|Just before 8:00 on our balcony|
They were right, the museum is very well made. It looks at the forest from all sides: Geologically, biologically, from the point of history, sociology, culture, industry, right down to the modern-day efforts necessary to keep the National Park this gem of rare natural environment.
I was impressed with the stories of emigrants and their descendants, who now, around 100 years or more since their ancestors left Bavaria for the USA, are visiting the places that used to be poor settlements or even just single farms or the homes of woodcutters, glassmakers and so on.
The drive home to Ludwigsburg took around four hours; the motorway was busy but we were never really stuck. At home, we had enough time to start the first of four loads of washing and rest a little before we were expected for dinner at my parents'.
OK stayed with me for the rest of the week. I must admit I shed a few tears when he had to leave on Sunday. Being together for two weeks had been wonderful, and I missed him as soon as he was through the door.
Ah well, such is life - this is (for now) the way we live, with 150 km between us. One day I hope we find a solution that will be fair and suitable for both of us.
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With the second half of September, autumn has set in. We still have warm, sunny days, but the nights are really cold already at 3 or 4 Celsius (37 F). This week Wednesday, for the first time in many months I turned the heating on in my bathroom while getting ready for work. Also for the first time this season, I wore a padded coat and a scarf to work. Neither was necessary by the time I left the office, but I was glad about them while waiting for the train in the morning.
It is still way too dry; we had a storm last Friday and some rain, but nowhere near enough to make up for the months of draught.
Next week Wednesday is a public holiday in Germany, to remember the reunion of East and West Germany. I will make use of my free time that day to sort out my wardrobe, put the summer things away and get the knit dresses out.
Speaking of knitted items: My Mum has restocked her Etsy shop of hand-knitted socks, beanies and hats. This season, she also offers shawls of various shapes, sizes, colours and patterns. If you click on the picture to the left of my blog, you'll be taken directly to the shop. I wonder whether you'll recognise the "model" in some of the pictures ;-)