|Liverpool Docks, February 2013|
Mr A's dad and sister are fine, and his mum is now living in a brand new nursing home that seems very comfortable and modern, with some interesting ideas for its residents, all of whom have dementia. There is a garden with raised beds, there are the activities you might expect such as music and crafts, but there are also different seating areas - some with tables, some with sofas, some quiet, some with a view of the garden, and an interesting representation of an old railway carriage complete with luggage rack and suitcases. Mr A's mum seems as well as can be expected.
The film festival was a treat! There was a big screen, floor lighting, there were trailers, there was ice cream, an usher(ette) with a torch, a projectionist and a very appreciative audience in the three screenings I attended. The trailers were particularly good, and you can see them all in the YouTube Gulloebl channel - I have picked my favourite 'Gulloebl Chinema' trailer to show here. Mr M and Lola II must have spent ages setting it up and filming the trailers, and gave up a whole weekend to various enthusiastic film-goers. I hope they do it again, it was brilliant, although the surprise of the trailers will be hard to repeat. But if anyone can do it, they can!
In Munich the outstanding attraction (apart from the company of the friend we stayed with) was the Deutsches Museum - a museum of science and technology that is both enormous and wonderful, and where we spent six hours and would have stayed longer had the museum not closed. In Berlin, one of the highlights was the Ritter Sport Museum, devoted to the local chocolate, and containing a Tower of Ritter Sport, which amused me a great deal.
No more trips or holidays are planned at the moment, although I'm thinking I might return to Tunbridge Wells for my Solitary Holiday again this year, mostly attracted by the lovely apartment I stayed in last time and the wonderful sushi restaurant. Mr A and I are thinking about a camping trip to France and possibly a trip to South Wales, and he has a scheme to go biking in Bulgaria. But for the moment, while the snow accumulates on the daffodil buds, we sit on the sofa and stay snug and warm.