|Marty is dropping off her note in the Bridegroom's Oak|
Unbelievable Garden, Oak Tree Letter and a Castle
Outbound to Leuven & Kiel, Day 21 of 24, September 18, 2018
By: Kathy H
Our beautiful fall day began with a tour of Fenna Graff’s private garden. She has enjoyed creating her piece of paradise for over twenty years. She took us along many walkways and paths with lovely surprises around each corner.
|Every space is designed for beauty and enjoyment|
|So peaceful and serene|
|There were numerous water features in the garden|
|Along one of the pools of water|
|Their farm house was built in 1630|
|Our amazing home hosts and day hosts from the Kiel FF club|
|Stunning displays in pots and planters|
|Water feature with a weeping willow|
There is a famous old oak tree in the Dodau Forest near Eutin called the (Bräutigamseiche). People write letters and put them inside the tree for others to read. Our host coordinator-Inga has a cousin that wrote a letter almost 50 years ago. That letter was found by a man who became her husband and they have been married for 48 years. Could this be the original Match.com?
|Bill posting a letter|
|Marty is dropping off her note|
|Inga is telling us the story about her cousin|
Lunch was an elegant affair as we ate inside of Eutin Castle. The castle was a former residence of the prince-bishops of Lubeck and later the grand dukes of Oldenburg. It is separated from the city by a moat and the castle plaza.
After a delicious lunch we had a tour of the castle museum and then a private organ concert at a local church.
|Beautiful historic bed. It was used by Liza Minnelli in the 1972 film ‘Cabaret’|
|A cabinet? No - a private area for ‘powdering your nose’|
|Originally there was just a chamber pot inside|
|Beautiful 300 year old tapestries|
|Elegant sitting areas for entertaining|
|Walking up to the front gate|
|Side view of the castle and moat|
|Local church built in early 1300’s|
We were honored with a private organ concert in the church.
Honestly, we have been treated like royalty today! Thanks to Inga and the Kiel club for sharing some local lore and great historic sites with us.