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Trip Start Feb 02, 2010
Trip End Feb 02, 2011

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Flag of Germany  , Baden-Württemberg,
Wednesday, June 16, 2010

We have been in Kieselbronn for two days now, and it is very nice to be back. Yesterday we spent most the day relaxing around the house with Ute and visited the garden in the afternoon. It was so wonderful and beautiful to see in Summer. They have so many vegetables thriving and in great abundance. The biggest home grown lettuces, tomatoes, rows and rows of beetroot for pickling and eating in winter, hundreds of onions, leeks, radishes...such a wonderful garden. Philip proudly gave me a full tour with Hilde.

As we were about to go back home, Felix decided we should offer Hilde and Karl a ride on Nina. Karl declined and so did Hilde at first but with a little encouragement from Ute, she agreed to have a very small, slow ride around on the grass in front of the garden. As Felix drove she had the biggest smile, she was absolutely beaming as they went round and round and even agreed to go for a short drive along the little road leading up and away from the garden. Out of all the people Felix as taken for a ride, I don’t think anyone has enjoyed it  more then Hilde. 

In the evening we went Sarah’s birthday party. We met sarah once before, when we were in Kieselbronn last time. She is the daughter of Herbert and Connie, Herbert being my mum’s cousin. I’m not sure what relation that makes her to me in terms of the correct name of the relationship, dose anyone know? But anyway her party was a nice little gathering of a few friends and many family for a light dinner of bread, salad and other toppings. And of course plenty of beer. It was nice to be with family even though for me it was not such a memorable event. It is very hard for me to come up with anything to say to people I don’t know so well. Felix felt at home with everyone sitting outside on the driveway enjoying the warm twilight and singing along to Sarah’s cousin on guitar all the same songs his family sing together.

Today though we slept in for quite a while, then went over to Hilde and Karl’s house for lunch. Felix was feeling particularly anxious about how we would communicate with them because they speak quite a strong dialect. I obviously had no chance and was relying on Felix entirely for any understanding  and he was doubtful if he would be able to understand enough. Last time we spent time with them we had Philip with us who speaks very good english and is always an excellent translator.

But there was no need for the worry. We had a absolutely delicious meal, how lovely it was to taste something so familiar again. Bread dumplings with a meat gravy, noodles and salad from the garden with my favourite dressing in the whole world. The taste of my childhood and weekly visits to Granny and Pop back when they still lived in Boronia. And Felix managed to understand and translate very well.

After lunch they showed us heaps of photos and told us some stories, which we only managed to understand the very basics of with our little understanding of Swabische German. Then came a feast of cakes and tea. Two of Hilde and Karl’s friends came for tea and cake a little later and I was presented with a traditional wine jug from Kieselbronn. Hilde told them about going for a ride on Nina and when they asked how it was, Hilde whistled with upward intonation and made a big upward sweep with her hand like a aeroplane taking off. This needed no translation.

When we left after a five and a half hour marathon of translated conversation and yummy homely food, our visit ended with many, many hugs and a wonderful gift of sultanas and muesli bars, perfect snacks for on the road. 

Back at Harald and Ute’s house Harald went for a ride on Nina with Felix in the sidecar which was a rare treat for him. Afterwards Felix found some more things on Nina to adjust, Ute cooked a great dinner and I played this game of Philip’s I’ve become addicted to. The game is called ‘Traffic Jam’ and goes something like this. There is a very shallow, square plastic box, with a grooves in a grid on the bottom in which little cars and trucks slide up and down in. There are a deck of cards with a different puzzle on each, showing how to set the cars up in the grid. You position the cars in the grid as shown by the puzzle card and the aim is to shuffle the cars, packed into the grid with only a little moving space, so the red car in the middle can drive out. It is a pretty simple idea for a toy, but such a complicated game, really hard and addictive fun.

We tried to have an early night tonight because we want to leave tomorrow earlyish, but alas, it hasn’t happened. Tomorrow we will be on the road again if all goes to plan, straight to Oslo, Norway - one thousand two hundred and eight kilometres away - not including a ten hour ferry journey from Frederickshavn in far Northern Denmark direct to Oslo. 
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Maria on

Oh, if only I could ride in the sidecar too! So nice you guys are sharing your mobile with others like Hilde - isn't it nice when people get so much pleasure from something they never expected to do?

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