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September 2019



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Catching up: Hat, Heavy, and Instruction

A few weeks ago I had a friend staying for a few days, and we visited a small, famous town close by from the Staufer era, Bad Wimpfen. It's situated on a hill, with a huge tower towering upon the historical center, called the Blue Tower for its blue "hat". Not a real hat, of course, but in German, the roof of such a tower might be referred to as hat or hood in poetry, old folk tales and such.

We were also quite surprised by the odd, heavy structure wrapping around the tower proper and learned that this was a support system temporarily applied because the roof's weight is so heavy that it eventually caused damage to the wall. Since the roof is not new, but everything was diligently restored a few decades back, I'm wondering how they could miss such an important static issue....

The city has various fountains and wells, and around one, we found something we really loved: all kinds of concrete and stone containers, of the kind usually placed to prevent unauthorised parking, had been planted with herbs and vegetables like coctail tomatos, small peppers or cucumbers, and even one or two tiny fruit trees, and came with the explicit instruction to make use of them so they would serve their purpose and grow better.

They looked beautiful and smelled delicous, but the explitic intent to plant them for the use of whomever comes by or lives close is what really deligthted me.


What a brilliant idea, to tell people they are allowed to eat the fruits, so they don't feel bad about doing so... because the temptation would be too great to resist *g*
I'm afraid we're so trained on "public decoration plants are forbidden to touch" that you need to tell people explicitly to take the fruit and herbs or they wouldn't dare! ;o)
In that first picture, I thought the tower was covered in organ chimes!
It totally looks like it! *g*
That's fascinating! I wonder if they've used more modern materials for the roof (some of the cheaper ones are heavier than slate typically would be) or if they surveyed after reroofing and realised the stress had always been underestimated?

I love the planters too, and their friendly message. One town I know has cherry tomato plants in its flowerbeds and people are welcome to pick if they see ripe ones in passing. Much nicer than look-but-don't-touch.
One wonders, indeed. The roof is actually slate, which causes the blueish colour giving it its name, but I haven't found out yet how this came about.
I fully agree about take-your-pick instead of look-but-don't-touch which is the usual.
What a fascinating building - even more so because of the supporting structure.

I really like the idea of the 'help yourself' fruit and vegetable containers.
The "public veggies" are great, aren't they? :o) I think it's also particularly nice for kids living without a garden to be able to see and taste for themselves. I know how my nieces love to stroll through our garden, hear about various herbs and pick and smell a few leaves.
What a lovely idea.
It is, isn't it?