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My chickens speak Danish

So when I visit another land I like to look for connections.

Things that link to the way we live.

As we walked to the metro in Copenhagen there were worms on the pavement by the truckload.

Squished worms, crispy worms, flattened worms.

Those that were still alive were rescued.
Those that were not, were not.

Funny how worms do that apparently it’s to avoid drowning in heavy rain, which we had missed, but the downside is that pavements aren’t really suitable for worms particularly if the slabs heat up.

So bugs in weird places; that was worms.


Connection Number 2 was a few metres further on.
Under the elevated tram lines nestled between two special barriers; two gardens.

A Victoria plum tree, fruit bushes and onions all easy to pick out in spite of the cold.


It was really nice to see such a thing in a brand new area that’s recently been added in Copenhagen. The apartments and transpiration is in place and gardens are already being added.


People everywhere doing similar things; growing food alongside the other stuff of life.


Yes, almost forgot. The chickens.

They say ‘tak, tak!’ when we feed them. This means ‘thank you’ in Danish!

Crucially the Danes we met were so friendly and polite, this word will stay in my mind when I feed the girls as a lasting memory!



8 comments on “My chickens speak Danish

  1. Jenni
    March 24, 2014

    so very random


  2. Expat Eye
    March 24, 2014

    I only knew one Danish word – hygge 😉 So you (and your chickens) have expanded my vocabulary!


    • lizard100
      March 24, 2014

      Those two words would stand you well! In any language!


      • Expat Eye
        March 24, 2014

        My German quest begins soon – that’ll test your theory 😉


      • lizard100
        March 24, 2014

        In Dutch you’d need bedankt and plezier.


  3. rabthepict
    March 25, 2014

    Tak tak for a great weekend xxx


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