Got up late today, nearly 10am, but did go to bed late last night, well after 1pm. Had breakfast round the table with Becki, Juergen and Lisa. Then it was out for a dog walk, Archie as usual was filthy, the woods were very muddy and dark and broody as its Winter, but it was very mild.
In the afternoon Juergen turned on his sauna, this will be my first time I have been in it. He spent time preparing the area, lighting candles and a fire in a brazier and created a wonderful atmospheric and calming scene. As the sauna is quite small (for two really lying down or six sitting!) we took turns with the girls going in first. They didn’t spend too long in there, particularly since Lisa forgot to take off her jewellery and burnt herself – all we heard was a lot of screaming! Needless to say the girls didn’t avail themselves to the cold shower either which Juergen has installed the garden, they just sat around the brazier with their glasses of wine dressed in dressing gowns & flip flops!
After the girls it was our turn in the sauna. It was perfect in there. The sauna is circular and made of Canadian Cedar. Juergen made the sauna himself out of a kit shipped from Canada – he is a dab hand at such things. The hardest part was removing the tree roots from the place where the sauna now resides.
We got ready for dinner which was an evening of meats cooked on a hot stone with steak, chicken, potatoes and salad. Juergen marinated the chicken with spiced curry and it was tastier than the steak. I provided two bottles of very good Claret and we had way too much too drink, specially me. We had a good laugh and at midnight went out to watch the fireworks. I was surprised by how many fireworks there were, given the small number of houses but the Germans always celebrate New Year at mid-night with fireworks.
I could not finish my Champagne and had to retire to bed at about 1am – party pooper! Lisa and the others retired at 3am apparently!