This blog started in Sep 2010, to capture stories from my home village Höfen in Southern Germany, where I was going to live again for one year. I’m now living back in London, and I keep thinking about what is rural.
Our cups-all-over lace makes a good curtain in the village.
I really like the pattern. It’s a good mix of all-over and funny
and decorative and light.
My drawing for the International Village Show in Leipzig made it onto the front cover of the Parish Newsletter.
Went for a walk with Sylvia and her dog.
- the beavers’ territory on the marshes, admiring their impressive forestry skills
- picking fresh wild herbs
- bumping into the family from next door who are driving around to deliver their daughter’s
Holly Communion gifts for everyone in the village – bread and wine
I’m preparing a small event for the village hall for when I’m in Höfen over Easter.
Höfen meets Ghana – more often than one would think.
An impressive delegation of Höfer Frauen met Everlove Nana Esi Nisin VIII, Queenmother of Ekumfi Ekrafo on the occasion of the opening of Myvillages’ International Village Show. With opulent Frankonian delicacies delivered in various suitcases and handbags.
To my great surprise a large group of women got together and bought a group ticket to come to the opening of the International Village Show in Leipzig. We’ll have two fun days there, Friday evening is all about speeches followed by Franconian cold platters and on Saturday we’re having an actual Höfer Frauen Coffee and Cake afternoon in our exhibition space. With Geschnittene Hasen (see photo), a talk by Elisabeth Meyer-Renschhausen and a chat about future investments.
The drawings have now been translated for the punch cards used for making the lace.
The design had to be simplified quite a bit to make it feasible and keep it economical.
We’re going to make an “allover”, a repeat pattern which can be cut in different width and shapes.
The telephone rang at 7.45 this morning. This means no good news, and is a bit like the village bells ringing before 7am. It was my mother and she had just read in the local newspaper that Michael Back has died. That’s very unexpected. He was part of our Eco Nomadic School in Höfen two weeks ago, and guided Wapke and Caroline around the Museum in Bad Windsheim where he ran the kiln and ceramics workshop.
This is very sad news and even though I only knew him through a few events and trips, his knowledge on clay and its local histories, and his empathy towards vernacular peasant buildings will be strongly missed in future workshops and meetings. It was an honor and pleasure to be able to meet him and share some of his knowledge.
Glorious sunshine and golden leaves everywhere after two intense days of site-visits, tours, workshops, screening and conversations. For once I didn’t mind the recently straightened landscape so much, and the old “Hohlgasse”, a kind of sunken and overgrown path is still there.