This Time It's Personal;Special Sad Sunday Edition ...
What a wonderful land. Filled full of fantastic fir, spruce and pine forests, and fairy-tale type castles nestling near lakes amid marvelous mountains.
There's positively no point beating about the bush; Bavaria, Germany is beautiful.
But so is Sophie - as you can see for yourself.
Sophia Teresa - to give her her full title - is someone super-special to us.
Born twelve years ago this coming August - Sophie shares her granddad's birthday.
And by the way, this gorgeous little girl's granddad is none other than This Old Brit himself.
By far the best birthday present ever presented to anyone;anywhere, at any time.
But, the bad news is that Sophie's soon set to jet off to settle in Germany -- permanently.
In couple of weeks time, Sophie's mum - our ex daughter-in-law - is due to remarry -- a military man. Then a couple of weeks later they'll all be off to live in Bavaria, where the new husband is to be based.
There's hardly been a single week since Sophie was born that we haven't seen her - mostly right here at our house. When her mum works late - which is often - Sophie comes here for her evening meal. Also, we have her here to stay each alternate weekend; sort of 'sharing access' with her dad.
Whenever any school holidays arrive - including the six (summer) weeks long end of term break -Sophie spends more time with us than she does with either her mum or dad. So much so that we've often joked that she should adopt us - and/or that without any further faffin' about or any more ado, she should just move in.
But now it's all over.
We just hope against hope that someone over there ensures there's a special spare space for Sophie -- somewhere extraordinarily special.
Like in one of those fine fabled castles in the clouds;somewhere that's truly fit for our very own perfect little princess.
Sophie's the light of our lives.
Our hearts are breaking.