Somehow, the week between Christmas and New Year passed very quickly, without me doing all that much apart from looking after Hobbes every day, meeting an old school friend for a lunchtime walk, and a trip to Stuttgart with my sister, where we met a couple of friends of hers for lunch.
On New Year‘s Eve, O.K. arrived in time for a walk to catch the beautiful late afternoon sun across the fields.
We were at my sister‘s at 7:30 pm and set everything up for our Raclette. The table was hardly big enough to hold all the delicious things we had put together, and that was just for the three of us!
By midnight, we were ready to clink glasses of sparkling wine and watch what little sparkling in the clear nightly sky there was to be - and were amazed to see that there was quite an impressive and beautiful display over the town. For the second year in a row, no fireworks have been legally sold here, but of course those who want them will always find ways to have them nonetheless.
New Year‘s Day saw us getting up early enough for me to manage about half an hour with Hobbes (our good-bye cuddle) and packing my suitcase for the next days. We had coffee with my parents and then set off for the 150 km drive to the village, where we joined O.K.‘s family for their traditional New Year‘s meal.
This week has been unseasonably warm so far, but the spring-like mild weather is going to end tonight. By tomorrow, what is currently coming down as rain could easily be snow. A strong wind is blowing, and we have been having the lights on all day because it is so dark and grey outside. We still managed a quick walk around the village earlier today, though. These last three pictures were taken during that walk, at about half an hour before midday:
On both Sunday and Monday, we took advantage of the good weather and went hiking. Those hikes will have their own posts, though.