It only happened once last week, but it happened. We have also had three dry days in a row.

If things carry on like this I may have to consider cleaning my bike.

It’s February, so the sparkling frosts and pretty sunrises are giving way to rain, sludge, and washing the bike down every night, which is a bit tedious.

On the other hand, the only reason I can take pictures on the way to work is that the daylight is getting longer. Also, there was even some sunshine yesterday, for almost five whole minutes…

Sunrise on the way into work. It’s a bit chilly.

Slowly, gradually, the days are getting longer, and I’m already riding to work in something like daylight. An early finish to work last week meant I could actually see daylight on the way back as well.

Above the sun can be seen setting over the Kaiserstühl, an extinct volcano inconsiderately located between my apartment and work so I have to go around the right hand end of it. On the other hand it gives the region a Mediterranean climate, so I probably shouldn’t complain too much.

Thanks to some flexible co-workers I was able to get a couple of extra days holiday over Christmas to spend with the family.

Now it’s my turn to cover their shifts for a bit.

Talk amongst yourselves; I’ll be back at some point…

Work isn’t getting any less hectic over time, so here’s a couple of rather hurriedly and poorly executed images from the week.

Sunrise on the way to work

The “upcycling” products visible in various stages in previous posts have been arriving in the shops run by the company. This was fine until shop managers started asking how much they should cost.

This stumped us: We’re social workers and occupational therapists, we don’t know about money, for goodness sakes’. Eventually I asked around and took an average of all the suggestions, then rounded up to the nearest Euro.

It seems to have worked: shop managers report that they’re selling fast and are asking for more…

The general busyness mentioned in previous posts has continued to be the predominant state of affairs. Also the nights have drawn in sufficiently that I’m riding in the dark most of the time. This combination doesn’t make for extensive or interesting blogging possibilities.

The roads are also pretty damp a lot of the time, hence the need to wash the bike: seen above the bike being made respectable for polite society, also showing the curious off centre V-Brake on the front wheel which I’ve never been able to correct…

Waiting at a crossing on the way back from work. Weather decidedly sludgy; so much for this being the “German Tuscany”…

I”m back in the small shop this week, as they are short staffed and I need to get trained up so I can cover for holidays and other things. This is fine but doesn’t offer the same variety of photo opportunities that training and woodwork do, so posting is likely to slow down a bit. We shall see.

Beautiful Wife got me a mug a while back. This is my job description, pretty much.

We may be 400m (ca. 1300ft) above sea level, but on this massive flood plain you are never far from water, and Autumn brings fog in large quantities. Also it’s not some namby-pamby fog that turns up in the morning and wanders off when the sun comes out; this was the view all day for two days.

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