I love travelling! Perhaps is was because I started at such a late stage in my life! One of my favourite visits to Europe had to be when we visited the “Schwarzwald” (the Black Forest) in Germany! We visited there in the summer and the beauty of the highlands and the woods was unbelievable. I remember sitting in a little restaurant on our first night there, calling my Mum and telling her that I could just imagine Hansel & Gretel running through the trees!
We were tired and hungry when we arrived in a little village called St Peter! Philip went into this little hotel right on the church square. They had available rooms and were we delighted to walk up the little wooden stairs, into the prettiest room? With snow while linen, fluffy down duvets and pillows – looked like big marshmallows and JUST as yummy! We had our own bathroom, with a bath!! We had become rather tired of showers! Such wonderful memories!
The black forest is not only well known for its tasty cherry schnapps and black forest cake … it is also known for the traditional cuckoo-clock!
It is not clear who built the first cuckoo clock in the Black Forest, but it is known that they were created between 1740 and 1750. Only genuine wood, linden and pine are used. They were hand carved, sometimes with such intricate patterns.
Philip and I went into DOZENS of cuckoo clock shops trying to find the right one to buy, (and one that fitted our budget) – they were NOT cheap!
I can remember the sound of all the pendulums swinging and the cuckoos singing - all at the same time in this little shop!
We wanted an original design – not one with beer drinkers, or loads of animals dancing and moving and definitely not one made with a plastic cover. After much patience, we found our little clock! It has a little deer and tiny bunny which move when the cuckoo sings! For 9 years it has hung in our dining room, lovingly wound each morning! The sound of the cuckoo is a signature of our home! It is NOT adored by our sleep over visitors as it keeps them up at night! We’re so used to it now, that we don’t even hear it!
I love how the pendulum swings back and forth!
An interesting fact - the cuckoo clock was invented in the Black Forest. It is often WRONGLY associated with Switzerland probably due to a story by Mark Twain in which the hero depicts the Swiss town of Lucerne as the home of the cuckoo clock, when in fact it was Schonwald, Germany!