I really liked how my wife had decorated the foyer of our home in Hetzerath, and made these curtains to keep the winter cold from getting into the rest of the house.
When she made the effort to make these curtains and hang them up, we didn’t realize or know at the time we would not finish another winter in Germany prior to moving to England.
We actually never knew how long we would be in any house while I was in the military, and it was important to live as if we would always be where we were at the moment.
David took karate classes on Spangdahlem AB, and here he stands beside his instructor – who was the best karate teacher he ever had.
Here’s his karate class in session, and David is at the far end of the first row wearing his yellow belt.
Karate is an excellent sport for a child to participate in, because it makes them physically fit, improves their coordination – and teaches them respect.
This is a view of the long driveway that led up to our house in Hetzerath – it was very private despite being a stone’s throw from a main highway.
Three sides of the property were surrounded by dense trees and plantings, as if we lived in the middle of a forest.
This is the view standing down the hill looking up at the front of the house which was hidden from view – the “Jägerzaun” or wooden fence was the front edge of the property.
This is a similar view from the front of our property in Hetzerath, looking through a gap in the trees up at the edge of the house’s roof line.
From the front stairs leading up to the front door of our house in Hetzerath, you can see how the greenery extends right up to the foundation of the house.
From the front stairs there were two pathways extending parallel to the house traversing the front garden, which was very steep.
The view from our long front porch was of the nice greenery and trees that kept the house private and hidden from view in the summertime.
At the far side of the house there was a garden that had not been tended or taken care of, so I planted clippings from our English Ivy there and we started a pumpkin patch for David’s summer school project – here David looks on from the far end of the sidewalk.
The student’s in David’s class were given pumpkin seeds in school to grow back in the spring, and the goal was to bring the pumpkins back to class in the fall after the summer break.
You can just see two of the orange pumpkins growing, nestled beneath the large “lilly pad” type leaves of the pumpkin vines.