Intermission

February 28, 2012

I have been slack. Did not write a single blog entry for a while. What is happening to me? Yes, I am busy in my day job. And yes, I am kind of burned out when I get home from work in the evening.

My blog suffers from an “attention deficiency syndrome”, it seems. I have lots of material on wine and food unused, brochures, pamphlets, hand outs stashed up in piles at home. I have photos. I have stories to tell, and do not get it together these days.

OK, I should also admit that I went on a diet a few weeks ago, the Dukan diet, by a Frenchman, Pierre Dukan. I had to interrupt the diet regime a couple of times, sometimes for travels, sometimes for event invitations, sometimes because I was sick of all the protein I had to consume.

The diet is OK but it resembles more a kind of “caloric intake” than an “epicurean adventure”. Right, alcohol is not part of the diet. In fact I drink excessively less than in pre-diet times. Moreover, I have been exercising a lot. That makes me feel very good, I admit, despite all the sweat. I got “the springs back into my ageing legs”, so to speak.

I lost only about 5 kg so far, which is just under 6% of my weight. My target weight is 82 kg. I will reach it in about 10 days I assume and I am happy with my progress. I feel rejuvenated, can easily close the zip of my old jeans again which is a very nice feeling.

The thing I miss is the occasional glass of fine wine, and gourmet food of course.

Today when I looked at my statistics, the figures were up quite a bit. Surprise surprise. I even had a new daily record. How can that be, I asked myself? Could it be that over the many years a a wine blogger I have accumulated so much material that people can find some useful information?

I hope to be back with some more stories soonest. In the meantime bare with me.
Cheers


Thrown off the blog

September 21, 2010

Confused goat in the vineyard

Man, do I find it difficult to get back into my blogging routine this time. The longer I am prevented from writing for my beloved blog, The Man from Mosel River, the more difficult it is to get started again.

How can this happen after more than three years of blogging? Was I not until very recently extremely disciplined and full of stories?

Instead I feel sheepish and stupid now. Moreover, I have all this material collected, brochures, tasting notes, newspaper clippings, photos and so on, but I cannot make sense of it.

I do not find the entry point. “Where is the door”, I hear myself shout?

My concentration is gone, withered away as old grape leaves in late autumn.

I lost the famous red threat.

Bear with me, and give me some time to find my feet.

They must be somewhere.

PS: I took the above photo in the City museum of Paris in July this year.


Cheers guys – The Man from Mosel River is back

November 22, 2008

mara

I am back in Bangkok after some extended business trips to Beijing, the Thai country side near Khao Yai and Kuala Lumpur. There was no time at all for blogging during these days (10 days with no entry! which is half a lifetime for a blogger); often I had no internet access at all. Anyway I was so busy that no opportunity arose for writing or composing a blog entry.

It feels very strange now. When I look back. Not writing, I feel so removed from the world, so cut off. The urge to get back is strong but somehow I also lost the thread. It is amazing that ‘blogging’, an activity nobody knew anything about a couple of years ago, has become such a major part of my private life, such a passion and such a joy (and a learning experience).

As I jot down these lines, my family just walked into the door and my daughters peeped over my shoulder to get a glimpse at my newest blog entry. ‘Daddy is blogging’ has become something generally appreciated.