Jean and Carol arrived within minutes of each other in Frankfurt after a very hectic time, as Lufthansa was on strike and both had to change plans at the last minute. Carol nearly didn't make it. Jean flew out of Halifax to Toronto and then Frankfurt; Carol from Boston to Frankfurt via Air Canada eventually. That she actually arrived is amazing. The stress was high! They drove down together from Frankfurt. I shall never forget the following days.
Hans arrived shortly thereafter but before Carol arrived. He knew about Jean, not about Carol. With all the emails going back and forth from me and them in the preceding days, it is a wonder their secrets were so well kept.
That was the beginning of a busy and eventful day as just a few hours later, at noon hour, we greeted 21 guests at the Gasthof Engel in Dörlinbach for dinner and music.
I was overwhelmed with the many generous gifts, some shown at left and below.
At the right, our friend Adolf, who celebrated his 90th birthday in January. With him is Robert's wife, Hanni.
Dorothee and Carol at right
Our long-time friend, Hans Schlager, had brought his guitar. He played for some time and then another surprise: he had asked a close friend of his, who plays an accordion at various events, if he would play at my party and with Hans. That nice man agreed.
The finale: Baked Alaska!