The views, from the bus on the road to Silkeborg, made me want to ask the driver if he would stop, for just a few minutes, allowing me to compose landscape shots. This was even more tempting on returning to Viborg, with the dapple of late afternoon light.
We enjoyed our lørdag exploring the town and lakes in relatively sunny weather…meaning, it didn’t rain!
Kate has taught many a class about Tollund Man and this made the Silkeborg Museum our first destination. Sarah refused to look at the exhibit as it was too scary. Fair enough. I guess looking at dead bodies is an acquired taste, even for history enthusiasts. She sat with her back to the room, on a stool, while we ogled the amazingly peaceful looking body. Lucy is not so delicate. She happily read that the head is preserved but the rest of the body is a ‘just’ a reconstruction.
Did you play ‘knuckles’ at school? I did, in infants. The exhibit above made me remember this game, long lost to my memory. It appears to have been called ‘astragals‘ and dates back to the Iron Age. I used plastic but bones make for good toys, I’m sure. Basically, you had to throw the pieces in the air and pick other ones up off the ground while banking them on the back of your hand. A simple game of skill but strangely addictive.
The museum is small but had some interesting artefacts and displays tracing life in the region over the least 10 000 years. The information about life in an Iron Age village was interesting. The lesser known ‘bog body’ of Elling Woman, who dates back to the third century BCE, was found 50 metres and 12 years before Tollund Man and is believed to have been sacrificed around the same time. Her body is wrapped in a sheepskin cape and was not well-preserved compared to her more famous peer. Her hair is intricately braided. Sarah said I should write that it is true that ‘a nit’ was found in her hair. This braiding tutorial can have you sporting a fashionable, Iron Age, hairdo in no-time. Lucy wants Kate to refine her hairdressing skills.
The wool in the picture above is coloured with a dye made from mushrooms. I am uncertain if this process dates back into the same period as the bog bodies but certainly has been rediscovered by local artisans. We were all impressed with the bright colours attained using different kinds of mushrooms.
We suspected it may be best not to chew on some of the clothes though.
The town is famous for its lakes and it was pleasant to feel sun on face as we strolled.
It was just the night before we asked Helge and Karin, who treated us to a sumptuous feast at their very tranquil home near Skive, about Halloween in Denmark. They seemed to think kids were celebrating this nowadays and we saw evidence of preparations in the shops.
It has been the first day for ages, I have been able to randomly wander taking photos, without the challenge of changing lenses in the rain. Managed quite a few pics. Lucy and I happily messed around in the streets.
I jumped in front of this ‘wedding-mobile’.
My favourite photo was this one, snapped as the very law-abiding skaters waited for the signal to cross the road.