HakkemosenSeptember 17, 2018 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C
Hakkemosen is the refuge we have sought 40km from the centre of Copenhagen. Considering it is on the edge of an industrial estate it manages to feel very rural, despite the distant drone of traffic from the surrounding motorways and the occasional clangs of heavy machinery. It is bordered by woodland and has a large open green with picnic tables and a fire pit surrounded by four, substantial, well used logs arranged in a square. Paths of cut grass lead off into the woods and if you follow them you'll come to a lake as pretty as any you'd find out in the wilds. Signs of the city are however present at the small car park we are staying in for two nights. A blackened patch and broken glass indicate a car has been burned out and a large enclosed blue metal rubbish skip sits behind us.
We came straight from a day exploring the capital. Although it is a fantastic place we breathed a sigh of relief to be away from the city lights. Neither of us felt like moving on in the morning so Will headed to the lake with his fishing gear and Vicky stayed in, catching up with the blog and doing a bit of cleaning and clothes washing. She'd found an article that said you could use conkers as a laundry detergent and as the green was lined with Horse Chestnut trees, their leaves turning brown and curling and their shiny mahogany coloured fruit splitting its spiky green pods, she went foraging! Taking 6 conkers she chopped and then heated them in water, before poured the liquid through a sieve into the clothes washing barrel with a few drops of eucalyptus oil. It seemed to work just as well as the soap nut mixture she normally makes and was free!
She was glad she collected the conkers first thing because a class of young children arrived with a large bucket and went around picking every one they could find, their teachers even going so far as to hit the branches with sticks to dislodge more! It was lovely to watch them scampering around; children in a lot of countries we have travelled in seem to have more freedom than they do in the UK schools. As well as the little ones there were 16 teenagers with an adult. They arrived on bikes and spent the morning doing activities in the woods. Four of them erected a small modern wig wam and chopped wood unsupervised to make a fire for when the others came back for lunch. With their freedom, we get the impression that children are expected to be more responsible and they seem to live up to this challenge.
Will's morning at the lake extended to half past 2 when Vicky marched over and fetched him for his lunch after he didn't answer his phone. She did let him go back after ensuring his call volume was turned up! He found it really peaceful there and the perfect come down from our Copenhagen adventure.Read more