Last Sunday, it wasn't overly warm (there was actually quite a chilly wind blowing), but it was sunny and dry, and so seemed ideal for a nice long walk with my Mum.
This time, instead of walking our familiar route from Marbach to my parents' allotment (you've seen that walk several times on my blog already), we joined my Dad when he drove there, and set off for our walk from the allotment.
You have seen some of the places where I took pictures before, and so have I; but the gardens, woods and fields never look the same. Weather, seasons, time of day, light, growth, people, animals - it is all in a continuous state of change, and therefore, never boring (at least not to me!).
First of all, here are some pictures I took at the allotment:
Just like in my recent post with pictures from the palace gardens, the forget-me-nots do not appear nearly as beautiful as they are in reality. Believe me, they were much bluer! I put this down to my lack of skill in taking professionally good pictures. Maybe I need a forget-me-not-filter on my camera :-)
The tadpoles are for you, Frances! They are toads, not frogs, by the way. I saw Mama (or Papa) Toad resting at the edge of the pond on my previous visit, but didn't take a picture.
Leaving the allotment, the first part of our route was very familiar:
See the village over there? So far, I've never walked there, only ever admired it from afar. There are several pictures of it on my blog, for instance here.
Now we were approaching my favourite spot, the grassy path I've been on about more than once. Much to my relief, it was still like I remembered it, and the strangely unfinished-looking construction work leading from the road towards the path remains as it was. It does not look as if there is anything more going to happen.
Once we arrived at the other end of the grassy path, instead of taking to the left, we took to the right - for the first time ever. This was our original plan, we wanted to see where that road leads, and how nice a walk we would find there.
It was at this point where we decided to turn right and walk to the village we've seen so often from the road leading away from the allotment.
If you've been following the number of right bends we've taken, you will have worked out that by this time, we were actually moving back towards starting point - only on a parallel route.
The edge of the forest visible on the picture below is where "my" grassy path is:
I could hardly believe it when I saw close-up how the rapeseed fiels are in bloom already! This was the 19th of April, after all.
Another week or two, and this plantation of apple trees will be all covered in beautiful white-pink blossoms:
Almost there! Behind these trees is the village. The beautiful tree in the picture on the right is a pear tree.
Well, I think this post has already become very long, and I suspect some of you have given up by now and gone to do other things. So, let me show you the village and where we went next in tomorrow's post.