Monthly Archives: August 2012

hobby subsistence

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I spent a bit of time with Anita and her cows this morning. She keeps 5, but doesn’t milk them anymore, simply for having them and feeding the calves. Her family lived of farming until two decades ago, and she now sees it as a hobby. They also have two pigs, some rabbits and poultry and 11 hectars of fields and meadows, and a large vegetable garden. She can’t understand why not more people take farming on as a hobby, which was a refreshing thought, since most conversations about agriculture are about lamenting.

not a markus coates reinactment

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a very large fridge

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7 – 11 degrees celcius all year round.

ingenious construction

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Simple and effective.

what’s new

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A rather big brand new playground.
Some ornaments.


tour de Dorf

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On every first day of arrival we do a small tour de village. It is just one street. First we bump into Kerstin and Marie, and hear that they are starting to build their new house at the edge of the village in three weeks time.
Ulla, our neighbour from opposite comes out with her horses, and asks how things were in London with the Olympics happening. Her daughter is going there on Friday.
Maria walks down the road, a quick chat about the fact that it is the last day of schools and how strict and rigid the German system seems.
A few houses down.
Kevin comes out with his mother Melanie. They are off for Kevin’s swimming lessons, and he promises to show us his new room with its own roof terrace soon.
Around the corner, and we meet Anna, whose husband is in hospital and had his operation today.
Paulina is in her garden, doing some weeding. The time for rasperiies is already over, and blackberries might start soon.
We say hello to Christopher and his friends on their bikes, and have a chat about the new playground.
A few people drive pass in their cars and hellos are exchanged through the frontsreen.
30 Minutes later we are back home.