Well, as you could read from the Peacock Queen post, I visited Lilibeth last week. She lives near Heidelberg with her parents, her younger brother and her dog in a quiet village that’s not too far from a Rhine island where we took a walk on Sunday.
Their house is full of self made clay things, dragons and gnomes, spheres and pyramids and they have a garden so tidy and neat that I’m sure I’ll never see such a thing so perfectly done again. The first notice I got about the garden was that I was offered lovely sweet cherry tomatoes when I stepped though the door. But one thing that is really impressive is the bed full of hibiscus plants, all fully abloom.
But I think the thing I liked most was the pond with a school of gold-fish and koi. They came to nibble at my fingers with their toothless mouths whenever I put my hand in the cool green water. And they’re so incredibly cute, too!
Lilibeth’s bedchamber lies right under the roof and is really lovely with a great ceiling fan lamp and a comfortable bed where I was kindly allowed to rest in, too, during my stay.
A wonderful habit of Lilibeth’s family is to have breakfast all together at the patio with fresh rolls and delicious cheese and cold meat from the Italian grocery.
I arrived on Friday by train. There’s one that goes all the way from Marburg to Heidelberg in two hours that I took, and Lilibeth picked me up with her mother’s car at the station. We spent the rest of the day on the veranda where we had mozzarella-and-tomato salad for dinner and then went upstairs to watch Anne of Green Gables – The Sequel, but we didn’t even get through the first DVD. We planned to watch the rest on Saturday or Sunday, but it wasn’t to happen so I left the film at Lilibeth’s for her to watch. I know it by heart, anyway. ^^
Saturday went by with preparations for the party and the party itself and I found it quite admirable how much effort Lilibeth and her parents put into it. But it was worth it, definitely.
On sunday we took a short walk at Lilibeth’s kingdom – the Rhine island – together with Cedric the German Shepherd Dog. They had adorable wild pigs and I would have stayed at their enclosure much longer, but Cedric didn’t get along well with them.
Sadly we had not so much time as I had to catch a train but maybe there’ll be a sequel of this visit with more time to wander about and a little more sightseeing, too.