August 11, 2011
Frankonian opinion and taste buds say: fresh sausages are the best, and fresh means made and cooked on the day. Andi, with whom we butchered a pig in February, suggested that we should make another round of fresh sausages before we leave for London later this month. We made 122 pairs (some were frozen - que faux-pas) and now we eat them all up, with family and friends.
August 5, 2011
I wasn’t aware that traditional costumes are big in fashion in Frankonia now. Because locally there is no recent tradition of wearing costumes, and “Lederhosen” and “Dirndl” are imported from Bavaria, and come along with a growing general appreciation of “Country Style” living in the countryside. Good to see that the brass band from Ebing sticks to the late 20th century tradition of wearing denim and T-Shirt. Levi Strauss is from Buttenheim in Frankonia, about 15 miles from here – on the local-global connection.
August 3, 2011
Gasbockrennen – loosely translated as the goat chase – is a village fete tradition for Monday afternoons.
Someone dresses up as a goat, someone as a farmer’s wife, someone as a baby, to then run around the village and chase onlookers, paint black stripes in their faces, and gennerally create some fuss. It’s obviously somewhere deep down a pagan ritual, and linked to bullfighting. With each cosmic age coming to an end, the associated star sign – like the Capricorn – is chased away, to make space for the next species. Taurus is followed by Capricorn, is followed by Piscine – the age we are just about to leave behind us.