Most mothers are great when it comes to taking care of a sick child, and my Mum is no exception. But she certainly is special in that, on top of bringing me a huge piece of her home-made green asparagus quiche and generally making sure I have everything I need, she wrote today's guest post for me.
I have left it largely unaltered, and I think it is something to be proud of if you speak and write another language as well as this - especially considering that my Mum is 70 years old and never had any formal education in English beyond what she learnt at school more than 5 decades ago.
[Square brackets are mine.]
Guest Post for My Ill Daughter
Today [Sunday] we had in our hometown a very traditional event: Pferdemarkt, that means horse market. It goes back to May 1731, when Duke Eberhard Ludwig [the founder of Ludwigsburg] reigned in Württemberg. If you are interested, you can learn more here [in English].
The whole town and a lot of tourists come to Ludwigsburg to watch the parade, which takes about 2 hours. So many people, the town was really crowded - but, what a pity, without Meike. The reason: She is ill and has to stay at home. My husband and I went to the parade, and Meike asked me to take photos for her. So I did, but sometimes the groups passed rather fast, and when it clicked in my camera, they were already further on...
The parade was set up chronologically: They began with the Romans [who have indeed settled in our area], then the Middle Ages, then Baroque, then "Biedermaier", I think a Germany-specific era in the the 19th century, exactly from 1815 - 1848, and then the present time, when horses were replaced by tractors.
And of course, there were also groups of inhabitants of Ludwigsburg, not Germans, but Greeks, Portuguese, Spaniards, French and others.
One club does American Square Dance, the call themselves "The Happy Sliders", very colourful and all in best mood.
After standing more than 2 hours in the crowd, we were thirsty and a bit tired, so we went to a restaurant-garden, had a drink, and then went further to the "Krämer-Markt". That is a great market, with many stalls, all under old blooming chestnut trees, but very, very crowded. It doesn't matter too much to me, but my husband can't stand those situations. But he wanted to go there, so he had to deal with it. And we found everything we looked for, things you cannot buy in a shop.
And then, as a reward, I invited him to a super Italian icecream parlour and we could sit again, enjoying a delicious tasting icecream.
So, my Dear [that's me!], that was our Sunday afternoon, I wish you to get well soon!
Mum and Dad.
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I really, really, really wanted to go and see the parade yesterday, but there was no way I could have done it. Even if I had felt better, it would have been very inconsiderate towards everyone around, me being still infectious.
This is not the first time something about the Horse Market has appeared on my blog. In fact, the very first picture I ever showed you of my parents together was from that event. If you like, you can re-read that post here.
Anyway, I am officially on sick leave until Wednesday, and hope to be back at work on Thursday. In the meantime, thank you, Mum, for the lovely quiche, the guest post and pictures and everything else!