Tuesday, September 22, 2009
SeptemberFest :: Happy Fall
We may have only spent 24 hours in Germany, but it was enough time to get a little folkwear for Maria.
I could Google this, but I am content to be curious: Why is Oktoberfest in September?
And another thing, and I cannot Google this one, why is it the first day of Fall and yet we have a ninety-three degree forecast?! It's So Cal. Our "Fall" won't appear until after Halloween, and hopefully by then we will have all come safely out of fire season and can finally enjoy brisk days and nights. I am a coastal-desert girl, pining away for Midwest seasonal weather. I am ready for a little frost on the palm trees... so to speak.
The coldest thing at Oktoberfest, besides the beer I assume, was the soft serve ice cream Geoff bought for Max and Maria.
No matter how hot it gets this week, I will not be able to resist thinking of crunching fallen leaves beneath my boots and gazing at crimson trees. I will be reading pumpkin soup recipes and imagining the first cold rain, the first fire in the fireplace, the first mug of hot apple cider. Until our own signs of the changing season appear, I will be looking for glimpses in other places. Some places know how to do Fall right.
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When I took the girls to school yesterday it was 39 degrees. We were not prepared. Then it got up to the mid 90's later in the day. Crazy weather. I get to wear wool socks in the morning but tanks in the afternoon.
If you check Wikipedia it gives a good explanation - that in Bavaria the weather is best at the end of September into October. It has also been moved around to suit various Royalty as they see fit.
I love Maria's wonderful outfit. Very traditional.
If you want to continue to not know stop reading here :)
The Munich Oktoberfest, traditionally, takes place during the sixteen days up to and including the first Sunday in October. In 1994, the schedule was modified in response to German reunification so that if the first Sunday in October falls on the 1st or 2nd, then the festival will go on until October 3 (German Unity Day). Thus, the festival is now 17 days when the 1st Sunday is October 2 and 18 days when it is October 1. The festival is held on an area named the Theresienwiese (field, or meadow, of Therese), often called d’ Wiesn for short.
That's from Wikipedia.
I am from Minneapolis, we do fall right and I am so looking forward to it!! But you will hold the better hand in January. Maybe you can come stay with us October and November and we can come stay with you Jan and Feb? HAHA!
Love your blog and best wishes on the house.
We'll have to figure out how to send a box of fall your way, given that a trip east doesn't seem in the cards for you at the moment (although if you suddenly find yourself driving along headed east...).
What a cutie pie! She's adorable.
And I'm with you. Fall is my favorite season. Now I want cider!
Maria's outfit is wonderful and so suits her. We are getting colder and colder here and the leaves are turning but not too much falling down yet.
awwww. super super cute. so lovely to read your blog.
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