Although the mailing
address was "Seefeld" when we moved here some 37 years ago, we
actually live in Oberalting, not far from the parish church of
St. Peter and Paul which will be celebrating its 1200th anniversary
in 2004! Before the church hall (Martin-Luther-Haus) was built 20
years ago (with Deloyce's help!) the Protestants held church services
every two weeks in the impressive Bavarian baroque catholic church.
More than half a dozen
villages, including Oberalting, are now combined to form the little town of Seefeld
(current population circa 6,000) which has a total of six churches and
chapels, two grade schools, a number of shops and a small ( 72 bed-)
hospital (where Deloyce volunteers). The town takes its name from the
Seefeld Castle which indeed is connected to the famous Seefeld
in the Tyrol, from whence came the first noble family. For several
centuries now, the Toerring counts have lived in the Castle and
the family still plays a role in the community.
When Deloyce was looking
for a name for her Kennel, over 25 years ago, she checked at the
surveyor’s office to look at the original names of the fields and
pastures on the side of the village where our house was built. From
earliest times, the farmhouses and barns were generally grouped
together in a little village (for protection) and the fields and
pastures (which might have been some distance from the farmhouses) had
distinctive names. The slope where our house stands was called “
der Bauernbreite,” so, since the Bernese Mountain Dogs were
originally farm dogs (“Bauer” is German for “farmer”) it proved to be
the perfect kennel name!
Schweizer Sennenhund Verein
für Deutschland e. V.
Our favourite destination
– a pleasant 2-hour walk down country lanes and through the woods –
accompanied by our dogs, of course – is the Benedictine monastery of
Andechs. The monks are famous not only for their beer, but
their modern approach to retreats, which includes a considerable
number of courses for managers!
This past summer, the 100 year rail service between Munich and
Herrsching on Ammersee, was celebrated with picturesque
(sooty!) steam engines making the run.
Copyright © 2004
Last update: 01.02.2004