Summer is here even if, judging by the clouds I saw on the horizon late this afternoon, it is being over-shadowed by some fairly severe weather which, as I write this, has settled over us like a dark mantle pierced by occasional light and toned with rolling thunder.
We had hoped to be able to get away this weekend, up to the coast, out-of-town and away from people we know. Why? Because that little bit of extra freedom being amongst strangers allows means we can bathe in the rays of sunlight without having to worry someone will see us on the street in the next few days and, filled with memories, only need to half undress us in their mind!
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I’m not a prude – that much must be fairly clear from many posts on this blog! – but there is something about bathing topless, or even nude, amongst people you know in a small town which gives me shudders. Especially, and the small town plays a major role here, when most people here don’t. Fine, they like to look and, I’m sure, there are plenty who say that they would but, they don’t. Added to which we don’t have a beach and the open-air pool here is hardly a comfortable place to really relax and get that seamless suntan on a sunny day.
The weather, though, was ideal. Was, of course, because the day is over, we are back home again – with our white markings across chest and shoulders – and the weather has turned more than nasty. The well-known propensity for Germans to bathe nude is not a thing here in the former West, it was a cult in the former East but, sadly, seems to have died a death since Reunification. Not that I fancy driving for two hours to find a suitable beach for a couple of hours of uninhibited sun on my skin and then drive two hours back home again!
Still, the hours of sunshine, playing in the pool, generally relaxing together without a care in the world was good. Good enough to make a few plans for a weekend away, when the weather promises to hold for longer than six hours, to somewhere more forgiving of the human body, more accepting, less restrained.
Love & Kisses, Viki.