The Christmas cactus on the left bloomed in early October; the same one, at right, surprisingly began to flower once again in time for the Christmas season.
Looking through the window as I write, snow is falling and all is white outside. We didn't have any snow for Christmas but it is still the season to enjoy it. It is also getting colder. I am happy that we do not have to go out. We do not get much snow so I am not that used to driving in it anymore.
The Advent season was filled with good food, good friends and visiting our local Gasthäuser. We especially enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the Gasthaus Bruckerhof just outside Reichenbach. Hans arranged a goose dinner with all the trimmings for our two groups (the men and the women) that meet once a week. It was held on 1 December and it was superb.
A plate was served to each person with goose meat and a leg and then the platters of all the various dishes, including goose meat, were placed at intervals along the length of the table: all one wished to eat and all one could possibly eat. The wine flowed. The picture below shows everyone relaxing after a wonderful meal and now, mostly empty glasses. That dinner was as excellent as any you could have anywhere, whether at home or in a very good restaurant.
The Rebstock in Münchweier where we stopped in for a glass of wine (me) and a beer (Hans)
The Engel in Dorlinbach, where we had dinner that evening.
May you all enjoy a safe and happy New Year's Eve!