A hectic day

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

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Yesterday I was a hive of activity! First I cleaned the floors downstairs right into all corners, moving furniture and then washed the hard floors with brown soap, a Danish phenomenon. This is a gel-like soap which dissolves easily in water with my mother true-and-tried old whisk. All greatly appreciated.

Then off on my reconnaissance tour of a nursery to retake photos of suitable rhododendrons for the grave and check the size, flowering etc. I have chose one I mentioned earlier, Williamsianum 'Tromba', which grows to 1 m after 10 years and flowers in May after the spring flowers are finished.

I spoke to the nursery staff and she recommended a ground cover rose as well, Tommelise, a character from one of Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tales of the same name. It has red flowers and grows 40 to 60 cm tall with intense old rose colored flowers. It flowers June to October.

Then home for lunch. Herrings, liver pate and sliced meat.

I wrote a letter to the stone mason and included a printout of the text for the stone and an NSU Prinz 1000, the outline of which they will engrave on the stone along with a motor bike. To speed things up, I dropped the letter off in Vordingborg.

I bought some bread, too. The rye bread "was from yesterday but just as fresh," the shop assistant said. What?! How can something be as fresh today as yesterday? It tasted great and had lots of whole grain in it.

Then to Erik's to use their Internet and deliver my mother's birthday card to Tanja on her real birthday. I ran into a party with hot cocoa, freshly baked bus and birthday cake. Yum! Then updated my blog and printed out my grave site plant suggestions. I was given buns to take home. Very thoughtful! That's Tanja for you.

The I rushed home to watch two TV-programmes about a Danish resistance group, Hvidsten Gruppen about which a film was recently made. I badly want to see it. The resin these programmes were screened today was to commemorate the beginning of the 5-year occupation of Denmark by Hitler. A day etched in people's mind indeed. A dark day.

One programme profiled the people left behind after the Hvidsten Group was arrested by the German occupying force and condemned to death. They were shot! This was the last straw for the Danish people and resulted in a general strike and looting in Copenhagen. I really must learn more about this. The other programme was about the making of the film. I really would like to see it - sooner or later. Malene, my sister in law, took several classes from her school to see it, young people between 13 and 16.

Ebba came for dinner and we got my mother to talk about her relatives on her mother's side in particular, as her cousin has just died. I wrote it all down and must see and get these people entered into a family history programme as they have been overlooked.

I discovered the deadline loomed for an article about Middlemarch for a local New Zealand magazine. I stayed up till 2am and got it finished. Phew!
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