Our son David was born in February of 1987, and that spring our new “family of three” was getting ready to leave Germany and return to Mather AFB, in Sacramento, CA – where I was to be an Instructor Navigator in the 450th FTS; and I took these pictures of Bruch during our last few visits to my wife’s parent’s house.
My father-in-law and I walked up into the hills around Bruch and I took these pictures looking down on the village – nestled in the valley below.
The arrival of spring in the Eifel is a beautiful sight as winter slowly fades away, giving way to the unfolding promise of spring and new life – as the forests wake up and flower bulbs spring from the earth.
As a cool mist and fog immerses the village of Bruch, the meadows awake with wild flowers and dandelions – while the livestock prepare for their own new spring arrivals – calves, foals, piglets and lambs.
From this perspective my wife’s parent’s house looks to be in an idyllic spot all to itself in the rural countryside, when in reality there are a number of other houses on the same street in Bruch.
The new fresh colors of spring are some of the first arrivals on the scene, as bushes and trees flower in yellow and white in anticipation of the warmer temperatures yet to come.
Flowers emerge seemingly from nowhere, as bulbs that have long lay dormant in the ground thaw with the warming earth – absorbing the spring sunshine that grows warmer and stronger day by day.
An antique water pump looks to the nearby garden urn of flowers to see if they need more water, as if taking responsibility for their wellbeing despite have long ago been retired to a life of leisure – still yearning for a return to more useful purposes.
My father-in-law restored many Mercedes-Benz automobiles through the years, but this beautifully restored 190SL was his pride and joy.
In the spring of 1987, Bruch had completed the restoration work on the village center, creating an Old World cobblestone plaza that was celebrated by everyone with a village fest.
The village fest was a good time for everyone in Bruch, and celebrated the accomplishment of completing the new central plaza along with a new riverfront park.