One of the good things about working from home is that I can go for a walk the moment I finish work. All I need to do is put on a pair of shoes, and off I am.
But wait - first, I shut the company laptop/notebook (I never know what the difference is), pull the plug, store it in its bag and tidy up all reminders of work. That way, I have a clear separation between work hours and leisure, adding structure to the day.
The beautiful spring weather we've been having has of course helped. After the almost summery warmth of our Easter weekend, we had a cold Monday night and Tuesday, but by Wednesday, it began to warm up again, and yesterday was warm enough for short sleeves.
O.K. also goes for walks after work whenever he can, and we send each other pictures. Here is a collection of the past two weeks.
The first set is from the weekend before Easter, when O.K. and I could not see each other, and I went for a long walk on my own.
Along the way, I met this cat, who was much more friendly than she looks here:
Next picture: asparagus fields. At the time this one was taken, it was still unclear whether the many seasonal workers from Romania and other Eastern European countries were going to be allowed to travel to Germany to harvest asparagus and strawberries. I was looking at these seemingly endless rows and wondering what was going to happen.
Now I feel ashamed, having read about how it seems far more important to our government to have 80,000 seasonal workers flown in, than to help the refugees stuck on the Greek islands. Only 50 children who are without family are "generously" going to be brought to Germany, out of the 40,000 refugees. Not a big fan of white asparagus in the first place, I suppose I'm not going to buy any this year, although that won't make a difference to those poor souls suffering in the Greek camps.
Usually, on a beautiful Sunday like the one two weeks ago, lake Monrepos would be full of rowing and pedal boats. Not now - it all belongs to the ducks, geese and swans.
A pair of geese with chicks - alert but not frightened by people walking around the lake.
The next two are from O.K. Look at the moon! That was the evening before the night of the "Super Moon". He says that in reality, the moon appeared much bigger than in the picture. I know what he means. And the beautiful sunset speaks for itself.
Last week Tuesday after work, I decided to walk in the opposite direction and went towards the water reservoir.
Don't you just love the various shades of the early green leaves and blossoms on the trees right now?
Easter Monday, walking between O.K.'s and the next village. Many trees in the orchards are already shedding their blossoms; I was about a week too late. But this row of fruit trees caught my eye. And look at how dry and dusty the fields are; we really need rain, and soon:
On the Tuesday of this week, O.K. was again out walking after work, of course without me. He sent me the last set of pictures for this post. Magnificent, aren't they!
If going for walks was banned here, I'd definitely find life much harder! The way it is right now, I personally have no reason to complain; my family and I are fine, I have everything I need (including plenty of work), and not going to the pub, eating out at restaurants or seeing friends for a few weeks is really no big deal for me.