GroßalmerodeMay 10 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 10 °C
We feel privileged to be able to park on the dandelion speckled green at the edge of Großalmerode. There are trees all around, allotments to the rear and a little noise from machinery in a nearby workers' yard but this is intermittent and stops mid afternoon.
After abandoning hope and cancelling the order for a replacement door handle, we no longer needed to hang around waiting for delivery in west Germany. It felt good to be on our way to Lithuania once again. The winding woodland roads and viaducts over forested valleys and fields of golden rape only helped to heighten our already buoyant moods.
Taking time to rest after our journey we tried in vain to search for motorhome shops that might supply a replacement door handle but the internet connection was so poor it was impossible. The weather was mercurial, with steely grey clouds covering bright blue skies in a matter of minutes, producing an almighty downpour, before rolling on and allowing the sun to shine through once again soon afterwards.
We took our chances and walked a kilometre into the centre of Großalmerode, past half timbered, cheerfully coloured buildings and the subtly impressive stone facia of the town hall, set between the other buildings lining the highstreet. We avoided one shower by nipping into an independent hardware shop (always a joy to find). Next was Edeka supermarket, where amongst other things, Vicky picked up vegan cheese slices for cauliflower cheese and some vegan Magnum icecreams. We've been trying to cut down on our dairy consumption due to concerns about its environmental impact and animal welfare but its not always easy to find alternatives on the road. After a peak inside a poorly stocked wool shop, we headed back to Martha Motorhome, only to be caught in a torrent of rain that didn't relent until late afternoon, when the skies went blue once again and the birds treated us to a celebratory evening chorus.Read more