I had quite an interesting conversation with my son today: “Mom, was there only organic garbage before?”
“What do you mean by before?”
“In the Middle Ages”
“No, there was no garbage in the same sense as we know it today. There was no packaging, everything was reused or recycled into something else.”
“Food leftovers and scraps were fed to the animals.”
I had a smile on my face during the silence following our little conversation while we drove back from one of our favorite local farms “Auhof”. It feels good when my kids think about social issues and his thoughts on garbage were similar to my thoughts on the beautiful and smart up-cycling works of art that I saw in the “Augenweide”.
There is “garbage” all around this beautiful garden that has been turned into beautiful and fun ideas:
A crunchy path of walnut shells
Chestnut necklaces for trees
Ivy wreaths that provide a bit of protection
Folded paper wreaths
Pussy willow wreaths
I think these are great examples of what you can make with what you have lying around. Obviously, this didn’t happen over night and is the love and care poured into this garden over decades.
Today we decided to visit our “colleagues” at the Erlebnisbauernhof Auhof (Experience-Farm of Auhof) which is a special-education farm run by mentally handicapped adults and caregivers.
The farm is open to the general public and has a really big playground that kids of all ages can enjoying. Many decades ago, this used to be a real farm where they raised livestock and grew carrots and potatoes. Today there a a few animals of each kind: pigs, chickens, rabbits, turkeys, peacocks, horses, goats, and donkeys are “scattered” around the different areas of the farm. They sell plants in a self-run nursery and grow a lot of their own vegetables that you can enjoy in the salads that sell in a small restaurant with outdoor seating next to the playground. The playground is capped off by a field of fruit trees and a lovely relaxation garden that is cared for by a former employee who is retired and volunteers her time to keep the garden in tip top shape. The handicapped people who live in assisted-living apartments a block away come here regularly to enjoy the peacefulness of the garden, get their hands dirty with garden work, and do arts and crafts that are hung up in the different corners of the garden.
This is such a lovely oasis, and they are different events being held all summer long. There is no entry fee, so this is a great palce to visit with the whole family’s.
Today we went for a nice short hike around the forest surrounding the town of Heroldsberg. There a quite a few natural elements to see around here in the line of caves and stone formations.
It was father’s day so there were a lot of families hiking the same path as us, and however much I enjoy being in the forest when it’s silent, I think it’s great for families to get out in nature together.
Happy Father’s Day to all the dass out there.
We are taking advantage of the beautiful weather around here and drove out to Muhr am See – a tiny town on the Altmühlsee (Old Mill Lake). From here we gave the kids the task of leading the way to the lake where we wanted to visit the Vogelinsel (Bird Island) – a sanctuary built in the 80s for the local bird population.
I was a bit sceptical about the kids leading the way, but we made it – by walking through a field – to the island. The sanctuary is actually made up of many little islands and visitors can only reach a few by way of a series of bridges. It is a beautiful walk through shaddy grove. We didn’t see birds along our entire walk, but we definitely heard them, and there is a great lookout post built on one of the islands close to a beach filled with tons of different birds. We were really glad to visit at this time of the year because there were so many baby animals.
This is a really beautiful corner of Franconia, and if you are up for a longer trip, you can ride your bike around the entire lake on the smooth bike paths and stop and swim in the lake on one of its beaches or join one of the many wind surfers. There’s plenty to do here for the whole family.
Today we took a trip down memory lane and visited the tiny village where my mother-in-law grew up. Oberrimbach (Germany), is nestled between farm fields, hills, and the Steiger Forest. Nowadays, there isn’t much out there – no grocery store, bakery, doctor’s office, post office – nothing except a little bed and breakfast with a restaurant that has been around since 1935.
After a nice franconian country-lunch, we took a walk around the village and visited the old family bakery, the house where she grew up, her favorite place to sled on her book bag in the snow on the way home from school, and the little community pool built in the 1940s that she swam in every summer – for an entry fee of 10 cents!
We strolled past the farm houses that her friends lived in, visited the church where she made her confirmation, and picked apples in the church yard and fed the horses in the neighboring fields.
Oberrimbach (as well as the entire Steiger forest region) is easy to reach by car from Nuremberg. It’s a great place to go hiking or just drive out for a Sunday stroll with the family to enjoy the colorful Fall landscape.