Thanks for your reply. Unfortunately I no longer speak German. Apparently I was bilingual until four years old but we returned to the UK then and over the following years I forgot it all. I can count to ten and have a few phrases but thats it.
Right now we are having yet another day of grey skies and rain and I have picked over fifty slugs and snails from the potted plants in my courtyard. I can't wait to get to drier sunnier climes!