The England Contingent – Speyer

I have the next two days off – and I am more than ready to relax and host people.

So of course, since I promised to pick up Colin and John at 0900 everything conspired against me. It was the usual stuff (keys, wallet, fuel for the car). Normally when I am doing things by myself I am punctual to early. Naturally it means that I wind up late for out of town company.

Picking them up in Mannheim- we headed to Speyer. (English Tourist Information here.) It is a lovely old town with the usual famous cathedral and the Pfalz Historical Museum. The accessibility is there, it is just a bit awkward. (Bell at a side door drill). Their regular collection is not bad – I love looking at 1600-1800+ handmade furniture – and they have a decent Recovery Section about the area immediately after WWII. But the current gem is an exhibit on Attila and the Huns. And I do mean gems. The exhibit goes through the historical period complete with clothing, physiotyping, yurts, traveling wagons and jewelry. Lots of shiny as my daughters would say. Pick your language and take a look at the collection, it was fascinating.

With great weather, we had lunch in a cafe’s outdoor era right near the Cathedral, then wandered a bit before heading to my house. Several other knitters from the local area came to join us for what turned out to be potluck munchies and a rather late evening of knitting chat. John held up fairly well, especially since he is not a knitter.


It was a bit late when I finally returned them to their hotel in Mannheim with a promise to be better about rescuing them in the morning.


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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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One Response to The England Contingent – Speyer

  1. colin says:

    Both John and I had a wonderful time, made so easy and enjoyable by you. No we are not being polite. The trip was so good. It was relaxing to be taken care of and you did that very well and showed us interesting places and things.
    To top it all, you gave good rationalisation for buying sock yarn….

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