I love islands. The feeling of being close to the sea everywhere, the air, the wind, the smell… I even think I would like to live on an island - perhaps that is why I am so much attracted by New Zealand? In any case, it is always good for me to be on an island, and right now I am spending a week on Heligoland with a friend of mine.
Helgoland is Germany’s only island in the High Sea, all others are so close to the shore that they don’t qualify for that.
|There are several kinds of seals, sea lions etc. around, and they tend to be curious.|
Frequently they are the ones who don't obey the rule to keep a minimum of
So there is quite a bit of Duty Free Shopping, even lots, which also attracts Day tourists - they are the only drawback to being here. But we are finding our way around them.
We have developed rituals very quickly, and we are having a wonderful time. I go for a morning run almost every morning (skipped today because of the weather, though) - around the island counter clock-wise once, and clock-wise to get back, then I stop at the bakery.
At low tide, we go beach combing, and we have become expert sea-glass-spotters.
|I admit to developing a kind of addiction to this... didn't think I could still feel |
We are amazed at how different the harvest is on different beaches. And there is lots of glass around. Makes you think more about the micro-plastic problem so much being talked about, too, but we are on vacation.
We have gone swimming (water temperature: 15 degrees centigrade).
And we drink lots of tea and knit. I just finished a white jacket that I made in brioche stitch, from handspun yarn, and I had only started it in March, so that was a quick finish.
|Cutting the last thread|
Today is much cooler, too, so this comes in very handy.