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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Early Fall on the Wine Route ....

We spent a week at our house and as usual, I was captivated by the colors and flowers of fall.  This is the palace in Bad Bergzabern.

Of course a new fall wreath had to find it's place on my front door !

We followed one of the walking plans, which started in the Kurpark Bad Bergzabern and led through the woods and vineyards to Doerrenbach.  We need to do this more often, the ups and downs of the paths were tough on us, in Florida we have no hills at all !   Along the way, we saw this covering the entry to a spring.  Our house was built in 1898 also by a J. Mayer, we wondered if this might be his father, since they were stonemasons.

Ripe grapes this time of year, the harvest had begun in some areas.  The vines were marked with the type of grapes.

Vines almost as far as the eye can see.

 The last few sunflowers ...
And the first apples.

Doerrenbach is so pretty and well worth the walk. 

The houses are decorated more on the beams, which is less usual for the wine route.  We noted that many of the houses were destroyed in 1945, and rebuilt in 1949 or early 50s.  Some  houses have the date of the original building - mostly in the 1600s - the date of destruction, and the date of rebuilding recorded on the cross beams at the front of the houses.

The fortified church, it is really beautiful.

And even has a sundial, usually I see them like this in France, but of course Doerrenbach is very close to the border.

Day out in Alsace

I was fascinated by these hinges on a church door - wouldn't they make a great applique block ?  They also look like a rose tree or lyre design.

And no visit would be complete without a view of our village church.

On the last day, I changed the wreath to one for winter.
This post was of course just a quick visit report.  I will be getting back to sewing notes soon, but have not done anything much recently.  Mostly I am making progress on the stuffing of the petasson.  If I can get more done this week, I will show it again in its current state of finish.


Roni Hunt said...

These are amazing photos. It is so beautiful there. I am glad your trip was so enjoyable. Besides the appliqué from the doors, I thought the grape carving on the corner of the building could be boutis!

Angelikas quilts and knits said...

Die Fotos sind wunderschön :-) Schade dass ihr nicht länger bleiben konntet !

Liebe Grüße

Donna in SW PA said...


hiromi said...

Beautiful pictures! Clear blue sky, fresh grapes, traditional buildings and your beautiful wreaths! Everything is lovely. I'm so jealous!
Each time I visit Europe, I am fascinated by artistic iron frames and I think that they would be perfect motifs for boutis, so that there are many pictures of them!

Marie du Gard said...

Bonjour Heather,
Cette route des vins est magnifique. De belles photos. Tes couronnes sont belles. Bonne continuation dans le boutis. Bises de la Provence.

stadtgarten said...

Herrliche Bilder! Das ist jetzt eigentlich beinahe die beste Jahreszeit für die Pfalz und das Elsass!
Ich weiß gar nicht, ob ich schon darauf reagiert hatte, dass wir uns in Wissembourg beinahe begegnet wären (da wir danach wieder ein paar Tage in der Provence waren, und dort nur sporadisch Internet-Empfang haben, lese ich dort zwar immer mal auf Smartphone mit, aber zum Kommentieren reicht es meistens nicht aus). Was für ein Zufall! Aber wir hätten uns wahrscheinlich nicht mal erkannt, wenn wir voreinander gestanden hätten...
Melde Dich doch mal, wenn Ihr wieder in Deutschland seid, vielleicht können wir uns ja mal wirklich treffen, ich würde mich sehr freuen!
Liebe Grüße, Monika