Around Burg Satvey Castle in Mechernich, Germany and in and around the Restaurant Kreuzritter inside it’s grounds, are many ornamental features. Everything ranging from cute to creepy, from quirky to classical styles are represented so there is a favourite to please all tastes. Enjoy!
August 25, 2016
August 24, 2016
The next thing that caught my eye in Restaurant Kreuzritter, at the Burg Satvey Castle in Mechernich, Germany were illustrations of medieval jousting knights on horseback. As with the heraldic shields of yesterday’s post, these are modern items rather than historic ones but the detail is excellent. The drawings also incorporate calligraphy and the use of gold leaf and are exactly the type of style that I love. The problem that pops up though is the same one as with the shields, the glass covering reflects everything and the low light in the room makes for tricky photography. In reality no photograph does these justice, their beauty is seen best up close and personally. I tried every angle I could physically manage and even then you only get an ” idea” of what these are really like. Still, an “idea” is better than nothing, right?
August 23, 2016
It’s not just the food that I am finding delicious in Restaurant Kreuzritter, located in the grounds of the Burg Satvey Castle in Mechernich, Germany.
There are also paintings of heraldic shields around the walls that I am drawn towards for a closer look.
They are modern rather than historic items but for a detail fanatic such as myself, beauty is beauty, be it young or old.
Someone has spent a lot of time on these, they are intricate and delightful to the eye.
They are however also under glass, in a room with low lighting and many of these lights being the uplighters below them.
This makes them incredibly difficult to photograph, and one very large one was also half behind a pole so even getting a straight on shot was impossible.
Still, I did my best and will enjoy the results as I managed to capture them. These are also going into my digital reference files that I use for artistic inspiration, the colours and patterns are inspirational in themselves. There is also more to see though. I spy a horse just a little bit further along the wall that looks very interesting indeed….
August 22, 2016
First I need to apologise for the glitch in yesterday’s post.
I thought I had this all sorted and in the WordPress “schedule” since were away from home this weekend attending a friend’s birthday party in the south of The Netherlands.
I had had a few difficult days and only packed my overnight bag at the last minute. I therefore neglected to check the post before we left and it seems that only the first photograph uploaded successfully.
(I know I saw error messages but thought things were ok, actually I’d taken rather a lot of pain medication so goodness knows what I was thinking). Now that we are back and I’ve slept for four hours to recover from the one and a half hour car ride, I checked in and saw that the photographs were missing. I’ve fixed it all now, sorry ’bout that!
Visiting Burg Satvey Castle in Mechernich, Germany gives Family Kiwidutch and our guest a chance to work up an appetite. Luckily in the courtyards that is off the main courtyard, there is a restaurant called “Restaurant Kreuzritter”.To my complete and absolute delight we find that the one of the main specialty items on the menu is “Flammkuchen” (also known in France as “tarte flambée”).
Basically it consists of an ultra thin dough, spread with crème fraîche (a slightly less sour and far creamier version of sour cream) that is then covered with lardons and onions and cooked for a couple of minutes in a wood fire oven, ones similar to what pizza is made in.Flammkuchen originates from the Elzas (Alsace) region which is why it has both German and French names. Either way it is beyond delicious. I would eat this meal 99.9% of the time over pizza.
As usual we arrive right at the end of the lunch time service, having been distracted until now by the castle and it’s grounds, and also because I lost the others and it took me a while to find them. (More on that story in a little while).Little Mr could not be persuaded to try anything that sported onions so obviously in plain sight, so pumped for chicken nuggets and fries, but the rest of us enjoyed this a lot and within an indecently short time not a crumb was left behind. My biggest regret was that the restaurant wasn’t around the corner from where we live in the Hague. Needless to say we enjoyed lunch very much indeed…
An der Burg 3, 53894 Mechernich Satzvey, Duitsland
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August 21, 2016
August 20, 2016
Regular readers will know that I like quirky things, and that “different” modes of transport have often featured on the pages of this blog. In this instance, in the main courtyard Burg Satzvey castle in Mechernich, I find another vehicle to add to my collection. This time it is a tractor that’s been adapted to look and function like a typical Dutch “Bakfiets” (Cargo bike), with a front end attachment that can be used for hauling all manner of items. I assume that with the power of a tractor behind it, this vehicle can manage everything from carting in wine cellar supplies to branches from tree trimming around the grounds. It’s a brilliant idea and I managed a good few photographs as the driver went past us, busy with his work.
August 19, 2016
Following my post of yesterday, Family Kiwidutch are visiting the Burg Satzvey castle in Mechernich, Germany.
We have gone from one courtyard area to another, this one set up to host a very large meeting of the Honda Goldwing Road Riders Association.
Of course there was not only the larger expanse of the courtyard to see but also many details, so this post is about the shapes, colours, textures and forms of the aesthetically pleasing snippets that I happened to zoom in upon.
As usual these images are also saved into my digital scrapbook that is my artistic Inspirations and reference file so that I can find them back later in the thousands of photographs that make up my blog.
Sometimes I wonder if I will ever use these for inspiration, maybe they will just be a folder of photographs that I intend to use but never quite manage to. That thought hurts.
For some years now I have been trying to get back into drawing, but my lack of concentration and the pure frustration of being far from my old level of expertise when it comes to handling even the most basic elements of pencils and pens has meant that I have almost no volume of actual artwork to show for my volumes of “wishing I did.”
Himself is getting used to art supplies and sketchbooks left on tables unused for days, even weeks on end. Everything is set up but I am torn between wishing to be at my “old” level of creativity, and the very basic level of what I can do now, a lack of concentration and pain that produces so many mistakes and a perfectionist personality.
I constantly berate myself in my mind, telling myself that if you don’t draw for twenty years then of course you can not expect the level of old, but in practice the frustration of sitting down and drawing shaky, awkward lines in order to start practicing again is hard to overcome.
It probably sounds silly to you but for me the battle is real and I often sit by my notebooks in tears. It’s something that I want to overcome but have difficulty doing, and no one in my circle of friends and family is creative in an artistic sense so there is no support or motivation there, local classes are impossible for the foreseeable future because Himself is already squeezed to the absolute limit juggling helping me, the kids and a 94 year old mother, work and household. I do my best too help in the house but the curse of this accident is that it takes me forever to do almost nothing, and the consequences for any activity, no matter how nice, are literally painful. I’m trying to be positive, but some days it’s not possible so I stare at photographs that I dream of using and think about the long hours I waste in inactivity, contributing not much.
I’m trying to kick myself into opening one of my notebooks and starting to scribble, without getting down about the results. At least these items in Burg Satzvey Castle are beautiful.
August 18, 2016
Last summer Family Kiwidutch headed off to Germany for part of our summer holiday.
Rain kept interfering with our activity plans for a good part of the time but when it came my turn to choose somewhere to go, I got lucky with the weather and we all had fun in the Burg Satzvey castle in Mechernich.
The inner courtyard area of this castle is nothing like the often symmetrical layouts that you see in French castles and some German ones, this one is a rambling affair that has several strangely shaped courtyards attached to one another.
The section that we are in and am featuring for today’s post is clearly set out to provide facilities for festivals (medieval or otherwise) and specialist events.
On the day that we visited, stalls were in the process of being set up, and judging by the size of the seating area in the centre of the courtyard, they are expecting a far larger crowd made up of the members of the Honda Goldwing Road Riders Association (District Germany) than we have already seen so far. There are large banners advertising the nature of the club / event and even a very large motorbike on the stage where a band are also in the process of setting up and getting ready for their sound check and evening’s performance.
I am delighted to be standing under an umbrella for reasons other than rain and we spend a little time checking out the nooks and crannies of this courtyard.The main stage looks rather interesting, I know that Little Mr was dying to take a look but make it known that any ideas of checking out the stuff on the stage will be quashed because it would be disruptive and even possibly dangerous to get under the feet of the people that are setting up here.Both kids make a beeline to a tent advertising ice cream but much to their chagrin it is not open yet. There are several café/restaurants near the entrance to this area where we come in, but a larger one is also here, a restaurant tucked past the stage. Let’s take a look…
August 17, 2016
The next thing that I see in the courtyard of Burg Satzvey castle in Mechernich is a set of steps leading to a beautiful doorway. The door itself is decorated with two large and ornate ironwork decorations, on the door and an ornamental iron bell-pull on one side, plus there are plinths each side of the door support crounching stone lions. The sides of the steps have plants in pots on them and either side of the base of the steps are statues of dogs in two different poses. I have more abundant material for my inspiration reference files here, beautiful patterns in stone and metal.
August 16, 2016
In the courtyard of Burg Satzvey castle in Mechernich I see several cannons. They are all different sizes and shapes, two are in the public area of the courtyard and I can photograph them up close, the third is just inside the area marked private and so I use the zoom lens from the available vantage points. (Still fairly close by) There are various motifs and emblems on them, I love them all, so much texture in wood and iron, my photographs simply did not do them justice.