|Naturally, the mornings are still cold and the nightly frost has hardened the surface of the remaining snow in our yard, but when the sun shines the snow is softening again and more of the white stuff turns into water. Of course, the ground remains frozen and all the water makes the upper layer of our lawn a swamp. Today temps got into the low forties, but we had a fresh westerly wind making it a rather cold affair to stay outside. Yet getting out of the wind, it felt quite comfortable.|
I vacuumed the van and we remounted the 4th seat-bench into the van. Now we are back to a 15-seat minibus and ready for the summer season, which is still 7 weeks away.
Also did some more packing for the trail out west. Going through the house i try to imagine what to take and what not. I have taken a lot of music CDs and gathered the photo equipment. There seems to be so much to remember. Luckily, I have done most of my errands, all there is left for tomorrow is getting 4 new tires for the JEEP and picking up some PR-material for the business.
I took a short afternoon trip to the Head Harbour Lightstation to get a few shots with the strong colours of a clear and windy day. It will be the last island tour for me for many months.
I have never grown so fond of a place than this island and I will miss all this tremendously.
We also got some more sad news from Germany, as my Dad has now refused to eat anything for over a week. He is in a rehab facility and getting weaker every day. We had to make a decision whether we wanted to get him intravenous nutrition. Dad is not capable of making any conscious decision anymore, but we know that he principally refused any live extending measures, and after a long talk to my brother, our decision was against it. Previously, Dad has repeatedly said that he wanted to go, that his time was up. He has felt it for a long time now. Yet, it is a very heart-breaking decision to make, that fills us with so much sorrow. It is the realization that we are saying Good Bye for ever, and that we have to live the rest of our lives without our parents. The presence of our parents have made up the frame for our lives, and all-of-a-sudden the frame breaks apart. It also makes us realize that we now are closer to growing old ourselves. We can look back and there are all the good memories we have. Well, I know not everyone has all good memories, but memories they are, and it will be all we have left.
Thanks for being here again.