Here’s hoping that you all had a lovely Christmas, together perhaps with your loved ones.
As animals are central to the story of Christmas, we have a message from Gergana and Stellian which is all about frivolous puppies!
As you could see, our lovely pup which turned to be a Xmas monster, doesn’t allow us to make frivolous plans:) We will spend the Christmas with our families and maybe we will go to a party for the New Year’s Eve. We will have 10 days off around the holidays and could spend some time at home as well.
We have great plans for the next year though. We intend to take part in the Greek part of Via Egnatia (Amphipoli – Alexandroupuli) and maybe to come later to Istanbul but not sure yet.
Stelli and I wish Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, your family and all other members of Via Egnatia team. I hope we can gather for another great time next year!
Here are some of our newest pictures, hope you will have fun watching them!
Franz’s life continues to inspire with its gentleness …
Good to hear from you again. I just finished my teachings in my studio. My course in music theory also stopped for a while. And now I’m looking forward to a nice Xmas with my family. This afternoon I dug out a Christmas-tree out of our garden and placed it in our living room.
Looking back this year I can say that I am grateful for all the good things. Amongst others our Albanian experience and the sale of 6 paintings recently so the chimney can smoke for a while, like we say. I am still not sure if I will walk along next year. I still have to decide. One of my students bought the painting of the little donkeys alongside the via Egnatia.
A few photos: shovelling the snow from a flat roof last Sunday afternoon and one of our new chickens who had never seen snow before, our cat uneasy afraid wetting her delicate paws and the city of Leyden (the oldest university town of the Netherlands) with a skating court.
I wish you all a merry Christmas and an inspiring and healthy New Year.
Tim Lunt has been to India trekking and is thinking about taking part in the early sections of the walk next year. Karen seems to be baking constantly; the American passion for baking things with the most incredible names never ceases to amaze me.
Perhaps the happiest news of the autumn was the news that Bernardka has got engaged; from what I hear she wants us all to turn up to the wedding with donkeys!
I have had a lovely Christmas at home with my family. I made my first Beef Wellington today and it was an amazing success. Another one to add to my signature dishes along with Cherry Kafloute. If I am coming on the walk next year I think the early parts sound interesting, but of course like Gergana I would love to be at the end in Istanbul. We shall see how the next few months treat me and as it is my 25th wedding anniversary next year I am under strict control! We have booked to see the Oberammergau Passion play in late June which will be pretty special.
Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.