tger greenhaddock: Spring is in the air

Monday, March 20, 2006

Spring is in the air

Last Sunday was the last indoor football tournament of the season for the Juniorette. From next month its back to playing outside on grass. The Juniorette had a cracker of a tournament. Her team won the event, and she top scored with three goals. I missed the tournament as I am working nights, but Mrs H reports that the Juniorette played superbly. It all came together for her.

Unfortunately, after the tournament it was announced the weekly football training session would be moving to Mondays, but this clashes with the Juniorette’s dancing lessons. So it looks like dancing will have to be rescheduled. She wants to change to Irish dancing soon, but this clashes with her Swimming club on Fridays. What a headache! – Hopefully we can somehow resolve this issue. But she has made it clear that she does not want to give up swimming or football.

The official start of spring is tomorrow, and the weather actually felt spring like in Marburg today. The temperature actually made it into double figures for the first time this year. I saw my first butterfly, which was a Tortoiseshell, so hopefully with some warmer days under our belts we will start to see further signs of spring.

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Blogger Just another American Expat said...

I sincerely hope that Spring stays!

March 20, 2006 4:50 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Yes, it appears that Spring is peeking through a crack in the door - let's hope it's winter's end, finally :-))

March 20, 2006 6:49 AM  
Blogger MarkH said...

The logistics behind scheduling kids' after-school activities can get quite taxing!

I remember after-school activities as a kid: eat lunch, bolt outside & play in the park with your mates until you got hungry for dinner!

Yes, life was much simpler then...

March 20, 2006 9:57 AM  
Anonymous Deepblue said...

Hi, my dear brother-in-sea, there and outside new times begin, and I saw my first butterfly yesterday, too: A "Zitronenfalter" in the Schwarzwald, and some bees as well. By the way, I plan to plant one of those very large climbing, violet plants from china, called "Glycinie", and in the following weeks, we will have a big planting action with trees and several plants for the hedge. Love to all the haddocks from Deepblue & Co

March 20, 2006 10:12 AM  
Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

We've had a superb weekend filled with sunshine and tepms around 12°C. Can't wait to start working in the garden.

Hope you get Juniorette's schedule straightened out.

March 20, 2006 12:34 PM  
Blogger Léons Life said...

Yes spring has arrived in France too, at last

Juniorettehas the agenda of a minister ! She is e really busy girl

March 20, 2006 3:06 PM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Just another - at least for a couple of days! :)

Karen - I hope its at an end. This winter has been too long!

Markh - You are right, life was simpler then :)

Deepblue - Good to see you here again. I saw a bee today as well. Looking forward to seeing you all in a few weeks time for the Werder v Frankfurt game. :)

Canadianswiss - We managed 12°c here today as well. I'd forgotten what natural warmth felt like :)

Leons Life - I wonder if she is too busy at times. But if she had her way she would do a lot more. She wants to learn the piano and the guitar at some stage (she's got a thing for Rock music!)

March 20, 2006 10:15 PM  
Blogger Claire said...

Oh my God! I am exhausted just thinking of Juniorette's schedule! I am happy when I make it to the gym once a week. I think it great though when kids actually want to be active and involved. It is difficult to move my nephew from the couch sometimes.

Yes, spring is good! The sun was shining this morning which makes it a LOT easier to get out of bed at 7:00 a.m.

March 21, 2006 9:17 AM  
Blogger Rory Shock said...

congratulations on the win and three goals and your spirited daughter ... she fortunate to have a dad who blogs lovingly about her (well more to point who cares so much and shows such love and care) ... and you are fortunate to have such a wonderful kid in your life ... THAT is what it's all about ... nice butterfly pic ... the tree swallows, a couple of osprey and a phoebe have returned to the site I have been working since they left ... ah spring!

March 22, 2006 12:41 AM  
Blogger Godknows said...

very interesting blog. Keep up the good work.

March 22, 2006 3:16 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

And this child is seven?
Oh yeah, I agree with the "genius" observation. Are you excited to see what she'll be when she grows up? Has she expressed any opinion on that yet?

March 22, 2006 2:46 PM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Claire - Life is always easier when the sun is shinning! :)

Rory - I must admit becoming a father really did give me a reason for being. Its great that the migratory birds are returning. I have see Red Kites and Pied Wagtails in the last few days.

Godknows - Thanks for stopping by :)

Lisa - So far she would like to be a Gardener, Astronaunt Gardener (Yes people have to eat in space!), Football player/coach, Swimming instructor, or Dancer.
I guess she is keeping her options open :)

March 23, 2006 10:03 AM  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Did you take this lovely photo? It's always hard to capture butterflies...

Juniorettes schedule sounds like the girls here. They do irish dancing on Fridays. And they do have football but it's all outdoors and miserable to me at times with so much mud and snow at times which closes down the fields, or play on gravel...

they also do field hockey, vball and bball. Too much!!!

March 25, 2006 8:06 PM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Expat Traveller - Unfortunately its not one of my photos but I plan to take some more butterfly pics this summer.

That schedule for the girls is SUPER BUSY! - being outside in the cold and snow doing sports can't be much fun :(

March 26, 2006 6:09 PM  

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