Germany and the Black Forest

09
Sep

Germany and the Black Forest

Germany

This is the travel agenda for Monday August 26th. We tried to drag our poor bodies out of a warm bed, Chris and I, Dodie and Jeff to greet the taxi at 4:30 am. Then we went to Norm’s B&B to drag him out of his bed. Then a plane ride from Cork to London, all together now.

Late, without one essential piece of luggage, we arrived in Frankfurt Airport. Travel and sleep on the way to southern Baden-Wuttenberg outside of Freiberg. Had dinner, marvelous spread of local food, was ready for us. We ate our way through food we didn’t know existed before in the company of two others, Meinrad Joos and Gerhard Ost our driver.

Diana and Dr. Silke Lanninger present a delicious meal, Black Forest style!

Diana and Dr. Silke Lanninger present lunch, Black Forest style!

Sleep, sweet dreams in Dr, Silke Lanninger’s wonderful house, in the folding arms of the alpine green, striking up to the stars of the sky to morning…

The Black Forest is a place of rolling hills and steep valleys. There is a saying here that they have to, “cope with eight months of winter and four months of cold”. In general the residents of the valleys suffer from light deficiently and melatonin diseases. The cow’s bells sing the passage of the days.

The forests here are managed. It is visible to the eye of the botanist. The fern deposition throughout the forest is different to the primeval forests of Canada. And the industry is largely missing, The forests consist of Silver Fir (Abies alba), some Red Spruce (Picea abies), Larch (Larix europaea/L.decidua/L.japonica), Beech (Fagus sylvatica) and on the edges by the road, Rowan trees (Sorbus aucuparia) sport their red berries against the evergreens.

We went to a local sawmill, where Jeff & Norm got some wonderful photographs and sound. You will see this interesting place in the film. Then we went to a museum, not unlike the Upper Canada Museum. It was called the Freilichtmuseum Vogtsbaurnhof of local culture and three hundred year old methods of handling

Chris Kroeger, Diana, Meinrad Joos and Jeff McKay enjoy a moment in the woods after a successful interview

Chris Kroeger, Diana, Meinrad Joos and Jeff McKay enjoy a moment in the woods after a successful interview

timbers of the Black Forest. In the past most of the wood went to Holland. Now some goes to China also, because of the quality of the fibers for building

Today we will have interviews with some local landowners who manage their own forests under the advice of Dr. Silke Lanninger, our hostess. They are Ster W. Vollmer, Hans Buhler and Arne Kolb who is a forest ranger and expert photographer of nature.

Oh yes, there is a Rhodesian Ridgeback here also. A beauty. She jet propels herself into the forest and comes back to a short command.

The interview with Meinrad Joos was so nice. He had a lot of things to say about the management of the Black Forest. Follow him closely.

Next day we went to Schloss Burgeln on top of a big hill. This was with the aid of liebe freude von Schloss Burgeln. I spoke about the Kammer society, the origins of silivaculture and forestry.

Today, Sunday, we are back from Frieberg and laughed all the way home…

One last photo with our new friend and wonderful host Dr. Silke Lanninger before we head back to Canada

One last photo with our new friend and wonderful host Dr. Silke Lanninger before we head back to Canada

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