Wayzata, Minnesota

Thursday, February 5, 2015

From Inside a New Ulm Cafe - GF

Greetings all, with photos from our weekend visit to New Ulm, Minnesota.

After a quick glance outside our window what did my wandering eyes see?

 I spied a man, standing next to a fence.

I asked the waitress who he was, and she apologized for not knowing!

Thankfully, a sign describes this past New Ulm citizen.

Of course, fences were on my mind and luckily I discovered this hidden gem of a park just a few blocks from downtown.

It was perfect but the weather, not so much.  

Winter plays a horribly bleak, and forlorn dried up trick on delightful little parks such as this.

All week we had grey skies and Saturday wasn't any different.

Yet you could imagine what a prize it can be during every other season, sunshine or not, and it even had a gnome family!

This park is nestled between two buildings and the walkway on the left leads to an Arts and Crafts gift shop and a Quilter's Shop!

They had all kinds of fascinating old things decorating the place.  

"It is good to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought."James Douglas

"Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine." -  Anthony J. D'Angelo

"Even in winter an isolated patch of snow has a special quality. " -  Andy Goldsworthy

Interesting New Ulm Fact.  From the Minnesota Guide (a handbook for Travelers and Pleasure Seekers) written in 1869 - It was laid out in 1857 by a German colony from Cincinnati.  In the Sioux war of 1862 it was almost burned down, and many of the inhabitants butchered.  Two fierce battles were fought with the Indians, who besieged the place August 19 and 23, but were repulsed.  Since then the town was rebuilt.


Knipsa Passtscho said...

Wonderful pictures Karen!
My favourite is the one with the gnomes :)
Have a fine day

eileeninmd said...

A nice variety of fences there.. I like all the neat decorations and the gnomes..Wonderful shots, Karen!

bj said...

love the little gnome family. :)

Debbie said...

oohhh i just loved those bikes on the fence, very clever!!!

you scored some good ones today!!!!

TexWisGirl said...

ooh, love the little eclectic place with neat things and great grasses! the former resident figure is sort of creepy. :)

Karen S. said...

Tex, too funny, that's what I thought at first too, but they posted a story about him, a famous blacksmith from the area. He certainly stood out to me in a peculiar way too!

Cloudia said...

Great history, and even gnomes!

ALOHA from Honolulu

Carletta said...

Love the 'man' and his fence! I think that's a neat idea.
Lovely post!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Everygnome freeze, she's looking at us!

Jeanie said...

The winter is such a different world, isn't it? So stark and chill, bare and cold. I'd love to see this in the summer, too!

And thanks so much for stopping by the Marmleade Gypsy -- love it when you come and your nice comments!

Ileana said...

Wonderful pictures! :)

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Yeah, wahoo. You know we love gnomes. -Killroy

Margaret Adamson said...

What a wonderful collection of different fences in this post today.

Ida said...

Very nice fences. Yes winter can be bleak and dreary but I think it has a quiet beauty as well. I enjoyed your fences very much.

DeniseinVA said...

Great photos and a very interesting post. I also liked the quotes especially the one by Anthony J. D'Angelo. So true!

Carola Bartz said...

It's good advice to bring your own sunshine when the weather is bleak.
I don't know New Ulm, Minnesota, but I do know the "old" original Ulm in Germany - it was just an hour to drive there from my place. A beautiful old town with a wonderful minster which I think has the tallest spire.

Filip and Kristel said...

The only Ulm city I have ever heard of is located in Germany.


Alexia said...

A great collection of really interesting shots. I'd never heard of New Ulm - when I Googled it, the Number 1 on the Top Ten things to do was: Dance with a Gnome!!

RedPat said...

Love the guy by the fence!

Lois said...

Nice collection of fences. I like the one in the first photo the best though, even with the creepy looking fellow standing there staring at you while you eat!

".E." Lizard Breath Speaks, It's Beth said...

i enjoy the bicycle. so neat. i am not sure about that man. he kind of is creepy. or mysterious. maybe that is a better word. thanks for your comment. have a great day! ( :

Felicia said...

you found quite a variety of cool fences and other treasures.

JJ said...

Your photos are always great, but I love the man at the fence!

Jocee said...

A lovely collection and I enjoyed your quotes too. :-)

Bob Scotney said...

Great series of shots, Karen. The one with the bike stands out for me.

laura.forestdreams:) said...

the man outside the window....uh...looks a little stiff!! :)
i love the pictures...the place...the floating bikes, the stonework under & along the fence...the wrought iron thingies...and gnomes!!
happy weekend! said...

What an interesting little garden! Also, I did not know the connection between New Ulm and Cincinnati, mu home town.