The second week in St Marein and visiting Leska

Trip Start Feb 02, 2010
Trip End Feb 02, 2011

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

The next week in Sankt Marein has turned out to be very similar the first week. Felix just keeps finding things to do to the bike, I try to be interested and help but I just can't get into it. The amount of time I spend standing around to the one little thing I do to 'help' isn't a very appealing ratio. 
Felix did manage to come up from the cellar and spend some more time with me this week. We went for a ride with no maps or directions, just choosing randomly left or right at each intersection. We have also gone for a few walks with Mara.

I went for a walk and saw frogs doing some pretty interesting breeding. There was about four hundred frogs in a pond the size of a small living room. They were mostly males, all swabberling and wrestling to be closest to the few females as they spawned. The water looked like it was boiling with all the frogs moving around in it. They were making deep creaking sounds like big old trees in the wind. It was the most amazing mass of frogs. I walked home as fast as I could, bubbling with excitement  to tell Felix to come and look. Naturally it took about three hours before I managed to drag him from the cellar to come and look. A few days later we went back to the pond and the water was thick like jelly with frog eggs. 

One afternoon Ernst took us down to the fire station and gave us a full tour of the station and the trucks. The size of them is amazing, as is the amount of things inside. There is everything, any kind of emergency you can imagine and they have something to at least have a crack at making things better. One of the trucks needed to go for it's test drive, to make sure it was still running smoothy so we got to go for a ride. I mostly have no idea whats going on round about Sankt Marein but a stack of local kids did, as we were about to leave a group of them turned up to come for a ride too. Ernst drove us round for about half and hour, for such a massively heavy vehicle it is so powerful, where most trucks and buses would have to slow right down and change gears going up a hill the fire truck powered right on up. I was a bit embarrassed to be driving round in the fire truck when I'm clearly not in the fire brigade but it still was quite fun.

Sunday was a really nice day. We went to Leska to visit Burgi and Hans, Michi's mother and her partner. They have a lovely little farm. It's really a miniature farm. All the animals except the horses and cats are small breeds. There are miniature pigs, donkeys, sheep and chickens. The pigs were the fattest, funniest looking animals I've seen, I was amazed how their skinny, little legs held up such a fat body. We had afternoon tea in their Mongolian Yurt, a round tent-like building. It has a criss-crossing wooden structure and poles resting on a centre point in the inside and then covered with layers of thick felt and a waterproof cover. Afterwards we went for a little ride on the horses. It was so nice to sit on a horse bareback again with just a halter and walk through the forest. It made me realise how much I miss having animals in my life, I like animals a lot more then I like most people. We had some dinner and when we left I felt much happier then I have in weeks. I actually genuinely liked Burgi and Hans within a few hours of knowing them, which is pretty unusual for me; it usually takes much more time for me to get to know someone. I dream of having a little farm like at Leska, I loved it there so much. Hopefully in Autumn we can stay there a few nights and maybe make a small trip through the hills with the donkeys. 
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Maria on

Ohhhh.... Looks like you're right at home on that horse, Flossie! Yes, I can imagine you and Flexi having a mini farm or some such thing one day, like in Leska.

And the frogs are AMAZING!!! Incredible!

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