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My Heart, My Castle, My Home

 

The rural lands around Münster, Germany, are called Münsterland,

offering more than 100 castles, most of which are moated, like this one, Burg Hülshoff.

 

Today is my turn again at Vision and Verb, where I talk about our homes, our castles.

 


My Heart, My Castle, My Home

 

The rural lands around Münster, Germany, are called Münsterland,

offering more than 100 castles, most of which are moated, like this one, Burg Hülshoff.

 

Today is my turn again at Vision and Verb, where I talk about our homes, our castles.

 


comments (55)

A grand looking building Ginnie, I do like the composition as well.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Les. We ate lunch there, so I can attest to its grandness.
Beautiful, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Graeme.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 13 Dec 2010, 03:05
Wow wish it was my home
Ginnie Hart: Think of all the work for you and Ginny, Vinatge. But then, surely you'd have servants! smile
  • Paule
  • US
  • 13 Dec 2010, 04:11
Looks like a painting.

Paule
www.paulepictures.com
www.paulepictures.com/blog
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Paule.
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 13 Dec 2010, 04:38
Beautiful composition Ginnie....the harsh vertical lines against the soft willow and the reflection is well WOW.....i like the processing and scrolled letters top right....nice as usual....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Peter. Thank you.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Dec 2010, 05:01
smile Didn't we sit on the couch yesterday, talking about 'our little castle' and how happy we are in our apartment?
It is our soul that makes the home.
This castle is impressive, love the POV, the reflections make the picture.
Ginnie Hart: Of all the castles to see, I'm sure Philine picked the best. It really was magnificent...just like our wee apartment, filled with our hearts and souls. Hartstikke bedankt, MLMA.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Dec 2010, 05:57
A very nice scene Ginnie: this sort of thing - trees, house, moat, bridge - all do it for me
Ginnie Hart: For me, too, Chris. Thank you kindly. I'm sure Philine would love to take you there. smile
  • Kala
  • United States
  • 13 Dec 2010, 06:22
This really should be framed. Just gorgeous!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Kala. Thank you.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 13 Dec 2010, 06:25
what a beautiful capture. postcard perfect.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Maria.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 13 Dec 2010, 06:32
i hope their basements don't spring a leak lol the problem with moats and why i don't have one hahahaha lovely picture!!!
Ginnie Hart: LOL, Elaine. Good point! smile Thanks for the smile.
  • rem_la
  • France
  • 13 Dec 2010, 06:39
les couleurs sont superbes !
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Rem. Merci.
  • Fokkio
  • The Netherlands
  • 13 Dec 2010, 07:16
What a beauty this photo is. I'd like to look inside that castle. Thanks for your comment on my blog and have a nice day.
Ginnie Hart: We actually ate lunch inside this castle, Fokkio. It was wonderful! Hartstikke bedankt.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 Dec 2010, 07:38
Oh, Ginnie, a dreamy photo -and I admire your photographical skills to present this old water castle, the birthplace of one of our most famous female poets, Annette von Droste- Hülshoff, in this beaitiful way -later on I'll visit V&V... -oh, there are some more lovely and impressive castles in the Münsterland we should visit some day...!
Ginnie Hart: You know that we will always be up for visiting more castles, Philine. But for our first, this would be hard to beat. Hartstikke bedankt.
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 13 Dec 2010, 07:52
nice home it could be
Ginnie Hart: It used to be home to one of Germany's most famous female poets, Chantal, so I'm sure it was quite the memory for her, once upon a time. Thanks.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 13 Dec 2010, 08:20
Beautiful Ginnie, a sentiment echoed by my wife as she looked over my shoulder
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. Thanks to both of you, Tony. smile
Read your V&V and I think you are spot on. We have the saying an Englishman's home is his castle. This is really based on the idea that nobody can enter uninvited. This is not true these days but we cling to the myth
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Bill, for reading my V&V post. That means a lot. I'm guessing there are many myths about castles. Most of the time I never even remember they were/are people's homes!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 13 Dec 2010, 09:18
It must be quite cold in winter with the water directly against the house.
This picture looks so still that it is hard to imagine people living there.
Ginnie Hart: I wonder if that's true about being quite cold in the winter because of the water against it? I have no clue even though it makes sense. Philine has added a comment: "To Louis: The Baron family Droste- Hülshoff is still living there -the landlords are still playing an important role in the Münsterland, they prefer riding on horses, horse-breeding, hunting, golfing, greyhound racing, Polo, air-balloon, old- timer meeting, but they are engaged in some charities, too! The Hülshoffs are a rather poor landlord family- the castle is planned to become an official literature centre ... "
There would be room for a few of us Scers to share this fabulous place.
Ginnie Hart: What a great idea, Chad! smile And a great place for photography.
What a lovely composition, Ginnie. Beautiful building and setting. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Roz. We spent a good part of the day there and had a great time, especially eating lunch in the inside restaurant.
a beautiful place to live, in the countryside, the true dimension of life!!!!
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Fabrizio. It's hard to believe it actually was someone's home! Grazie.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 Dec 2010, 10:21
To Louis: The Baron family Droste- Hülshoff is still living there -the landlords are still playing an important role in the Münsterland, they prefer riding on horses, horse-breeding, hunting, golfing, greyhound racing, Polo, air-balloon, old- timer meeting, but they are engaged in some charities, too! The Hülshoffs are a rather poor landlord family- the castle is planned to become an official literature centre ...
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, Philine. I have passed this on to Louis in my reply to his comment. I appreciate it, too.
Magnificent tone, I do not know commen you make it, but bravo ginnie, kiss kiss...
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Pierrot. Priceless means it cannot be bought with money...it has a lot of value! smile
A very pleasing picture Ginnie..It has everything.
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Ron. Thank you.
Lovely house in a lovely setting and well taken and presented, as always smile Is there something heraldic happening in the sky?
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, John. The 'heraldic' sky is part of the texture I used, but I do like the thought. smile
I've been around about a month now - and if you allow me to say it - I have found you to be predictable. All your photos are well thought, well dimensioned, well composioned, well processed well balanced - and well, I could go on...
Ginnie Hart: You have me blushing now, Pekka. You are way too kind but thank you anyway!
Nice! I like the colours, and while I'm not normally a fan of textures over landscapes, this works well.
Ginnie Hart: Whew. I'm glad this works for you, JP. smile Thanks.
  • Ray
  • Beijing
  • 13 Dec 2010, 13:05
Your texture choice seems to really work well here, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Ray. Thanks.
I knew you were some queen of some kingdom. Everybody can see now... Beautiful & fairy.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. So sweet, Katine. My life is a fairy tale. grin
Lovely toning for the image, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Tom.
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 13 Dec 2010, 14:00
Such a beautiful shot of this grand looking place
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, JJ.
How nice it would be own one Ginnie. If I get one, I would get a few alligators for the the moat
Ginnie Hart: HA! A few alligators might scare me off, Navin. grin Thanks.
Fine shot of a great looking building Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
the old looking building with the reflections give it a classic touch!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Joshi. I love these old buildings in Europe!
A lovely image, well executed.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Martin.
  • Sunder
  • India
  • 13 Dec 2010, 16:00
Lovely shot...Love the reflections ..super processing whihc gives a "painted" feel.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Sunder. This was a delightful model to photograph! smile
  • jess
  • USA
  • 13 Dec 2010, 16:26
The subdued textures really add an age and a history... Marvelous! When can you move in? ;D
Ginnie Hart: HA! Not sure I'd want to live there, Jess, but the thought is a sweet one. It is definitely worth visiting, however! Thank you.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 Dec 2010, 17:23
Annette von Droste- Hülshoff (1797-1848) who spent her youth in this castle - she felt at home there - but sometimes she longed for other places ... her situation as woman writer at that time was difficult (think of Jane Austen...)- wrote this poem , translated in English (http://www.lwl.org/LWL/Kultur/Droste/English/Works):

To my Mother
So gladly would I have made a pretty song
about thy love, thy devoted manner.
The talent that always cares for others,
had I so gladly awakened to thy praise.
But as I then reflected more and more,
and set the rhymes however I wanted,
heartÂ’s tides did roll all over them,
destroying the songÂ’s soft lines.
Accept, then, the simply plain gift,
carried by the simple unadorned word,
and take within it my whole soul.
When one most strongly feels, so little has one to say.
Ginnie Hart: OMG, Philine. What a poem and tribute to her mother! "When one most strongly feels, so little has one to say." Truer words were never said. Thank you.
  • Francis
  • France
  • 13 Dec 2010, 17:46
Its véry good shot, I like the composition
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Francis. Merci.
Lovely photo, my dear, and so well processed.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Mary. smile
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 13 Dec 2010, 22:00
wow. I can't the words for describing this image! Perfect
Ginnie Hart: Muchas gracias, Oscar. You're a sweetheart.
wonderful shot, love the pp
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Derek.
ohh wow... nice treatment, love the texture and the tones, looks like a beautiful picture postcard
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Ayush. Thank you.
100+ castles in Munsterland?!
Wow, that's really amazing!
It must be very rich in the past!
I love this Burg Hulshoff a lot.
It's so idyllic and photogenic!
Ginnie Hart: It's hard to believe one small area of the country would need that many castles, LC. It still shocks me. But it sure gives the area great attraction! smile Philine says there are many more to see like this. WOW. Thanks.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 14 Dec 2010, 01:52
Beautifully captured and processed. I'd love to see such places.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Sherri. There's so much to see in such a small area of space, geographically speaking. It's quite amazing.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 14 Dec 2010, 02:41
i like the name of the place.. ;D and this is a wondeful scene you shot here.. i'd build one of these castles if i had the resources to do it.. grin
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Rian. If we all had unlimited resources, I wonder what we'd all come up with! smile
  • crash
  • NYC & Weehawken, NJ
  • 14 Dec 2010, 03:13
simply gorgeous !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Dennis.
The shot is gorgeous and the layering really makes it special.
Ginnie Hart: It's a very special place, Michael, which we'll never forget. Thank you.
What a wonderful image and I am so envious of you having access to a hundred of these Ginnie! You are truly blessed and may you be more so! Regards to you and Astridsmile
Ginnie Hart: Truly I/we are blessed, Pavan. You've got that right! Thank you so much for your kind words.
Sell an Oil Well Ginnie and buy the place, make a nice retirement home for SCers.
Ginnie Hart: It would be a GREAT retirement home for SCers, Mick. What a wonderful idea. smile Philine will like that. Thanks.
Nice little corner of Europe Ginnie. Wonderful reflections
Ginnie Hart: And to think it's almost in our backyard, Janet! We are so lucky. smile Thank you.
Un beau cadrage. J'aime beaucoup.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Olivier. Merci.
I wonder if the inside of this castle is as beautiful as the outside. Spectacular landscaping, photographed to perfection, as usual, Ginnie.

Your submission at V&V was a pleasure to read.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Beverly, it is...at least the part we saw which was the restaurant and the chapel. Thank you...and thank you also for reading my V&V. That means a lot to me.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 14 Dec 2010, 15:57
This is so beautiful Ginnie! Perfect processing on this image.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Frida. This also is a Kim Klassen texture, as you already know by now.
A classic! Well done!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • Didier
  • Belgium
  • 14 Dec 2010, 20:46
Hi Ginnie, I missed some of your shost as the RSS link does not work. I'm very happy to discover that magnificent castle. Wonderful shot, with so marvelous green treatment! Light and compo are great too! It looks like a Flanders painting. I love it.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Didier. It's good to see you again! smile

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