Sunday, 17 July 2011

Postcard from Bad Homburg

Some photos from Bad Homburg's Altstadt (old town)

I love roof tops!

Part of the town's fortifications, this tower was also used to house suspected witches.

The entrance to the castle

The top courtyard of the castle.

Bad Homburg is a spa town.  The Elisabethenbrunnen is one of many springs in the town.  The water is supposed to be very good for people with liver and gall bladder complaints.... it really doesn't smell very good though!

Another spring - the Auguste-Victoria-Brunnen.

The Russian Orthodox church on the edge of the Kurpark.

The first of two Thai temples in the Kurpark.  One of the Thai emperors came to Bad Homburg in the early 1900's presumably to drink the water and gifted the town with these rather beautiful and ever so slightly incongruous temples!

This is my favourite of the two.

Having walked round for a very long time we gave up on finding the casino or the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Bad!  The Kurpark is very large - maybe another day!

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Another Quick Present

I haven't got much time for crafting at the moment with house guests until August, however I am doing some knitting whenever I can fit it in and I made this little gadget pouch with a flex frame as a quick birthday present for a friend the other day.

I've made a gadget pouch before for my iPhone making it up as I went along!  This time I used a tutorial from Ady's blog to see how it differed from my less than perfect first attempt!  Overall it's a much sturdier pouch than my previous effort and I'll probably make others in the same way in the future.  Thanks Ady!

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Postcard from ... Oberursel

We live in a small village near Oberursel (Taunus), Germany.  The old town is quite well-preserved.  I have no idea what this little church on Strackgasse is called...

But there is this rather thought-provoking memorial to the town's inhabitants killed by National Socialists in the war along side the church in a very peaceful spot ... and there is a full list of names, dates and where they died (Auschwitz, Buchenwald, etc...)

The building with the archway is the old town hall

As seen from the other side!

The market place - with Saturday market in full swing.

Half-timbered buildings around the church at the top of the altstadt.

Looking up to St Ursula's church from the east side of the market.

Last but not least, the Oberursel brewery - definitely on our list to visit one weekend this summer!!

Just opposite the brewery was a wool shop - I went straight inside!!  No photos, sorry, but I did buy some yarn for a future project and had a nice chat with the owner!