The German exchange (missing my son)
Apr08

The German exchange (missing my son)

My son is in Germany right now, on the German exchange. And the house feels pretty empty without him. He set off in the middle of the night over a week ago. It took me ages to get back to sleep. He’s been on so many trips before (including a previous German exchange to the exact same family), but my mind kept wandering to various disasters involving the coach and the ferry. It was Mother’s Day, and I was counting down the...

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The German exchange – missing my boy
Feb26

The German exchange – missing my boy

My younger son had the best time when his German exchange friend stayed with us. They got on so well together and stayed in touch. He was so excited about going to Germany to visit him. And I was excited for him. Until I remembered that meant my son would be away for 10 days. I felt quite sad about that, although I didn’t show it. He set off in the middle of the night, which I thought was going to be stressful, so that added to...

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Project 365 2018 Week 8
Feb24

Project 365 2018 Week 8

My eldest and my daughter are back at school after half-term, but my younger son is still in Germany and I’m missing him!   Here’s our week in pictures… Day 49 – Sunday 18th February – my roots desperately needed doing. Luckily, I have a reliable 11 year old hairdresser on hand to deal with them. Day 50 – Monday 19th February – the kids went back to school and it was quite nice to get...

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The German exchange
Nov08

The German exchange

When he started at his grammar school two years ago, my younger son’s favourite subject was German. So he went on the school trip to Germany earlier this year and, when the opportunity arose to do a German exchange, he jumped at the chance. I know exchange visits aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. For the child, they’re staying for a week or more in a strange house, unable to speak the language very well. And for...

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