This is a special rose. It’s very old and has moved houses several times. Every year I have a goal of keeping it going for one more season. Thankfully it looks after itself.

I’ve talked about trying to become multilingual. Its not easy for me as I even struggle with English. German is my next best language. But currently my learning has been a little unfocused. No real time limited goal to strive for. Previously it was a trip to Switzerland which would spur on the German. Sadly not been there since 2015. I’ve kinda drifted. So I need a new language goal.

At Christmas I will attempt to read a book in German. It might take me ages but I’m going to give it a go. So which book?

I have always loved Alpine Sports. The three which are closest to my heart are Skiing, Biathlon and Ski Jumping. Ski Jumping always seemed the most atmospheric sport to a young lad from boring Yorkshire. Yorkshire is a Cricket loving place. Now you might understand why Ski Jumping looked so cool to me. Over the years I’ve got to understand this cool sport so well. Can name all the hills, the competitors and the coaches. One coach in particular always fascinated me. I loved his passion for the sport. The former Austrian coach Alexander Pointner. But he also has a really tragic back story. His daughter committed suicide. He has battled depression for years. When I’ve heard him talk he has real insight on life when you are at your lowest. He is brutally honest. So that’s the book then.

Now I have a goal. December 1st, I start reading this book.

44 thoughts on “Ski Jumping

  1. Sounds like an interesting book indeed. But be careful not to overwhelm yourself and lose the joy over it. Perhaps it would be a good idea to start with children’s books. You know not those for the very little ones, but novellas or interesting topics written in simple German. or you could read my book in German too now… lol!!!

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  2. That’s a great idea! My German is pretty fluent but reading a book in German takes me twice as long as in English. I should perhaps add that I’m a pretty fast reader. Good luck with your objective.

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  4. Goals are good. I will probably never learn a second language. Definitely still struggling with English. The only thing close to skiing that I have done in my life was cross country skiing. One of my teachers took our class on this great adventure. I wasn’t half bad. I remember enjoying the little hills the most. Only went sking the one time. My adventures seem to get cut off at the pass. Reading a book in German, now that is very adventurous.

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  5. Good for you! I wanted to try to read in French so I got a book about a young chap who sailed around the world, with a chicken! I’m a sucker for animal stories as long as they end happy. My only problem was that I know nothing of sailing, so there was a bit of guesswork. I’m thinking of getting a book I’ve read before in English and try that out. But your book is a whole lot more meaningful.

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