13 March 2010

Where are they going?

Today is a going to be a busy day. Lots of birthdays today, various friends of the family, and one of my very good friends. She turns 50 today, and I'm sure it will be quite a party! Thankfully we are not having a blizzard again here in the south as we did one March 13th, nor as on another March 13th tornado sirens, no, today is just a plain cold rain.
I thought I'd leave you with a picture taken over in Germany. It is an old fairy tale, some of you may know it, some may not. I'll have to look up the tale on the internet since I can't remember it unless one of my German friends do!

With my next post I'll tell you the story behind it and why my hubby said we traveled over 4,000 miles to get right here!
Now, I have to go and get fixed up!


Dianna said...

Ulrike...delightful picture! Would that happen to be the story about all of the animals on the Road To Bremantown? Not sure of the spelling...It is a story I read to our children and then they learned to read it to me...that is what this picture reminds me of.

Enjoy all of those birthday parties today!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Town Musicians of Bremen (via Wikipedia)

In the story a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster, all past their prime years in life and usefulness on their respective farms, were soon to be discarded or mistreated by their masters. One by one they leave their homes and set out together. They decide to go to Bremen, known for its freedom, to live without owners and become musicians there.

On the way to Bremen, they see a lighted cottage; they look inside and see four robbers enjoying their ill-gotten gains. Standing on each others backs, they decide to perform for the men in hope of gaining food. Their 'music' has an unanticipated effect; the men run for their lives, not knowing what the strange sound is. The animals take possession of the house, eat a good meal, and settle in for the evening.

Later that night, the robbers return and send one of their members in to investigate. It is dark and he sees the eyes of the Cat shining in the darkness. He reaches over to light his candle, thinking he sees the coals of the fire. Things happen in quick succession; the Cat swipes his face with her claws, the Donkey picks up his hooves and kicks him, the Dog bites him on the leg and the Rooster crows and chases him out the door, screaming. He tells his companions that he was beset by a horrible witch who scratched him with her long fingers (the Cat), an ogre with a knife (the Dog), a giant who had hit him with his club (the Donkey), and worst of all, the dragon who screamed in his voice from the rooftop (the Rooster). The robbers abandon the cottage to the strange creatures who have taken it, where the animals live happily for the rest of their days.

This was a tale by the Brothers Grimm.....
The town of Bremen actually has a statue, and this is ringing a bell for me becuase I am sure when we were in Stuttgart that we visited at one time...

Fond memories!!! :)


Doris Sturm said...

Hallo Ulrike,

sind Sie wohl auch Deutsch? Mit einem solchen Namen wie eine Deutsche?

Thank you for commenting on my blog today. I was so overjoyed about the bees, I couldn't stand it. I wish I had a better camera - maybe one day ;-)

I am also a collector of Fairy Tales from all over the world. I'm the only German from my Family that moved to America and became a U.S. Citizen, so I call and write "home" all the time. Turns out (I learned later from my much, much younger sister, that my Papa also loves and collects Fairy Tales.) Last Christmas, my sis sent me a 10 CD pack of Fairy Tales that are spoken - of course - in German and I love listening to them while I crochet.

And yes, as previously determined, your picture is from the Fairy Tale called "Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten."

Auf Wiedersehen!

Anke said...

Guess you already know it is called "Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten."
Hope you have lots of fun tonight, enjoy the party!

Dianna said...

I enjoyed reading the comment that Anne left for you. That is the story I was thinking of! I, like Anne have fond memories with my children when they were small! It was our son's favorite book!

While I am here, I also wanted to thank you for the sweet note you left for me today when you saw the Sunshine Award.

I'm not always the best one to give directions when it comes to the computer...but I can try for you. The way I put the Sunshine on my sidebar is that I saved the picture to my hard drive with my other pics. Then I went to where you do your posts on Blogger, clicked on layout, clicked on Add a Gadget, click on "picture" when the box comes up, then put your picture from your hard drive in the body (just like you were doing a post), then put the picture where you want it on the side bar, click save and you are done. That looks like a lot of words...not really hard though if you just take it a step at a time. Hope that helps.

Thanks again, Ulrike, for the encouraging notes you always leave me.

Hope you enjoyed your day with birthday parties.


Prairiemaid said...

Stopping by to say congratulations on your Sunshine Award from Dianna!

Love the picture and enjoyed the story.

Hope you had a good time celebrating birthdays today.


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Strickfee-Pe said...

Liebe Ulrike,
du hast es sicher schon einige Male gelesen. Es handelt sich bei dem Märchen um die "Bremer Stadtmusikanten". Ein schönes Märchen. Ich hoffe, du hast die Party genossen. Hab einen wunderschönen Sonntag und sei ganz lieb gegrüßt, Petra

Birgit said...

Ja, die Bremer Stadtmusikanten, liebe Ulrike. Nun sag ichs auch noch mal ;-). Sie wohnen übrigens nur 1 Stunde von uns entfernt.
Viele liebe Grüße

stadtgarten said...

Das ist ein schoenes Bild von den Bremer Stadtmusikanten, ist es aus einem alten Maerchenbuch? Irgendwie kommt es mir bekannt vor.
Sicherlich habt Ihr schoen gefeiert!
Ich wuensche Dir noch einen schoenen Sonntag (hier ist er schon fast vorbei...)
Liebe Gruesse, Monika

Debbie said...

I love a good fairy tale, and enjoyed this one! (Thanks Ann!) Love the painting too. Love, debbie

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Roses and Lilacs said...

I think I remember one version of this fairy tale from books I read as a child.

Glad the weather if improving.

CIELO said...

I can hardly wait to hear the story! Sounds pure magic ;)

and btw, I love all your cherubs and angels in your blog banner; especially that last photo with the angel birdbath... what did you get that? I'm looking to find something like that for the longest time... ;)

Have a lovely day


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