• People,  Places

    a very bavarian day

    There are days which are long but not in the sense of drudgery. Instead the hours are lengthened by wonder. Time seems to still. Recently we had such a Saturday. A day of tall trees, blue skies smattered with cloud, and warm sunlight lighting green, green grass. Everything seems tall in Bavaria. The hills. The dense stands of trees which crown them. The lakeside houses with their soaring cornices which pierce the sky. And finally, the folk and their abiding respect and love for this dramatic rolling landscape, near the shores of Konstanz. Up in the hills, close to the Austrian border, where the luminous grass is softly munched by bright eyed, glossy coated cows, we got to know a man of towering knowledge and strength but also of great gentleness and patience. Eckart, the hero of our story, reads the hills, counts the birds and forages heaps of porcini mushrooms…

  • Places

    goldau nature park

    Until we find a way to restore this planet to its former glory, the ethics of animals in confinement will remain contentious. However, an appreciation of nature in all its many forms is something I’m completely behind. As a species inhabiting so many artificial environments which seem to cater to our needs we humans seem to forget that we are not separate from this Earth but of it. Contact with living, breathing animals other than ourselves might help us to appreciate all that we could gain by caring for our world rather than simply exploiting it as a stockpile of resources. At Goldau, amid the rubble of he 1806 landslide tragedy, has risen a wildlife centre where you can take an up-close look at a variety of wildlife, from fierce and formidable predators including bears, wolves and lynxes and much more docile and approachable fauna such as deer and mountain sheep.…