As you may know, we do not really live in Stuttgart, no matter how often I may say we do. We live in a suburb of Stuttgart. Anybody with a strong familiarity with Connecticut will understand when I say that Neckartailfingen is like Easton, only with much quicker access to the city. Not that I am comparing Stuttgart to NYC, but it is a world city, with all that comes with it, and we live in a suburb.
We are considering building a house on a plot of land near my in-laws. They really live in a beautiful location, and it would be a trade-off I could live with (as opposed to living on the top floor of their house). Yesterday, we met with a representative from AllKaufHaus, a building company. What I enjoyed best though was the wonderful surprise we were treated with as we rounded the corner on my in-laws street.
These sheep were just hanging out, of course with their shepherd and two sheepdogs, two lots over from my in-laws! There is a shepherd in our town, and it is so, so, so exciting when he has lets his flock graze in our area!
It is something I have always found really cool about Neckartailfingen. Growing up in Fairfield, I never experienced any sort of agricultural related setting. Sure, I drove out to farms every year in Easton, but I never lived in a rurual community. Here in Neckartailfingen, there are large old farm houses, like Joern's grandmother's hosue. We have a small farmer's market, and all the produce comes from a few Neckartailfingen farmers. Our town is surrounded by fields, and orchards, coolest part is that some of them are our fields. And of course, I cannot count the number of times I have been stuck behind a slow-moving tractor while I was speeding off to work.
The best part about Neckartailfingen? We live 20 minutes from the city. So, if we should happen to build our house near my in-laws, you will never hear me complaining about the neighbors.