Another ‚cute‘ denglish translation

This morning while sitting for breakfast with the boys and them smearing porridge onto each other and not sitting stillI, i made another great discovery in my denglish treasures 😉

Looking at my little one i said ‚Du gehst mir auf den Keks!‘. Usually he doesn’t respond, but he put on his cheeky grin and replied ‚Keks!?‘ with a twinkle in his eyes like he was onto something here. Which made me stop and translate it for the boys ‚You’re going on my biscuit!‘

Both of them were in stitches!
I’m sure they won’t forget ‚the english version‘ at least 🙂

If someone annoys you next time and you want to lighten up the situation maybe try it out!


Crunchy bread – German style – in minutes

One of the things I miss the most from Germany is the crunchy bread. Something with loads of seeds, a bit of weight to it and a proper crust! Occasionally you can find similar bread at a good Farmers Market or if you’re lucky enough to live in one of the big cities you might even have a talented baker around – those are usually pretty pricey though (but it’s worth it!). Your average Australian bread is white or wholemeal bread with the ‚ppppffffffftttttt‘ factor – there is nothing to it, you almost don’t need to chew it – it is so soft and fluffy – and it’s gone in a couple of bites. It’s perfect for those great sandwiches though.

Well, if you’re like me and you don’t have a nice baker handy (because I can’t wait til Sunday – that’s when the markets are on), here is your solution: The Crunchy German style bread. I call it German style bread as it has loads of seeds and a crunchy crust, but it’s not really a typical German bread. The advantage of this one, you don’t have to make a sourdough starter and you don’t have to wait around for the yeast to proof.

It’s for the hungry – the impatient! – and for bread lovers!

Crunchy bread – German style bread (prep time a few minutes, baking 50 min)

  • 500 g plain flour ( I like to mix some rye flour in it)
  • 1 sachet of dry yeast
  • 450 ml lukewarm water
  • 100 g sunflower seeds
  • 50 g flax seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of salt (German style measurement, just a spoon out of the drawer will do)
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (or other)

You can leave the seeds out or use raisins, oats, nuts instead. We recently went to Switzerland and had the most delicious bread rolls with dates and walnuts, that might make a good mix in here, too. I’ll have to try it next time. If you bake it before me, please leave a comment how it turned out.

  1. Mix the flour with the yeast in a big bowl.
  2. Add your seeds and salt, then your lukewarm water and vinegar.
  3. Mix really really really well.
  4. Line your baking pan (cake tin) with baking paper or oil it. (I like to sprinkle the bottom with oats and coarse semolina.) Put the mixture in the pan (if you like sprinkle with oats/semolina).  (Do not let it proof!)
  5. Put it in the cold oven and bake it 50 minutes at 170 degrees Celsius fan forced. Get the bread out of the pan and bake for another 10 minutes if necessary.

German style bread

That’s it! Enjoy it while it’s warm! Nothing better than warm bread. I think you’re best of making two at a time, one for eating straight away and the other one for the next day 😉 .

Let me know how you go with it. The fresh crunchy bread with Nutella has helped me through homesickness over the last ten years, maybe it can help you through it, too!

Moewen und Pelikane – Seagulls and pelicans

Gestern habe ich mit meinen Fotofreunden Moewen und Pelikane fotografiert. Als ich dann heute die Bilder anschaute, dachte ich ‚Oh, die Deutschen freuen sich vielleicht ueber ein paar Pelikanbilder‘. Anbei aber auch ein paar witzige Fotos von den Moewen.

I went out with a few photographer friends yesterday to shoot seagulls and pelicans and thought I share some with you. We had a great time with those crazy creatures.

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Are you at the zoo???

Before I moved to Australia – or even knew I would one day move to Australia – I was on the phone to Greg who had returned home to finish his studies. It was a cold winter evening in Munich, snow flakes ever so lightly falling out of the sky and building up on the ground and giving the trees a white frame. I’m standing at the window, sneaking past the curtains watching this natural wonder with the phone on my ear waiting to hear Greg’s voice. „Greg speaking“ I hear a very deep, familiar voice. It’s almost like I get waken from a daydream staring at the snow „How are you going? What did you do all day?“

„Just helping mum in the yard. . . “ is what I kind of hear as I’m listening to the background noise. And jeez there is a lot of noise that I’d never heard before. „What’s all this noise? Are you at the zoo?“ I ask. Well he couldn’t be at the zoo, I just dialled his mum’s number. . . strange. Greg chuckles „No, I’m at mums, sitting on the balcony. You can hear the birds, bats and cicadas.“ „Ci-what?“ „Cicadas, they are like crickets.“ „Interesting . . .  – are you sure you’re not at the zoo?“ I just can’t believe the volume of the creatures in the background and the amount of different noises.

I’ve been to that „zoo“ quite a number of times over the past years and it’s such a beautiful spot in the world. Magnetic Island. It’s a small island with only about 2500 inhabitants and over half of the island is National Park. So no wonder it sound like the zoo. The house is just down the road from the beach, palm and mango trees wherever you look. It’s so peaceful, just the right spot for relaxing and recharging the batteries and just being a tourist doing ‚touristy‘ things like jet-skiing, horse riding on the beach, diving, whatever you can imagine doing on a tropical island.

The only thing I have to warn you about are the curlews who add to the zoo impression with their whining. I promise you if you have no idea what they are, you’ll be wondering about them when you lay in your bed the first night, it’s pitch black outside and you hear this long whining noise repeatedly and loads of it as there are so many of those birds. It takes a little getting used to. ‚So birds?‘ you might wonder, didn’t you just see in your travel guide that there are spiders, snakes and if you’re really lucky crocodiles. . . Well, it’s like everything in Australia, the creatures are around of course, but usually as long as you leave them alone, they leave you alone. They are not very interested in humans. One thing I don’t understand is why mostly German tourists seem to get eaten by the tropical crocs (there are usually big warning signs and if there is a sign that means they’ve spotted one right there). Usually we Germans are very rule obedient, must be the holiday adventurer coming out 😉 So just a hint, if you see a sign, just get out of there!

Magnetic Island (click here) has a lot to offer for any holiday adventurer, but it surely must be one of the best spots in the world to just sit down, have a cold beer and relax. It’s one of the few places where even I manage to do nothing (everyone who knows me, knows that I’m not very good at ‚doing nothing‘!).

While doing nothing the other week in Newcastle I rang a friend in Germany. „Hey how are you going?“ She replies hesitantly „Yeah good! Where are you? At the zoo?“ The cicadas were happily chirping in the background and I don’t even hear it anymore.

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I also love taking pictures . . .

… that’s why I’ve been really busy launching my new business ‚a finn photo‘. Have a look at

I’ve always loved taking photographs and loads of them, too, but you don’t just dump your studies to take pictures. Well, I didn’t. And then I was on mat leave and there was the opportunity to try something new, something I always dreamt about doing. And so it happened. . .

I specialise in babies and kids. I love taking pics of kids, while lots of photographers find it difficult and annoying. To capture the best pictures I usually take the families to a park or to the beach and let them have fun, let them be themselves. There are only few posed pics, only if the family wants some for the family album.

Yesterday I had my first newborn shoot (other than my own kids and yepp there have been thousands of photos of them – so lots of practice). And oh my God, she was so cute! Too cute! Adorable!!! The newborn shots were taken at the family home where they are nice and comfy whilst adjusting to parenthood. If you’d like to see some pics, please have a look at my facebook page (afinnphoto). While you’re there, please don’t forget to ‚like‘ and ’share‘ with your friends.


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Amazing Mid North Coast! Amazing Bago!

A few weeks ago now, we went for our first trip back to Port Macquarie since we left 2.5 years ago. And I have to admit the Mid North Coast is still as pretty and relaxing as it used to be.

The first stop on our way to Port was one of our favourite places ever!

Bago Vineyards!

Please check out their site here for info and sign up to their newsletter if you live around there, because you don’t want to miss out on any of their events. Bago vineyards was always a must-visit with any visitor we had. The wine is delicious and the cheese platter goes just nicely with it!

Last time we stopped in they had just planted a maze and this time it was in action! It looks amazing and it’s such good fun for the kids and/or even the adults. I imagine it would be very entertaining going through after a bottle of wine as well! 😉 Might just take a little longer!

We used to take our picnic rug and settle in for the arvo. I can’t recommend Bago vineyards highly enough, please check it out and let me know what you think! It’s also a fabulous location for any photographer out there. Enjoy!!!

And the winner of the Best Australian Blogs 2013 comp is

. . . Sneh Roy for her blog Cook Republic. Congratulations to Sneh, go check out her blog.

My category (personal and parenting) was won by David Sedaris with Reservoir Dad. Congratulations!!!

The people choice award was won by Chris Lang with his blog Home I Own, which received 1,468 votes. A total of 16,361 people voted. Wow! Congratulations Chris!

Well another BIG THANK YOU for all my followers who put in the time to vote for me!

Vielen Dank an alle, die fuer mich gewaehlt haben! Herzlichen Glueckwunsch an die Gewinner!

Steamfest, Maitland – Dampflokomotivenfest in Maitland

Heute hat es uns ganz unerwartet nach Maitland zum ‚Dampflokomotivenfest‘ verschlagen. Da wir zwei Jungs haben, klang es wie ein Sechser im Lotto und wir hatten auch wirklich Spass. Ich bin mir aber sicher, dass Euch die Bilder zum Schmunzeln bringen werden. Denn bei so einem Fest kommt jeder Bauer mit seinem alten Trecker und stellt ihn zur Schau. Die Karussels sind oft so alt, dass ich mich wundere, ob sie ueberhaupt fahrtuechtig sind (heute war das nicht so schlimm). Anstatt Autoscooter und Riesenrad gab es Kamelritt und Lokomotivfahrt und jede Menge alter Maschinen zum Ansehen. Und zum Abschluss haben wir Mickey Maus noch ein paar Baelle in den Mund geworfen – die ist auch hier beruehmt. Alkohol wird uebrigens bei solchen Festivitaeten generell nur selten und auch nur in abgespeerten Bereichen ausgeschenkt (heute war’s ‚trocken‘). Am besten ist der Hund mit dem „Cranky Dog“ (launischer Hund) Schild ueber dem Kopf, den musste ich einfach fotografieren.

This morning we ended up at the Steamfest in Maitland. It sound like the jackpott as we have two little boys and it was a really nice outing. But I’m sure you’ll look at the pics in amusement. These festivities usually attract every farmer and his old trucks, they’ll be all nice and shiny and you can look at the lot. The roller coasters are usually so old, that I often wonder if they wouldn’t be better off in a museum (today they weren’t as bad, which was nice for a change). There was a camel ride and train ride instead of dodgem cars and Ferris wheel and a lot of old machines to look at. To finish the morning off we threw some balls into Mickey Mouse to win a prize, who is famous here as well. By the way, there is usually no alcohol at shows and if there is it’s all fenced off. Today was a dry event. (Most events in Germany serve alcohol – I don’t know of anywhere there is no alcohol). My favourite picture today is the cranky dog, I just couldn’t walk past him.


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What is a ‚typical Australian‘?

Have you planned your Australian trip down to the last detail? Have you highlighted the best tips in your travel guide? So you’re set and ready to go? But do you know what sort of people the Australians are? What to expect? Or have you always wondered what a ‚typical Australian‘ is like?


I’ve lived in Australia for ten years now and am married to an Australian. Over those years we’ve often chuckled about the little and the big differences in culture and day-to-day-dealings. Today I would like to introduce you to the ‚typical Australian‘. If you have any more ideas, please leave a comment.

The Australians

  1. are a very relaxed nation.
  2. live by „Don’t worry, mate, you’ll be right!“
  3. ask „how are you?“, but don’t really want to know about it.
  4. wink at you and don’t think anything of it. It’s more like a „Hello“. They are happy to greet strangers, too.
  5. say „Please“, „Thank you“ and „Sorry“ so many times, that I’m often unsure if they actually know what for. Often they find the Germans rude, as we don’t use those words so many times. So please practise your „You’re welcome!“, „Thank you!“, „Please“ and „Sorry“ before you start your holiday and use it at least twice in one sentence and you should be right.
  6. don’t like to adhere to rules and get very creative in getting around them.
  7. are not very punctual. An unwritten rule is to get going at the time you were meant to be somewhere. Not necessarily different at work (depends where you work though).
  8. are a rather prude folk.
  9. don’t have ‚breasts‘ or other naked body parts on their tv magazine. And neither have they got groaning call center girl ads on tv. How lucky!
  10. know that you’re a tourist, if you a) lay on the beach in ‚winter‘ at 20 degrees or b) lay topless on the beach (big NO NO)
  11. sit in the sauna in their togs and get all embarrassed when you tell them that you sit naked in the sauna in Germany.
  12. have single shower cabins at the gym and are afraid that you might „look something away“ (probably a very Denglish translation)
  13. love scuffing either in a) thongs in summer or b) Ugg Boots in winter. Ten years ago I thought, no way, they can’t go shopping in their slippers! Now I’ve heard that Ugg Boots made their way to Germany. What!? You’re all leaving the house in Australian slippers! (note: they wouldn’t go in „German slippers!“)
  14. drive on the left side and however they like (see point 6). The kids learn driving from their parents. Hallelujah!
  15. drive everywhere by car, even as close to the soccer ground as possible (no joke)!
  16. think the Freeway is called ‚free way‘, because you can drive however you like. (Someone actually said that to me once).
  17. are only allowed to drive up to 110 km/h.
  18. don’t know how to merge. You have to be really careful! It always ends up in a traffic jam – a phenomenon! It must be related to point 14. If the parents can’t do it, the kids have no chance. Or is it related to point six, just trying to upset the crowd? Who knows!?
  19. love fast cars. I still haven’t figured out why. You sit in a Porsche and you can’t really enjoy it. How frustrating when you know how much fun it could be!
  20. love their 4×4, even if they live in the city.
  21. don’t like push bikes on the road.
  22. hail the bus and say ‚Thanks mate‘ when they get off. I think that’s a really nice gesture! I’ll try it out on our next Germany trip and I’m already looking forward to the bus drivers‘ confused face.
  23. often have up to four kids.
  24. take their kids to swimming classes from only six months old. From about two they learn freestyle. (note: this is unheard of in Germany)
  25. can name their kids however they want. There are lots of different spellings for every name. We had a couple in our antenatal class that made up a name of the letters of their names. It was some tongue twister! What a lucky child! 😉
  26. are proud of their country and love celebrations (in particular Australia Day).
  27. are unsure when the Queen’s Birthday is. There is a public holiday called „Queen’s birthday“ and it’s on a different day/or different months in the different States.
  28. get the Monday off, if a public holiday falls on a weekend. What a great concept! (note: The Germans will be very jealous right now)
  29. don’t have an ‚identity card‘.
  30. don’t know ‚Gemuetlichkeit‘, there’s not even a word for it – ‚cosiness‘ would be the closest, but doesn’t quite do it.
  31. stack as much food as possible on their plate instead of taking seconds.
  32. eat breakfast in the morning, then at ten they have moring tea (a sweet snack), sandwiches for lunch and about 3pm some afternoon tea (somewhat like morning tea) and dinner is the main meal. (In Germany lunch is the big warm meal).
  33. love their Vegemite. A love that I just don’t get! A salty, yeasty spread with a horrid smell! If anyone opens the jar in our house, the lid goes back on straight away. I’ll stick with Nutella!
  34. made barbequeing a national sport. The bigger the bbq, the better!
  35. are sandwich kings! No one makes sandwiches as good as the Aussies! ;o)
  36. scrunch up the ham at the deli so badly that it is almost unrecognisable – not very appetising (but eatable)
  37. are big fans of the Asian cuisine. Yummy!
  38. are in two minds about having a hot or cold Xmas dinner. Lots do a bbq and/or have seafood and others like their warm turkey out of the oven. The traditional Xmas ham finds its‘ way into everyone’s heart (or better tummy) though.
  39. eat their Xmas meal with paper crowns on their head and tell each other jokes out of the traditional Xmas cracker.
  40. make birthday cakes so colourful that you wonder as a German if it’s even edible.
  41. are able to make a very yummy cheese cake even without quark (note: that’s the main ingredient in German cheese cake)
  42. like chips with the weirdest flavours, salt and vinegar, chicken and are big fans of dips and crackers. Tzaziki is a dip here. Every time I offer it at a bbq to go with the meat the Australians are a little taken aback. (note: you haven’t tried your meat with tzatziki yet? Well, it’s about time!)
  43. don’t have to pack their groceries when they go shopping. So relaxing! (note: in Germany you have to bring your own boxes/bags and pack everything yourself)
  44. will say „It’s been raining for weeks now!“ after a couple of days of rain.
  45. don’t have a gap in their bed. (note: The Germans usually have a mattress each, so a gap in between)
  46. piss themselves laughing when they see someone in ’normal swimmers‘ (note: Tony Abbott wouldn’t have a problem in Germany!)
  47. think you’re not allowed to be cold if you’re German in Australia.
  48. usually don’t have a heater nor double glazing – so it can get quite cold in winter.
  49. don’t move house with their kitchen, their curtains, blinds and lights. (note: yes, yes, yes, the Germans take it all and they also have to paint the walls either before moving in or when moving out)
  50. often have roaches which doesn’t mean they are dirty!
  51. are not really into politics. Elections are mandatory, otherwise you would probably not get them off the beach.
  52. don’t dress up for the casino and the races. You can easily get in in shorts and sandals. I was so disappointed the first time around.
  53. they make one exception and get really dressed up for ‚Melbourne Cup Day‘.
  54. are really into gaming. Horse races, dog races, car races . . . where there is a bet, there is an Australian.
  55. celebrate their birthday on the weekend closest to the actual date or when it suits them best. In Germany it’s meant to be bad luck to celebrate beforehand.
  56. are happy when you remember their birthday. It doesn’t matter if it is two days before or three weeks after. They are just happy that you thought of them. (note: in Germany you could be in real trouble in either case)
  57. pay for the birthday person, if they chose to go to a restaurant. (note: in Germany the birthday person would usually pay for everyone)
  58. love dress-ups. Not just kids, adults as well!
  59. have a rather ‚quirky‘ dress sense compared to the Germans when they go out.
  60. often have really pink bridesmaid dresses. As you often have six of them next to each other, sun glasses are a necessity. 😉
  61. only need to get married once. (note: in Germany you have to get married at least at the town hall and that’s always first and then you can get married in a church)
  62. are rather short compared to Germans.
  63. love everything you can do outside, particularly sports.
  64. love lycra cycle gear. There are only few that ride their bikes for fun. Mostly they look like they are participating at the Tour de France.
  65. are crazy for rugby and cricket. Soccer is not quite up there.
  66. don’t have to become a member to play golf or tennis and it’s rather cheap. It’s great! And the golf places can have such beautiful views!Golfplatz
  67. can laugh about themselves.
  68. show their teeth when someone is taking a picture. They don’t look as serious as we Germans. (It took some courage and years of practise!)
  69. are world champions in abbreviations. (darling = darl; afternoon = arvo etc and every name gets shortened or you just get a new one)
  70. enjoy travelling in their four weeks holiday and even far away.  In contrast to us Germans they are used to travelling far and the costs involved and the long journey.
  71. don’t take themselves too seriously. Lots of them have studied, but you won’t find it on their business card. It only seems to matter for doctors.
  72. are very helpful.
  73. do loads of voluntary work (without pay). Hats off to them! They are all so keen to volunteer at sports events, that there are often more volunteers than jobs. That didn’t happen in Germany for the soccer world cup, if I heard that right!?
  74. organise a good old sausage sizzle for any good reason.
  75. are very big hearted people.

Wow that’s a long list describing the ‚typical Australian‘, that went quick. On the whole the Australians are kind hearted, fun-loving people who are up for anything, in particular if it happens outdoors. When you prepare your „Please“ and Thank you“ for the trip to Australia, almost nothing can go wrong anymore.

Just be mindful ‚Keep your eyes on the traffic‘ and „Don’t worry mate!“


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