It feels like it has been forever since I have posted about our adventures, but rest assured we have not been sitting idly at home. October was a busy month for us. Brock and I have really been filling up our social calendar and Fil was away for work again for a week. We started off the month with a culinary beer hike through the woods from a castle to a small lake, and ended the month at the World’s Largest Pumpkin Festival at a palace. The best way to share these events is photos, so enjoy :).
The hike was the perfect way to kick off Autumn, which by the way is a very short season over here. We started at the castle, Burg Nanstein, in Landstuhl with two beers, a brat and a pretzel. Oh and Brock transformed into a puppy dog.
The third stop was a real treat. In the middle of the woods, along the trail a mini restaurant was set up. They had a long (considering the environment) menu including smoked salmon and cheesecake to accompany our third round.
The next couple of weeks went by really fast. Brock and I finally got to go back to Kindermusik once a week, playgroup once a week and we hosted a playgroup at the house. At first Brock was confused as to why all his friends were touching his stuff but then he realized going down his slide is way more fun with a friend. Poor baby even cried when they all left. But anyways, the two weeks flew by and before we knew it we were at the old Palace in Ludwidgburg at the pumpkin festival.
For being the “worlds largest” I was expecting more, but it was still an enjoyable day. That being said, there were 150 tons of 500 different species of pumpkins. That is more than 450,000 pumpkins arranged in displays, piles, and sculptures reflecting the theme “Pumpkins Taking Flight”.
Plus side of the festival was the food. Everything was pumpkin! We enjoyed pumpkin fries which may have been the best fries I ever had, and pumpkin burgers. The fries were topped with a curry style seasoning that was sweet but also savory. And the burgers were literally pumpkin a patty made 100% of pumpkin mash. YUM.
Entrance to the festival let us wonder the outside of the palace as well as the fairy tale garden. This garden was on my list of places to go but it turned out to be pretty creepy. We ran through away from the witches and creepy, old, animatronic creatures. I am so glad I didn’t make a trip special to see that!
I actually spent Halloween in Holland at a quilt expo, the Open European Quilt Championships. I always like to look at the exhibitions to find some inspiration, but my quilting style just doesn’t match European style. Most of the projects were smaller art quilts, not much patchwork. That being said, I had been thinking for a while about combining cross stitch and quilting and I finally saw an example of one completed this way. Before going to the expo I was considering submitting a project for the 2016 expo, and now I’m thinking a little harder about it. We shall see.
I think November will be a quiet month for us, at least travel wise. Fil will be away for 2 weeks this month and Christmas markets won’t start until the end of the month. Which, by the way, I am creating a calendar for. I plan to go to as many markets as possible, hopefully to find great gifts, and to expand my collection of gluwein mugs. Tschuβ!