We are having a special service of thanksgiving and remembrance for the late Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday, 12th October at 6.30pm, in St. Johannes Kirche, Wasserburg. This is open to everyone – you don’t have to be British, or a regular churchgoer, to attend – and families, friends, etc are all welcome. The service will be fairly short (about half an hour) with a couple of well-known hymns and all the readings and prayers in English. Afterwards we will be able to go next door to the church hall for a glass of wine, cup of tea or coffee, etc and a chance to have a chat. I hope that lots of you can come along. It’s the first time that we’ve done anything like this and I’m very grateful to the vicars of the church for allowing us this opportunity. In order to help us plan the printing of the Order of Service sheets, as well as refreshments, I kindly ask that you let me know by email (or by commenting on the event on our Facebook page) if you intend to come, and with how many guests, by Monday, 10th October!! Thank you. There are plenty of car parking spaces directly opposite the church, which is at Nonnenhorner Str. 20, 88142 Wasserburg, and only a five-minute walk from the main square. For any of you coming by train, just walk down to the square from the station and turn right at the Rathaus.

A couple of days later, on Friday, 14th October, there will be a Playground Meet-Up at the ‘Elephant’ playground on the island, Sina-Kinkelin-Platz (next to the Maria Ward Kindergarten). Our member, Rachel Carroll, will be there with her two young boys from 2pm to 4pm and will have some balloons tied to her stroller so that you can find her. Please come along with your kids (or grandchildren) and make some new friends.

As promised, we are recommencing our regular walks, and our member Martha Gietl has planned one for Saturday, 15th October at 2pm, with a special surprise at the end. Martha writes: “We’ll be meeting at the fountain right next to the Rickenbach bus stop (Stadtbus line 1)If coming by car, parking is available in the Dornier parking lot. Our hike takes us first through the Rickenbacher Tobel, a deeply-cut valley with lots of vegetation along a babbling brook. Then we head up the hill to the sleepy village of Streitelsfingen, with lovely views over the lake and to the Alps. Much to my surprise, Alex from the Montfort Schlössle has agreed to open her doors to us at 3pm so we can take a break and enjoy some homemade cake, coffee and drinks. Then we continue back down, first through orchards and then through the Bäuerlinshalde neighborhood, to arrive back at Rickenbacher Straße and our starting point. This hike is unfortunately not suitable for strollers, but for older kids there is lots of nature to explore as well as cows and chickens and sometimes even deer along the route. Good footwear is required as the path along the brook is wet and mucky in places. The hike takes about an hour and a half of actual walking, not including our coffee stop.”

Many of you will have fond memories of the Montfort Schlössle and its legendary beer garden. It has been closed for several years now, with only the hotel itself open for bed and breakfast guests (despite Alex being begged regularly to reopen!). Therefore it’s a real coup for Martha to have persuaded Alex to host us and we will need to give her an idea of numbers. Once again, I have to ask that you contact me to let me know if you would like to come along, by Wednesday, 12th. Many thanks!  

At the end of the month, on the 28th, we are having our Friday night out at ‘Minibar FN’, Kleineberg Str. 9, 88046 Friedrichshafen (www.minibar-fn.de). We can’t actually book tables, as it tends to be quite full, but we’re going to take our chances and I should be there from 7pm. Our friends, Mike and Sam, have a brilliant selection of drinks, with the emphasis on their own gin, as well as craft beers and some delicious snacks. What you’ll really notice though, if you’ve not been there before, is the wonderful atmosphere with top-notch customer service. Coming by public transport is advisable if you’re drinking and the Friedrichshafen Hafen Bahnhof is only a short walk away. If bringing the car, some parking spots might be available on the street outside, but your best bet is to probably park at the large car park at the harbour (Seeparkplatz) and walk the couple of minutes over to the bar.

I look forward to seeing you!

Amanda (lindauexpats@gmail.com)