There is a lot I want to show you and tell you about, but I like to keep things in (chronological) order and therefore will just briefly summarize the four days after the beautiful walk of Monday two weeks ago, as described in my previous post.
Tuesday (September 13) was very warm and humid; the rain at the end of the sunny day came as no surprise as there were thunderstorms not all that far away from us.
After a leisurely morning coffee, we walked in the vicinity of the village, covering only about 7 km. Because the air was so sticky with humid heat, it exhausted me much more than this kind of walk usually does. We took most of our meals that day on the balcony, and it felt much more like high summer than in early autumn.
|near the village, around lunchtime on Sept. 13|
O.K. drove us to my place on Wednesday, taking a detour because of heavy traffic and arriving rather later than planned. I had just about time to down a very quick coffee before going to the nearby Covid test centre and then on to hospital to visit my Dad. My Mum was of course there, too, and I went briefly home with her afterwards to admire her new bed.
For our evening meal, O.K. and I went to Kullman's Diner, just across the road from the train station and less than 10 minutes on foot from my house. The food was delicious and the service very good.
Rainbow over Ludwigsburg as seen on the way home from my Mum's on Sept. 14
On Thursday, we got up early in order to be at my Mum's at 9:00. O.K. drove us to the IKEA store on the outskirts of Ludwigsburg. My Mum has been rearranging things at home so that now she sleeps upstairs and my Dad downstairs, and she needed a few things for the makeover of the upstairs bedroom and bathroom. We had breakfast at the IKEA restaurant before my Mum made her purchases, and back at my parents' flat, we dismantled the old wardrobe in what used to be my Dad's bedroom.
After a cup of coffee with Mum, I went briefly home to freshen up a little, then once again to the test centre and on to hospital.
While I was there, O.K. walked into town and waited for me in the palace grounds (the hospital is right next to the gardens). We had fish & chips at "my" Irish pub and spent the rest of the evening resting at home.
The next day, Friday, saw us driving to our holiday destination: a hotel in a village in a woodland area called Odenwald, less than 80 km away (click the word Odenwald for the wikipedia entry in English). It took us about 1 1/4 h to get there, and we arrived just in time for coffee.
our room (click to enlarge) the hotel grounds from our balcony
After unpacking, we had a quick stroll down into the village (the hotel grounds back on to the forest), but a shower cut our walk short.
View of the village (Neunkirchen) from near the hotel
|Rainbow over Neunkirchen on Sept. 16|
Dinner at the hotel was delicious, and we were looking forward to the next five days here.
Looking back at that week, especially with the warm and sunny weather we still had, it seems like a long time ago. I have started work again yesterday, and already it feels like we're hurtling towards winter at great speed.
This is not only due to the chilly and rainy weather we've been having and it being still dark when I get up, but has a lot to do with the current situation with my Dad who is still in hospital.
I am not going to go into detail here but things are not looking good. He won't really recover or get well, and in all likelihood is not going to return home. But he is looked after very well by friendly and caring staff, and of course we are at his side every day (except for me when I was at O.K.'s and then away for six nights). At the moment, there is no telling how long this daily routine of going for tests and then to hospital as soon as work permits will go on. We take each day as it comes right now, and support each other according to our own ways and possibilities.