Uta’s Diary

Our house is pleasantly cool now after several very hot days and nights.

Last Sunday we had a very good time in Sydney celebrating with family and friends Yittah’s 75th birthday. This was a great occasionfor all of us!

At this restaurant we had brunch to celebrate Yittah’s Birthday!



Peter and I are spending this weekend at home in Dapto. It is now already Sunday afternoon. It feels to me that yesterday and today were very normal days for us. Having done some shopping on Friday, we had plenty of food in the house. Since the great heat had left us, we felt like doing a bit more cooking over the weekend. On Saturday we also spent a bit of time doing some cleaning of the house. Peter did the vaccuming. I soon got tired of wiping the floor. I did get very, very tired and soon rested a bit, and then rested a bit more. Peter and I played some Rummicub Games. We also watched some great programs on RBB (Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg). Yes, Peter has no problem getting these programs in from far, far away. This is really amazing technic!

After several nights when the room temperature did not go below 27C, last night the room temperature had gone down to 24C, and this felt really cool to us. The outside temperature went even further down during the night. This morning when we woke up, it was only 22C outside, inside it was still 24C despite our open window. Anyhow, we felt really refreshed and went for our usual morning walk, had our usual Sunday breakfast with soft boiled eggs, watched on TV the news (including a speech by President Trump!) and then at 9 am the news from Germany. After the German news we had a very pleasant morning tea. Before having to start cooking lunch, I had a bit over an hour left. I felt somehow quite energetic. I thought this was maybe a good time to spend the hour to investigate what sort of writing needed to be sorted out. So I took time out to look through a box of old stuff I had not been looking at for quite some time. It mostly contained papers from the early 2000s. But there was also some writing from August 1957. I was in hospital at the time, having delivered our first born child on the 28th of August 1957. In the hospital I seem to have had plenty of time for writing, since the hours when I was allowed to see my precious baby were few and far between. For some reason they seem to have thought that babies were best kept in the nursery under the care of the sisters. Only for a few very restricted times were the babies be brought to their mothers for breast feeding.

I said that on Saturday, after a bit of cleaning in the morning, I soon felt very, very tired. I had acually planned on visiting a couple of neighbouring properties that were open for inspection yesterdy at certain times during the morning and early afternoon. There are two villas that are for sale for about half a million Dollars each, and they belong to our complex of ten villas. I had been interested in finding out how well these properties had been renovated as compared to our villa that we have lived in for nearly 25 years now. I feel that our poor house has not been sufficiently renovated over the years. Let’s just say it looks ‘well lived in’. Well, yesterday was the first time that an open house was advertised. Most likely there are going to be other open days before suitable buyers are being found. So maybe next time I’ll feel up to it to have a look. After all, these houses are only a few steps from our house.

10 thoughts on “Uta’s Diary

  1. Keep cool Uta….I find the hot weather very wearying….Yesterday was much cooler here so we took the opportunity to do a drive to check out the old Wendish settlements around the Nth’n Barossa…very interesting.

  2. Interesting little post Uta and what your day entails. The weather lovely to me , well I suppose it would do it’s quite chilly here today. But other parts of the UK have had Snow. further up the North of Eng. It’s good to have plenty of food stocks .
    Fancy that about your baby strange but it was in the 50’s I suppose.
    Take care enjoy your coming week , There is nothing quite putting your feet up and having a cup of tea,

    Best Wishes

  3. Quite so, Sheila, putting my feet up and having a cup of tea, I do need this several times a day! Even in hot weather I love to have a cup of tea, be it black tea, green tea or some herbal tea. I also have a cup of coffee twice a day! šŸ™‚

    Well, more than 60 years ago, in the 1950s, there were certain attitudes about how to care for newborns that seem strange to us today. Our son was born in Australia in 1960. And he was allowed to be with me straight away. This felt so good! šŸ™‚

    Enjoy the weather, Sheila, even if it is quite chilly.

    Hugs from Uta šŸ™‚

  4. It was 17C this morning and we love it. We don’t function too well in the heat. I am surprised the babies in Germany were born in hospital. I think my mum had hers always at home. Home-births were very popular. I still think many are born at home in Holland.
    Our three children were born in Australia in hospitals. At that time we lived in Pott’s point near King’ Cross and started our walking routines already then They were the best times with everything within walking distance. We had lovely neighbours who would look after the baby and give us a chance to go out, see a movie.

    1. We had lovely neighbours too, Gerard, for instance when we lived in Balgownie Hostel near Wollongong. We would go to Wollongong for the evening sessions of two movies while the neighbours next door watched out for any noise from our three sleeping babies. Remember in those days there were always two feature films shown! šŸ™‚
      The only home birth in Germany that I know of was when my brother Bodo was born on the 9th of June 1938. It is good that both Peter and I remember the names of the hospitals we were born in for this is always the standard question when filling out forms for any hospital admission here in Australia. ‘What hospital where you born in?’ – ‘And what is your mother’s maiden name?’ – These questions need to be answered every time when filling out these forms to be admitted to Wollongong Hospital! šŸ™‚

  5. I think I would enjoy going through neighboring villas, too. A home that looks “well lived in” is comfortable to me, but we all enjoy a little inspiration to maybe make a few upgrades. I’m glad you experienced a little cooling. I know how that is when the heat goes on for days and days. It’s wearying! And lastly, I’m amused you watched President Trump’s speech. Here I am in America and I just couldn’t do it. I feel like I’m being slowly tortured. Ha! But you’re braver or stronger than I am, quite obviously. šŸ™‚

  6. I don’t know about that, Debra. I find it remarkable that our news channels made time for the whole speech as though he was our president. Well, you cannot say that Australians voted him in, did they now. I don’t know, maybe there are some Australians who would have loved to vote for him?
    I find it quite dangerous that more and more first world countries seem to lean towards supporting far right ideas. How can our democratic ideals survive under these conditions? Far right or far left, I certainly do not like to vote for either of them! As far as feeling slowly tortured goes, sadly, our politicians do their part in producing feelings like that too. – – –
    As far as some necessary renovations go, we seem not to be healthy and fit and young enough to do it ourselves. I wished we would not keep putting it off to engage someone else to do it for us. As more time passes, this decision making is getting harder and harder. I always think the easiest way would be to move to another place that has been renovated already! šŸ™‚

  7. I think the older we get the less we can put up with hot weather. šŸ˜¦
    Even Cooper, my doggie, likes the hot weather less and less with each year.
    Please stay safe and cool.
    We are having cold weather now. I like it as it is a change and doesn’t last long enough for me. So I’m enjoying it while it is here.
    I like looking at new homes or homes that are for sale. It’s fun to see the layout of the home and how it is decorated, etc. šŸ™‚

  8. Carolyn, the good thing about the hot weather is that it gave me the chance of visiting our beautiful pools in the area for a number of times. It was wonderful to splash around in the water to cool off a bit. Where we live the temperature stayed below 40C so far. But in a lot of Australia the temperature this summer went well above 40C and this for more than three days in a row. I reckon this is quite awful. But we’ve been relatively lucky so far. Our very hot summers usually do not last for very long either. šŸ™‚
    Hugs as always. So keep enjoying your cold weather, Carolyn, while it lasts! šŸ™‚

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