Summary of article in Billed Bladet #24, 2015.
Written by Trine Larsen.
BB of course has a massive coverage of Bella's first day on the job, with a number of very good pics BTW!
Bella performed her tasks with little but discreet guidance from mother in the form of a little nod here and there or a reassuring smile, the few times Bella looked at Mary for directions.
Sporting a Dutch braid (that's what it's called in DK at least) Bellas was met by several hundred locals at the port of Sælby where the ferry was to be baptized. After shaking hands with lots of people it was time for official business. She listened politely and patiently to the speeches and smiled when her name was mentioned.
After having smashed a bottle of cranberry juice against the ferry she got a jewellery set as a present and she exclaimed: Wauww, how nice neat/nice".
She certainly liked it, because she must have put on the necklace already on the way to the next event.
But it wasn't all about naming ferries, because Bella and mother was driven a few kilometers away to the farm that supplied the cranberry juice and here Mary and daughter was put to work picking (and testing...) strawberries, ensuring that the whole family had more than enough fresh strawberries for dessert that evening.
Bella is seen posing a little shy with a box of strawberries.
Okay, next and final event was the nature school, where there were a number of pettable animals, such as Swedish gute-sheep, who very practical don't need to be sheared, they just drop their coat. But Bella had fun hand-feeding the animals.
She was also taught about a stuffed fox and duck, and Bella had to feel how sharp the fox' teeth were.
Okay, time for some birds. Bella posed with a big horned owl, half the size of herself. They can BTW become 40 years old. The owl looked pretty untroubled by the many wacky humans around.
Less so for a falcon! Sitting on Bella's arm, the bird appeared to take a look at the human girl who made sure to keep her arm very
straight and her face as far as possible away from the beak and intimidating talons, and decided to take off. But the falconeer (or whatever it's called in English) had things under control.
But a fourteen day old falcon chick, now that was a more manageable (and less intimidating) size! In fact the chick was decidedly cute and very petteble. The handler, Louise Vedel Munk-Petersen said: "This fourteen days old falcon chick is also on its first job, so we wondered whether we can call it Isabella"? No problem!
The nature school is located right next to a shallow fjord, so Mary and Bella donned waders and proceeded out into the water to have a look at the wildlife there, in the shape of crabs, fish and shrimps. Bella marched confidently into the water with mother trailing somewhere behind.
Okay it was pretty interesting to learn about the animals but to actually hold a live, moving crab? Nah! "Eeiw, they are disgusting and gross". Mary laughed and asked whether she really wouldn't like to hold one anyway. Bella was not persuaded... Back on dry land Bella was asked what she liked the most about visiting the school: "To fish in those long... waders and then holding that eagle and those falcons".
The "eagle's" civilian title is actually Great Horned Owl, but then Bella is
only eight and she has had a lot of experiences that day, so who cares?
Bella wore a blazer from Zara Kids. A top from Norlie. Ballarinas from Petit, by Sofie Schnoor.
Mary wore a blazer from Alexander McQueen and earrings from Marianne Dulong.
You can find the report here: https://app.box.com/s/efscj77cu8juxwabrsqq1za4f7mzo1n8
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