|Ryan, Angela and Louis|
Ryan and Angela came to visit us and arrived about 7 pm Saturday. We’d bought Indian food, a favourite of theirs and ours but had to re-heat it a couple of times so perhaps it wasn’t at it’s best by the time they could make it here, anyway, a treat to have.
Next day we debated about where to go, weather raining and while not cold, rather windy. I looked up a place in Opfingen, neighbouring town, which is now serving German tapas! Small dishes of German food, open for lunch only Saturday and Sunday so we headed there, but full, guess that idea of German tapas has taken off for them. Oh well, we had talked about having Greek food in Bad Krozingen so went there instead. We came back to the flat to have mimosas and catch up.
Monday and they have plans for their brewery project, https://twitter.com/hopsmashco and have to work a few hours so we meet in the morning in Rieselfeld for coffee and bretzels.
Bruce had bought beef to put in the dryer until I looked at the price of it and said maybe it would make better use of the expensive stuff to just grill it and eat it, so that was dinner for Tuesday night with small potatoes and green asparagus.
We went to the Munster Markt and wandered getting vegetable for Bruce to make borscht. Spoke to Ellen, the English lady with the olive wood products, bought a couple of wooden spoons from her, lovely! Ryan and Angela joined us at Milano, Italian, we chowed down and then they were off to check out more craft beer before coming back here for dinner. This project of theirs is serious, they are working to collaborate their business interests with the uniqueness of these beers and in the process are making friends (as they do wherever they are). Angela explained sometimes people are a bit wary of being contacted through social media, the proprietors thinking all they are there for is free beer, which they are not, but get sometimes anyway. I see it as a win-win, cross promotion of business is always a good thing.
It was really great to be back at the Munster Markt, the colours and smells are wonderful. Since we already had lunch and dinner plans I didn’t get a wurst sandwich, but the smell of them and frying onions drives me bananas every time! One lady was selling irises, probably my favourite flower, and there were lots of spring blooms on offer. There is one flower stall that is really large, should have taken a picture, maybe next time because it is a wall and floor of colour!
I woke up Wednesday morning and decided to feed Ryan and Angela breakfast, of simply bacon and scrambled eggs which we had in the fridge and coffee of course. I was glad to have thought of it, I’m not really much of a hostess since we don’t do it often, but giving them food in their stomachs for a three hour drive to Frankfurt seemed to be a good thing to do. Bruce said a couple of times how well it went, cooked well and appreciated by them. At least they have a sunny but cool day for the drive. Louis came in too and it was great to see that little gent.
Bruce has been having trouble keeping his pants where they should be, they almost fall off and that wouldn’t be a good thing so he bought suspenders! I’ve never been around a guy with suspenders and thought ugh, but they look good on him!
I found a website that lists people who want to do small jobs, i.e. cleaning, caring for people, gardening, etc. and found a woman who is willing to clean. She’s 28 so expect she may be more reliable than someone younger, we’ll see, a prejudice I probably shouldn’t make. The website has many other applicants if she doesn’t work out, but I got a good feeling about her, why, don’t know, just gut I think.
We took the car share ride with Christoph to Gasthaus Zum Lamm in Bahlingen (been there before a few times). It’s a rather pricey, but great, restaurant and hotel in the Kaiserstuhl. The neighbouring hills are beautiful right now with the new green and shadows making a mix of multiple green colour. We drove along the river for a while and the banks are full of tulips and wild flowers.
Lexi growled! She heard a kid and a man talking on the balcony next door and since we couldn’t see them, she took that as a threat. Almost as good as a guard dog this cat. She snores too, we all do, hers are more delicate but we can still hear them, unusual I think.
|View from our balcony!|
All for now, Cheers, Bev, Bruce and growling Lexi Cat