The much dreaded storm didn’t turn out as terrifying as everyone had expected and everybody was well-prepared, so only small bits of damage here and there. We had a short power outage this morning and the network of my mobile phone provider broke down, but nothing too serious. The water is covering almost the entire beach up to the dunes with the wind pushing it up the shore and yepp, we got a bit of snow, too.
Elsewhere last year’s winner in the “most redundant After Effects plug-in” category, Trapcode MIR goes into a public Beta for its version 2. For now the list of “would be nice to have” is longer than the actual new features, so this could either be an unglorious quick shot or take well into the next year before it’s done…
Everybody is holding his breath for the hurrican kind of storm that is forecast for Thursday and Friday and being at the sea this means it probably comes with some tidal flood. They’re probably going to lock down the shore line for safety reasons and we’ll be mostly locked inside the building. Today I had my first light sport after my days of forced downtime and it was some Nordic Walking by the water which was indeed extremely calm and smooth as silk. I just filled out the institution’s satisfaction survey form. Not many complaints except for things getting a bit boring at times. Unfortunately they don’t have an open artist’s workshop here, so I can’t spend my time with wood carving, clay sculpting or painting with oils. I could do this for hours, but alas, it wasn’t meant to be And scribbling in my sketchpad will have to suffice…
Because of my heavy cold I spent most of the day in bed, sleeping and resting, foregoing my rehab sports activities (with the doc’s permission, of course), so things were a bit boring, but this news made my day. I always kinda suspected/ hoped for something like this… He’s so smoking hot and well- equipped in all the right places, whoever is his partner can count himself extremely lucky… ;-)
The weather has changed again and the Baltic Sea has changed from its usual greenish grey to a brown tone, meaning there’s a lot of sand and dirt from the sea floor being swirled around. This also had swept a swarm of jellyfish on the beach this morning. Only small ones at this time of the year of course, no bigger than a coffee cup. I had actually planned to participate in an excursion to the island of Rügen, but my usual luck has me completely shot down with a cold. Aside from sleeping, watching TV and short walks on the beach there’s not much to do. They put up a Christmas tree in the back yard and while that’s not that unusal, the location is. They have this Y-shaped bridge/ boardwalk in the garden instead of just having filled up the mound….
It’s now slightly more than a week and things are beginning to get a bit repetetive and boring. The area is simply too small and far away from the next larger city, so except for walking on the beach, sitting in cafes and watching lots of TV there’s not much to do between treatment sessions. The weather is also back to being cloudy and misty, but at least the sea is smooth like a pond. If that wasn’t bad enough, my connection here is so poor, I haven’t been able to log in to the Adobe forums for the last three days to distract myself with some random posting. :-| Yesterday some professional decorators built a little winter scene in the lobby to get everyone into that Christmas season mood and the little rabbits immediately reminded me of Stomper from the Bambi movie.
Today the weather took a swing and some cold sub-arctic air is flowing in from the Northwest. On the bright side this means we finally get to see a bit of sun after closed cloud cover the last few days. On the other hand it means it’s so cold you have to wear gloves when walking on the beach or your hands will become stiff from the chilly breeze. The wind is at about 7 bft, so you actually see the sand blowing on the dunes (and hearing it knock against your hood and glasses). Taking pictures under these conditions is no easy task ‘cos everything vibrates…
Baltic Sea at sunset near Seebad Ahlbeck
After I froze to the bones I turned into a small Cafe/ bakery and indulged in some coffee and a chocolate-coated gingerbread heart (it’s that time of the year…) and took some photos of the place. It has this rustic/ nostalgic charme and breathes this air from 1910 or something like that.
Bakery Cafe Blunck in Seebad Ahlbeck
That’s what you go to rehab by the sea for… :-)
The Baltic Sea near Seebad Ahlbeck looking East toward Poland