Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 21 – Fit and Pregnant

Heidelberg wimmelt' tip of the week 21, Fit and Pregnant, Illustration of pregnant women on the Koenigstuhl in Heidelberg while doing Nordic Walking.

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week – 21 – Fit and Pregnant – with an extra tip for a fun fall wimmelsearch

The Königstuhl in Heidelberg has the perfect Nordic Walking course in its mixed forest full of earthy scents. The sun shines on the tall trees and casts shadows, which form a picturesque contrast to the brightly lit forest floor and meandering paths. I love the flaming colors of autumn, and love to walk through colorful forests. Do you too? It is good for the soul and lets your most inner thoughts grow wings and fly. I can imagine my pregnant ladies that I illustrated in \'Heidelberg wimmelt\' feel the same way. I was also once a sporty pregnant woman when I worked at the package design agency in Braunschweig, riding 28 km a day back and forth to work on my bike. (I don\'t like riding busses and would even ride my bike in Winter)

Isn\'t it so that when mothers see pregnant women that they automatically think back to their own pregnancy? Those magnificently round bellies gently swaying with new beings are the hopes of our future and also the reason that many people involuntarily smile with joy. 

Just look at the picture and tell me how many pregnant women you see. Did you say three? No. Look again. Three expectant mothers are indeed running through the forest on this sunny autumn day, but in fact there are four pregnant women in this little illustration. If you look at the couple on the bench at the funicular station, you will see that this woman is also expecting and is very pregnant… she’s almost ready to burst. She is at that last stage of pregnancy where sleeping on your belly feels just as comfortable as sleeping on a basketball. Only the basketball won\'t kick you when you do. 

And now I\'m going to give you a little sleuthing to do: Find the woman and her partner in \'Heidelberg wimmelt.\' Search every page. I\'d be interested to see how many of my readers are good detectives. If you need help, ask a child. I can hardly believe how quickly children can perform search tasks – sometimes I need a pair of glasses myself to find my own figures again. It\'s a fun pastime especially when the days of November get dark so early. 

Let me know in the comments below how quickly you solved the riddle. And if you tried searching together with a child — who found the expectant couple faster?  

Haven\'t you got \'Heidelberg wimmelt\'? You can get my hidden image book \'Heidelberg wimmelt\' from your favorite book seller, directly from the publisher, Silberburg-Verlag, or from an online bookstore of your choice.

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On my own behalf: Since the last WordPress update I have apparently have conflicts with a WordPress plug-in. Unfortunately, I don\'t know which one is the culprit that inserts slashes where I want quotation marks and removes the leading between paragraphs. I will try to solve the problem this weekend. If my site is offline or looks strange when you visit, please have patience. It probably is only me putzing around trying to fix it so that the site\'s content displays correctly again. I thank you for your patience (and apologize for the current wonky look of the blog).

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Wimmelsearchtip of week 20 – The Funicular Railway

"Heidelberg wimmelt" tip of week 20, the mountain funicular railway on the Königstuhl, illustration from "Heidelberg wimmelt"

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 20 - Heidelberg wimmelt – The Funicular

Last week I told you about the nature trail, Via Naturae & the Forest Adventure Path, on top of the Königstuhl, where you can discover wonderous creatures – including dragons. This week I\'ll tell you how to get there and something about this very old means of transportion - the Heidelberger Funicular. And finally I will tell you something that doesn\'t have to do with the Wimmelsearchtip of the Week, but which I am very happy about. The Heidelberger Bergbahnen are really the tourist attraction for technophiles. It is a combined wire rope and rack railway, which began its maiden voyage to the ‘Molkenkur’ in 1890. Seventeen years later the line was extended, so the Heidelberger and their guests could ride up to the Königstuhl to enjoy the breathtaking views. This historic railway was awarded special significance as a cultural monument by the State Office Of Monuments. Although the rails are completely renovated, the special charm of the funicular lies in the railway cars that are over 100 years old which run in the upper line above Heidelberg Castle. It jiggles and jogs a little bit, but if you are train - and technology-enthusiastic, or just fond of history, you will enjoy the ‘yesteryear’ - feeling of traveling on it. Children are just mesmerized by the ride. The fragrance of old wood and brass, the sound of the wheels on the track, the rhythm of the mountain railway is really a great experience - and did I mention how breathtaking the view into the valley is? At the station \'Königstuhl\' thereis a small technology museum with gears and mountain railway uniforms, and tools. It is a small, yet extremely fascinating, exhibition. Besides the musem there are many wonderful things to do when you are on the Königstuhl: The Via Naturae, The Forest Adventure Trail for Children, the Märchenparadies Family Park, as well as as the Walking Trail. And if you need a little bit of nourishment, there are two cafès, one directly at the mountain station (the kiosk) and one in  Märchenparadies.  As Autumn brushes its colors over the Neckar Valley, you know that a trip to the Königstuhl is definitely worthwhile. But if you have bad weather on the day that you want to go or are simply too far away to reach the Königstuhl for a day trip, you can visit it and the funicular in my wimmelbook, \'Heidelberg wimmelt\'. You can get ‘Heidelberg wimmelt’ from your favorite bookseller, directly from the publisher, Silberburg-Verlag or from an online bookstore of your choice. Don\'t miss any hidden object fun! Subscribe to my free newsletter today! And if you\'d like to know something about a certain picture story in the ‘Heidelberg wimmelt’, then write your questions in the comments below. I\'ll be happy to tell you more about it. And if you have not yet heard: I now have an illustration agent in England - Oxford Designers and Illustrators.  I am really delighted about this and am looking forward to new contacts, new projects, and some more illustration adventures. 

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Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 19

"Heidelberg wimmelt" Tip of the Week 19 - The Forest Dragon

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 19

Heidelberg is a magical place. Not only can you experience history, you can encounter a dragon in the the Königstuhl Forest. Really.

It is a forest dragon that adapts to its natural environment and provides a resting place for walkers and wanderers alike. When the grown-ups aren't looking, he plays with the children, takes them on trips up into the clouds to other enchanted cities, castles and secret places, which only the dragon knows. 

In any case, that is how it seemed to me when I saw this mother with her two daughters on the trail at the Königstuhl. I was wandering through the forest taking reference photos for "Heidelberg wimmelt". The sun was shining, the girls were squealing with delight as they played with this forest dragon (which is also happens to be a bench). The mom looked so happy and relaxed. I think I was witness of an idyllic moment, which we all long for - a moment that is perfect, full of contentment and happiness. A moment that is fleeting, but yet, permanent. I wanted to capture this perfection. That's why I drew this little family in the forest. 

The trail, Via Naturae & Forest Adventure Trail, at the Königstuhl in Heidelberg offers children ample room for imagination to measure their strength and agility, and to experience the music of the forest. Currently the weather is nice, the autumn leaves still hang and the sky is a beautiful blue (at least that is what my cousin from Heidelberg recently told me). So perfect for a little excursion. And for the opportunity to experience a perfect little happiness.

And if you do have against all expectations some bad weather or are simply too far away to reach the Königstuhl, you can experience the other part of the via Naturae in my wimmelbook. You can get "Heidelberg wimmelt" from your favorite book seller, directly from Silberburg-Verlag, or an online bookstore of your choice.

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Wimmelsearchtip of the week 18 – the teen elephants dorm

"Heidelberg is crawling with" tip of the week 18 - the young bulls-WG

Heidelberg is full - Wimmelsuchtipp of week 18

After a week-long Wimmelsuchtipppause (because I was at the Frankfurt Book Fair last week have reported about it), you'll find a situation, like everyone who has siblings or once lived in a shared apartment, in the today's Wimmelsuchtipp of the week knows - the Teasing. 

In the Zoo Heidelberg, there's a very special Gehege...die steers WG. Before I got concerned with the Zoo, it was unaware that young bulls must generally leave their herd, because they, like many pubescent boys often organize nonsense with their just-discovered strengths. You are being expelled from their herds in the wild. This can be a problem in zoos around the world. Teenage Wolfpack, who are also still tons heavy, can rough up their herd pretty. 

The current inhabitants of the young bulls WG name Tarak, Gandhi, Khin Ydanaer min and Ludwig and are Asian elephants. The oldest is 12 years old, the youngest only 6. Normally leave the young bulls their herd at the age of 4-5 years. If you look closely, you would realize their their characters are different. You tease himself, throw occasionally with straw, spewing water from one of the ponds, which are in the system. They are playful and have a good social behaviour are very well integrated into the Zoo Heidelberg in their 4 WG.

The Zoo Heidelberg began in the year 2010 with the concept of the young bull posture, and Germany a unique project is supported within the framework of the European conservation breeding programme. The system for these giants is spacious, inside as well as outside. 

I find the Zoo Heidelberg does a good job with their "young guys". Young bulls have play areas, refuges and daily training, where the elephants learn voluntarily with their nurses to work. And you realize how much is the welfare of the animals of the Zoo staff.

Even if it's not exactly high season in the Zoo Heidelberg, always the visit worthwhile. The Zoo from 9:00 17:00 is open in the winter time, the animal houses are open until 16:30. 

And when you're away too far to visit this special Jungs WG, then you can search in "Heidelberg abound", that can get your course at your Lieblinglingsbuchhändler, directly from the silver Castle Publishing House, or at the online bookseller of your trust.  

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Inspiration from the Frankfurt Book Fair 2017

Frankfurt Book Fair

The Frankfurt Book Fair – In Review

One of the highlights of the year is always the Frankfurt Book Fair. Even if fewer halls have been used at the fair in recent years, the book fair can still be overwhelming and incredibly exciting. 

This year, I couldn't go to opening day on Wednesday, as it was my son's birthday. I went on Thursday, which meant getting up (almost) in the middle of the night to take the earliest possible train from Braunschweig to Frankfurt. Once I arrived, I filed into the long queue to get through security and then went to Hall 3.0. 

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Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 17

"Heidelberg wimmelt" tip of week 17 - Heidelberg Zoo School

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 17

Did you find the birds from last week's Wimmelsearchtip in my book "Heidelberg wimmelt"? (Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 16)?

The funny ostriches are queuing up to weigh in on the zoo's scale. Adult ostriches can weigh between 100-150 kg, depending on the species and gender. Their eyes and eyelashes remind you a of those of a camel, which is why the latin name for ostrich is: Struthio camelus. They are fast and have an interesting diet - sand and gravel – and includes ocassional small animals which complement their mainly herbal diet. 

You can learn a lot about these fascinating animals at the Heidelberg Zoo's Zoo School. Just like you can find out about the other wonderful creatures that call the Heidelberg Zoo their home. The Heidelberg Zoo School provides a huge educational palette for school classes, children's birthdays and ready even for adults. (It is never too late and you're never too old to learn about the wonderful world of animals)

And precisely because the work of the Heidelberg Zoo School is so important and informative, I've drawn them in "Heidelberg wimmelt", which you can get at your favorite book store, from the , directly from Silberburg-Verlag, or at the online bookseller of your choice. I've heard that the zoo is currently sold out of them.

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Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 16

"Heidelberg wimmelt" tip of the week 16 - The Heidelberg Zoo Ostriches

Heidelberg Wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 16

Last week I admitted publicly that I have a bird phobia and stated that it was founded. It is true that the visit to the Falconry Tinninculus took some of the fear from me. But where did this fear come from? Perhaps you have a phobia,too; many people are afraid of spiders and snakes, for example. Not me. My father used to have two full grown boa constrictors. Spiders can surprise me if they crawl quickly over a wall out of nowhere, but I'm not afraid of them. They won't harm me. 

My ornithophobia was caused by ostriches and emus. Just like the funny ones from the Zoo Heidelberg, which are pictured here. They are famously large animals and I have always secretly thought they must be closely related to dinosaurs. (A few years ago I found my suspicions confirmed in an article that scientists believe the dinosaurs were the precursors of modern birds)  

I was a little girl, about four years old when we visited a nearby animal park, "the Catskill Game Farm". For some reason, now forgotten, I was having a raging tantrum on that day and my parents and uncle warned me to stop and calm down. Otherwise the animals would eat me up. Back then the emus and ostriches were allowed to move freely in the park. And what had to come, did: I didn't stop crying and yes, the flock of ostriches came and did what the adults had in jest prophesied: The birds surrounded me and started hacking me on the head with their big beaks.  While the other adults laughed, my father recognized very quickly the seriousness and danger of the situation and saved me. (Thanks, Dad)

How many of us carry such stories around with us? Stories that prevent us from doing things? This true story almost prevented me from visiting the Falconry Tinninculus and their fine hunting birds. I would have missed out on this experience and not have been able to illustrate that scene. 

Sometimes you need to find just the right bridge. Sometimes it is so that the weight of the past leaves you tired and exhausted. In that case, you should put it down. Just put it behind you. Pack it in tissue paper and place it with the memories that you no longer need. Feel free to share your fears that you have packed away in the comments below.

I still have great respect when it comes to emus and ostriches. Even if my fear hasn't entirely disappeared, it has been reduced to a trivial size. I can even laugh about ostriches now, like in the todays Wimmelsearchtip of the Week. They have a beautiful feather dress and are said to be as easily scared as chickens are. (THAT gives a new meaning to "You big chicken!") 

Laugh with me and search for the ostriches in "Heidelberg wimmelt", which you can get at your favorite book store , directly from Silberburg-Verlag, or from the online bookseller of your choice. 

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Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 15

"Heidelberg wimmelt" tip of the week 15 - The Falconer

Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 15

In order to draw "Heidelberg wimmelt", I had to overcome something big and personal... I have a deep seated (and justified) fear of birds, which is officially called "Ornithophobia". Yes. Just the idea of visiting the falconry "Tinnunculus" in Heidelberg made me break out in a cold sweat and left me feeling very anxious. But the owners allowed me to spend as much time as I needed there before, during and after the show. I am very grateful for that, because the treatment of the animals there is very affectionate and respectful. 

I met the falcon, Prince, and his Princess. The other female falcon, The Chubby One as well as Nadia, the Steppe Eagle, and Julian, the mighty owl. And for the first time in years I could stand having a bird near me… the American Stained Falcon female, small, cute and curious with her colorful head. (She hopped on my sketchbook as I was drawing her) And I met yet another animal there - Frieda, the ferret, who won everyone's hearts with her wobbly gait. 

On this day, my knowledge of ornithology grew and my ornithophobia receded (at least a little bit). 

If you look at the Wimmelsearchtipp you can see how relaxed the animals are. If you have time, visit them in Heidelberg on the Koenigstuhl. And if you are too far away for a visit, you can see them in "Heidelberg wimmelt", of course, which you can get from your Lieblinglingsbuchhändler, directly from the publisher, Silberburg-Verlag, or at an online bookseller of your choice. 

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Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 14

"Heidelberg wimmelt" Wimmelsearchtip of the week 14 - The Dwarves' Mountain

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 14

TBT - Throw Back Thursday. And time for a new Wimmelsearchtipp of the week! 

The autumn has come to rest with us in Lower Saxony. The weather is cooler, the days shorter, and gradually you can find signs of autumn. The leaves are still green, but I now and then I find chestnuts and acorns, and spy squirrels, stashing away their food for the winter. I love autumn. But today being TBT I am thinking back to my journey to Maerchenparadies in Heidelberg. Maerchenparadies means "Fairytale Paradise" – an apt name for a magical place. 

Our Wimmelsearchtipp of the week can be found in the autumnal "Koenigstuhl" (Kings Chair). I like thinking back to the first time that I'd seen the Dwarves' Mountain at Maerchenparadies. The fairytale treasures of this park make my illustrator heart skip a beat. You can discover the dwarves in this colorful forest where they mine for coal and treasures.

Since having been there, I've become a fan of Maerchenparadies. It is a family-run business that makes this park a magical place with wonderful ideas for kids and continues the tradition of narrative fairy tale dolls for all their visitors (these mechanical dolls are older than the Maerchenparadies itself), and offers families a wonderful day together, where kids have freedom to explore and the parents give the feeling that the world is really intact. 

What are you waiting for!?! Breathe in the scent of the forest in a place deserving of its magical name, Maerchenparadies. And while you are there, you're can purchase my book, "Heidelberg wimmelt", directly from Maerchenparadies and listen to the enticing fairy tales in the park. There is so much to discover there.

"Heidelberg wimmelt" can also be found at your favorite bookseller, directly from the publisher, Silberburg-Verlag , or from an online bookseller of your choice. 

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Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 13

"Heidelberg wimmelt" Wimmelsearchtip of the week 13

Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 13

As I promised you last week, today's Wimmelsearchtip includes another bonus drawing and a short story about my Wimmelbook "Heidelberg wimmelt."

The little girl with the blue hat and the red sock really exists. She played with pure delight, engrossed with her water bucket. While she played on the water playground, she found a lonely red sock, which lay on a large stone. She took the wet thing, looked at me, and dipped it into her bucket, as if to wash it. Now and then she held it up to show how clean she had gotten that little red sock. When she was finished, the girl put the sock aside and began to drink the water from the bucket. 

Hmm. How yummy. 

If you have experienced similar humorous situations with your children, write about it in the comments below. Who knows, maybe an illustration will grow from your story.  

It is such moments that I like to illustrate in my book. A rough sketch lets me remember a whole story. In the short few weeks when I was on location in Heidelberg, I filled a whole sketchbook with such small drawings. 

You can find such illustrations of children and adults in my book of Wimmelbook, "Heidelberg wimmelt." Below you can see my original sketch of the girl in her hat about to drink from the bucket. If you have the book, you can discover even more funny moments. 

The fun hidden object book can be gotten from your favorite bookshop, directly from the publisher, Silberburg-Verlag, or from an online bookseller of your choice. 

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Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 13

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