Local Heart, Global Soul

August 5, 2015

Horns With Legs… Decorated Eggs… I’m Confused.

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

In my last post from the “treasure room” (schatkamer) of the Basilica of Saint Servatius in Maastricht, I’m looking at the odds and ends around the room that don’t fit into the categories I’ve posted so far.

There are “eggs” or egg-like things…  … I have no idea what their use might be, are they just decorative or might they have a special function?

Then, even stranger, there are several horn-like items that have been added to: they have bird or animal-like legs attached to them and I’m not sure if these are just decorative supports for the horns or if they add some specific meaning to the pieces.

There is also a triangular piece in red that is decorated in what might be tiny little flower forms.

As with many of the other pieces in this room, the detail is amazing. There is also a bejewelled cross, a painting, a red pendant like object, several detailed boxes and a few little pieces that might be clasps or maybe a locket. There is also a metal staircase, that leads to more exhibits I think, but it’s a spiral one and I quickly decide that that area is beyond me. I’m sick enough of my crutches as it is.  Lastly there is a sort of staff, it’s difficult to see if the top is wooden or bone, but the gold detail on it matches the beauty to all the other pieces in the room.

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 Basilica of Saint Servatius / Maastricht

January 3, 2015

Colourful Wit As Sharp As A …. Pencil !!!

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Another archive post about our trip to southern Germany and to Legoland Deutschland.

Our accommodation was located about sixteen kilometres away from the theme park and on several occasions we decided to take a scenic route through some of the local villages to get there.

Sometimes this was planned and other times it was due to our “amazing”navigational skills, the less said about which the better.

Over the last six years my children quite often complain that I’m “taking blogging photographs again…” but on this occasion it was them and not me who not only spotted the attraction in question but also started squealing excitedly for Himself to please turn the car around so that Mama could please get out and get pictures.

I had no clue what they had seen until the car stopped and they let me out. (Looks like I have them well trained after all). They got out for a better look too, and you will quickly see why… “Quirky” doesn’t even begin to cover the decoration on this house! We all have smiles on our faces, it’s a house that is inspiring, witty and it’s all been done with great skill and an eye for design.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

There is a sign hanging outside, there’s a name with a number that might be a phone number underneath,  and I’m not certain if it’s  an advertisement for a business or the name they have given to the house.

Mainly we are trying not to be too intrusive because there is nobody home and we don’t want to look like peeping toms or burglars casing the joint.

Somebody here is a serious artist and I’d hazard a guess that “maybe” their preferred  medium of choice is pencil?

I love that at the bottom of the pencils in the two gates, they have recycled the metal from old tin cans to be the metal holder of the pink “eraser” at the bottom of the pencil, it’s stunningly thought out and brilliantly put together.

It wasn’t just the window boxes and the gates that got the pencil treatment, the theme was followed through on the garden planter too.This artist clearly has an eye for detail, colour and a brilliant sense of humour… all of us in the Kiwidutch family just loves  this house!

It’s in a tiny village, (stupidly I didn’t get which one)  it’s off the main roads, it’s close to Legoland Germany, it’s full of fun and it’s a wonderful find! I dare you to smile as broadly as we did…

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January 12, 2014

Half-Timbers And Full Detail…

Filed under: GERMANY,Monschau,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Another blog post detailing our 2012 summer travels with visiting Singaporean friend “Velvetine”.

Recent posts are all from  the historic town of Monschau in Germany and I realised as I went to post some more photographs about the architecture around the central square that I’d forgotten to give you some information about the town.  Wikipedia to the rescue as usual:

Monschau (French: Montjoie, Walloon: Mondjoye) is a small resort town in the Eifel region of western Germany located in the district Aachern, North Rhine-Westphalia.

On the heights above the city is Monschau castle, which dates back to the 13th century — the first mention of Monschau was made in 1198. Beginning in 1433, the castle was used as a seat of the dukes of Jȕlich. In 1543, Emperor Charles V besieged it as part of the Geldern Feud, captured it and plundered the town. However, the castle stayed with Jülich until 1609, when it became part of Palatinate-Neuburg.

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

In 1795, the French captured the area and, under the name Montjoie, made it the capital of a canton of the Roer département. . After the area became part of the Kingdon of Prussia in 1815, Monschau became the district capital of the Kreis Montjoie.

During World War I, some people argued that Monschau (or “Montjoie” as it was then still called) should be annexed to Belgium since they believed it historically to be a Walloon area that had been Germanized by the Prussians.

In 1918, William II, German Emperor, changed the name to Monschau.In 1972, the town was enlarged with the previous independent municipalities of Höfen, Imgenbroich, Kalterherberg, Konzen, Mützenich and Rohren. 

There are details everywhere, from the half-timbered patternes in the wood, decorations on the cafe’s, the patterns in the roof tiles, and brightly coloured and often co-ordinated flower boxes that adorn the windows. Preened and ready for the tourist cameras, Monschau knows how to present it’s pretty face to the world.

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