Because of covid my Mom wasn’t able to have a party for her 70th birthday last year. So we had her party at our family gathering in August.
When my Grandma died some years ago, I looked at all the old family pictures from the 50s and younger and with those pictures in mind I wrote in her obituary: “For me she was the calming role model and responsible for a lively and cheerful big family in which there were as good as no quarrels – without any psychology books.”
When I look at the pictures of this event, I know that she did very well and still effects us all today, seven years after she went away forever.
Coco came to visit Pavlov or – you can also say – Eva and Olli came to visit us we had coffee and the two dogs played for hours, slept, played again and killed my bergenia field. Coco is a Great Dane and will soon be much bigger than Pavlov.
From all the countries and landscapes they came. Druids, magicians, inventors, artists, scientists and clairvoyants. They came with their burden in form of a virus and they came to take its power away. To ban it from the surface of Mother Earth. Like last year, only better.
After the burning of the viruses, a portal in heaven opened and a red rainbow appeared. Unfortunately we – the humans – are not yet ready to to read the signs.
And than darkness and rain came and the ceremony began …
Incredibly great changes become visible when taking pictures of the same garden very early in the morning or after the rain. I’m always impressed how nature changes during the seasons or with light and weather.
As every year, I had my birthday beginning of January. But this year it wasn’t possible to have some friends over. So I decided to do it differently this time. I invited every one of them separately to a Covid-safe meeting, either to
a walk at night in the city
or a hike on the countryside
or a video chat
And I’m still on it. It will take more than three month and it’s great. Don’t get me wrong: I could really have a party and some food with friends right now, but I had a lot of good conversations that I wouldn’t have had on a gathering with a lot of other people.
So here ist the documentation til now:
Walk in the Park with Edi
Videochat with Elke from Hongkong
Elke was “imprisoned” in her hotel room at the time. She was in quarantine for 18 days. She even had an “ankle cuff” on her arm.
Meeting Vika & Sebastian
Night hike through Tiergarten with Susanne
Night Hike along Panke with Chris
Hike around Bötzsee with Eva
Along Panke with Jonathan, Nico and Louis
To Plötzensee with Christian
Fullmoon walk through Wedding and Mitte with Jenni
Despite any circumstances I wanted to say thank you for this exceptional year. Very few of my friends and family have been hit by the virus and those who were are all well today. A lot of people I know have struggled economically, but because of personal initiative and help from the government most of them won’t suffer from serious consequences. Others struggled and still do struggle with social distancing, not going out, not seeing friends, home-office only. Despite the circumstances I had a lot of (mostly well distanced) experiences with friends and the privilege to get to know them better than before. This year was a lesson for everyone of us and I hope we all learned something important for our lives.
Thank you to everyone looking, reading and following and thank you to everyone who gets in touch from time to time and motivates me to continue hiking, writing and photographing.
Hugs to all of you and a very Happy New Year with hopefully a lot of great outdoor & travel experiences! Hike on!