There are some places I call my favourites spots, where I like to be whenever I can
One is of course my garden. After taking the kids to school make myself a nice cup of tea and go outside and straight inside again, into the glass house. Here I enjoy my tea, check the news on my phone and watch the birds on the lawn.
Another place is the Dog Lake where I went yesterday. The fish were jumping high, to get the mosquitos. The wild flowers are withered and the grass yellow already by now. In Denmark nature is simply not used to three weeks without rain and temperatures above 25°C every day.
Another place is the Hydro Power Lake. Well, its not a lake anymore, the dam broke some years ago after a very rainy autumn. After a hundred years producing power, the power station was simply washed into the stream.
Today it is a beautiful recreational area where the stream runs like it always did and today you can hardly see where the lake was. I went there yesterday also to get some Myrica Gale plants. Also known as bog myrtle or sweet gale, the plants are used to flavour schnapps, vodka and even beer. I use them for schnapps, cutting just a few branches off and putting it all into the bottle after a gentle rinse in cold water.
I got the plants (there are plenty of them) and had to go home quickly because our gas furnace needed a repair and the technician was on his way. Today I will plant the myrica gale in my garden down by the stream where the environment is similar to what they are used to; moist and shadowy.
A third place is actually not a place but an old railroad which is now a very popular biking, hiking and running path. In spring and summer, I gather plants for flavouring schnapps, such as goldenrods, lady’s bedstraw and meadowsweet. I also pick elderflower for a wonderful syrup loved by the kids. There a plenty of apple trees grown from the apple cores thrown out of the windows when a train was passing. mist of them are quite sour, so we leave them for the birds.
The railroad was closed in 1993 and today it is an almost 80 km long path from Grindsted in the south to Funder near Silkeborg in the north.