Sunday – Festung Königstein
On Sunday we had to pick up the kid from its vacation camp in Saxony. Since the place wasn’t too far away from castle “Festung Königstein“, we took a little detour and had a visit.
Been there several times as a kid with my parents on vacation. Now my wife wanted to pay a visit as while we were close by anyway.
I wasn’t sure that it would be doable with the wheelchair of my wife. But we gave it a try.
Turned out it was doable. The hardest part was pushing her the approximately 600m from the parking area to the base of the castle. From there we took the elevator to the top.
On the actual castle it was comparatively easy to push her around. We almost made the whole round and took many pictures. Even had a snack at one of the many eating places.
Overall a really great trip. And again we had been very lucky with the weather. It had apparently rained heavily earlier the day. But when we were atop it was just dramatic clouds but with occasional sunshine. After we left another round of heavy rain set in.
Got rid of a whole bunch of old scraps at the local recycling yard. That’s quite a good service that’s included in our yearly waste treatment fee: one can drop off most of household garbage like old furniture, reasonable amounts of construction material leftovers, electronics etc. for free.
Today I’m feeling the pushing of the wheelchair up the hill on Sunday. Shins and arms are hurting a bit.
Also gave the final signature today to officially decommission our old “Verein”. That closes an era.
Wednesday – Finally Internet
Today the final connection of our new DSL landline in the countryside was activated. A Telekom technician showed up at 8am and mumbled something about wrong house number. In his documents it said just the number. While our house has a number and an additional letter.
Fortunately he was able to connect it nevertheless and measures about 100 Mbit/a DSL line capacity. So far so good.
But our Router didn’t want to connect and he thought that’s a problem with the router or actual internet provider.
Turned out the FritzBox just needed a round of calibration and then everything worked. Yay – finally our own internet connection.
Our neighbors where so kind to share their WiFi with us for the last couple of years. I had quite and adventurous setup to pickup their signal near the fence with a WiFi repeater and feed it into a LAN cable. The cable ends in the shed in an old switch from where it runs further to my trusty container office. And also into a power line adapter to get the signal inside the house. In the house a Powerline WiFi bridge provides us with wireless network.
Several trucks almost ran over the bucket that covered the WiFi Pickup near the fence. The lawnmower had close encounters with the power cable for the WiFi pickup. Also summer, winter and all sorts of insect battle tested that poor WiFi repeater. But it did its job for several years. It will get some rest now.
Took the time before lunch to rearrange and reconfigure the network devices. Almost done.
Now that I’m in control of my own router and firewall I might start hosting stuff from here as well 😉
In the afternoon I built a new bed upstairs. The old sleep sofa had its days and was a torture to get down and out. Now we went with something more simplistic and just build a raised bed from construction wood.
Thursday – rainy day
Today was again a very rainy day for this area and season. I finally cleaned up my rain gauge after I saw a toot from David de GrootH
After the cleaning the sensor recorded about 6,5l/sqm for the day. It was surely more than that as it rained earlier in the day before the cleaning.
Got rid of even more old furniture and scraps at the local scrap yard. Of course forgot some bits as well.
The village church hosts some summer concerts. Mostly organ music. While I’m totally not a (traditional) religious person (but ask me about Unix text editors), but when there is an event in the village, you show up. Just to show your appreciation of the effort.
This time an old acquaintance of mine played the organ. He is meanwhile the priest of the church my parents go to. Of course he played some classic from Bach and Händel. But he also played “Über sieben Brücken musst du gehen” from Karat. Which is one of the most famous rock songs of the former GDR.
Saturday – too much driving
In the afternoon I planned to pick up the kid in Berlin for we are driving to the Baltic Sea vacation on Sunday.
My wife felt good enough to join me and pay a visit to our flat in Berlin for the first time in over a year. It went well and nobody was harmed 🤣
On the way back to the countryside, about 2/3 of the way we realized she had forgotten her purse with all her cash and cards. Essential items. So we did a U-turn and drove back again to Berlin 🤷♂️
No really looking forward for some vacation at the sea. The weather might be not the best for just laying on the beach. But I can also perfectly lay on the couch and be reading 😉 Just hope the kids will also find something to keep themselves quietly busy and occupied.