Travel Challenges

As most of you who live on the east coast are aware, there has been a bit of snow.

And then there was the cold in Germany. So cold (well, not by Canadian or Minnesota standards) that a track cracked. Of course, Ms Maus and DH were on their way to the Frankfurt airport via ICE when this occurred. What is normally a 45 minute train trip turned into more than two hours. First they sat, then the train had to go back to Mannheim to change tracks before proceding to the airport.

Only the fact that their flight was delayed meant that they came in last night.

You can not trust the on-line listings about plane departures, please trust me. If a plane has closed its doors, it has departed even though it has not taken off. Explains why a slightly more than one hour journey with a departure time from Frankfurt of 1750 arrives in London at 2107; lets not forget the hour time change.

Two hours later, they are still waiting for luggage. 30 minutes after that, DH forces the station manager to come clean and make an announcement. It seems like there is a slight problem. Baggage handlers are on strike and luggage is not going to be unloaded tonight. Meanwhile, a number of the hire cars have departed assuming that they have just missed their passengers.

Obviously, the Mole and I gave up hanging in the waiting zone by 2000 (for a 1915 pickup) and had parked in the short term parking.

We arrived home after midnight, putting the early morning departure for Edinburgh on hold. Probably indefinitely.




I was able to finish up la cloche sans peur (Brunswick Impressions – one strand of wool and one of mohair held together on size 13 US needles) which now needs ends woven in and a trip through the washing machine. The designer is Alicia Weisberg-Roberts (both links are Ravelry).

Next, I started a variation of Breckenridge from French-Press Knits



out of the same yarn combination. The cable crossing is going to be more subtle given the mohair, but I am happy.

Both patterns are well written and fast to knit. Something to be said for instant gratification after knitting kilometers of 3.00 needle garter stitch.

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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