... I have one of yesterday's. This is Katherine's Butterick top that I made in black linen with hand stitching in DMC pearl cotton. The internet is too slow to go looking for the pattern number but if you need it, let me know or look back in the postings. The pants are The Sewing Workshops trio pants with extra shaping at the hemline. Both are very comfortable.
The tour was of Marksburg Castle overlooking the town of Braubach. It's one of the most perserved fortresses on the Rhine since it was never besieged by enemies. That said, it wasn't easy living. The steps to the door are not original. The "steps" to the right are. Throughout the building are all kinds of uneven surfaces and different flooring structures. Before the tour, there was much cautioning about the walk up the hill and across these surfaces. The hill was no big deal since we do something longer and steeper at home but the floors did require caution. Howard really enjoyed learning about the building methods and about the weapons while I...
... was very intrigued with the kitchen - not for the cooking possibilities but because these pictures look like they could have come out of a current day magazine and yet it's over 700 years old. A beautiful room. We would use similar decorating touches now.
This was the weaving room. It too contained familiar tools and could have been present day. I'd have loved to spend more time there.
From Braubach, we continued floating up the Rhine river for the afternoon and turned into the Main River. If you've ever seen a Viking River Cruise commercial, the part that they show is along the Rhine including the town above and the castle below.
It's gorgeous and so is the Main River only different. The Main river is much narrower and we've been passing the homes of people who appear to live a similar lifestyle to mine. I've enjoyed the glimpse into their lives and I wish we had the long miles of bike and walking paths and the many parks that are along the river. It looks so peaceful and with the (very and unusually) warm weather, many are taking advantage of them. They wave to us; we wave to them. I wish we could have coffee and discuss our similarities.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - the hike up to the fortress was easier than we thought