Thursday 31 March 2022
Tuesday 29 March 2022
|Kestrel (I think)|
|Yes, I'm pretty sure it is one.|
|Three herons in a (very dry) field. Sometimes I spot eight or more together.|
|Neat barn and shady figure.|
|Can you see the ferris wheel?|
|Zoomed in, you can see it better.|
On Thursday, I was expected to participate in an online after-work event hosted by one of my clients. The event was to start at 7:00 pm, meaning I had to go early if I wanted to fit in a walk. It was around 4:00 pm that I came past this beautiful magnolia tree:
The weekend arrived, and O.K. with it, bearing more birthday presents for me, from himself as well as from his parents and his sister & husband. There were so many that they did not even all fit on top of my living room cabinet!
On Saturday, I had booked massages for both of us at the spa across the road, and then made us a proper breakfast with bacon and eggs on toast, Earl Grey, sparkling wine and tomato juice.
Afterwards, we took a stroll down the road to the palace grounds for a closer look:
We spent the rest of the afternoon at my parents', enjoying coffee and the sunshine on their balcony.
Friday 25 March 2022
|The pink bit is my Mum's coat. She loves pink! I took this picture to show you the structure of the wheel.|
|A glimpse of the palace and the palace grounds. We really saw it a lot better than that.|
|Those flowers look beautiful at home!|
|The flowers on the left were sent to me from my sister-in-law in England.|
Thursday 24 March 2022
Wednesday 23 March 2022
|View from the cottage's living/dining room|
Can you spot the bee? The tree was buzzing with them, but it was very hard to take a picture - they just would not sit on a blossom long enough:
This last picture was taken at 10 past 6 on the Sunday afternoon, shortly before we arrived back at the cottage.
Tuesday 22 March 2022
Tuesday 15 March 2022
The weekend before last was different for us in that O.K. and I spent it separately. O.K. had pulled his back at the beginning of the week and was still in quite some pain and on medication, which did not recommend itself for the long drive to me. Almost every day during that week, I had woken up with a headache pulling from somewhere around my right shoulder. Most days, about two hours after getting up, I was already so tired again I wanted to go back to bed. I still worked, but the week dragged on in an untypical manner, and so we both agreed it was best if each of us stayed at their own place for the weekend and tried to get better.
On the Saturday (we are talking the 5th of March here) I felt well enough to go to a guided tour at Ludwigsburg's city museum, and arranged to meet up with my Mum and sister afterwards. The tour and of course our meeting up was really good, and after my sister and I had accompanied our Mum to the bus stop and waited with her until she was on the bus, we walked up to the "giant wheel" (you remember it from previous posts, don't you) where a few stalls have sprung up, offering food and drink. Nowhere near as big as the funfair we usually have in the spring on that square, but still more than what we've had for the last two years! And the best: Our favourite stall from twenty years of Christmas markets is there on weekends, too!
|Compare with one of the pictures in this post from 2019.|
We enjoyed our Dinnede (although they could have been in the oven a tad longer) and then went for a short walk together. By the time I came home in the early afternoon, I was feeling pretty rough; all of a sudden, I could not stop sneezing for what felt like 100 times and was extremely exhausted, certainly not justified by the outing.
All of Sunday I did not set foot outside the house in spite of the good weather. I felt weak and tired, and not motivated to do anything or see anyone. For several days in a row, I have self-tested, always resulting negative (which in itself does not say much, I know that). So, have I had "it"? I don't know - but what I do know is that I was back to my old self by about Wednesday, and O.K. was better, too.
|Monday (March 7) morning, view from my kitchen window|
|Wednesday (March 9) I was finally out again for an after-work walk.|
Therefore, last Friday evening saw me on the train to Offenburg again. This time, all went well with my trains, also with the return trip. We had a sunny Saturday and mostly sunny Sunday, and went for walks on both days.
|Sunlight on the fields. It is all rather dry and dusty.|
|But there is also green, and new growth.|
On the Sunday, we met for breakfast at a café with a small group of friends we had not seen in a long time. It was very noisy at the café - we are simply not used to many people anymore, are we! The food was nice, and it was really good to see our friends again. Of course, the conversation included what is on most people's minds today; we covered the pandemic, the Ukraine war, increase in prices for fuel, gas and electricity and so on. But there were also other news to talk about such as one of the couples having a baby. Yes, life goes on, doesn't it.
After our breakfast (which lasted until about 1:00 pm), O.K. and I walked directly from there through an area of Offenburg where we had not been in years. We love looking at houses and gardens, and if we can combine such walks with a bit of a view as in this case, even better.
It was (you guessed it) time for coffee and cake when we arrived home. The sun shone beautifully, luring us out once more half an hour before sunset, but then grey clouds in the west meant there was nothing to see. Still, the quick turn around the fields was nice; so much more is in bloom already in O.K.'s area than where I live. That's not unusual, as even just a difference in temperature of two degrees can bring things forward by a week or more. In any case, spring is here!