The end of June saw me and my sister out on after-work-walks a few times. Restaurants and cafés are open again over here, but we are not keen on sitting indoors just yet, with all the restrictions about distance, masks and disinfecting still in place. Good job then that there are several beer gardens close enough to walk to!
went to one near our town on June 23, a Tuesday, to have a refreshing
shandy and a meal. The food was excellent, mixed salad with a tasty
dressing, and the falafel were special: not made of chick peas, but of
hokkaido pumpkin! So fluffy and soft inside, crispy on the outside,
freshly made and hot - I am definitely going to be back for more there
before this summer is over.
after-work walk the very next day took me and an old school friend to the palace grounds. I love
the late afternoon / early evening light, and the always beautiful park
is even more beautiful then. There were relatively few people about.
We don't get to see storks often in this area, whereas it is hard NOT to spot storks in O.K.'s part of the country, unless you deliberately choose to ignore them. This one looked beautiful against the clear blue sky:
The following week, on the 29th of June, I was back at the palace grounds for another after-work stroll, this time with my sister, who took my picture.
1st of July was very hot, and it was not only the first of the month -
for me, it was also the first time I was NOT working from home since
March 17! On that day, I went to work at the Literature Archive in
Marbach. Walking from the train station to the archive takes about 15-20
minutes, and it is not a strenuous walk, but I was uncomfortably hot by
the time I arrived there just after 10:00 in the morning.
went well; everyone walking around in the building was wearing a mask,
and the meeting room was so large that the six or eight of us had plenty
of distance (masks were taken off for the meeting). There was
disinfectant spray provided, and we were all required to disinfect our
own tables before leaving the room, and make sure the room was well
aired before and after the meeting.
I felt perfectly safe there, and it was nice to actually see my clients face to face again after several months.
will still be a while before I'll even consider going back to the other
office, where I have much less space and many more meetings throughout
an average day. So far, that particular client has not yet requested me
to work on-site; everything has been done from home without problems. As
far as I'm concerned, it can stay that way for as long as possible.
Later that day, I went running with my regular "running buddy". Well - that was our intention, but we ended up walking most of the second half of our circuit; it was simply too hot. The sunset was rather beautiful, first as seen from the street where Ludwigsburg ends and the fields begin, looking west, and then from my kitchen window, looking east: