The uncultivated border outside the church dike is listed, and it is against the law to spray pesticide here (although some do). And here are often small bushes where the little birds can live. It's a good place for finding special plants. And look - here is a relict plant, the poisonous yellow Greater Celandine, which was a medicine and dye-plant, used against eye- and liver diseases and in dyeing, where it gave fine blue and yellow colours. Greater Celandine is also a fine indicator for that here was once a medieval garden. Nearby shows another visitor from the old days his face. The Burgundy snail, Roman snail, edible snail or known in cooking as the Escargot. This snail was popular in the Middle Ages, since it was not regarded as meat, so the monks were allowed to eat it during lent. The concentration of this snail is often seen around old manors and closters, or by old ruins. Today is it listed in Denmark in the extent that commercial gathering is not allowed out in the nature.
The lake is divided in two parts, and the second part is a little larger with some cosy village houses along the edge. One of the houses is charming with a vigorous lilac leaning up the wall and the thatched roof. In the garden by the country road is a beautiful elm tree. An elm with fruits wakes up some memories from my childhood. Yes, just laugh! I'm growing old, thinking about my childhood!! Did you ever eat those elm-fruits called manna? We did. In the park at home was an old elm tree. I don't think we children had too little food at home. Maybe we needed some vitamins from the manna? And it tasted good as far as I remember! And when you walk by the lake there is often a small boat hiding among the rush, this one is apparently well cared for with paint, but when is it used? Waiting for a complete angler who's out in the early morning or the late evening, for fishing trouts - or pikes. The pike is a dangerous fish for the little ducklings. The ducks live fortunately in the small lake with no pikes.
How rude! Almost all cows turned their back. Wouldn't talk! The next stop was at a fishing village Bønderup, which is a lively place in the summer season. Right now is it quite silent and desolate. There are still a few fishing boats, but just ten years ago was here an active fishing harbor. It's not always an easy task to be a fisher. To men were out digging worms for some fishing from a row boat I suppose. The windmills are overall in the Danish lanscape, inland and by the coast. Green energy. The small holiday houses are awaiting the summer guests. Next month is here overpopulated and you'll have to queue to get an ice cream.
The last stop was a small forest close to home,where I had only been once on a winter's day. It's a little strange, for I always want to see places a little far from home. Although the distances in Jutland are small compared to your distances abroad like in Britain and the USA, then a usual tour of ours takes a day. There is time enough to see the nearby places in winter! The forest had such a lovely May-meadow with lots of various flowers, but I'll try to restrict myself to a few pictures. There were thousands of broad-leaved marsh-orchids in the meadow and my photo does no justice to the sight. A few years ago it began with a few of those beautiful purple orchids in this place, and now, after nature care there are thousands. It's a miracle. Nature is so generous when we allow it to be. A walk through the forest under the ever dripping raindrops - a look at the sweet woodruff with white miniflowers. This herb gives one of the finest and most elegant light green herbal snaps! The rain grew worse and now it was time to go home.............
photo May 2011: grethe bachmann