We returned to Mallorca and are settled in our usual winter quarters now. Just in time too, as rising Covid rates have resulted in regional and national lockdowns across Europe, some with curfews. Sitting in the sun on the patio should allow us to weather this comfortably. Unfortunately, it looks like we will not have any visitors for the foreseeable future.
We came south again as Sheila has an appointment for follow up in Frankfurt. We are staying in a small village in the Rhenish-Hessian Hills, close to Mainz. Today we enjoyed a sunny morning and hiked for a couple of hours through vinyards and woodlands showing beautiful fall colours. Due to rising Covid infection numbers we have reduced social contacts very much, but visited my parents yesterday (sitting outside with masks on).
We headed north and are spending a good week in East Frisia. The apartment we rent is in an old ferry house (renovated), and quite isolated. The ferry is hand operated by the user, carries people and bicycles across a small tidal canal in front of the house.
We are exploring the surrounding area and spent a nice day today on the island Norderney. The weather is cool, but today was sunny and I walked about 12km while Sheila was exploring the town of Norderney.
This week we are spending time in Freiburg, enjoying the car free inner city and excursions into the neighbouring areas. Yesterday we went into the Black Forest for a short hike and a long lunch. The weather was windy, cold and wet.
Today the weather was much improved and we went to the Kaiserstuhl for a nice hike (and another lunch, this time outside in the sun). On the hike we passed an old castle that sits on a Roman fort built to defend the much fought over border between Romans and Alemanni in the third and fourth century AD.
We are spending a few days in a nice apartment in Bad Vilbel close to Frankfurt. Sheila underwent some neck surgery in Frankfurt two days ago, it all went well and she is back in our place now. There are some nice walks to do here and a couple of good restaurants. Unfortunately, the weather turned rather cool and grey, real autumn.
After a second negative COVID Test we came to the Palatinate and are visiting my parents now. We are staying in a holiday home about 30 min drive away, deep in the woods. Andrea is staying in Siegelbach. Today we all met at our place for a nice lunch and a short walk up the creek behind our house. The creek is quite small, but was used to send logs down to the river Rhine up to about 100 years ago.
We have arrived in Germany and are staying in a little holiday flat in the Spessart, northeast of Frankfurt, but situated in Bavaria. Andrea joined us for a few days and we spend our time hiking and enjoying the local food. The weather is hot and sunny with cool nights, perfect. All of us got tested yesterday and are Covid free.
I packed up the boating season early this year and came back to Vancouver a week ago. Sheila and I spent a lot of time visiting friends and family, and the last two days we enjoyed very colourful sunsets. Unfortunately, these are mostly due to smoke from wildfires south of the border drifting north, and the air quality is forecast to deteriorate quite badly. We will try to get to Europe tomorrow, will be interesting how flying works in these strange times.
We had a great time in Tod Inlet and went to Mill Bay yesterday, where we met Joyce and Chris for lunch. This afternoon Bernice and Sheila flew back to Vancouver from Ganges. I took the boat to Montague Harbour, where I will get it ready for the lay up. We plan to go to Europe in early September, so it will be a short summer this year.