannover
  • Nationality British/German
  • Gender Female
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  1. Barbecue at work -- Foods to bring

    There is a kind of foil with baking paper stuck on one side which presumably solves the health issues of grilling in foil.   I used it inside a cake tin to save greasing which was not greatly successful since the two sides react differently to heat and the thing squiggled around in the pan and the cake was seriously wonky.
  2. Farmhouse renovations..

      Presumably this would have been the material used back when it was built. I would be very tempted by it. What have you used for the 'grundierung'? Is that breathable?    There is a new magazine from the hugely successful 'Landlust' stable, which concentrates on traditional methods. I find it interesting, but I am pretty clueless. You may not find anything new or special in them at all.    My in-laws lived in a Devon cottage with the oldest part being a study made of a several-hundred year old essentially straw and dung animal house. It makes me laugh when the nay-sayers come on being rude about those building materials. Properly done, they are long lasting and much less damaging to the world around us.
  3. What was your first car?

    My brother first had a Fiat 500, like the tiny child of a Beetle. We overtook one the other day and it brought back some memories...
  4. What made you smile today?

    Oh, she is the cutest. What a smile...
  5. What's got you flummoxed today?

      Zwiebelfisch is not wrong, it's just that it is usually character assassination, rather than body-part shaming/bragging.    edit : wot Leon said. We agreed early on in our relationship that our shared sex life was not a topic for conversation with others. 
  6. What's got you flummoxed today?

  7. What's got you flummoxed today?

      Nope.   Definitely not all.   Not an interesting topic of conversation.
  8. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Brilliant john_b, welcome to the club.  
  9. Hello to all the online lurkers!

    Oh, don't knock the house, barn, mud posts. Those are great.   Not so much the rest, but SP has been known to bring many a crisis to a happy conclusion for his fellow TTers, so I guess some don't reflect themselves so well in print.
  10. Waldkita Experience?

    Again, no direct experience, but the headmaster of the British school we had here sent his son to one, and he and his wife were thrilled. There was a strong community and opportunities for involvement should one wish.
  11. Germany secondary school final exam (math)

    We have 3 here, one is 'sport' and one is 'music' but that's it, really, which I don't think really addresses the issue of providing for strengths and weaknesses in different subjects.   It is good that schools with different profiles exist in some places, but I don't think that is the essential issue - there is a lack of willingness in general to grapple with individual needs. Overall I find the schooling available here offers good opportunities, but this is one area which I think is weak. There are obviously always exceptions, and we have had some truly world class teachers. They comment that there is an emphasis during training on subject matter and theory rather than the requirements of learners, which is no real surprise.  
  12. Germany secondary school final exam (math)

      This I struggle with in Germany. The different levels of schooling only really differentiate between kids who are academically inclined, those who are more of a do-type than a book-learn type, and those who find learning hard for whatever reason, and need less in their curriculum if they are to be successful.   The system does not distinguish between arty types and stem types, and of course you can be absolutely brilliant at writing whilst being utterly crap at maths. And possibly even more so in the other direction.    Streaming allows for this, and that's not rocket science. It can make for complicated timetabling, if you literally separate the abilities,  but it is not impossible. Gymnasium teachers earn well here. My former colleagues who have successfully segued into the German system literally cannot believe how easy teaching is here and how little is required, and the lack of a concept of differentiation in the classroom would  be one of the 'unbelievables' - we are used to providing for at least 3 levels of attainment in any one class. That's the whole point. Otherwise you are a lecturer and not a teacher.  
  13. Best options for new central heating system

    We heat primarily with wood, wasserführender ofen, also with an oven section. It is pretty good, heats the radiators well, cooks our food, but the big downer is, as you say, not being there to shove the logs in.   I would probably go pellet, but would worry that if the price rises, then you are stuck. At least we could start burning sperrmull, cats, kids, whatever is lying about with less than 20% water in it...   edit - we do have perfectly good gas heating, I am just tight.
  14. Neighbour boundary issues

      a lot of rainwater is commonly known as a flood. This could be a really massive issue.
  15. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    I ticked 'nein' and wrote 'EU' in the box. Not wanting to run my pen out