Monday 5 May 2008

Quaker Time

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:39 pm by knotsincotton

I hope everybody had a great weekend!

We had a very interesting weekend. A very Bayerische (bavarian) weekend. On Saturday we went to a little town very close to us, Bad Abbach. Originally it was only called Abbach, but since it was very popular as a spa resort since way back when, the town officially changed its name to Bad (Bath) Abbach in 1934. Its biggest claim to fame though is that Emporer Henry II was born there on the 6th of May 973. There was some sort of occasion in the little church and they had an Oompah band playing – complete in traditional costumes. Here are some pics from Bad Abbach, with an elusive (and not very fancy) maypole in the mix as well.

Bad Abbach

Bad Abbach

Bad Abbach

Bad Abbach

Today we went to our ‘local’ (we have 5 ‘local’ ones in our corner of the city but this is our favourite) biergarten for the Maibock Anstich. Okay, let me explain that a bit… Bock is a sweet, strong beer and the Maibock is a variation of that. The ‘Anstich‘ is the official opening of the beer barrel, normally by some or another famous-y* person. The barrel isn’t just opened – the anstich entails taking a spout and tapping it into the barrel. Of course, Bavarian pride says you have to drive the spout into the barrel with one serious swing of the mallet but face it, it takes two or more swings to drive the spout home! 😉 Naturally, they had an Oompah band for entertainment – for your viewing pleasure, I took it upon myself to film a bit of it. (Excuse the huge tree smack in the middle of the screen, and not to mention the bad quality!) It’s a hard job sitting in a beergarden under tall chestnut trees, relaxing with the Good Husband, listening to the band while eating roasted pork knuckle, but I suffer all this in silence to bring a bit of Bavaria into your home. :mrgreen:

Oompah Band

* Yes, I am fully aware that there is no such word as famous-y. You are either famous or you are not. Or are you? How about being a tad famous? Then surely, you are a famous-y person.

One thing I tend to do quite often is to print freebies and then have no idea where I got them from. I finished this freebie into a coaster for my stitchy corner in the livingroom, and all I can tell you about it is that it is called Quaker Time. I tried Google but can’t find it!

Quaker Time

There’s still a lot I want to share, but seeing as this post is getting very long I’ll leave the rest for my next post. 🙂



  1. Lisa said,

    Hi Dear! I, too, stitched the Quaker Time freebie. Here is the url:

    I stitched mine on natural linen using a linen blue, thread, I think.

    Beautiful work, Best Wishes, Lisa 🙂

  2. Dee said,

    I love the colors in the coaster.

    You take such beautiful pictures of Germany, but I take it you are originally from America?

    My nephew was living in Leipzig. He recently moved to Stuttgart to take a new job. He was stationed in Germany with the U.S.Army during the 80’s and stayed on as a civilian after he married a German woman. They have three of the cutest little kids (okay … not so little anymore, but still VERY cute kids).

  3. Sally said,

    Lovely Quaker finish June. I think I have that one saved too but no idea where it came from!

    Love all your photos.

    Look out for postie in the next few days. Well that is if I ever get off my butt and go to the PO! Had a migraine this morning and feeling a bit unsteady. Yep I shouldn’t be on here really but I’m bored of sitting doing nothing!

  4. Susimac said,

    Brilliant photos and I love hearing about your weekend it sounds just how I would enjoy myself LOL! – Pretty coaster too.

  5. Sue said,

    I love seeing and hearing about your trips, you find the neatest places to visit. Your pictures are always a treat to look at as well. Your coaster turned out wonderfully, love the colors.

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