Monday, September 21, 2015

The Danish Coastline is in danger.

The Danish Folketing (Parliament)  allowed at the turn of the year via 10 pilot projects to build at the coast of the country - inside our 300 meter broad protection beach-line. The Venstre-party at once suggested to remove the loft of project-numbers and to loosen the beach-protection in general. Since the month of May 100.000 Danes have said not to loosen the rules for our beach-protection by signing a petition.
Denmark's coastline is something special for us. We've got no mountains, we've got our coasts. We can walk along the beach all over the country, no one can forbid us that -  and since the coastline is 300 meters free it appears as a beautiful place to be all year. For all of us. I myself would be very sorry if some hotel or industry suddenly filled the place by the beach. And if first they are allowed and begin to build then it will be impossible to control . Then our precious coastline will be destroyed forever for us and for those who come after us. Shame on us.

Our politicians must take responsibility in this case. It should not be a choice between outsourcing to a commumity or to preserve our common nature.

Keep your hands off our coasts! 

Grethe Bachmann
photo Kaløvig: grethe bachmann 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Talking Porcupine...........


Have you seen this talking porcupine eating pumpkin ?

Have fun...........

Healthy Cleaning !


Thst's not me ! but I was impressed by this girl and her laundry . It's at a public resort in Mols Bjerge so she is used to tourists!

Well maybe  it's time to do some extra cleaning in the house after summer ? I saw this below advice in my weekly magazine. I think most of us know these advice from out mothers, don't we? But we forget them. They are so easy - besides they are good for people who suffer from allergies and they are good for the climate indoors. 

Maybe I don't need to go and buy all those cleaners, although I buy them green. I've got lemon, vinegar, baking powder, salt and maize starch in the house. That's enough - and then there'll be money for something else. Maybe chocolate or a delicious cake for the afternoon coffee - or do you prefer something more healthy? 

1) Lemon.
Use it for making chrome and brass shine. (Mix the lemon juice with a little olive oil.  This is the perfect solution for wooden surfaces. ) Lemon can also remove the calcium scale in the bathroom.

2) Vinegar
Use it to desinfect and clean your bathroom: sink,toilet, floor etc. Can salso be added to water in order to clean windows  (you don't need fine cloths to clean windows, old newspapers are fantastic). Vinegar is also fine as a fabric softener because it removes calcium in the laundry and leaves it soft and without vinegar smell.

3) Baking Powder
Effective and simple cleaner of surface. It is good if you want to remove difficult spots. It is also a fine remedy in order to absorb bad odor.

4) Salt
Mixed with lime juice it can be used to remove rust. It can also be used as a peeling on the skin.

5) Maize Starrch
Functions as a means for cleaning windows, polishing furniture and cleaning carpets.

Have fun!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

My Garden and Mols Bjerge in September .....

Louise Odier on  16 September

 My Garden:
Now it is September and summer has gone too, too fast, it was not one of the hot summers, neither one of the long summers. Maybe it will be better next year !

Red Admiral, 16 September
Coral Dawn , 16 September

Autumn is near, the garden already looks a little autum-like, although some lovely roses are blooming again. The daily temperature is still fine, today up tp 20 degrees, the butterflies are still whirling around. Temperature at night is 15-18 degrees Celsius in this week.

When the frost arrives I'll have to take care of some plants which cannot endure the cold. It's the first time for many years I've got a garden to take care of  - and I'll have to refresh everything.there'll be much to do!

Although my "new" garden is about 20 years old it needs really to look better! The people who lived here before were not interested in garden work. Through the last year I have really worked hard to make the garden look  pretty. I love the English gardens and I'm working in that direction. My garden will be  different from the gardens of my neighbours. It will look more wild - and romantic! 

Nasturtium along the edge of the rocks in the front garden. 16 September

 I love roses, and I've already got some , both bushes and climbing roses. Then here is honeysuckle rose and hop plant climbing up a dead tree, a new climbing hortensia on the house wall, (no flowers yet in that ), a, dark blue Clematis by the front door,  a Jasmine bush, an Aronia,  a Chaenomeles, (it is a Japan quince, but I could not find other names), two Buddleias, one in the front and one in the back garden( I want to attract butterflies, also with my purple echinacea etc) -  and there are rows of  lavenders and lots of spice herbs like thyme, mint, lemon myrtle, sage.

In October I want to plant a red hawthorn and a Japan cherry - and I'm writing a memo-list of perrenial herbs.

Well, I think  have been babbling a little too much about my garden. I hope you have been patient? 

Mols Bjerge
Cattle and a wild apple tree in Mols Bjerge
Cattle and a beautiful tree in Mols Bjerge

Mols Bjerge (Goldenrod in front)
Well, Saturday I was in the National Park Mols Bjerge. In here is also  a section called Strandkær with laboraotires and houses for scientists and students. (belongs to Århus University). It's a wonderful area to take a walk. There is also a lovely hilly path called the Italian Path. I love to look at the cattle which is grazing in the lovely scenery in the hills. When the hills in Mols Bjerge  were being cleared some years ago, the landscape architects saw to that trees and growth worth of preservation were kept in the hills. I love those beautiful trees and I think the result of the clearing is wonderful.
I did not see any Icelandic horses this time but the field areas are big, so they might have been grazing in a far away field. Although most of the summer flowers have gone there is still some beauty in the hills. The goldenrod (Solidago) spreads its golden shine all over some of the hills.

Goldenrod, Mols Bjerge

 The national park is not just nature area -  here are also farms and cornfields:The fields are mainly harvested now and other fields are ready for the winter seed.

cattle Mols Bjerge
text and photo September 2015: grethe bachmann

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Rudolph Tegner Museum , Zealand

The Rudolph Tegner Museum is set in the middle of a protected area just south of Dronningmølle on Zealand's  north coast, some 50 km north of Copenhagen. .The museum building was built to Tegner's own design with the assistance of the architect Mogens Lassen. Construction began in 1937 and it was inaugurated in 1938. A renovation was completed in 2003.

The park called Rusland, the Danish name for Russia.

The museum is built in concrete to an unusual bunker - like Modernist design. The building needed large dimensions to embrace Tegner's works many of which are of very large proportions. The museum has been built without picture windows to avoid distracting the visitor with views of the scenic surroundings. Except for a small window in the gable, all natural light comes from skylights. Concrete as a material was chosen for reasons of fire safety The facade bears reference to Antique architecture. The difference in scale between the entrance section and the main gallery is designed to create an overwhelming experience for those entering the museum and to enhance its character of a treasury.

Rudolph Tegner's art is very significant and conspicious with violent monumental  measures. Many were being provoced in his time by the size and the fierceness of the sculptures, maybe because they were a contrast to the classicism of the sculptor Berthel Thorvaldsen. In the heather hills surrounding the museum are 14 Tegner sculptures set up. In the building is a permanent collection of about 250 sculptures and sketches in plaster, clay, bronze and marble.

Rudolph Tegner started his combination of art and nature after he in 1916 bought the central section of the area. He later handed over the land with all the sculptures to the public. The area is protected. There is free access all year. The area is known as Rusland, the Danish name for Russia. It consists of undulating heath with scattered trees and juniper vegetation


A dog was guarding the museum!

 photo Rudolp Tegner sculpture park, Zealand: grethe bachmann