Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Welcome to Bataholm's Gård

  We are now living at Bataholm, the family farm of Bonde and Maria.  We live in a small farm cottage with two WWOOFers from France, Kevin and Julie.  There also live here many sheep, cows, hens, two dogs, two cats, one rooster and about 200,000 bees.  There is a nice big garden full of vegetables, lots of pasture and forest to walk around, a sauna for relaxation, a vineyard, some boats for the lake and a barn full of the artifacts that Bonde's father collected.  Some of these include a stuffed hawk, plaster ghoul masks, an amazonian bow and arrow, an ivory samurai sword, a set of Danish ship's cannons, old fishing nets and a number of other oddities.  The bees provide us with plenty of delicious honey and useful wax.  The forest contains blueberries, strawberries, chanterelle mushrooms and edible snails.  The hens lay eggs, the cows and sheep are good for meat, and the vineyards produce a very tart and tasty Swedish wine.  There is lots of work to be done on Bataholm.  We spend a lot of time clearing pastures of sticks and branches, weeding the garden, tending the sheep, collecting honey, and carrying logs for firewood.  We usually have the afternoons free for walking around, reading, boating on the lake, biking around the countryside or into town, collecting treats from the forest, archery, or playing kubb.  In the evenings everyone eats together.  Usually Maria cooks but sometimes we take a turn.  Monday we made southern specialties of chicken fried steak, biscuits and gravy, boiled cabbage, mashed potatoes and apple pie.  Tuesday Julie and Kevin made Senegalese chicken and rice and a delicious chocolat fondant.  We're having a great time and learning a lot on the farm.  This friday we are going to celebrate Midsummer with some neighbors so check back soon for details.

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