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Merry christmas and a happy New Year 2012

It’s hard to believe but another year has passed with no update of my website.  Many greetings to all of you you have been trying to find out what has happened to me in the past 12 months.

Liz, my wife, has written a brief Christmas newsletter to her friends that I copy here:

Our dear Family and Friends near and far –

After a winter snow walk in a nice lake-side cafe ...Christmas Eve and we wish you a very safe, happy and meaningful celebration and may 2012 bring good health, joy, peace and love.

Many thanks for all the greeting cards, letters, photos and emails sent and we echo all the sentiments that the Festive Season seems to come earlier each year!

Today is 33C and what a vast difference to last year’s ice and snow – we both have very fond memories of our lovely 2010 celebrations with family in Germany.  And so that’s where we commenced 2011, in Koln (Cologne) with dear friends, enjoying delicious hot food, central heating and I recall wearing layers of clothing!  Christmas Day 2011 will be celebrated at my sister’s place in Nuriootpa in the Barossa Valley – forecast 30C very pleasant.

This year I decided to take 2 weeks holidays – a week before Christmas has been just fabulous and we have enjoyed 4 days with our nieces staying – Rachel 16, Serena 9 and Zarlee 7 years.  It’s been hectic but we all had lots of fun together and I got to do things like building sandcastles with our hands at the beach, playing games and simply enjoying their company.  Today our home is very quiet & peaceful after the boisterous, healthy activities!!

Another busy year has passed …

After his extended research trip through Germany between in the second half of 2010, was very involved most of the year in organizing an Exchange Program to Germany in August.  He planned the itinerary and was their bus driver, interpreter and cultural coordinator.  The group consisted of three local Aboriginal people and a Linguist from Adel Uni.  By attending the 175-year anniversary of the foundation of the Leipzig Mission Society (August 1836), whose first four missionaries worked with Aboriginal people in South Australia, they reestablished a contact lost in 1850.  Our friend Katja from Koln was also involved in filming this significant and successful event.  Gerhard continues to be inspired doing research projects here and there around this story (Kaurna Language Reclamation Program).  The Adelaide Uni has adopted him as a Research Fellow, but he also looks for meaningful permanent employment – this has been a hard road with not many opportunities arising.

On the 21 April we celebrated a special Easter gift – BJ, Tim and Max (Godson) welcomed Quinlan (Quin) into their family.  It was beautiful to see Max’s excitement at the birth of his brother and Quin is a gorgeous, surprise addition to the family!

In September our German family in Munich – Angela and Stefan (G’s nephew) announced the safe arrival of their son, Vincent, and we have a beautiful photo of him with his big sister Nathalie.  That same month sister Judy and I had a brief visit to Horsham to see our dear Aunt and caught up with some of our cousins whom we haven’t seen for ages.  Lovely time but all too short!

In November we attended a wedding at Strathalbyn.  It was a lovely celebration despite the raindrops that commenced falling just as the ceremony in the park started.

My work at Helping Hand Aged Care continues at a steady pace with all the achievements and challenges.  My workplace wellness of working 9 full days and then having a day off every fortnight is a real blessing for me and keeps me sane!

We are thankful for our continued good health, although feel the pull of wanting to slow the pace becoming more important.   We have enjoyed some lovely social times went just the two of us go out for a leisurely, restful, nature day.  In November we went to dancing classes – me taking a very reluctant Gerhard, however, at the end of 2 months we had learnt some basic steps and were getting into the swing of things – I thoroughly enjoyed myself, with G agreeing begrudgingly!!!

We send our loving greetings and hope that in 2012 we can catch up with more of our interstate friends and relatives and, as always, look forward to the long trip and seeing family and friends overseas.

Happy Christmas and a Joyful, Peaceful and wonderful New Year to you and your families.

Much love and God bless – Liz and Gerhard xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

 

I won’t promise, but I hope I will restart writing publishing in this blog for all of.

My blessings and best wishes are with you all,
Gerhard

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