December was a blur between general holiday happenings, traveling, a planned visit from friends, an impromtu visit from Rob & Barbara, and the numerous school events which Olive experienced and I volunteered for. (I was immersed more in religion in December than I was my entire life up until then... C of E, making my child a believer) One of these events was a school Nativity play cleverly titled "Is There a Baby in There?" If you want to see Olive pretending to sing along while yawning and over doing the choreography with her British classmates, watch above. She was a Ladybird, if you were wondering.
|View of Baden Wildbad from the Charlottes Forsthaus|
|Ludwigsburg Market Square|
|Bridge the Falls in Triburg|
Oli's Schnitzstube, the one real clock maker there, although we didn't know it at the time. He was a lovely fellow who took the time to teach us about Cuckoo clocks and the quality, or lack there of, that you are buying. After our tutorial, we wanted to see what else there was since you never buy the first thing you see, you want to check out to see what else there is. Once we did, however, we realized that it was all just junk. Back we went to Oli, picked out our clock, and had it shipped to the UK. He was kind enough to give Olive a Cuckoo clock whistle that was made out of wood. Have to say, if you ever find yourself in Triberg, go see Oli, master carver, third generation clock maker, he'll hook you up.
For further tales & another view on the trip visit the Kasparek's Blog:
|Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House, London|
|Olive before her first school dance, I mean Disco, showing off her Gingerbread Man (see last post)||.|
And that gets me here to 2012. There, caught up for now. Although I didn't tackle it all, I at least don't feel like I've neglected it as much. Still have last weekend to write, but that can wait until another time. Maybe I'll have January wrapped before the end. You shall see.