Tales from Hansel und Gretel Land der Schwarzwald

Mel n Irene sent me some photos to share with you from the Black Forest:

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McDonalds in Camouflage
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Mel’s searching pays off Eine Gros Double Double Latteee
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Part of the Old Walled City
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Lovely Cobblestone Shopping area Sure beats a Mall on a fine day.
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Another View of the City Gate and McDonalds

 

         Freiburg Cathedral
Freiburg Cathedral
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Enjoying a quiet Kaffeee in der Schwarzwald.

Well thanks again to Mel  n  Irene  they look like they are enjoying  house sitting.

 

To go back to the blog on the Swallows young uns. I was told today how to differentiate between male and female young ! ! !

Bird Identification  1 Male   4 Females
Bird Identification
1 Male 4 Females

Rural Life

I was telling a friend of mine  the other day on Skype, about the myriad of stone dykes built around Scots farms. The fact that no cement is used. I find them to be amazing pieces of engineering. So I did what any other Google minded person does…….I googled them. However the photos are mine:

Scooby surveys the land for Squirrels and pheasants from the top of a dyke.
Scooby surveys the land for Squirrels and Pheasants from the top of a dyke.

Any sharp eyed observer of this photo may notice Steps. These are placed every so often in order that the farmer, shepherds and working dogs could get over the dykes with minimum effort;

The Steps
The Steps

 

Scooby thinking about going Over
Scooby thinking about going Over

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A feature of the rolling hills around Scotland are the stone fences built by Scottish farmers. They are heritage listed and it must’ve been an incredible effort to clear the land, collect the stone and build the walls.In my research It was noted that farmers near Hadian’s wall were removing stones to build their fences.

Preservation by John Clayton

Much of the wall has disappeared. Long sections of it were used for roadbuilding in the 18th century,[17] especially by General Wade in the construction of a military road (most of which lies beneath the present day B6318 “Military Road“) for the purpose of moving troops to crush the Jacobite insurrection.[18] The preservation of much of what remains can be credited to John Clayton. He trained as a lawyer and became town clerk of Newcastle in the 1830s. He became enthusiastic about preserving the wall after a visit to Chesters. To prevent farmers taking stones from the wall, he began buying some of the land on which the wall stood.

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A close up showing no cement (or Polyfilla)
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This particular dyke is over 4 foot high
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The mind boggles at the amount of work required to gather the stones, collect them along the route and then to build. Some have been standing for centuries.
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A Ghostly picture of Scooby coming back over the Dyke.

 

This photo shows a gateway and the method of building.
This photo shows a gateway and the method of building.
Note the modern wooden post with wire along it. Cattle are heavy enough to fell the dykes. They scratch  on the them. The electric wire keeps them back from the Dykes.
Note the modern wooden post with wire along it. Cattle are heavy enough to fell the dykes. They scratch on the them. The electric wire keeps them back from the Dykes.

 

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Note the Moss that grows this helps to bind the rocks.

Stone fences an amazing feat of engineering. In fact they even built stone houses ( Steen Hoosies)

A House of Stones
A House of Stones

Rural life and services offered:  The Royal mail delivers 6 days a week, they also bring newspapers if you wish, and small amounts of groceries if you get your order into the local shop before he leaves the Village. The greatest service that I have experienced is that of the local village Garage (No Petrol pumps) simply an old fashioned garage with a mechanic. This garage is 5.5 Miles away from the driveway. Over hill and dale. The Garage owner when I spoke to him about a dragging brake. (Iwas asking him the best time to drop of the car and to see if a taxi or a ride was available). He said  dinna worry Laddie, I normally cycle oot  pick up the car then drive it back. Then I deliver it and cycle home. WHAT SERVICE !!!!  I do not think we have any tiny rural garages left in Canada.

Last but not least for today……No word from Mel and Irene in 3 days  They are somewhere in the depths of the Schwarzwald ( Hansel and Gretel Land, the Black Forest). Hope to hear from them soon.

Have a great week end.