Friday, 27 January 2017

I got done for speeding in Germany!

Hi there!
Thanks for popping in.
Been a long day.
Strenuous driving down to Frankfurt. 
Actually Dave drove the whole way, but I can tell you, being a navigator on the Autobahn in an Engish car is no picnic!
When you’re doing 130,140, 150 km per hour,
and some maniac in a BMW or Merc whistles past you at the speed of light, it’s not much fun. Especially when Dave has this incessant urge to wander to the left.
S T R E S S F U L !

We took the fastest route via Köln,
got snarled up in Brussels, because Sally Satnav decided we needed to drive straight through the centre!
That was also quite hairy Mary!
In the end, poor Dave had Sally satnav, the voice from google maps on my phone telling him where to go, AND me.
3 women all telling him which way to go...
and we STILL got lost!!!
No wonder he went very quiet.
And Churchie in the back didn’t say a peep!!!

Did we get done for speeding?
No, not this time.
But I did actually get a ticket and an on the spot fine 
in the same area a few years ago. I was on a jolly with my Mum, and we were taking the scenic route down to Rüdesheim in the Rhine Valley.

I had a brand new Audi TT.
Beautiful little car.
Big engine. 

So Mum and I were driving down south, alongside the Rhine,
and out of nowhere a German copper, camouflaged in his green uniform, lept out in front of the car waving what looked like a table tennis bat around. 

Pulled me over, and this is how the conversation went.
Picture the scene:
Pulls over. Winds down window.
Handsome blonde cop starts:

“Führerschein!” (that means driving license)
Not very friendly at this point.

I responded in German,
“Tut mir leid. Mein Führerschein ist im Hotel.”
(Sorry, I left my driving license at the hotel.)  

Now see if you can keep up.
Your German may be better than you think!

“Tut mir leid. Mein Ausweis ist auch im Hotel.”

“Wo is das Hotel?”
I turn to Mum and ask her in English,
“Mum where’s the hotel again?”

Out of the window at the copper:

“Name des Hotels”
“Mum, what’s the name of the hotel?”
She knew. I couldn’t remember.

(registration number)
It was a new car, and even my Mum couldn’t help me on that one.

So I turned to the policeman, smiled my best 32 teeth smile,
and said in German:
“Keine Ahnung, aber das hier ist mein Auto, 
und diese Dame ist meine Mutter!”
“I have no idea, but I can assure you,
this is my car and this is my mother.”

Anyway, long story short, the fine was on the spot.
€35 as I recall.
I hadn’t had a chance to get to a bank to exchange some sterling,
so once again, I turned to Mum.
“Mum, can you lend us the money until I get to a bank?”
He actually was laughing by now.

No passport, no driving license, no local money, 
no idea where the hotel was or the name of the hotel. 
Thank heavens Mum was on the ball, 
and had a few Euros in her bin!!!

Yes, that was a first.
Being fined for speeding in Germany.

But not today.
We could have been done for driving too slowly over here!
C R A Z Y !

Time for bed now.
Big day tomorrow.

Love & Hugs,


  1. Lol you do make me chuckle....Glad you made it ok ..Have a good trip ...Received my diamond goodies today abs fab as always worth every penny x

  2. You must be exhausted but still find time to make us giggle. Have a good visit & stay safe. Sleep well x

  3. Well you’ve got to laugh. And I was spectacularly useless that day!!

  4. You made us chuckle Barb, and what a vivid picture you have painted in our minds!!! Now, drive carefully xx

  5. Hi Barb,
    Now this did make me chuckle! I bet the policeman was wondering what he'd got himself into!! Shame about the fine though. I'm hoping that you've found your hotel by now and that you get a good night's rest. Hope everything goes well tomorrow. Love and hugs Alison xxx

    1. Hi bloggy friends,
      Hope today has been as good as it could be. I managed to trace out one of Jayne's beautiful flowers (dahlia) & The frame ready to colour in tomorrow for a friend's birthday card. Very cold here today so I hope you've all stayed safe and warm. Love and hugs to you all, Alison xxxx

    2. Hi Alison, stay in the warm and craft! Best idea for your knee. Xx

  6. That was funny, sorry should not laugh at your expense when you have had a stressful day. Hope the show goes more smoothly than the journey. X.

  7. Oh Barb - this did make me hubby is not impressed as he is trying hard to watch what he says is a very good game of footie and I am in stitches working out your encounter with the German cop!!!!! Just don't get caught speeding on your way home - or make sure you have money etc in your bin! (((((More giggles)))) I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip xx

  8. I am sat in my lounge with hubby to my left and daughter to my right and my tablet pinged! It was telling me you had just posted your blog! I have to read it! Now we are watching a film ...not a funny I start reading your story about your trip and get to the part about you being pulled up! It brought back lovely memories as Colin and I did that trip down the Rhine to Rudesheim on his motorcycle. But also it made me really laugh out loud as I can imagine the policeman's face!
    Sleep well after your long day! Love and hugs! Xxxx

  9. Lol paints a very popular funny picture. Hope all goes well xx

  10. Sounds like a long stressful day well your there know save have a good nights sleep and tomorrow is a fresh day hope all goes well night night xxx

  11. That's so funny Barbara, glad the policeman saw it that way too. Just shows you, no matter your age or independence you still need your mum, and she's still the one who is organised. Hope all 3 of you have managed to settle your nerves, and can now smile at each other and mean it!!!! I think it's Paul I feel most sorry for!!! Hope you get a good sleep and the rest of your time in Germany is far more successful. Love Brenda xx

    1. Hi Brenda, hugs to you and Daisy.xx

    2. Thanks Pam, hope you have a good crafty weekend. Hoping to myself, not managed any this week, a bit of Mindfulness hand sewing for me I think. And the start of an idea or two swirling round in my head for using Clarity designs on fabric to think about 😊 Hugs back xx

  12. Thanks Barbara that really made me chuckle, my other half is watching the darts and wondered what I was laughing at 🤔 Hope you've arrived safely and are now relaxing xx

  13. Yep, I also had a wee chuckle. I bet you're glad you can speak German.

  14. Thanks for the chuckle at bedtime. Glad you got there safely...sounds like a hair-raising journey! Sleep tight and enjoy your time away before you have to face the journey back...eek! Love and hugs xxx

  15. Thanks for the chuckle at bedtime. Glad you got there safely...sounds like a hair-raising journey! Sleep tight and enjoy your time away before you have to face the journey back...eek! Love and hugs xxx

  16. Just the ticket! Your post made me chuckle, I hope you all have a wonderful time and sleep well.
    Hugs to you all
    Linda xxx

  17. Needed a good chuckle...Thanks! Hope all goes well xxx

  18. Hello Barbara

    What a laugh. Bet Paul thought it wise to keep quiet, lol. Glad you all arrived safely though.x

  19. Thank you for your blog, brightened up my evening and gave me a giggle. Pleased you arrived safely. Have a good nights sleep, and best wishes for the show tomorrow. xx

  20. Glad you didn't get a fine this time Barbara although it sounds as though you didn't have the best of journeys. Have a good night's sleep and a good day tomorrow. x

  21. Jealous of your drive down to Rudesheim. Love that place. We rode down on our Goldwing years back. Glad your drive today went OK. Enjoy the show.happy days x

  22. How funny! Good to have your Mum around in moments like that. Hope you are all calm and have collected your thoughts and wits ready for the show tomorrow. Xx

  23. Evening bloggy friends, hope you have all had a good day. Xx

    Sheila, it was lovely to see you here yesterday, left you a message. Sending huts XX

    1. Hi Donna we've been out celebrating Julian's birthday, one with a 0 at the end, came home and there was emma sat waiting for us, she'd flown home especially without him knowing to spend the weekend with him. More treats for him tomorrow so a busy weekend ahead. Sending hugs xxx

    2. Hi Pam, hope you are feeling a bit easier with your back. Xx

      Hi Diane, what a lovely surprise for Julian, bet he enjoyed his '30th' birthday celebrations! Well you did say it had a 0 at the end. Xx

  24. Oh Barbara you do give us a good chuckle. Glad you are there safely even though all stressed. I expect you're all relaxed and tucked up in bed by now. Have a good day tomorrow. Put my order in today for those beautiful Northern Lights papers plus more stamps and groovi, knew I couldn't resist for very long. Love and hugs, Pam xxx

  25. Hi to all my blogging friends, late tonight. Hope you've had an enjoyable day. Have a great weekend everyone. Love & hugs, Pam xx

  26. Jolly blog Barb. Not only are you teaching me all things crafty, you've just increased my German vocab 100%. Wunderbar! Have a great day/weekend. Xx

  27. Hi Barbara
    I just had to check you gad arrived safe and sound before I went to bed. Thank you for the lovely chuckle, good old mum. Poor Dave, I hope he's recovered from his 3 way nagging! Have a good nights sleep and have fun tomorrow. Night night.
    Love Diane xxx

  28. Glad you arrived safely, poor Dave that sounds so stressful. It's why I like cruises, they won't let me drive the boat.

    Hope today goes well

  29. Morning Barbara, So glad you got there OK, albeit really stressful, I hope you have all recovered. I had to have a little giggle at your previous visit with your Mom, thankfully she was on the ball.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  30. Hi Barb, wow, a bit of a stressful trip, glad that you reached your destination safely. Your description of your previous trip with Mum really made me smile this morning. Enjoy yourselves. Take care. Bx

  31. no internet only just seen your blog ,My word dave has the patients of a saint I think. Not every man can take 3 women giving direction's. but I hope today you are in full swing having a really good time .I think you need to spoil dave as you have to do it al again on the return journey.
    Your yester years exploit's are hilarious. XXXX

  32. Thank goodness for Mums! - I know mine is my best friend!
    Hope the trade show goes well and you have a smooth journey home.

  33. Great story! One for the book, when you get around to it. By the way, my club goodies arrived today, and they are both fabulous - can't wait to have a day in my craft room xxx

  34. Barbara, I have driven that very same route and even visited Koblenz in October 2016. How weird! Not only that, this time last year I visited Córdoba and Granada. I would say we must be kindred spirits but for the fact I do not have your artistic talent. Where are you going next LOL!

  35. you had me chuckling all along. hope you have some restful sleep, hugs xx

  36. Hello Barb,
    Good old mutter!!!! ha ha
    Maureen xxx

  37. I once got fined 10 Guilders in Holland for being drunk in charge of a push bike. I wouldn't mind but I was walking and the bike was just holding me up!! The policeman thought I was a dopey British forces wife for not knowing you cannot have control of a bike if you had been drinking. Now I know!!!

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Barb x