Sunday, September 18, 2005

these boots were made for walking

On Saturday we visited the Mühlenfest (windmill festival) and Kartoffelfest (potato festival) held in a neighbouring village. Since it was such a beautiful day, Mr. M, Boy9 and I decided to get some fresh air and go on foot (Boy12 had taken his ever popular self off to yet another birthday party). Following the paths along the edges of the fields that separate one town from another, it took us almost an hour to get there.

The little village of Benthe, current population 1,970, was first mentioned in historical writings in 1138 A.D. and is home to a beautiful old windmill, the focus of some of yesterday's festivities. Unfortunately the line-up for guided tours of the windmill was so long that we decided not to go up. Maybe next time.

The Kartoffelfest was held at the organic farm and market not far from the windmill. As well as having a huge selection of potatoes of all different varieties (we bought some blue ones to try!) they also offered cut flowers, fruit, vegetables, honey and cheese for sale. Guests enjoyed vegetarian potato chile, homemade cake and organic wines and juices.

For the kids there were pony rides and face painting and of course the wonderful farm animals. These two were my favourites: an enormous boar who really wasn't as sad as he looks in the picture and a gorgeous white billy goat with beautiful horns.

Mr. M and Boy9 were very interested in this 1937 BMW motorcycle.

After fortifying ourselves with a bratwurst or two, we headed on home again and spent the rest of the afternoon and evening recovering from our long hike.


At September 19, 2005 8:04 a.m., Blogger hippo_pepperpot said...

We love going to fesitivals in the country.

That one looked fab!

wv: quick eject

At September 19, 2005 8:06 a.m., Blogger Ms Mac said...

Yeah! Kartoffelfest! You know, I'd rather attend a Kartoffelfest than Ozfest! I'm hoping to drag the family to a local Kürbisfest soon. German speaking folks rock, don't they?

At September 19, 2005 8:33 a.m., Blogger Calamity Tat said...

Potato festival how cool is that, I love potatoes I would have been there in a smash (geddit?or is smash just an english thing?).... Sorry to see something of my dull life inspired you as in 'Sprouts!' and not the Rock Star bit, (those two sooo don't go together)hahaha......

At September 19, 2005 8:49 a.m., Blogger Karen said...

Sounds lovely - I am envious of your weather - it has been crappy here.
Nice windmill!

At September 19, 2005 4:59 p.m., Anonymous haddock said...

Sounds like a great day out. Germany is great isn't......fests for everything, potatoes, onions, fish, etc.....

At September 19, 2005 7:47 p.m., Blogger Crystal said...

German folk festivals seem so fun, and that pig is just Adorable ;-0!

At September 20, 2005 6:33 p.m., Anonymous iliana said...

You know, that totally looks like one of the windmills at the windmill museum in Gifhorn? Have you been there before? It's quite cute.

At September 23, 2005 2:50 p.m., Blogger Sparky said...

Jen MUST NEVER see that goat.
Seh'll drag it home :).


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