Monday, 23 April 2007


Received the following e-mail this afternoon:

Dear Mr Blogger from Weil am Rhein,

Unfortunately your Application with the Customer Reference Number xxxxxxxxx has not been successful in the lottery for Tickets for UEFA EURO 2008™.

It is possible that further Tickets may become available for sales at a later stage. If you are still interested please regularly visit

Your UEFA EURO 2008™ ticketing team

Well, what can you say about that? I applied for tickets for all six matches in Basle hoping I may get some scraps, but nothing. Null. Zilch. Niente. Contrary to the final statement in the e-mail that offers a glimmer of hope, further tickets won't go on general sale at a later stage (read the last paragraph of this link).

Sunday, 22 April 2007

Nicole's birthday

Went to Pete and Nicole's in Blansingen on Saturday to celebrate Nicole's birthday. Had a lovely time. The following is a photo of friends and family. From right to left: Serge, Silke, Nicole, Nicole's parents, Lewis (on grandfather's lap), Annette, Pete:

Plus a couple of views from their garden:

View back to Weil-Ötlingen:

Played cricket today (Sunday) but too knackered to write anything else.

Wednesday, 18 April 2007

Aerial photo of Weil

And what a beauty it is. For reasons of copyright, probably not a good idea to reproduce here, but this is the link.

Sunday, 15 April 2007

More photos from Easter

My parents visited me here in Weil from Maundy Thursday onwards. We then went to visit our relatives in Bellach (CH) on Easter Sunday. I returned here on Easter Monday, but my parents stayed on in Bellach for another few days.

Hottest day of the year (so far)

With a high of around 28C today. It was much the same yesterday. I've never known anything like it. Didn't do much today but I cycled to the vineyards and back. As the photo shows, the buds on the vines have finally broken.

Thursday, 12 April 2007