We're back home from our trips to visit our lovely family branches first in Brighton then to Germany and we already miss them so much.
Here's the start of some tasters of German life in a really pretty, reasonably small, bustling town.
Off shopping today to my favourite supermarket which opens out extensively behind this ancient facade and is bursting with so many items that I'd never find in England.
Side view with the supermarket to my right and even more bikes!
Market day in the main square with the Rathaus (town hall) overseeing procedures.
Spargel, spargel, spargel, everywhere. Sold seasonally in the market and served in every form in every cafe and restaurant. Shame I can't stand it!
This is the machine which prepares it, stripping and washing it ready for use. All the shredded peelings in racks at the front.
It is fed into one side and caught at the other
The little children line up to have a go feeding in the Asparagus. I bet "Health & Safety" wouldn't allow this in England without a safety guard!
Going out for breakfast is a pastime I really enjoy when I visit Germany. Here is a basic breakfast of boiled eggs, bread, cheese, salami, coffee and juice which we were lucky enough to eat outside in lovely sunshine.
If men aren't married by the age of 30 it is customary that their friends drag them around the town where they are made to brush the streets and push a barrow (usually full of beer).
Back to some crafting.... that's the main compensation of being home!