Thank you to all of you who joined us at one of our events last month, whether it was the remembrance service for the Queen, the playground meet-up, the lovely hike through the Rickenbacher Tobel or our night out at Minibar in Friedrichshafen last Friday. We had a really broad range of events on offer and it was interesting to see the various people who came along to each thing. We really do have plenty of options for you to get involved and get to know new friends, as well as catch-up with familiar faces, regardless of what you enjoy or where you live. The coming month is no exception, and thanks to various members of the group who help me out with suggestions, bookings and organisation, we have another packed schedule to tempt you out of the house!

First of all, our “Coffee Club” (temporarily renamed the“Tea Club”) will bein the new ‘Lady Grey’ English tearoom, run by Nicole Köppe in Ravensburg. Many of you will know Nicole from her ‘Little Britain Bodensee’ shop, and after a lot of hard work, Nicole was finally able to open her new tearoom last Monday. We have tables booked on Saturday, 12th November from 2.30pm until 5.30pm and I need to be able to give Nicole an idea of numbers at least a couple of days in advance, so please mail me if you would like to attend. There is a wonderful menu, including afternoon tea, toasted sandwiches and a very British selection of beverages, all of which you can see by visiting the website: Lady Grey is at Adlerstrasse 16, 88212 Ravensburg, in the centre of the town. Please note that the afternoon tea itself is only available if you book it in advance! So don’t forget to contact me on: !! The other items on the menu do not have to be pre-booked.

Later that week, on Friday, 18th November, Rachel Carroll will once again host a Playground Meet-Up and this time it will be across from the island, at the playground on Aeschacher Ufer. This playground is now the home of the famous steam-roller, which used to be at the island playground. There are also swings, a climbing frame, sand-pit, etc., so there’s lots for the kids to tackle, and there’s plenty of seating for adults. Rachel will be there with her boys from 2pm until 4pm. If you come by car, there is some on-street parking right next to the playground, or you can park at the big car park just before the Seebrücke, and walk along from there.

Two days after this, on Sunday, 20th November, Martha Gietl will be hosting our monthly ramble She has sent me the following details:

“Since the end of Daylight Saving Time means we don’t have sunlight late in the day anymore, I decided to combine our walk this time with lunch at the ‘Waldschenke’, a steak house with a Mexican flair ( To “earn” our lunch at the Waldschenke we will walk an approximately hour-long loop along the Leiblach, the river which, at least for a few kilometers, forms the border between Germany and Austria. We’ll start at the bus stop in Oberhochsteg (the last stop on Stadtbus Line 1), cross the border and first walk along the Austrian side of the Leiblach, then back across a foot bridge into Germany and head back on the German side of the Leiblach until we reach the Waldschenke. The walk is flat and suitable for buggy-type strollers; however, good footwear is required as the shady areas tend to remain a bit mucky Our meeting time is November 20th at 11:30am at the Oberhochsteg bus stop. If not coming by bus, there is quite limited parking on the street in Oberhochsteg, or another option is to park at the Dornier parking lot down the road and add another 8 minutes to your walk. 😉 (I will be walking home that direction, so you will at least have company if you decide to park in the Dornier lot.)” 

***Please write to me at or Martha ( if you want to have lunch at Waldschenke, so that she can book the appropriate number of tables!***

As I mentioned at the start of this newsletter, Christmas food and decorations have already snuck their way onto the supermarket shelves, so it can only be a matter of weeks before the Lindau Hafenweihnacht opens. As has become our tradition over the last few years, our November evening meeting will be on the opening night of the Christmas market, so we’ll be meeting there on Thursday, 24th November. Our traditional meeting spot has always been the Glühwein stand outside Eiscafé Schreier. I haven’t seen a plan for the stalls this year yet, but I assume that this stand will be there. The market will actually open at 11am but the official opening ceremony will take place on the stage at 6pm. I suggest that we meet by Schreier at 6.30pm and we’ll be there until closing time at 9pm. If anything changes between now and then, I will let you know.

I look forward to seeing you at one of our get-togethers!

All the best, Amanda