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Good Morning ใŠใฏใ‚ˆใ†๐Ÿ‘‹

2023 ๅนด 2 ๆœˆ 3 ๆ—ฅ

Last Monday, I got a desperate call from a local school. A water pipe had burst, flooding the instrument storeroom. Now 'Cellos don't like water.......they start falling apart. You might think that you could just glue them back together, but no, the wood gets all warped and misshapen....ๅญฆๆ กใงใฎไบ‹ๆ•… - ๆฐด้“็ฎกใฎ็ ด่ฃ‚....

This is a back joint, which has warped beyond all rescue attempts.......ใ“ใ‚Œใฏ่‰ฏใใชใ„

What a start to the week! ไฝ•ใจใ„ใ†้€ฑใฎๅง‹ใพใ‚Šใงใ—ใ‚‡ใ†๏ผ

Anyway, I got the `Cellos into my workshop and then went to park the car by the station.

As I was looking for a parking space, an oncoming car forced me to slow down and drive closely alongside a parked car. Our wing mirrors met. After I had parked, I went back to the other car and pushed its wing mirror back into the correct position. Seeing no damage, I then walked home. A few days later the police arrived at my home and informed me (very politely I have to say) that I had been reported (angezeigt ). Someone had taken a photo of me from a nearby house. They apparently had a scratch on their wing mirror. I could be charged with Fahrerflucht (hit and run). Wonderful isn't it? I have annoyed a sacred idol - the car ๐Ÿš— - So I get a fine. ใฐใฃใใ‚“็ฝฐ้‡‘. It had to be Monday. ็งใฏ่ชฐใ‹ใฎใƒ‰ใ‚ขใƒŸใƒฉใƒผใ‚’ใŸใŸใใพใ—ใŸใ€ใใ—ใฆๅฝผใ‚‰ใฏ็งใ‚’ๅ ฑๅ‘Šใ—ใพใ—ใŸ.

Later on, after my initial astonishment and subsequent bad mood I remembered a saying from a Buddhist:

"...Nothing is permanent. So don't stress yourself too much. Because, no matter how bad the situation is, it will change, and you will be o.k."

ๆฐธไน…(ใˆใ„ใˆใ‚“)ใซ็ถš(ใคใฅ)ใ ใ‚‚ใฎใชใ‚“ใฆ ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ›ใ‚“ใ€‚

ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚ใพใ‚Šใ‚นใƒˆใƒฌใ‚นใ‚’ ใŸใ‚ใชใ„ใงใ€‚

ไปŠใ€ใฉใ‚“ใชใซ ็Šถๆณ(ใ˜ใ‚‡ใ†ใใ‚‡ใ†)ใŒ ๆ‚ช(ใ‚ใ‚‹)ใใฆใ‚‚ใ€ๅฟ…(ใ‹ใชใ‚‰)ใš ๅค‰(ใ‹)ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚

ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ๅคงไธˆๅคซ(ใ ใ„ใ˜ใ‚‡ใ†ใถ)ใงใ™ใ‚ˆ๏ผ(Translation: Miki-san. Thank you!)

And o.k. I am, because.......

Firstly. The skies were blue over Langen yesterday....้’็ฉบ


Secondly, at the weekend I had a nice walk with good company....้€ฑๆœซใฏใ‚ˆใๆ•ฃๆญฉ

... through the vineyards ใƒ–ใƒ‰ใ‚ฆๅœ’ above Nieder-Walluf.......The Rheingau.

and thirdly.....the best spark of all......

Little Meiko ่Šฝ่กฃๅญ โœจ appeared on my screen, only 12 days old! Daughter to proud parents Emi and Taihei in Kanagawa. ใ‚ˆใ‚ใ—ใใŠ้ก˜ใ„ใ—ใพใ™๏ผ๐ŸŽ‰. May you be well and happy in your life Maiko-chan, and live in peace.


February is a time people are dreaming of, or even planning, holidays. For me, the mountains of Hokkaido ๅŒ—ๆตท้“, are calling.......Asahidake, ๆ—ญๅฒณๆธฉๆณ‰, Daisetsuzan National Park I am poring over a real paper 1:25000 walking map....๐Ÿฅพ! It's one of the areas in Japan where you can avoid the summer heat.....However, the cost of a flight to Japan has nearly doubled since last year.....maybe it will stay just a dream...... ๅคข?


In the meantime the lights of Frankfurt beckon......ใƒ•ใƒฉใƒณใ‚ฏใƒ•ใƒซใƒˆใง่ฒทใ„็‰ฉ

Actually, I loath shopping. ๅฎŸใฏ็งใฏ่ฒทใ„็‰ฉใŒ่‹ฆๆ‰‹ใงใ™ I can never find the right size, and even if I do, there never seems to be a tasteful colour available ๐Ÿ™„.


Thank you for reading this ๐Ÿ™.

Feel free to share it with friends if you like. ใ‚ˆใ‚ใ—ใ‘ใ‚Œใฐใ€ใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใ‚’ๅ‹้”ใจๅ…ฑๆœ‰ใ—ใฆใใ ใ•ใ„๐Ÿ˜Š

I send out the blog pretty randomly to whoever I think might be interested. Either by email, LINE or WHATSAPP. If you don't want to be sent this blog, don't hesitate to tell me and I shall take you off the list. No problem.

ใ“ใฎๆŠ•็จฟใ‚’่ชญใ‚“ใงใ„ใŸใ ใใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ ๆ–ฐใ—ใ„ๆŠ•็จฟใฎใŠ็Ÿฅใ‚‰ใ›ใ‚’ๅ—ใ‘ๅ–ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ๅ ดๅˆใฏใ€ไธŠ้ƒจใฎ่ณผ่ชญใƒ•ใ‚ฉใƒผใƒ ใซ่จ˜ๅ…ฅใ—ใฆใใ ใ•ใ„ใ€‚ ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†๏ผNigel.๐Ÿ˜Š


A curious photo to end. ๆœ€ๅพŒใซ่ˆˆๅ‘ณๆทฑใ„ๅ†™็œŸ I came across this whilst browsing aerial photos of the UK. When I was a child, we would take family outings to the white cliffs of Beachy Head, near Eastbourne, in Sussex. I remember peeping over the edge of the cliff and seeing this lighthouse far below. I have never seen it from this perspective before. The photo is taken from a biplane in 1931.




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