...is what October was here in my area. There were some grey days in between, but we had little rain and what we did have was very welcome.
Three Sundays ago, my Mum and I went for a walk. She suggested we climb the Asperg - the hill that has featured several times on my blog already, in different seasons. The last time I'd been there had been in March, when O.K. and I were only a few weeks into our relationship.
In late August 2014, I posted some pictures of the hill and the views from there here. The weather on that Sunday walk earlier this month was similar to that day, but the difference between late summer and autumn is obvious.
Approaching Asperg from where we live via the fields between Ludwigsburg and Asperg:
(This is also the area where my friend and I go running.)
Climbing up between vineyards and gardens:
This part of the old fortress walls looks like a face, doesn't it? The "eyes" are bat houses.
See the openings in the wall down in the moat? The moat was always dry, never filled with water, and when there was still a garrison stationed at the fortress, the soldiers' horses were kept down there on the grass. Food and water for them was put in the troughs in the walls.
View from the top of the wall (where the bat houses are):
The opposite direction:
It was a challenge in the old days to get water up to the top of the hill. This pretty little building was a purpose-built pump room:
Leaving the fortress via its main entrance:
We were out and about from around lunch time until late afternoon, taking a break at the restaurant on top of the hill and occasionally resting on benches in the sun on our way back. It was lovely, and I am glad we made such good use of the great autumn weather.