Brillegård: A gem in the heart of Denmark (Day 3)

Woot! Here’s Day 3 of my weekend trip to Svendborg. Weeks had passed, but the feeling is still there. Thanks to the hospitality of Grandma E & co.!

With only half of the day to spend, we decided to stay at home, an opportunity for me to see the hidden beauty of the the old farm house. Grandma E woke up early to tend to her garden. I wanted to help with the tilling of the soil and removing of the grass and wild shrubs, but the harsh pain in my lower back hindered me from moving too much. The good thing was there was plenty to do in the farm, so I kept myself busy for a while filling the paper pots we made the other night with fertile soil.

The planting lot
The planting lot

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Oh. I am really notorious when it comes to plants. So I really admire green-thumbed people like Grandma E! 😉 Meanwhile, my travel buddy kept herself busy by pretending to be a monkey. haha

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Grandma E promised to show me the rest of the farm house, and to take me to a vineyard nearby. A vineyard! Yes! Working in a vineyard was an old dream of mine. After watching a film with people stomping on grapes, I had the desire to work in a vineyard, harvest the grapes, put them in a huge barrel, lift up my skirt, and do some tap dancing. XD But later on, I found out that they are now using modern equipment in the vineyards. And so, my heart was broken. But I have long moved on. 😉

While waiting for grandma, travel buddy and I played hide-and-seek. She then showed me the little house where grandma likes to sleep in the afternoon.

Hide-and-seek
Hide-and-seek

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Grandma's hiding place
Grandma’s hiding place
Travel buddy making a sign to mark the place as our territory
Travel buddy making a sign to mark the place as our territory

After a couple of hours, Grandma E finally had some time for me again. As I wrote before, she teaches weaving once a week. I had the privilige to see the weaving room and learn some things about weaving!

The classroom
The classroom

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She showed me samples of her students’ works and also hers. She also showed me finished products used in exhibitions. Very interesting, indeed! After that, Grandma E showed her sentimental side. In one of the rooms you will find some wedding ornaments used by her daughter more than a decade ago. 😀 She also has things handed down by her mom and grandma and great grandma — some of which were used many years ago. She said that she used some of the things in an exhibition showing women’s lives in the olden days.

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I told you. Grandma E lives in a museum! 😉 Time was running so fast and we only had a couple of hours left before we head off to the train station, so we walked fast to the neighbor’s place to visit the vineyard.

Skaarupøre Vingaard : The taste of Fyn
Skaarupøre Vingaard : The taste of Fyn

The owners of the vineyard are both retired teachers. They said that they were doing the brewing for a hobby, but it seems like they were just being modest, i.e., it was a formal family business. The vineyard is not very big, but still! They have the brewery station and a nice cottage where they do conferences and wine-tasting. They also sell different kinds of wine, and also their very own cider and beverages.

Some finished products
Some finished products

I’m not an expert in alcoholic beverages, and it was only recently that I learned about alcohol content. The very nice neighbor showed me the equipment they use to calculate the alcohol content. So cool!

Skaarupøre Vingaard
Skaarupøre Vingaard
Skaarupøre Vingaard
Skaarupøre Vingaard
Baby grapes
Baby grapes

You can read more about Skaarupøre Vingaard on this webpage: http://www.skaaruporevin.dk/. They accept people who would like to experience living and working in a vineyard for a short period of time, so maybe I would contact them someday. haha Oh, the webpage is in Danish though. 😉

On our way back, Grandma E bought some Danish strawberries! It’s the freshest strawberries, and indeed, they taste very good! The Danes in the countryside practice the honesty system very well. There was no one minding the strawberries, but the vendors trust that the people buying would leave the money in a metal box hanging on the side.

Grandma E and the precious strawberries
Grandma E and the precious strawberries

The weekend was short, but it had been a fun, educational, and relaxing time for me and my travel buddy. I am happy to catch a glimpse of one of the many sides of Denmark! I had a colorful stay in Denmark, although I wouldn’t want to live there for good. haha Anyway, I wish the world more kind-hearted people like Grandma E and Grandpa K!

My wonderful hosts
My wonderful hosts

If you missed the first two days in Svendborg:

A Brille-‘good’ weekend trip to Brillegård (Day 1)

A car ride across Svendborg (Day 2)

 

Until next time! 😉

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