First, the German and I woke up around 8:00am. Although we intended on sleeping-in, we suffer from the side affects of always getting up at 6:00am during the week. We had a leisurely breakfast and then I caught up on my soap, Gute Zeiten Schlechte Zeiten. After getting dressed we went grocery shopping and the German repaired his bike while I puttered around the house and did some blogging.
The weather was beautiful yesterday. It was 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit) and sunny. We decided to pull out the bikes and take our first bike trip of the season.
Our favorite "Kurzstrecke" (short trip) is to the town of Molbergen, which is 8 km (a little less than 5 miles) away. We ride on the back roads and past the fields and farms. We love to take this path throughout the season so that we can see how fast the corn and wheat grow. I decided to take pictures of the fields. There are no words for their lush greenness. The combination of the blue sky and green field always fills my heart with a warmth that is difficult to describe. That is significant, as I don't consider myself a "nature person." In general I hate hiking and I DON'T camp. But the green fields around here seem to get to me.
Unfortunately, I don't always pay attention to what I am doing, and as I waded into the grass to take a picture, the German said, "Be careful! There is Brennnessel (nettles) in there and it can sting." "Oh, honey, don't worry! It cannot be that bad." But he was right. After stepping back onto the street my foot felt like it was on fire. This is the German with his "I told you so" look.
When we get to Molbergen, we always stop for ice cream at our favorite ice cream place. This place is run by an Italian family and has the best ice cream around. I had three scoops of tiramisu ice cream. Yummy!
We got back on our bikes and peddled in the direction of Varrelbusch . On the left we saw a sign for "Gut Stedingsmuehlen." This house was built in 1509 but underwent significant renovations last year. Now the outside looks like a farm house, but the inside has sleek white tables and chairs. It is an interesting combination of the modern and the traditional. Although we had just had ice cream 15 minutes earlier, we stopped and got the coffee and homemade cake for 4.50 Euro.
The house is surrounded by a moat and there is a small pond on one side. The German and I sat in the Beer Garden and had our coffee. The pond was beautiful. The sunlight was warm on my face. The coffee was heavenly and their was Frank Sinatra playing softly in the background. I looked over at the German, and I realized that I was having a "perfect moment." A perfect moment is one of those rare times when there is absolutely nothing that you would change, and you could happily die right then and there.
After coffee, we took a walk around the pond and then climbed back onto our bikes. I highly recommend the "Gut Stedingsmuehlen." We are going back in two weeks for dinner with my in-laws, and I want to take mom and dad-squared there when they visit in August.
Because we felt a little guilty about the ice cream and cake, we biked another 9 kilometers (about 5.5 miles). We got home around 6:30pm. The German turned on the TV to catch up on the day's soccer games and we both had a Mai Bock beer. "Mai Bock" is a special beer only available in the month of May. I don't normally drink beer, but this stuff is pretty tasty. The German's day was made even better when Werder Bremen won 6 to 0. Unfortunately Hamburg lost, which made FC Bayern Munich the soccer champions this year. We do not care for Bavaria Munich too much. There are like the Yankees of the German national soccer league. If you are from there you love them with a irrational passion, but everyone else in the country loathes them.
After a few more beers and a semi-interesting movie, we went to bed.
What made my day so perfect? It was slow. I did not work. I was with someone I loved and enjoyed everything that life has to offer. Really, it is something that I should do more often.
I have a lot more pictures of Molbergen and Gut Stedingsmuehlen posted on my flickr account. You should take a look.