There is not a single photo I have to share with you from the week of April 12 - 18, but I have a few from last week.
The picture-less week does not mean I didn't see anything worth mentioning; in fact, I went for beautiful after-work walks, some of them with my sister, some on my own and one with my friend who is normally my mid-week running partner; there were sunrises and sunsets that I admired from my windows, and some really nice meals such as a quiche I made for O.K. and myself on the weekend after this recipe.
On the weekend, we went for one last walk in the palace grounds before the gates were shut again; it was less busy than we feared, and I am glad we went.
On Tuesday, the 13th of April, my after-work walk took me across Ludwigsburg's Old and New cemetery (that is their official name), both beautiful places for a walk and to sit on a bench for some pondering. Not every time I'm out walking I activate the runmeter on my mobile phone, but I did for that walk, and ended up at 8.88 km quite by coincidence.
All of that week and the past week (April 19 - 24) saw cold, frosty nights, but from last Tuesday onwards, it has been warmer during the day; warm enough to be out without my winter coat.
|On the 20th, at 6:21 in the morning - it's not been as foggy as that in a long time!|
|But as is so often the case, once the fog was gone, it turned out a beautiful day.|
|Blossoms on a tree on the 21st.|
|Apple blossoms on the 22nd.|
|Big open skies feel so good after a day spent staring at computer screens!|
|Late afternoon light, on the fields between Freiberg and Benningen.|
I have not been to many wine tastings in my life, and certainly never before to an online one, but it was good fun and made for a nice change. After I had booked us for the event, the winery sent me a box with the four wines that we were to taste, along with a few tips such as when to put the white and rosé wines in the fridge, when to open the red, what to get ready (bread, olive oil and water), and so on.
The technical part went smoothly, too; I used my iPad to show the wine tasting on my TV instead of the three of us having to huddle around the much smaller screen of my desktop computer. That way, we could sit comfortably on the settee and my sister on the armchair, with enough distance.
The lady who presented the wines was very funny (verging on the silly), and the owner of the winery came across as a nice man, knowledgeable and unpretentious (he is the current Duke of Wuerttemberg, and his family have been making wine there for about 400 years).
We enjoyed the four wines and had a fun evening. With the curfew now being shifted to 10 pm (instead of 9:00), my sister had enough time to walk home without stress or breaking the rules.
|Spring inside as well - my sister brought me these beautiful tulips last Friday.|
Now I have three days left to work before my 2 1/2 weeks off begin!