I took a second walk with my sister-in-law and brother-in-law up the hill – on the far side of Bruch from the previous walk – and here my sister-in-law takes a look into the store window of the village florist shop.
I knew the couple who had recently opened the florist shop – from when I first lived in Bruch; and here he poses for my camera in front of their store’s sign.
She came out to greet us as well, having been working on various floral arrangements back in the shop – and they were both always very nice to me when I came back to visit Bruch.
Then it was up the hill for a nice walk through the nearby fields and forest, to the top of the neighboring hill above the village.
This was a perfect vantage point to view the village of Bruch – from half way up the hill prior to entering the forest.
Here’s another vantage point of Bruch from the forest as we climbed the hill; and you can see that Bruch sits nestled idyllically in a valley with no sign of another village in the area.
Here my sister-in-law and brother-in-law pose for their picture at the top of the hill – overlooking the village of Bruch nestled into the valley below.
My sister-in-law and I pose for a picture at the same spot overlooking Bruch, and to the left of this woodpile is a farmer’s barn that stores equipment that he uses while working these fields around us.
A small covered feed station stands at the edge of the field and serves to hold a bale of hay for the livestock – and it’s typical of German villages that the farmers all live within the village and “commute” to their fields by tractor.
This series of three photos creates a “panorama” of the valley and village of Bruch; showing the rural nature of the area and the quaint village in a very harmonious setting.
You can see how long and “stretched” the village of Bruch is, from the tower of the “Bruch Castle” in the distance (center of photo), to the church and center of the village on the left – and the newer neighborhood on the right – which is where my first apartment and my wife’s parent’s house are located.
This photo completes the “panorama” of Bruch, continuing beyond the newer neighborhood – which is now on the left side in this photo.
This handsome horse posing for his photo was owned by a neighbor up the street from my wife’s parent’s house, who rode it complete with a U.S. western style saddle – and who also owned a young bison in a fenced in area behind their house.
This young steer didn’t have much of a “personality,” but he was willing to pass the time with me – and posed quite patiently for the camera.