Thursday and December has hit us and Billed Bladet is out.
And what treats do we have this week?
There is the Australia vist, which is covered massively. - Thas been posted.
In the Q&A we have something about the Flora Danica set, which was a wedding present for M&F.
(I might take it if a moderator will guide me as to where to post it).
Princess Benedikte went to Gustavskirken (church) in Copenhagen and told us a bit about Christmas in Berleburg.
We have some background info on the recipeint of the Cross of Valour, which was presented for the first time recently, but as it isn't specifically about the DRF I'll probably omit it.
Summary of article in Billed Bladet #48, 2011.
Nikolai og Felix til farfars jagt - Nikolai and Felix to (paternal) grandfather's hunt.
Written by Annelise Weimann.
The royal in Gribskov near Fredensborg is the grandest of the hunts of the season and it traditionally ends with a grand dinner at Fredensborg.
This year Nikolai and Felix went to see the game parade, with torches, and horns blowing in honour of the game.
Nikolai and Felix shook hands with and thanked the helpers at the hunt. QMII were also present with her grandsons.
47 animals had been shot.
Eighteen hunters and their wives had been invited for the dinner, along with a few "soup-hunters", who didn't taka part in the actual hunt.
There is no dancing afterwards, instead they play bridge.
Among the hunters were Prince Richard of Berleburg who had fallen at home and apparantly broken his little finger.
Prince Gustav was there and so was Prince Georg Friedrich of Preussia, who in an alternative world would be Emperor of Germany.
Now, while the menfolks go hunting the ladies go on an excursion, usually to see some cultural events or exhibition. Normally QMII is leading the whole show, but she joined the party later, she had to attend her ballet class. (*)
Princess Benedikte and Carina Axelsson were amon the ladies. Our Marie was not there. (**)
(*) It's beneficial for her in general and her knees in particular, so I guess she attends her ballet whenever at all possible.
(**) Perhaps she was on the job or had opted to stay clear. It is known that QMII can get exited about some cultural subjects and talk at length about that. - Going nerd...
Alas, QMII is the alpha-female, so you tag along, no matter how limited your enthusiasm is.
Okay, I know this is a controversial subject. I don't hunt myself but as I see it there is a need to cull the population of deers, to prevent overpopulation. - Or nature will "cull" the population the hard way.
The surplus animals can't migrate, so the alternative to shooting some of them is:
B) Predation. - More animals get run over by cars in their search for food.
C) Starvation. - All of them starve! As I understand it starving is unpleasant and it's the weak, old and youngest who die first, but all
the animals starve.
Some times elks from Sweden try to swim across to DK, usually due to overpopulation. Most drown and the very few who make it almost invaribly die from exhaustion, or stress when they discover that DK is heavily populated.
The animals who have been shot, belongs to the state, and the hunters have to pay for them if they want deer on the dinner table.