This gallery shows various scenes from the area around Haderslev, Denmark, including the house and dog we looked after in the hamlet of Over Aastrup, the pretty fields around the house, Orby beach (where we walked the dog), old churches and windmills in the nearby countryside, and our trip on a paddle boat down the Haderslev fjord to the lovely small island of Aaro.
Rolling wheat fields along the Haderslev fjord, where we took a boat trip
One of many thatched-roof houses in the area
A house getting a new thatched roof; the skill of thatching with rushes is alive and well in Jutland. If cared for properly, these roofs last for decades.
After local authorities denied this man permission to permanently moor a houseboat in the fjord, he built a motorized platform and put his camper on it. He's been living there for three years.
Our boat trip ended at Aaro Island, which has about 200 residents, mainly farmers and fishermen
The cutest of many cute houses on Aaro
The little church on Aaro
Orby beach near Haderslev, where we took Maddie the labrador for walks
Orby beach is full of sharp pebbles, unlike the smooth stones on Lake Michigan beaches
Ripening wheat fields
Karen and Ervin Jessen, a Haderslev couple who belong to the same international hospitality group that we do, Servas
The Jessens' house, a converted barn
The Jessens gave us dinner in this glass pavilion in their yard. Such glass rooms allow Danes to enjoy the summer sun even when the temperatures are cool.
Before dinner we took a walk around the countryside
Ejsbol Lake, where more than 3,000 Viking-era artifacts were found in the 1990s when the lake was drained for a development scheme (see the "Danish Archaeology" gallery)