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Throwback Thursday: sur la plage de Cancale

Here we are in Brittany again. At the beach of the picturesque¬†town of Cancale you can find this small square with some booths. They are selling oysters here. Right in front of the coast you can find oyster banks set up by fishermen to breed oysters and harvest them more easily. When enlarging the image you can see some of the banks in the water. The beach right next to this square ist covered over and over with oyster shells. I guess, thousands of generations of oyster shells are laying here, thrown away by the people who bought and eat them. It’s an interesting sound when walking over them.

Take care!

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Throwback Thursday: below the sea level

You’re wondering about the title of this post? ūüôā¬†At low tide I’m standing on the ground of the sea in Brittany and pointing my camera upwards. On this rock (and similar to the other rocks around) you can see many, many common or¬† blue mussels. They are eatable. Therefore they are i.e. cooked in white wine.

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Happy Easter!

Why bunnies for Easter? Why eggs for Easter? Why Easter?

The word easter is derived from the ancient germanic goddess Ostara. As a goddess rising from the east, she was responsible for fertileness and the spring. Many different cultural festivities and celebrations were connected to here: i.e. the easter fire and the fire wheels. These events were meant to cast out the winter daemons.

Bunnies get there babies in spring and they often have many of them. So, they are a symbol for fertileness. Btw. primarily rabbits were meant here instead of the hares or bunnies. While hare hide their babies in the boundary ridges and only come at night for a short visit to feed them, rabbits are having their babies in bigger amount around their holes.

Next the eggs. In medieval ages, the famers have had to pay taxes to the landowners. These taxes often / usually have had to be paid in natural produce. Depending on the exact region, the beginning of a new year was on March 1st, spring equinox or April 1st. On that day (new years day), taxes were due. So, the Lenten season also was the time to save food for uses them for paying the due taxes. But, starting from new years day, they were free, to use their products on their own again.

Easter is always on the first Sunday after the first spring full moon. So, we have the Lenten season lasting over the tax date. Eggs were also not allowed during Lenten season. So, the eggs from the Lenten season were marked with different colors to distinguish between old and fresh eggs.

Happy Easter!

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Bees still in danger

Last week I’ve read an article in a German political news magazine with very good reputation for publishing their reports from a very neutral point of view. They wrote about a research report, published recently by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).¬†I already wrote here about the huge decrease in insects around. But, this report is specific to bees.

The EFSA report said, they now have an evidence for the suspicion verbalised in 2013, that pesticides and insecticides based on Neonicotinoides (named  Clothianidin, Imidacloprid and Thiamethoxam which are used to safe seeds: i.e. rapeseeds) are an enormous danger for bees. Wild bees as well as domesticated bees.

According to experts, even tiniest doses of i.e. 4 billionth gram per bee is deadly. Weaker doses already endanger their ability to navigate, to learn, weaken the immune system and reduce the ability to fertilise.

Why do we need bees, one might say, combined with a statement about not eating honey. But, bees are much more important than for producing honey: without bees we won’t get much food. Even in greenhouses bees are working hard to pollinate¬†billions of blossoms each day. Not speaking about the huge industry like orchard growing i.e. apples, pears, plums, cherries and many other fruits. There’s a quote, four years after the bees, people extinct too. Although, this quote often is accredited to Albert Einstein, the real source is unknown. Even channels Darwin published a statement with a similar meaning. Nevertheless, the impact of the vanishing of bees will be huge.

Despite the European Union already restricted the allowed usage for these poisons (allowed only in greenhouses and of certain plants like winter grain), the restrictions are about to get tightened now.

This new report could be the final keystone to get these poisons forbidden. A very good new for the insects.

Our environment is already very seriously harmed. Help, to turn the clock backwards. Buy your food from local farmers, where you can ask them about their usage of poisons.

Take care!