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Monday
May052014

Bake bread and celebrate.

Last Saturday, the villagers gathered around one of the old bakehouses to bake bread and celebrate... nothing in particular. Everybody brought something - bread, cake, herbed butter, lard, sausages... it was quite the feast. There was homemade herbed butter in that beautiful blue pot but it was gone by the time I took the picture, obviously.

There are a few still intact old bakehouses in the village - sadly, the one that belonged to our house is gone. But this is "the one" since it is the biggest and in good shape. It´s also the only listed building in the village. I forgot to take a picture of the bakehouse from the outside - it is a small brick hut, not very impressive by itself. If you´re interested you can catch a glimpse of it in this old post. Anyway here´s the inside. It is really quite an interesting system and you can bake a *lot* of bread in that massive oven. 

Setting things up. Even ketchup bottles look good under an old apple tree.

I prepared these sourdough rye rolls at home and then we baked them in the brick oven. These are "Vinschgauer" -  a South Tyrolean specialty but quite common in Southern Germany where I am from. They were delicous and quite the hit with our neighbors! Proud.

A beautiful cake (part cheese, part cherry) made by one of our neighbors. Sadly this one went flying later when we tried to pull it ouf of the oven. But it did look really good. Let´s see it as a sacrifice to the summer gods or something. 

Tarte flambée made by another neighbor. Yum!  

Stockbrot. I didn´t find a translation for this. It´s a basic bread dough which you wrap around a stick and...

... then you do this. It´s fun for the kids mostly. Does this exist elsewhere? 

This has nothing to do with bread but I always wanted to take a picture of the old yellow Trabant that belongs to one of our neighbors. Since it sat on the curb the whole time it was now or never. This car is the cutest thing. Bread baking people and old yellow cars! Ah, we live in the best village.

Friday
May022014

Taking Notes on Facebook.

Hi! Happy May! Just a quick note to let you know that this little blog now has a Facebook page. I´ll be posting notifications whenever there´s a new post and also plan on sharing some inspirational links from time to time. Come over and say hello!

Monday
Apr282014

One year with Ludwig.

Last Easter, we brought home little Ludwig. So it´s been a little over a year since our redhead joined us! Time flies. Here are a few recent pictures of him. 

I will admit that it´s been a bit of a roller coaster year what with all his health problems - his heart condition which necessitated a surgery and lately a limp that wouldn´t go away for months. Right now though, it seems that all is well (fingers crossed!). His heart has improved a lot since the surgery - which was to be expected, but is still a relief. The limp apparently was caused by a combination of a minor malposition of his spine and a lack of muscles (the latter being common with dogs suffering from a heart condition... not enough oxygen = no muscles). Anyway noone who meets him in real life would suspect any of these issues - he may lack muscles, but certainly not energy! 

All these troubles, combined with his bad car sickness, combined with our own laziness have led to a dog who hasn´t really been trained at all. It is *seriously* something we need to get started with. 

We were a bit (fine, very) concerned how our four cats would cope with a dog and the other way around, but this actually wasn´t a problem at all. Ludwig has quickly learned his lesson, namely that you don´t mess with a cat, and the cats have learned to tolerate the craziness that is Ludwig. Growing up with four feline siblings, I think Ludwig sometimes considers himself half a cat as well. You´ve never seen a dog so masterful at sneaking up! 

(In case you wonder, the picture shows none of our cats but one of our neighbor´s who has decided he wants to live on our deck. The cat, not the neighbor... that would be weird.)

What else? I think I´ve said this before, but we adore this dog to no end. He is a constant source of joy. It is impossible to be sad when there´s Ludwig nearby who is excited about everything and everyone. He may be sickly, he may be ill-behaved, but we wouldn´t trade him for any other dog. We love you, redhead! Here´s to many more years with you (just maybe minus the frequent vet visits... that would be nice).

Monday
Apr212014

Easter 2014. 

We had a lovely Easter weekend, but I kind of forgot to take pictures of any of the festivities. I don´t even have a proper picture of my naturally dyed eggs (I tried red cabbage for the first time this year, which makes this bluegreengrayish color that I obviously adore).

Anyway I did take pictures over the weekend, albeit of non-Eastery things. Above is the front of the house, where the tulips are beautiful right now.

I picked these wild flowers on a walk with Ludwig and love them on my kitchen counter. Anyone know what these are?

Lutz in a tree. 

Ludwig being cute. (When did he become so grown-up?)

Apple trees in full bloom.

Further proof of apple trees in full bloom.

Chicken house looking fine.

Hello chickens. Thank you for your delicious eggs.

Dicentra spectabilis and matching tulips that I don´t remember having planted.

The husband built a new bench. Yes he is taking orders. Also, a lot is happening in the walled garden already. Can´t wait for what May brings.

Wednesday
Apr162014

Lately in the library.

I´ve made a few changes to the library lately. Like, a picture wall! I´ve come to really like my blue chairs but I was struggling with the art on this side of the room. I used to think that the chairs are colorful enough so the art should be quiet. I think I was all wrong and more color is good in here. This wall is not finished quite yet; I want to expand it further and a few of the pictures are place holders, but I love the look already. 

Also: I am sure you admire the zebra painting on the upper right and the dragon on the upper left. The artist? 7 (or so) year old me. Aw, so talented!

On the other side of the room, I had one of my photographs blown up and last week I finally got around to framing it. I love it here. It´s the first thing you see when you enter the room and it makes me smile whenever I do so. I wish I had a wider shot of the arrangement but I am sure cute Lutz is making up for it. 

Last but not least, we finally replaced the window handles in the whole house. I am so so happy about this. Begone, white plastic handles that I hated from the very start. I do realize that this part of the picture is actually underexposed so you don´t see much of the handles, but they´ll get their own post eventually. Also in this picture: Pretty garden view and the next generation of sweet peas.