Travelogue XVIII: Back to the Farm

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23. November, 2014 I’ve just returned to Mainz after spending the weekend in Kulmbach, on the farm where I worked as a WWOOFer over the summer. Here in the city, I forget how wonderful perfectly silent, dark nights are. I forget how much I miss cooking for an entire family, what it’s like to structure one’s day around caring for livestock, and how splendid it is to sleep under down comforters in the freezing upper story of some drafty old house. A few years ago all I wanted to do was to escape that sort of life–but now, even a long weekend on the farm feels rather like going home.

I went out to see the sunrise on Saturday morning, before breakfast. In Vermont in November, everything is monotone–black branches, gray-brown fields, gray-white sky. Here, there’s still color, but it’s all pastels, pale blues and greens and golds. So different from the hyper-saturated vibrancy of last August, but perhaps even lovelier.

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IMG_0833The apple orchard. 

IMG_0818Above, the castle Plassenburg in the distance. 

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…And then back to the farmhouse, to make tea and get the breakfast on the table: German meat-cheese-homemade bread, American oatmeal and pumpkin pie. A most excellent start to the day.

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5 thoughts on “Travelogue XVIII: Back to the Farm

  1. The pictures are beautiful. Love the picture of the breakfast table. We had dinner with friends last night. She loves to cook and always has a table loaded with good things. Fun to take a ” little of this and a little of that”. Now to the gym to work off some of those calories we took in.Love Granny

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