In my previous post, I told you about how Thursday was a beautiful spring day with sunshine and very mild temperatures, followed by a return to the solid grey skies and rain we have been having for much of this year so far.
Last week started grey again - and very busy. It was only Monday evening when I felt so exhausted already that I was very much inclined to call in sick the next morning. Of course I didn't - I have never been like that, skipping work on the pretence of illness when really I just wanted time off. Decades ago, when I worked at the library, I had colleagues who would call in sick simply because they wanted to wash their curtains or prepare for a family event - and they didn't even try to pretend otherwise in front of us. Of course we would never tell our boss, but it wasn't right.
So I kept plodding on, and on Wednesday, a stretch of several hours without any scheduled meetings meant I was able to start my lunch break early and extend it, not only going for a walk on the fields with my sister, but even stopping at her place for a very welcome bowl of hot vegetable stew.
It kept snowing all day, giving the light a pearly sheen.
And then Thursday came along, and brought back the sun! It was VERY cold at -12C (10 F), but the sun made it bearable for a little while during the day. That was all I could carve out of my day's schedule anyway, and so I went out for a short walk of only 45 minutes in between meetings.
|This one is to show you the road where I live - completely covered in snow. This is very close to the city centre, but only the major roads are cleared.|
The snow glittering in the sun and the crystal clear air were so good!
For the rest of the week and the weekend, the sun stayed with us. It was great to wake up to bright blue skies on Saturday and Sunday, and rest assured that O.K. and I made the most of both days, walking across the snow-covered fields and enjoying every minute.
Saturday's pictures (all taken by O.K.), visiting Hohenasperg, walking back via the small palace by the lake (Monrepos):
Sunday, walking in the same general direction but on towards the fields and not to the castle:
A quick look at the weather forecast tells me to expect a rather mixed bag this week. We shall see!