Marie's 13th birthday

Trip Start Mar 21, 2012
Trip End Apr 19, 2012

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Today we had two birthdays in the family: Alberte, who turned 11, and Marie 13. Alberte's birthday will be celebrated tomorrow together with her mother Tanja's but today we were invited to Bogų for lunch to celebrate Marie's birthday.

Gathered were three of Marie's aunts and their families and her grandma.

Malene, my sister-in-law, had made yummy traditional open sandwiches. Marie made one of the birthday cake with bananas and Lise, her sister, made the icing. Malene made the other one, layered with her aunt's special raspberry cream. It simply involves mashing raspberries with sugar and then adding them to whipped cream. Delicious!

After coffee and the desert we had a look at the new glass house and the first plantings of seeds, the herbs and early potatoes. Temperature inside the glass house: 15 degrees. 

Just as well the seeds have been started indoors, because as we set out to see Marie's horses and her and her sister's hens, it began to rain with spring snow forecast! 

Marie is amazing! With her long legs she can jump on and off Bella, her old horse. She had a bit of a   fright the other day when her new horse, Haza, an Arabian, disappeared down the road from the riding school where she was training, saddle and all. Apparently he was distracted by a mare on heat and began to rear up. Marie jumped off and then Haza took off. Eventually, after some chase down several streets in the village, she lured him with some oats and managed to catch him.

The hens are new. Malene made the door to their enclosure herself! We collected 15 eggs and were given five fresh ones to take home. The hens are Lise's and she loved the proceeds from selling the eggs. Now she has to share her loot with Marie, who does half the work!

Malene gave my mother and I left-over sandwiches, which we had for supper with a glass of red wine

Then we talked about "the old days." I am especially fascinated by why happened in Denmark during WW2, the German refuges and my mother's recollection of the state of affairs in Germany after the war. I was completely unaware of the disaster wrecked upon the German people in the East as the Russians advanced and retaliated the atrocities of the German troops on the Russian population. Winter, cold, snow, disease, no food and no transport. From January 1945 onwards 200,000 Germans incl wounded soldiers were either forced to evacuate to Denmark or sought to flee there. This is the topic of a book I am reading just now: Havrehed, H. (1987). De tyske flygtninge i Danmark 1945-1949. Odense Universitetsforlag: Odense. This is based on research for a doctoral thesis.
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