Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Neuschwanstein Castle

My Mother in Law is visiting and seeing as she has come the long way from Australia to Europe we did some travelling with her. The first thing on the list was Neuschwanstein Schloss. This is the castle which is cited as inspiration for the Disney castle. It was built by a King Ludwig II of Bavaria who was declared crazy and died a mysterious death before he could completely finish the castle. As a result only some of the rooms inside the castle are complete and the incredible throne room is missing its throne.  King Ludwig's bedroom was one of the first rooms to be finished. It has its own ensuite bathroom, very advanced for its time, complete with running water and a green leather flushing toilet!
We did a tour and the finished parts of the interior are amazing but unfortunately you aren't allowed to take any photos inside the castle.

This is his Dad's castle, we ran out of time to see it up close as we did a day drip from Munich.

A fabulously kitschy house in the little town near the castles.

It was starting to get dark by the time we headed off. November isn't the best time to go, as it is cold and gets dark early but we did avoid the crowds!


Thursday, 15 November 2012

Crochet Adventures

A friend recently taught me how to crochet (Thanks Audrey!). She started me off with the very basics -making a slip knot, chain and single crochet. The plan was to make a small amigurumi style bunny with the pattern from Bunny Mummy -Here (it includes quite a good tutorial for beginners).  Being my first ever crochet project the tension was not quite right and instead of a nice round bunny head I got something more elongated. Looking at it I decided it looked like a snakes head so instead of making the small bunny body I kept on crocheting and made a snake! I think it turned out really well for my first ever crochet project :-)

It's now on its the way to my little niece in Australia!

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Etsy Spotlight - Andies Speciality Sweets

Aren't they totally amazingly beautiful? I thought those buttons were real... I'm sure they taste delicious as well. They come in flavours like peppermint and vanilla....
Available from Andies Speciality Sweets on Etsy.