We had two more visits to make and they were wonderful. First, me and my daughter were invited to take part in a quilting bee. We were anxious and curious. We went at Els' house, where the bee was held that day, and we were impressed by the driving style of Jilline, very smooth and cautious. I felt completely safe and this relaxed me. I had the chance of admiring the beautiful dutch houses and their lawn and gardens, so well maintained, so nicely and still discreetly decorated. Big windows, almost without curtains, letting the inside to be freely seen; elegant, practical and simple furniture, warm lights... One evening I saw through one window, in a warm low light, a man playing the piano... like in a movie scene... It was something magic in that picture!...
Am ajuns la Els si am intrat intr-o casa simpla, frumoasa, discreta, cu o gradina nu foarte mare, dar bine ingrijita, cu un lac mic artificial plin de pestisori aurii, inconjurat de ghivece mari cu flori. In casa ne-am intalnit cu membrele grupului, toate foarte deschise, foarte amabile, care ne-au coplesit cu generozitatea lor. Gazda a fost foarte atenta cu noi si ne-a ajutat astfel sa ne simtim in largul nostru. S-a discutat, s-a glumit, s-a ras, s-a lucrat, am fost servite cu prajituri, ceaiuri si cafea, totul intr-o maniera placuta, relaxanta. Si cum putea fi altfel, cand am fost mereu supravegheate discret de un mic elf, care zambea pe o masuta in spatele nostru :-).
We arrived at Els', a nice, simple, discreet house, with a nice garden; there was a little pond with fish, surrounded by pots with flowers. We entered the house and we met the ladies from the bee; they were all kind and smiling and they ovewhelmed us with their generosity. The lady of the house served everyone with cookies, tea and coffee and soon the room was filled with talking and laughing, while everybody was working at their projects. Everything under the discreet supervision of a small elf, who was smilling on a small table behind us.
Els, Joke, Jilline, Sylvia, Simone, Jolanda, va multumim pentru o dimineata minunata!
Els, Joke, Jilline, Sylvia, Simone, Jolanda, thank you all for a lovely morning!
Am revenit acasa la prietenii nostri dupa un drum la fel de frumos ca dimineata. Pe seara voiam sa mergem la magazinul Johannei, ca ultim contact cu oamenii deosebiti si obiectele frumoase din Olanda, caci dimineata devreme urma sa plecam spre tara. Ma incercau sentimente amestecate, eram un pic ametita de toate cate vazusem si facusem, simteam ca se apropie plecarea si stresul incepea sa puna stapanire pe noi... voiam totusi sa il ignoram si sa ne prefacem ca nu plecam in doar cateva ore... Imi parea rau ca scurta noastra vacanta se sfarsea deja si as fi tras de timp ca de un elastic daca as fi putut...
We returned home to our friends. In the evening we intended to visit Johanna's beautiful shop, as a kind of farewell to the special people and to the lovely dutch decorations, for in a few hours we were about to start the long trip to our home. We were having mixed emotions, we were sad to leave, sad that our so short vacation was already over, we were also trying to put the stress of leaving in the morning way back in our minds... I would have pulled the time to strech it like a gum, if I could...
In acea noapte parca si vremea a fost suparata, nu doar noi. A plouat cu furie cateva ore bune, aruncand rafale de ploaie pe acoperisul rulotei, iar vantul ne-a zguduit cu putere. Era potrivire perfecta intre starea noastra sufleteasca si vreme. Tarziu in noapte, vijelia s-a oprit si am putut inchide ochii, cumva mai linistiti si impacati cu ideea plecarii.
That night even the weather was as upset as we were. It furiously rained for some hours, and the wind blew madly, shacking our caravan. It was a pefect match between the weather and our state of mind... Later in the night, everything slowly stopped and we could fall asleep, a little more calm and somehow in peace with the thought of leaving.
Calatoria spre casa a decurs linistit, fara momente deosebite. Ne-am cazat in prima noapte la un mic camping undeva aproape de granita dintre Germania si Austria, un loc foarte frumos si linistit, numit Pension Schrottenbaummuhle, langa Fursteneck. Dimineata am avut posibilitatea sa vizitam Passau, iata cateva imagini:
The trip to Romania went well, no special moments. We slept in a small camping site at Pension Schrottenbaummuhle, near Fursteneck, in Germany, very close to the Austrian border. In the morning we passed through Passau, we made some pictures: