emkay

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  1. Neighbour boundary issues

    Good grief...the neighbour has readjusted his shed, guttering, water collector etc daily since this whole issue arose.  Just seen that he has today erected a 2 meter high narrow section of solid fence next to his shed behind his far too small water collecting drum. It must have overflowed in the last two days of rain. At the bottom of the fence, there is a suspicious hole....   Having heard him shout and moan profusely that he doesn't want any excess water on his property as his water collecting drum is next to his cellar window, he might be thinking of draining overflow onto our property, right next to our own cellar window  .  I guess that our side of his fence might soon see the odd duck tape patch to cover any holes!    
  2. Why are you happy today?

    Today is our eighth anniversary of moving to Germany.  We'll never forget the slightly torturous drive over...me, husband, kiddo and our 3 cats.   Despite lots of challenges during our 8 years here, life is great and we all (cats included) very much appreciate our blessings.   A big thank you to all kind TT members who have been so supportive over the years. 
  3. We will leave a large patch of uncut lawn and sow meadow flower seeds.     Just spoke with our local Green Party chap. He confirms that there is a big problem though he has appealed to local farmers not to use glyphosate.  The flowering meadows that I referred to are protected and he can't account for why there is such a visible lack of insects and birds.  They are investigating.   Good to hear that there are local initiatives such as farmers being given donations to allow fields to develop into flower meadows rather than crops.  I guess every little helps.
  4. Just rang a local NABU chap who told me that the lack of bees, insects in general and birds is a very big problem caused by the continued use of Monsanto glyphosate  The chap says that despite the legal case at the moment, there has been a 5 year extension.     In addition, the problem is that home owners are planting less insect friendly flowers...zu viel dreck...and using domestic insecticides.  I heard a news report recently that the trend of low maintenance stone gardens is also very damaging to the environment and will likely be banned in some areas in the future.     He he suggested that in order to help a little, homeowners should plant insect friendly plants, refrain from mowing lawns so often to allow clover etc to blossom, don't use insecticide and make sure that fertilizers are insect friendly. We'll certainly do what we can in our small garden.  Buddleas are a good source of constant summer blooms and attract plenty of insects.    Very sad.
  5. During a long walk through the forest and wild flower meadows next to our house, we noticed that we barely saw any insects, flying or other...no bees nor butterflies despite the meadows being in full bloom...is that normal for this time of year on a sunny calm day? 
  6. Have a look on eBay Kleinanzeigen. There are usually ads for dog sitting, wanted and offered.  You can also place your own wanted ad free.    I agree with the other suggestions to ask at local vets and Tierheim. 
  7. What are you cooking today?

    As always, I'm trying to encourage my German husband who has various health issues, to eat more healthily. Here's yesterday's message exchange re what we should eat for dinner...     So that was a no then! However...my daughter and her boyfriend thought it sounded great so we cooked it today for lunch.  They are keen to learn more about healthy eating and cooking before they go off to Uni.  Husband was still super reluctant. But...the cooking aroma was great and he wanted to try it after all, and...loved it!   We used courgettes as they were better than the aubergines available.  Half amount of cumin and a bit extra cayenne...white beans instead of cannellini (are they the same?). https://thedoctorskitchen.com/recipes/smokey-roast-aubergine-with-sweet-bean-mash   We will definitely try another recipe from this website soon...
  8. What's got you flummoxed today?

    Sounds like it might not be the right model for the job required.  Try phoning Karcher directly...they advised my MIL a few years ago as to the most suitable product.
  9. Germany secondary school final exam (math)

    Not necessarily.  Can you summarise the general point of your thread...are your questions hypothetical or do they relate to your own specific situation/goals.
  10. Germany secondary school final exam (math)

    My daughter is currently looking into various university options.  Best to contact a university directly and ask about their entrance criteria.  Some refer to an Abitur average across all subjects taken...(Numerus clausus?) depends what you want to study.
  11. I agree that a united parent approach might be best if possible.  The school will have procedures for dealing with bullying.     When my daughter supported a friend who was being bullied, the school's initial approach was to help the girl deal with the incidents by feeling able to confide in a teacher.  The teacher then gently encouraged kindness between all concerned. They held regular 'friend circle' get togethers where each had to tell the other what they thought was kind about the other without drawing attention to any unkindness.  The parents of the bullied girl were also advised how to deal with their unhappy child. They were warned not to make contact with the parents of the bullies and to not react with anger or aggression when their child spoke about the bullies as this is most likely to discourage the bullied child confiding in the parents.     Awful for anyone to be subjected to bullying though at such a young age, most rifts heal very quickly.
  12. What's got you flummoxed today?

    If it ran twice since, sound she like a one off hopefully.   Our Siemens sometimes takes a bit longer to start spraying...any oddities are usually due to bad loading and blocked spray arms. I often take out all of the filters and put them in the rack, clear the spray arm nozzles and run on empty hot, occasionally with a bit of bleach in the dispenser. Apparently bleach isn't recommended though I wipe the seals etc when done.     We once had a draining problem because the sink pipe was blocked. Never use any drain unblocking chemicals directly in the machine.   https://removeandreplace.com/2018/05/25/dishwasher-not-spraying-water-diy-how-to-fix/   All the best
  13.   Roald Dahl on Measles: "Olivia, my eldest daughter, caught measles when she was seven years old. As the illness took its usual course I can remember reading to her often in bed and not feeling particularly alarmed about it. Then one morning, when she was well on the road to recovery, I was sitting on her bed showing her how to fashion little animals out of coloured pipe-cleaners, and when it came to her turn to make one herself, I noticed that her fingers and her mind were not working together and she couldn’t do anything. 'Are you feeling all right?' I asked her. 'I feel all sleepy,' she said. In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead. The measles had turned into a terrible thing called measles encephalitis and there was nothing the doctors could do to save her. That was...in 1962, but even now, if a child with measles happens to develop the same deadly reaction from measles as Olivia did, there would still be nothing the doctors could do to help her. On the other hand, there is today something that parents can do to make sure that this sort of tragedy does not happen to a child of theirs. They can insist that their child is immunised against measles. ...I dedicated two of my books to Olivia, the first was ‘James and the Giant Peach’. That was when she was still alive. The second was ‘The BFG’, dedicated to her memory after she had died from measles. You will see her name at the beginning of each of these books. And I know how happy she would be if only she could know that her death had helped to save a good deal of illness and death among other children." Roald Dahl, 1986
  14. Disappearance of Madeleine McCann

    From various reports, alledgedly, any significant DNA evidence was potentially lost due to police delaying forensic investigation of the apartment.     The 2 British sniffer dogs brought over much later detected cadaver and blood scent in the apartment and the car that was apparently hired 25 days after Madeleine's disappearance. Cadaver scent also detected on the cuddly toy frequently carried by Kate McCann.