Saturday, 17th of May, 02.00 pm

After three weeks of rain and cold temperatures, early summer is back in North Germany. After a quick trip to the local supermarket to get some things for the barbecue, I started working in the garden.

There is a rule in Germany, called “Mittagsruhe”, meaning that between 01.00 and 03.00 pm you are not allowed to make a lot of noise. Mowing  the lawn  or cutting off branches with a motor saw during that time is out of the question here in the countryside (nobody cares in the cities). Funnily enough nobody minds when people start using loud machines as early as 06.30 on a Saturday morning, waking up people like me.

I think that rule dates back to the time when people came home for lunch, as my father did when I was small. He worked from 08.00 am til 12.00, came home to eat, had a snooze and left again at 02.00 pm, working from 02.30 til 07.00 pm.

Most Germans have their big warm meal sometime between 12.00 and 01.00 pm and have “Abendbrot”, bread with different cold cuts, ham,  sausage and cheese, in the evening.

I myself don’t like to have a heavy meal in the middle of the day. And on Saturday, sometime around 02.00 pm I served “Quark” (a curd cheese) with blueberries and strawberries on the terrace. A perfect meal on a hot day, and a well deserved break after two hours of gardening with the grass still to be cut.

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Saturday, 10th of May, 1 pm

One day, one world project, hosted by Northwest Frame of Mind 

 

It’s raining, and instead of being outside, puzzling in the garden, my partner and I are talking about summer holidays. We will, as most years, go to Norway, where we have a small cabin on the tiny island, Runde,  my partner grew up on.

We are discussing which route we want to take this year. Shall we sail with the ferry from Kiel to Oslo, whicht takes 19 hours and is difficult for the dog, or shall we go to Hirtshals in Denmark and take the fast-going ferry to Larvik? Alternatively we could take another ferry to Stavanger or Bergen or we could start our journey in Kristiansand/Norway which would mean driving 1.200 km to get to the island.

We haven’t come to a conclusion yet, but we agreed that we would not drive straight North to reach our place, but to take our time and explore areas we haven’t been to before. Most likely we will start the trip in the second half of July.

Just making plans made me feel like being on holidays already. and I have been in a happy mood since 1 pm on Saturday. Here are some photos my partner took on some of our former trips to Norway:

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