Even though winter this year wasn’t too severe it is quite long and probably most of us await a real beginning of spring, not just in the calendar. To comfort you I can only say that in the world of plants and animals you can see nervous anticipation for a while now, and whenever there is a warmer day they us it to the fullest.
Mild winter (especially its beginning) made mezereon completely confused. Poor litle thing started blooming in December as it thought the spring this season came “a bit” earlier. It seemed to be a despreate move, but in fact forst and snow in January didn’t damage it. At the end of march it is still blooming and shares its own charm.
Hazel trees are also getting ready for awakening. Male inflorescences since febrauary are looking forward to warmer days to make all people suffering from allergy afraid of going out. Femals inflorescences, small and inconspicuous, are still hidden in buds. They are quite shy, as you can see only a small red bits of flower and only if you take a very close look. But it is from these buds after pollination we will enjoy hazel nuts.
We need sun straight away!
Out of winter hibernation also ants got awaken. They leave their nests and sit in the sun. Is it laziness? NO! Nothing but laziness. In fact it is a very hard work. When they get warm enough they come back to their nests and make inside warmer by sharing their body temperature. It’s like a special way of heating up their house.
We also have a reason to wake up out of hibernation. Easter is coming. This year Resurrection Day will be quite early, so we wouldn’t count on crazy spring at that time. But despite of gloomy weather outside of your window we wish you, Dear Readers, a lot of sunshine in your heart and soul, to make Easter time a chance not only to eat delicious food, but also to awake and make yourself open for a change, new challenges and goals.
Heritage without heirs
After I World War in Europe people started using American custom of building memorials for soldiers killed in front. They were built also on our land, which was inhabited by German population. Many people have died in the War, including 4 citizens of Przezdziedza, and in fact Dippelsdorf. In some houses there was a mourning: someone’s husband died, or brother, or father. Someone’s neighbour was gone, someone’s friend. Inhabitants of Dippelsdorf decided to build a memorial for killed ones. They believed that future generations would not forget in this way about the sacrifice of their ancestors. They couldn’t foresee only one thing: resettlement. They could know that after many years it not gonna be sons looking at the memorial, but strangers.
Falling into oblivion
Many memorials were destroyed by military actions accidently, but many of them were damaged while resettling. For new inhabitants they didn’t have any value: new citizens didn’t have connections with people for whom the memorials were built. That’s why those monuments had a lot of luck if they were allowed to stay in the grass and between trees where they were unnoticed, as no one liked this kind of buildings. Some of the unfortunately were damaged, and the description plates underneath changed according to someone’s fantasy. In this way memorials without their wardens were dying as their soldiers.
“Dem gefallenen Helden” – for fallen heros
Memrial in Przezdziedza was the lucky one. It survived. Why it wasn’t destroyed we will never know. Maybe it was because of warm welcoming of resettled Poles by inhabitants (and we write about it here). Not so long ago the memorial was unnoticeable between bushes on side road and not many people knew at all it was there. Today it presents itself to everyone who wants to spend a while to know the names of 4 Germans, who lost their lives fighting for their homeland. The monuments in Przezdziedza is quite modest- it is like a boulder into which a stome plate was put. On top of it you can find soldier’s helmet (Stahlhelm). In upper part you can spot craved in oak leaves, which are symbols of masculinity and wisdom. Below them a big inscription “1914 Weltkrieg 1918″ – 1914 World War 1918. Following:
“Den gefallen Helden
Gewidm. von der dankbaren Gemeinde
und dem Milkärverein Dippelsdorf”
(For fallen heroes
given by grateful community
and military association of Dippelsdorf)
Underneath this inscription there are two iron crosses (Eisernes Kreuz),which were the highest military award in Germany. We can also read names of four inhabitants of Dippelsdorf and dates of their death following:
Its good to know that inhabitants of Przezdziedza many years ago saved this memorial and recently they revived it by renewing it. Today the monument and direct surrounding is clean and taken care of and it can be a local tourist attraction. Lets not forget though the memorial is a place of reflection. Not only reflection about life, but also about heroic fight in war front. It’s also a chance to reflect about history, irony of fate and emotions, which lead people during crucial events.
Be welcome in Agatowe Kamyki!
Who doesn’t want to live in a quiet place, close to the water with a window on the forest? And the best if it would be somewhere at the end of the world, where all sorrows are finished and where time flows a bit slower. Where days are filled with birds’ singing and nights with star shine.
Just a dream? No bigger mistake than this. This place exists. And moreover… it awaits all of us.
Rest beside Bobr
From the beginning of June Mrs Barbara, the owner of Agatowe Kamyki, accommodates guests. Whole last year she was renewing the house to make an official opening for all guests who want some peace and rest. This is a perfect place for tourism. Silence, water, forest. The house is located far from any other buildings in a silent and remote area. Perfect location for walking tours, cycling, kayaking and short trips around nearby castles and palaces. Agatowe Kamyki are located just beside the river Bobr – which according to experienced kayakers is one of the most beautiful rally tracks in Poland.
If a thing is worth doing it is worth doing well
It’s obvious that the owner puts all her heart into the house. Not so long ago nobody would ever thought that it can be so beautiful. The house is surrounded by greenery with a huge fireplace, benches underneath the roof for BBQ and swings and slide for kids. And inside stylish rooms with amazing views on river, forest…and deers which like to walk in the mornings in front of the windows. But it’s not all. According to made up plan there are already bicycles for the guests, pontoons and kayaks and moreover soon the owner wants to open sauna and … sphere (for those who don’t know – it’s gonna be a big wooden bath equipped in a built-in stove to make water hot enough to be able to bathe in it even in the winter time, where all around is freezing frost or snow).
Well… If a thing is worth doing it is worth doing well !
Mrs Barbara in Agatowe Kamyki can accommodate guests in few rooms : one for 3 people and 4 rooms for 2 people. Rooms are equipped in TV and shared bathroom (excepted marriage apartment and one apartment for 2 people where you have your own bathroom) and two of rooms have an access for a balcony. Guests can also use spacious kitchen with all inventory and they can count on help of Mrs Barbara, who with her charm and smile would do whatever she can to make the stay of the guests enjoyable.
So who would like to spend his holiday in Przezdziedza? We cordially invite!
Contact: Barbara Madej, phone: 693 159 001
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