It is hard to predict what the weather is like in May, at least in this country and in this part of Germany. Anything is possible from scorching hot days to snow storms and all in between. This year, May so far seems to be particularly unsettled, with a veritable rollercoaster of temperatures and weather. Never mind - I am on holiday, and just the fact that I do not have to be up at a certain time and then spend all day in front of computers and on conference calls makes me happy. Last but not least, being with O.K. all day every day and not just for the weekend is great.
Sunday was unpredictable, but looked good enough for a walk in the woods, provided we‘d prepare for all kinds of weather. And we did well - our rain coats and the rain covers for our rucksacks came to good use. At one point, there was even a bit of hail!
We started directly from the cottage, crossed the small wooded area behind the village and some fields before reaching the Black Forest.
It was just when we arrived there that the rain started. By the time we reached one of the huts built specifically for hikers and walkers to rest and protect themselves from inclement weather, we were not only hungry but also wet enough to welcome a break.
The sandwiches we had brought along were delicious, as was the half bottle of white wine left over from Friday‘s wine tasting. Our rain coats had time to dry, the sun tentatively showed itself, and we finished our walk without encountering more rain.
It is simply delightful to be in the woods this time of year. There were not many other people about, probably put off by the weather forecast, and so it was mostly birdsong we heard and tender green leaves we saw.