Summer Daze

Not much happening around here at the moment, well not much worth blogging about – thats never stopped you before; chant the people in the cheap seats.

The weather can’t make up its mind about whether it wants to be 30 degrees and really humid, or 24 and raining. Either way the new grass seems to like it, but for the rest of us windswept isle people its too warm to sleep at night, making the local Welsh, English and Irish contingents grumpy, lazy and tired during the day. The Scots seem to like it the contrary bastards. Thats probably not true – I haven’t met any Scots here yet. There could be a lot said for sleeping outside, but recent experiments in that direction have been unsuccessful, the benches aren’t that comfortable and there is too much traffic, and always a chance of rain. And you tend to miss out on things, like Saturday morning…

German course is tipping along nicely. Lots of vocabulary, tenses and cases to be learned and handy little phrases which are just thrown in the make the damn language infuriatingly impossible. My flash card thingy for vocabulary is coming along diligently but unenthusiastically and I am about 2 lessons behind where we are in class. Tomorrow it should be 3 lessons behind :-) Our Korean girls left us last Friday in a blaze of glory and a haze of rice wine at the German School’s summer get-together thingy. I brought “Chocolate Torte a la Nev”, and the Koreans brought 20% alcohol. It was almost a case of lactose intolerance vs alcohol poisoning; with there being no Saturday mornings for anybody!!!

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In the real(ish) world, there is no real noticeable shutdown around here for August, at least not yet, and probably not as noticeable as the shutdown at home anyway. Schools have just taken their holidays and a lot of local families seem to have headed away. The rest seem to be hanging around the pools and parks.

2 Responses to “Summer Daze”

  1. Neville Gawley Says:

    How did the torte hold up in the heat?

  2. mgb Says:

    The torte didn’t stand a chance. But not because of the heat. I made it Thurs night and kept in the fridge, and then cut it and wrapped it in tinfoil on Friday afternoon. So it was still quite cool when I brought to the Summerfest around 6:40. The buffet started at 7:00 and it was all gone by 7:20.

    Making the torte was a different story, the chocolate took forever to melt and may have been too hot when I put the filling together. At one point everything almost separated!!! But I as able to mix it all together in a larger bowl and it turned out fine in the end.

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