February 28, 2008
Happy New Year, Happy Birthday Bjoern and Welcome to our new house!!!
To everyone who might have wondered: We are indeed still alive and kickin' down-under! First of all however, "Welcome to 2008" (did we miss something?) !
If we ever thought that we had been busy before, we were dead wrong. :) The last few months have been cramped full of things, both private- and business-wise. Where to start and end of what has been taking place in our lives is a challenge as we haven't been giving news since (believe it or not) October last year.
The big events since then:
No 1; Cille is a big girl now and going to pre-school which - for the uninitiated - the Aussies call kindie. She is starting to enjoy herself and is less and less exhausted. Learning to socialize in a large group like this, how to read and write, in fact learning to learn is quite a task for a girl that is only about to turn five end of May. Yesterday was the first time where she excitedly and proudly presented her newly found writing skills and wrote her first sentence.! :) She certainly knows how to have fun that girl.
No 2: We did manage to take time-outs to breathe and relax. The vacation in December was one of those. For now, we've only managed to upload one feeble video to YouTube. But Agnes promises to get onto editing all the other material soon. We rented a campervan - fitted out with amenities such as a fridge and two comfortable beds (!) - and drove a little up and down the New-South-Wales coast. It was the first time for us to venture away from the coastal line, into the marvelous areas surrounding Armidale with more national parks on offer than we've ever seen before. One of the best ones and a definite tip for anyone wanting to visit Aussie-land was the New England national park for sure. The road to Armidale itself was a fun ride; it offered us the solitude we were seeking, away from the crowds at the coast, over winding non-tarred gravel road, through green, green mountain (ok, hills) vistas, dotted with refreshing rivers we were happy to have a rest at.
No 3: A late happy birthday Bjoern who proudly turned 31 years old on Australia day, with the looks of a 22-year old (thanks to Marven for the inspiration).
No 4: We have moved out of our old house in Bolwarra Road into a much (!) larger, better situated, air-conditioned, closer-to-the-beach-and-lake, stylish, dishwasher equipped, better everything new house. The movers told us that we had been the most organised couple they had seen in a long time; no wonder, we've been through this a couple of times. Some last glimpses onto the deck and the day before the move. We'll shortly post another video of how we arranged it after the first few weeks there. We are looking forward to welcoming friends & family there, there's finally enough space to comfortably accommodate you.!
No 5: Our business is going very well and growing. We've worked long and hard on the launch of transLucidonline which will go 'live' within the next week. We'll certainly notify everyone we know on this planet of its launch once it will have taken place; guaranteed. :) The product development has created wonderful links with India and we are very happy with the demand placed onto the outsourced development project co-ordination arm of our business.
Also: Bjoern is making heaps of progress on the musical front of life, nurturing his musical skills and producing his first little album of which he has already released the first title of on YouTube. Who knows when it will get completed but it certainly will at some point. And Agnes has re-discovered her passion for drawing which she slowly but surely allows to seep into her pencils and onto paper.!
Phew, this was long post. For whatever we might have not covered, there might be a picture in our gallery of "random glimpses".
Lots of love,
February 17, 2008
Sorry to the stolen generation and Australia day
What a great day February the 13th has been for Australia. Not since Australia day 2007 on which we were at beautiful Darling Harbor have i felt this connected to this large island of ours. On behalf of all non-indigenous Australians, Mr. Rudd delivered a long overdue 'Sorry' to the stolen generation, which refers to the more than 100,000 Aborigines children who were forcibly removed from their families based on cruel and wrong laws of that time (even up into the 70's). Over 10% of indigenous Australians living today over the age of 25 have been raised by people other than their own kin. Mr. Rudds speech is a down-to-earth, wonderfully crafted, strong speech that puts things the way they are and could simply have not been said any better. Here another article for the ones outside of Australia following our blog who would like to know more about this historic event for Australia.
Happy Australia day 2008 (yes, why not move it to Feb 13th instead of 26th of Jan? Would be awful not have all of Australia celebrate my birthday of course... :) !
February 7, 2008
Facebook enabling new level for existing in-world relationships ?
I thought this was something i had to capture the other day on Facebook.
Isn't this beautiful? It felt like we were having our second marriage.
Quote: "You have a request from Agnes Ponthus to add her as your spouse".
Question: "Would you like to confirm this relationship with Agnes?" Options: "Confirm" or "Ignore".
:) Yes sir!
Lots of love,