There was a raclette (a table grill with tiny pans in which each guest can fry his own veggie-and-cheese snacks and roast his piece of bread etc.) and a fondue and blue plates put up in the dining room and a table with red plates for steaks and chicken joints in the living room. The guests found the rules a little puzzling. "Why not chicken on the blue plates?" -- "And what do you do if you want to have a steak with a cream sauce?" -- "There will be no steak with a cream sauce, dear. You shall not boil a young goat in its mother's milk." He raised his eyebrows. I thought, any Christian who reads the Bible should know. Why did Luther bother to translate the whole stuff? This is Germany.
It was great to see our friends, though. We had a guest room of our own in this large house, were put up very comfortably, had breakfast together until early afternoon and then rode a few villages on to my brother's place.
Dropping in at my Brother's
My brother and my sister in law live in a very nice place in the Luneburger Heide which looks different from what is being sold as Luneburger Heide on tourist pictures. Only very few spots are covered with purple blossoms in summer. In most places it is just a beautiful rural landscape with forests, fields, and pastures. They were surprised but happy to see us, as we were happy to see them.
In the garden, there was so much bird life! I took a few pictures in very poor light.
Two Great Tits fighting for a place at the peanut bag
A Red Robin on the frosty grass
My brother's family live in a renovated farm house. He just made a beautiful little living room. He laid the floor, installed a new glass door which now allows to step out to the terrace. He did the wall paper and painting. He is a house husband, his wife is a teacher; all the children are grown up. One son is a camera operator who will be working for NDR (North German Broadcasting) in Alaska during the Iditarod racing. --
What I found: A long forgotten pieced pillow top I made 20 years ago for my mom. No idea about quilting at that time!
This morning, our new fridge arrived. No more keeping the cheese on the balcony!