The wide mountain scenery is spreading out its gentle green hills and brown woods before my eyes. The cloud-covered heaven rarely reveals some rays of sunshine. But the birds in my mothers garden doesn’t seem to care about this uncomfortable cold weather at all. I had come here in the hope of seeing the landscape covered in glittering snow but like most times around christmas there is no snow at all.
Nevertheless I’m enjoying my little end-of-the-year-retreat. Over the years it had become my personal ritual to spend a week at my mum’s place on the countryside before starting into a new year. Often the time together didn’t turned out to be as peaceful and relaxed as I had hoped it to be like and in many years I packed my backs earlier than planned and was happy to be back in Cologne, the city, my own place.
But this year we somehow managed to pull ourself together and so I can enjoy the time here and even find some time to finally finish some blog posts that I had worked on for month now. Like the one about my solo trip to Helsinki 🙂 And today we were lucky that the sun showed up late in the day so we could go for a walk and enjoy a beautiful sunset.