March 20, 2010
Signs of Spring
Due to tomorrow's confirmation of my best friend's daughter, I got a nice reason to fly home for a short visit. The Pfalz, with the city of Neustadt at the center of the Deutsche Weinstrasse, has experienced an extra-cold winter, just like many other places. But now spring has arrived. The temps went up to 20 degrees C the last couple of days and the almond trees are starting to bloom. Which in its turn sets the date for the year's first winefest to come. In the little village of Gimmeldingen, outside Neustadt, the wineries will open their doors and besides the locals, thousands of people will come from Heidelberg, Mannheim, Frankfurt, to enjoy nice wines in an absolute picturesque setting. For many years, we have spent that particular Saturday or Sunday at Weingut Mugler and/or Weingut Christmann to chat along with nice friends, meeting new people and just feeling great about life. I have many memories of bright, sunny days - the first after the winter, which makes this fest so particularly intense. Charming is that no one ever knows, which weekend it will take place - that is entirely determined by the onset of blooming. To read more: http://www.gimmeldingen.de/ This year's seems to be happening next weekend.
Same time signs of spring in Sweden: my husband, a devoted hobby-nature-photographer (out at 4 a.m. in the mornings before he goes off to work) sends me this sms: 7 cranes spotted in the nearby biosphere reserve of Kristianstad, 3 herons just flew by our house. Temps are at 10 degrees C, getting warmer there too.
And from Andalusia, where we are off to next week, I hear that the mimosas and daffodils are in bloom.
Spring is here.