Musikmesse Frankfurt

On Saturday April 9th, we visited the Musikmesse in Frankfurt. Sexy Hubby was excited at the idea of being surrounded by guitars and trying them. I was impatient to take some cool photos. And both of us were looking forward to catching up with The Dead Daisies, after attending their acoustic gig at the Hard Rock Café and seeing them open for KISS in Hamburg last year.

As we arrived, Sexy Hubby headed straight for the Yamaha stand and as you can see below, he spent some time trying the different models of their new Revstar range. I am not sure he has quite decided which one to get yet…

Sexy Hubby then inspected lots of effect pedals and amps in the biggest exhibition hall, where the drums were located too. Even though the level of decibels is of courses restricted, we came to the conclusion that employees on stand duty there the whole day must be pretty exhausted at the end of the day! The ambiance was great, though, with lots of people trying instruments, sometimes spontaneously playing together.

Around 12:30 we made our way to the Center Stage, where The Dead Daisies were scheduled to play. We arrived just at the right time, the band performing before them had just finished their set, people were leaving and we managed to secure a front row spot. We had a blast listening to The Dead Daisies and discovering Long Way To Go, the first title of their new album. Make Some Noise will be released on August 5th and the band has just announced some tour dates too. All info can be found on their official website. Of course being right at the front made it easier for me to take photos, but it was frustrating all the same not to have front stage access! The full gallery is available on my photography and writing website, Of Lens And Pen, and I would love to hear what you think.

We then only had another hour or so before having to head home, as we had a party planned that evening. It was enough time to come across Thor and a rather unusual hammer… As First Daughter plays the violin and the piano, I had a look at electric violins for her too. Next year we will no doubt spend longer at the Musikmesse!
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Photo courtesy of The Dead Daisies

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How To Have The Ultimate Family Adventure This Summer

Summer is just around the corner, which means it is the perfect time to start planning your family adventures. How exciting! If you want to have the ultimate family holiday this year, you can use this guide to help you plan.
Discuss The Kind of Trip You Want to Have as a Family

When you are planning the trip, do not make it an adult only thing. Sit together and talk about what you would like to do. What kind of sceneries and temperatures would be ideal? What should be added to the list of activities? Build up the enthusiasm and then research some possible destinations that sound like your dream holiday. Go through the whole process as a family. When you all get really excited organising it like this, you are bound to have a brilliant time.
Make Sure There Is Something for Everybody

Really young children might not be able to contribute to the family discussion much, so you might want to plan things for them to enjoy too. You definitely do not want to have a disappointed toddler when the point is to appreciate your time together. Ensure there are activities where everybody is included, like family canyoning trips.
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Save Up Plenty of Money

The more money you save up, the more potential for a great experience. It is not necessary to spend an absolute fortune to have the holiday of a lifetime. There are many things you can do for free, such as walking tours, museums, etc. However, if you have money to spare you will be able to add some extra fun stuff to do while you are there. You will be able to eat what you like and have a good time in general.
Plan for Every Eventuality

It will pay off to plan ahead, as you want to be worry-free while you are away. Pack sunscreen, lots of towels, sunglasses, protective clothing and get insurance. Think about everything you need before you go. Make a list, and check it multiple times. Skipping on some details might turn into a stressful time later.
Keep it Positive

Spending a lot of time all together can mean a few tense moments. Try to put a positive spin on everything and keep everybody’s spirit up. This will make for the best trip and can turn things around instantly. Your own attitude is really important, as your kids may take cues from you. Remember, it is OK to have a little time apart if you need it. You could let the older kids explore while you play with the younger kids, or just chill out.

Have fun!
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Organic Box Delivered To Your Door

This is a service we recently signed up for and we are big fans. Every Wednesday, an organic box filled with fresh vegetables, onions, eggs and a loaf of bread is being delivered to our door. All contents have been cultivated or made in our region.

What do we get? It is a surprise, although you can let the shop now if food allergies or personal preferences mean that some veggies have to be left out. I love the fact that you have to get creative and compose your meals with what you find in the box. For example, a whole celeriac was once part of the delivery. I had always bought part of one before, to add to a soup. I started flicking through some cookbooks and decided to try an Ottolenghi recipe called “Celeriac and Lentils with Hazelnuts and Mint“. The salad was a huge success. With the other half I prepared a puree, served with grilled salmon and carrots. Very nice too.

As for the bread, you can either pick which one you want or opt for a rotation of the (many) sorts available. We chose the second option to discover new flavours and the bread keeps significantly longer than shop-bought.

Going on holiday is not a problem, a quick email and there will be no box waiting for you. When I am not home, we have an agreement about a dropping off place out of the rain, sun, etc. Should you wish for specific vegetables, not need some products one week or want to add something from the online shop, again an email will do the trick.

Supporting local farms and businesses as well as cooking with very fresh, seasonal vegetables? A winning combination, if you ask me.

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