The weather was fantastic for the journey and was still smashing when I arrived. I took my case up to the room and then Linda took me around for a tour of the grounds. The clinic is part of a group called The Damp Group and they have rehabilitation clinics situated all over the North of Germany.
The Lehmrade clinic specialises in the rehabilitation of people that have just been through cancer operations and the atmosphere is very relaxed. It is situated in what was once a Gutshof (Manor), most of the buildings have long since been demolished, but there are a few still standing and in use that gives an idea of what it once was like. It is set in a park landscape and it has the relaxation and well-being of the patients first and foremost as its goal.
I was able to photograph all manner of bird life in the grounds and the surrounding countryside, the area is famous as a resting place for cranes and storks on their journey south to their breeding grounds in the south of France and Spain, some are also sedentary and breed in the area. I saw a few flying overhead but alas was not fortunate enough to see them on the ground doing their courtship dance.
We had our Abendbrot and then had a walk through the area, I did a bit of surfing, watched a bit of TV, listened to kur guests dacing to the rythm of Deutscher Schlager from the 70s and had an early night (the patients have an early start and breakfast is from 07:30).
Breakfast was very substantial (German style) and then Linda went off to do her power walking, I went out (none power walking) into the surrounding area to get myself a bit orienteered with vicinity. First stop was across the road to see what the noise was all about, it was a pond full of frogs many in a marital embrace.
|Once the home of the Dukes and Grand Dukes, now the seat of local Government "The Landtag"|
In all I have never seen so many pairs of Great Crested Grebes strutting their thing, there must have been at least 50 pairs.
The island castle has now been turned into the state parliament and access wasn’t possible, but the exterior was quite splendid and also the view across the Schweriner lake was fantastic. The bronze plastics and marble statues have been replaced on their plinths around the sunken winter garden.
|Taking the bull by the horns!|
we took a stroll through the schloss-park with its bird life
and then into the Altstadt (now also completely renovated).
We wandered back to the car and decided to head up to the coast for Lunch, we had settled on Wismar, I had been there 18 months previous for a weekend with my Kegeltruppe (skittle group). We parked up and it was funny but in the distance of 45km the temperature had dropped from 20°C down to 8°C and a chilling wind, grey and overcast. We popped into an Easter Market taking place in the new market hall, it was nice and there was a lot of artisan art on sale some of it very well made.
|Brauhaus am Lohberg|
I was driving so could this time not sample the brau-meisters wares, but I can vouch for it from the last time, well worth a taste, or three!
Linda ordered the fish salad platter and I ordered the Baltic fried herrings, apple and onions, with fried potatoes and a side salad.
Well Linda’s plate of food was really ginormous, three different sorts of fish filets and a wonderful salad.
|The house over the river, it is holiday appartments|
|The old water gate, now home of the "Maritime Club"|
|One of the boats selling smoked fish|
We then returned to the car, it was my original plan to travel along the coast to Travemunde but the weather was so miserable and the sunshine inland so inviting that we headed South before reaching the mouth of the Trave and back into Sunshine. We had originally said we wouldn’t be back for evening meal, but as we arrived just as it was being served, we decided to participate.
Tomorrow we planned to go out for the day , but that is for tomorrow