Spring woz 'ere
I was hoping to post a large gallery of Spring images, with blue skies and landscapes so colourful you could almost hear the birds singing just by looking at the pictures. There would be photos of green shoots and daffodil lined roads filled with convertible cars configured as nature intended them to be - roof down - and pick-your-own plots bursting with colour and crowded with people assembling DIY bouquets.
But Spring came late this year and, it would seem, took one look around the joint, saw what the unusually long dark winter had done to the place, and promptly disappeared.
When the grey skies and cold drizzle depart I'll try and take some more pictures, but in the meantime I'm afraid that this is all I have for you so far. The pictures were taken during a walk from Sulzburg to nearby Kastelberg, a small vine-covered hill at the western edge of the Black Forest.
Kastelberg was fortified in prehistoric times, but all there is to see there today are some unimpressive remains of a 12th century castle, and the altogether more impressive views from a modern-day watchtower of the Rhine Valley and the Vosges mountains in France.