Today i’d like to introduce you to raesfeld, a small little paradise in germany and 30km east of the dutch border. It offers a restful contrast to the hustle and bustle of every day life. It has an incredible westphalian parkland and is the perfect spot for a sunday afternoon of fresh country air. There is the watercastle, wasserschloss raesfeld, (why not watch the cute video?), farmhouses, a lovely village with its shops and very quaint cafës and restaurants.
The weather was glorious and so it was the perfect day to take a stroll.
This is what you’re greeted with when you park your car.
He was standing alone, tall and proud. I was careful not to scare him but i recon, he loved having his picture taken. What do you think?
The ducks were happily swimming along.
Just turning the corner, you found yourself in this. The light was perfect and brought out all the greens. Now, this is what i call a parkland.
Every time you turned, you would see something else and the light would fall differently. Here was a little stream that led to……
this, that led to ………….
this! I think i could have stayed there for hours and hours just taking in the calmness, the colours and beauty of this place.
I couldn’t get over the way the sun fell and shone on all the beautiful trees. In fact i took so many photographs trying to capture it.
Wild or what? Resembles the tree of life!
Some blackberries amongst flowers.
Now, is this a broken pipe that hasn’t been fixed? Did they think: actually this looks like a good water feature? You decide!
After wandering around for a couple of hours and taking in the beauty and serenity of the place it was definitely time for some kaffee und kuchen. Of course, the choice was big, but as i’m always seduced by beauty and colour, the place below won hands down. Have you ever seen such vibrantly orange umbrellas? I could have nicked them all:)
It was a most precious afternoon. It always surprises me how relaxed i am when i go and see my friends in germany and how there doesn’t seem to be a care in the world! Now, how to integrate this into our day-to-day life? That’s the challenge.
I spent a wonderful few days and came back refreshed and with batteries recharged. Some of you animal lovers enjoyed me snapping pictures of the dog we looked after, so i will leave you today with another one taken here at raesfeld. I thought for a moment they were going to snog!!
Have a wonderful weekend. It’s sunny in london and we’re all so greatful for it. In the spirit of this post, as someone who appreciates the simple things in life, i really enjoyed igor’s recap of his time at home in serbia. Simple and wonderful!