First, I want to thank everyone who chimed in with great ideas for improving my little square Village quilt. I have been implementing some of the ideas and I gotta say I’m really loving this quilt. You all helped me out of a stuck place and I think the solution, though very “me,” is something I would not have arrived at myself. So, thanks again :-).
Now onto the excitement of the day. It’s Sunday and the sun is shining, so it is compulsory that all Germans get out and go for a walk or bike ride. Who were we to argue?
Our around-the-block neighbors invited us to join them on a 5 mile ride to an open house event at a small small gauge railroad museum. I was a little concerned about Katja’s ability to go on such a long ride, but figured that with a 1-1 ratio of kids to adults, she and I could always opt out or go reeeeeaaaaally slow. She did great, although she never once stopped talking.
I think the little railroad was originally built to transport rocks from the nearby quarries and perhaps also to transport crops. They had a half dozen engines like this and two which pulled a series of “cars” which were essentially mobile park benches so they could sell tickets for a short ride down the street (we went, of course).
Things were in very good repair and staged so cute I wanted to break out singing “Hi ho, hi ho…”
There was some slightly more modern machinery there too. This shovel, though not steam, reminded me of a childhood book. I could have sworn the illustrations were blue though…
Or maybe I’m mixing up the visuals with “Are You My Mother?“
And, of course, since this was a daytime event, there was coffee and cake. And, of course, since we’re in Germany, the tables were nicely set with fresh flowers. We were too late for the waffles though — they sold out early. We didn’t get coffee either, as we had brought plenty of water with us. I love the way Daffy on Katja’s sport bottle is eying her piece of cake. Designers in the crowd may admire the attractive letterpressed tickets for our train ride.