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We set off from our apartment in Viereth Trunstadt, along a creek, beside farms and headed towards the lovely forest.
We stopped to chat with a lovely ederly woman in German. She looked Polish and her dog was named Janusz which sounds like a Polish name not German but I could be wrong. Janusz is an old dog, an opa (grandpa) she said. He was crazy about chasing sticks and carried large sticks to me while our children capered around, delighted to be with a dog. The woman was using walking sticks and was accompanied by a younger woman with a disability and a young woman with a baby. It was nice to chat with them in the first sunshine we’ve had in this trip and they made us feel welcome and at home.
We walked into the forest and had a wonderful time investigating and capering around.
We stood and speculated about why this hunting blind is fenced away and why a nearby drum holds grains and why there are patches of the forest floor covered with apples. We figured that the grains and apples are there to entice and feed wild pigs so that the hunters can kill them. Do you know if we are right? An internet search revealed that hunters buy licences to hunt on private land, for 9 years and that it’s strictly regulated and the hunter is responsible for any damage done by wild pigs on that land.
Up the hill we passed a man cutting down dead trees.
Further along a man was walking with a basket on his arm. I smiled and waved and he walked over to talk with us. He called out in German as he approached and when I said that we couldn’t understand he replied es tut mir leid (I’m sorry) which is a sweet response. He spoke slowly and clearly in German and we were able to have a basic conversation about the mushrooms that he was collecting. He explained the difference between the edible and poisonous. He made a joke that you’ll know the next morning either way. He asked where we were staying, where we were from, why we were there and commented on the nice weather. We agreed that it’s lovely to be able to take a stroll in the forest so close to the village and he finished with you can’t do that in a big city. I agree! We can do it here in Trondheim though and we love it!