Hello! Here I am on the settee in O.K.‘s cottage, cosily wrapped in a white plushy fleece throw while a light rain is pattering on the roof windows. We have been out for a walk earlier today, got soaked twice, saw some sun and were back at the cottage in time for coffee. Now, after a rest and finishing reading my current book, I thought I‘d let you know how the first few days of my May holiday went.
Thursday saw me travelling from Ludwigsburg to Offenburg on three different, largely empty trains, all of them punctual.
For Friday, the second online wine tasting in my life was scheduled - this time, along with a full meal ordered from a country inn at a nearby village. Like all restaurants, pubs, bars etc., they are shut under pandemic regulations, but they are allowed selling food to order. Since that is the only way they can make any money and hope to survive, we are happy to help.
The wine tasting was done by an organic winery, run by a couple about our age. They are passionate about what they do, and the tasting was not only about the wines we had been sent, but we were also told a lot about the work involved, what needs doing all year round in a vineyard to get a good harvest.
Saturday, the 1st of May, would normally have been the village May fest, but of course just like last year, nothing of the kind is happening this year. Instead, a handful of village band members set up their semi-professional grills and a smoker, and offered pulled pork burgers and grilled sausages. We ordered burgers, which were huge and made for a good, filling lunch. O.K.‘s band colleagues sold 135 burgers and 93 sausages in the few hours around lunch time, the only extra income the band can make at the moment.
The weather has been a very mixed bag so far, with badly needed rain and relatively cold. It has not stopped us from going for walks, and just having time off is really good.
PS: I forgot to tell you that I have now shed almost all the brown dye in my hair and gone a kind of blond - in preparation for going completely natural, which has been grey-white for years but was not allowed to show for more than a centimeter before I couldn‘t stand it any longer and went to the hairdresser‘s again.
And no, I have not skipped a few years and suddenly turned 60 - it was the 60th wedding anniversary of O.K.‘s parents on Thursday.