Sunday 10 May 2009

Where in the City?

you walk through a wrought iron gate,
early on a beautiful Sunday morning in May,
along a tree lined path,
and your gaze falls on this beautiful expression
of human spirit and craftmanship!

For the Birds?
Who crafted this little birdhouse,
who put the stone next to it?
While this graceful wooden abode
is for the birds,
and the barn serves to store gardening tools,
the grounds on which it resides
belonged to someone else,
once upon a time!

Town and Country
This Austrian farmhouse was built in 1722,
almost 300 years ago.
Whereas originally the grounds around the farmhouse
were privately owned, and a real working farm
with orchards surrounding it,
nowadays it is welcoming
visitors every day of the year.

Schafmilch - Kuhmilch
Sheep Milk - Cow Milk
To the delight and education of children and adults alike,
rare breeds of farm animals on the brink of extinction
are being bred and cared for on the farm.

Copyright 2009 by Merisi. All rights reservedThis being Vienna
there's a café and restaurant
right next to the farmhouse,
housed - would you have guessed it? -
in another farmhouse!

More about this other farmhouse
in my next post -
right now I would like you to guess
where in the world
these two farmhouses are located!

The last owner is not known
for his farming skills,
but he loved to potter in his downtown garden,
even had a conservatory built there.

A world famous architect built the train station
at which he would disembark after the nine minutes ride
from the downtown Karlsplatz,
to walk the twenty minutes or so
up the hill to the farmhouses.

Photographed by Merisi
this morning.


Happy Mother's Day
to all the mothers
around the world!


  1. Oh, how delightful! It really looks summery there!

    That looks something like a pink-champagne glass, but surely not with a pot of tea?

  2. What a beautiful farm house. A perfect place for an afternoon visit and outdoor tea. Wishing you a lovely Mother's Day, Merisi!

  3. It's always interseting to me that back when people had to work much harder in most ways than we do today, they took "more" time to do crafstmanship like this.

  4. Anonymous10 May, 2009

    Love the Zen-like feel of the bird house! :)

  5. What a wonderful way to spend you Sunday. Are you a mother yourself?
    I love the 'bird art'
    Happy Days

  6. Thank you all! :-)
    yes indeed,
    their are four kids who are claiming I am their mother. ;-)

  7. beautiful series of photos as usual! Happy Mother's Day to you also!

  8. I have no idea who it is you're referring to, but I love the place. That sweet birdhouse with the stone placed next to it is just the right touch. Happy Mother's Day to you, Merisi!

  9. So very charming....and that little birdhouse is too.

    Happy Mother's Day to you too (thought by now it is over where you live...)

    I'm curious about these hints you are giving us. Hmmmm, I can't imagine who it would be.

  10. What a beautiful place - look so peaceful! Lovely place to sit and have a cup of tea! Love the bird house with stone!
    Hope you had a wonderful Mother's day

  11. J'aime beaucoup votre blog.
    les photos sont toujours très belles;
    Je viens souvent le visiter.
    Belle journée.

  12. Happy Mother's Day to you dear Merisi!
    Beautiful photos and words! You always delight!

  13. Das kann nur unser Kaiser sein.

    It can only be the Kaiser - and there's only one - who, like Elvis, lives on.

    Do you know the Sicilians call (present tense) him Cecco Pepi? Francesco - Cecco, and Josef - Pepi. Isn't that sweet?

  14. Ich glaube, ich weiß wo das ist, aber es wäre unfair (oder peinlich, wenn ich mich irren sollte!) also sage ich nichts :D

  15. Fabulous! I'm so sorry I missed this the first time around...been so busy getting ready for the arrival of my in-laws that I've missed my favorite blogs!!!! Shame on me! This is just terrific, as usual!!!! Congrats on POTD! ~Janine


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