Presents for Bedstefar Carlos

Bedstefar Carlos’ didn’t wish for anything particular for his birthday so we decided to give him money so that he could go shopping on his own. I do think that money is one of the most unoriginal presents you can give, so the kids and I strive to add a little bit of originality. This time we made a bunch of coins in to catterpillars and then stuvk with that theme and made catterpillar greetings and catterpillar cupcakes and Bedstefar Carlos was very pleased with everything.

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Money Birds

Giving money as a gift is always something I have a hard time with as I think it lacks originality and because I really enjoy the whole process of trying to find just the right thing for the occasion. Nevertheless, money was what Bedstefar Carlos was wishing for this year (it was going towards something expensive which I can’t remember) and I figured the least we could do was spice up the gift a bit. A while ago, I had seen some cute birds made from pine cones on Pinterest and I figured the coins would be ideal for stabilizing the birds/pine cones. We started out just doing a few but then we had so much fun that we decided to represent the entire side of the Danish family with birds.  22 birds in total and Elliot ensured that even the twins that Aunt Louise and Uncle David are expecting were represented.

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Exploring the Northern part of Jutland

We took a week in July to the northwest coast of Jutland were we had rented a summerhouse close to the beach. We were enlightened by a visit for from Mormor and Bedstefar Carlos for some of the days we were there and they were very happy to have the opportunity to join us in our exploration of the region. One of the unique features of the area is the ever shifting sand dunes which move a few meters a year.  Because of this phenomenon buildings in the path of the moving sand eventually get buried. One example of this is the medieval church you can see below.  The church was built in the 15th century but during the last half of the 18th century it was partially buried by sand from the nearby dunes. The congregation had to dig out the entrance each time a service was to be held. The struggle to keep the church free of sand lasted until 1795, when it was abandoned and today only the steeple isn’t covered by sand. In the pictures below we have also climbed a huge sand dune to get a view of Rubjerg Knude lighthouse – or what’s left of it. This structure was also fighting against the sand dunes for many years until eventually the preservation work clearing away the sand dune was ceased.  In Skagen, which is the northernmost point of Denmark, we also got to experience a rare phenomenon. This is where the North Sea and the Baltic Sea meet but the two opposing tides cannot merge as they have different densities and temperatures. You can easily see the waves crash into each other and when they meet they cause turbulences that make it a dangerous area to cross by boat. Finally, we also did a trip to Hirtshals lighthouse were we visited a bunker museum and got a guided tour of the bunkers.

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