...on a hot summer's day? Woodland is a good option, if you are too far away from any breezy beach. Just like for most of you, here in the south of Germany, summer has been very much on the hot and dry side so far this year. We've had way too little rain; thunderstorms brought heavy downpours, but they lasted nowhere near long enough to give the soil the good drenching it needs.
Maybe it is naive and egoistical of me, but I do really enjoy this summer. Most days, there is no need to think about taking an umbrella or cardigan when leaving the house. One can simply slip something on and go. But then of course I am neither a farmer nor do I have a garden; all the watering I need to do is my potted basil on the windowsill in the kitchen.
On Sunday, we went walking in an area I've posted about before. (Click here and here for my 2015 posts from the area.)
Stuttgart, although a city of more than 600,000 residents and the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg's capital, has a surprising amount of woodland - proper woodland, not just a few trees in a park. They offer nice walks in the shade, with birdsong and butterflies to keep you company.
Clicking here takes you to the English wikipedia entry about the palace. The author seems to be undecided about whether to call it a castle or a palace, but apart from that, the article offers some interesting details.
Actually, it was the woods we wanted to walk in, and so we did. I only took a few pictures along the way:
We then reached this lake, Bärensee (Bears' Lake), a place where we'd stopped before (see the above linked posts from 2015). There were many people about, as was to be expected on a fine Sunday such as this, but we were lucky and found a table outside on the gallery in the shade.
A refreshing drink and light lunch later, we were once more on our way through the woods, taking a different route back to where we had left the car.
The woods themselves are still largely green, in spite of the draught. But fields, meadows and grassy borders all show the lack of rain clearly. I hope things won't be quite as bad as our farmers fear.