Here we are now, north of Berlin in the beautiful lake country of Pomerania, a bit lost because we didn’t know that Kargow was only a crossroads with one cafe and a building that turned out to be a fine visitors center to a National Park that was almost surrounding us. And, oh my, what a nice place we were staying in – a renovated barn dating from 1750 with a thatch roof. The owner lives downstairs and we’re upstairs.

What a great place to stay for a few days

What a great place to stay for a few days

Up stairs, indeed. Luckily we aren't tottery yet.

Upstairs, indeed. Luckily we aren’t tottery yet.

Daunting going down with heavy luggage.

Daunting going down with heavy luggage.

I’ll show you around. Be careful not to bang your head on the old beams.

The connecting room with dining table

The connecting room with dining table

Bedroom

Bedroom, with heat

Second bedroom anomy work desk

Second bedroom and my work desk

Kitchen with all the necessities including an egg steamer.

Kitchen with all the necessities including an egg steamer, not shown, purchased for us.

View from the generous living room

View from the generous living room

Extra large bathroom

Extra large bathroom with heat in the radiator.

Here’s a typical breakfast when we fix it ourselves. Usually we have one 3 minute egg.

Our typical homemade breakfast - egg, bacon, cheese, fruit, veggie and coffee. Sometimes bread, butter and jam, too.

Our typical homemade breakfast – egg, bacon, cheese, fruit, veggie and coffee. Sometimes bread, butter and jam, too.

The thatch was having some problems. Cat size critters were making a home in the old thatch and a repairman came out to make repairs.

Repairman fixing the thatch

Repairman fixing the thatch

Next door and not far away was a newer home with an excellent thatch roof. Thatch is very expensive but lasts for at least 40 years.

Sturdy newer farm house out in the country

Sturdy newer farm house out in the country

We took several walks in the National Park and in our neighborhood forest.

Boundary marker

Boundary marker

Eva is hard to keep up with.

Eva is hard to keep up with.

Our route passes along old farm roads

Our route passes along old farm roads

Let's see where route M leads us.

Let’s see where route M leads us.

The mound out in the field is likely to be a prehistoric grave site.

The mound out in the field is likely to be a prehistoric grave site.

Poppies are our favorite.

Poppies are our favorite.

Corn flowers are intense, too.

Corn flowers are intense, too.

This lake is not far from our farmhouse.

This lake is not far from our farmhouse.

Nearby we saw a nest with both adult hawks tending it.

Nearby we saw a nest with both adult hawks tending it.

Pine forests cover poor, sandy soil.

Pine forests cover poor, sandy soil.

Forests are tended and cleared regularly.

Forests are tended and cleared regularly.

As usual, we worked up quite a good appetite some had lunch at the cafe that made up the most of the village of Kargow. It was also a bikers destination for those heading into the park, across the street.

Apparently I'm inspecting my new felt hat. yes, made in Germany, not China.

Apparently I’m inspecting my new felt hat. Yes, made in Germany, not China.

A group of bikers rode up while a bus with a bike trailer stopped in front of the visitors center.

A group of bikers rode up while a red bus with a bike trailer stopped in front of the visitors center.

Because the day was rather dark and chilly we decided on a warm soup.

Warm soup and our usual beverage

Warm soup and our usual beverage, shared

Couldn't resist the warm apple pancake

Couldn’t resist the warm apple pancake with cinnamon sugar.

In the nearby parking lot we spied a beautiful restored Communist era Trabant. When it drove off it sounded like all the bolts in the engine had come loose.

Fully restored Trabant

Fully restored Trabant

This is a good place to end this post, out in the country where life is good if not quite recovered from decades of really tough times. Recovery to this point has been outstanding.

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