Today was a cool and windy day, but good weather again for walking, and it's always good to come home and warm up with a hot coffee before doing some painting and crafting.
I have made a little memory frame for the childhood challenge at Moo Mania and More.
I used a childhood photo of Erika, a distant relation who I cared for for some years before she died. I love this photo of her in her winter coat and muff, and have used it in many projects. It must have been taken in winter 1916. I made several of these frames some time back, but always gave them away, so this time this one if going to hang on my memory wall and stay with me. I added a TH swivel pin with chain, and a token.
The reverse shows part of an old family document from the early 18th century.
Yesterday I showed this picture of a little path I discovered on my walk. I somehow hadn't noticed it before, and when I saw it was called Max Clarenbach Weg (Weg = path, lane) I wanted to explore it. Max Clarenbach was a German painter, (1880 - 1952) who studied and was later a professor at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf, and was famous for his expressionistic paintings of the Rhine and its landscapes. He was born in Neuss, and lived and died in Wittlaer, the next little village along the Rhine from here.
The path leads down to the Rhine, with tall hedges and walls screening some large and elegant villas on the right, and fields on the left.
Once again, I found some very interesting walls:
The hedges were really huge:
This mossy wall had lots of little recesses - I wonder what they were used for?
At the end of the path I turned into a little lane next to a pub, and saw this relief of the artist on the wall, so this was evidently where he lived, and the pub is one which he often visited.
The lane leading to the Church:
The 'Schwarzbach' , the stream flowing into the Rhine:
The landsape with trees which is so typical for here:
Looking back to the village from the tow-path along the river:
A painting of Max Clarenbach,looking towards Kaiserswerth, and showing that the landscape has not altered much:
You can see more of his paintings here
Hope you enjoyed our walk today!
Have a great day, take care, and thanks a lot for coming by!