Monthly Archives: August 2015

Paddocks of Apples – part I

Ebeltoft means Paddock of Apples, and happy couples who marry at the old town hall receive a glass apple. Photo: Mick. 2015.

Ebeltoft means Paddock of Apples, and happy couples who marry at the old town hall receive a glass apple. Photo: Mick. 2015.

It is advised to savour the journey, not the destination. In our time here in Denmark, we may have a base on Nørrebro in Copenhagen, but we have been busily journeying from there.

Last week we travelled to a great little summer cottage at Boeslum beach on the east coast of Hasnæs, Mols. We had borrowed this gem of a holiday house from friends of my family. Unfortunately, August suddenly decided to turn from sunny and warm to unstable, rainy and cold. Yet we made the best of it, getting around on the tandem or the ordinary town bikes in between the rain. Continue reading

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Cycles and summer

When the Danish summer is good, it really is very, very good. Many Danes go south for their summer holidays, to be sure to see the sun. This year July was cold and rainy, but just as people went back to work and school, August teased out the sun. We have had plenty of warm days with bright blue skies and lovely mild sunshine, perfect for a cycling trip.

Cycling in Copenhagen is not as much about fitness as it is about transport. Transport of almost anything. Photo: Mick. 2015.

Cycling in Copenhagen is not as much about fitness as it is about transport. Transport of almost anything. Photo: Mick. 2015.

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Images of the aquarium

Large pike live in the Lakes in Copenhagen. This pike did not live to tell the tale of the water it swims in. Photo: Mick. 2015.

Large pike live in the Lakes in Copenhagen. This pike did not live to tell the tale of the water it swims in. Photo: Mick. 2015.

It is said that it is always hardest for the fish to describe the aquarium it swims in. Whether that is so, being at a distance away from Australia, I am able to see my adopted country through different eyes. In northern Europe, the image of Australia is typically one of dangerous wildlife and the foolhardy larrikins who laugh in the face of such danger, pop open another beer can and throw another shrimp on the barbie. It may be one of bronzed, muscular surfers on white sandy beaches and it may involve red dirt and Aboriginal people living in harmony with country. It is a happy-go-lucky place where people speak English, the climate is warm and nature is stunning.

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Nature and culture

Rock people at the bottom of a steep talus slope in Søderåsen National Park, Sweden. Photo: Mick. 2015.

Rock people at the bottom of a steep talus slope in Søderåsen National Park, Sweden. Photo: Mick. 2015.

As a city dweller I sometimes forget how restorative experiences of nature can be. One of the things that attracted me to Australia its places of immense natural beauty that have not been disturbed by what we humans sometimes foolishly call progress. Vast tracts of land are left to evolve in their natural state.

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Going on a holiday

Surf Lifesavers were not too busy - the rain and temperatures below 20 degrees celsius kept swimmers away. Photo: Mick. 2015.

Surf Life Savers were not too busy – the rain and temperatures below 20 degrees celsius kept swimmers away. Photo: Mick. 2015.

I have been on holidays. Even people on sabbatical need a holiday. With my siblings and their families, we went to The Skaw – Skagen – the tip of the Jutland peninsula and home to Denmark’s most northerly point.

Some swimmers braved the cold! Photo: Lone. 2015.

Some swimmers braved the cold! Photo: Lone. 2015.

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