05 November 2007


Countryside weekend

Last week, I took friday off to visit my sister's family. They live here, in a very small town not far from Ulm.

To Jakob's delight, we took the train. The fact, that we missed the connection at Ulm (as almost always) was in no way detrimental to his joy, especially as Ulm is famous for delicious pretzel, the weather was fine, and there where lots of engines to watch while waiting.

Once arrived, we met:

Jakob's cousins Klara and Louise, and their other cousin, Fabian:

... a big flock of fat turkeys:

Strange animals. My sister's husband is a dairy farmer, but additionally, they feed up several hundreds of turkeys every year, for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

...a friendly and patient horse:

... to which Jakob preferred a stuffed one, at the nearby Steiff museum. There is no animal which is not available there - all in original size. Amazing - if you're three years old.

There's even teddy bear cake. And lots of space to play and to relax.

Sunday morning. Louise on the sofa, reading the monthly horse market journal very assiduously.

We spent a relaxing and calm weekend. The only argument to make Jakob accept that we had to return on Sunday was that "papa is waiting for us there, all alone" (Thomas didn't come with us, he was too busy).

In the evening, we just made it in time to the airport, to bid farewell to Mr. and Mrs Ito, who returned to Japan after rushing all around Germany in six days. It was their first time to come here, but hopefully not their last. Sayonara!

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