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Der var så dejligt ude på landet by © Kira Bodensted

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The ugly duckling by H.C. Andersen starts like this…
It was lovely summer weather in the country, and the golden corn, the green oats, and the haystacks piled up in the meadows looked beautiful. The stork walking about on his long red legs chattered in the Egyptian language, which he had learnt from his mother. The corn-fields and meadows were surrounded by large forests, in the midst of which were deep pools. It was, indeed, delightful to walk about in the country. In a sunny spot stood a pleasant old farm-house close by a deep river, and from the house down to the water side grew great burdock leaves, so high, that under the tallest of them a little child could stand upright. The spot was as wild as the center of a thick wood. In this snug retreat sat a duck on her nest, watching for her young brood to hatch; she was beginning to get tired of her task, for the little ones were a long time coming out of their shells, and she seldom had any visitors. The other ducks liked much better to swim about in the river than to climb the slippery banks, and sit under a burdock leaf, to have a gossip with her.

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i took this picture in The Open Air Museum, Lyngby, Denmark.

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  • Renate  Dartois
    Renate Dartois9 months ago

    What a charming farmhouse and a wonderful story telling to go with it-beautiful capture Kira…

  • Glad you like it Renate, and a sprinkle of good old Hans Christian too ☺

    – © Kira Bodensted

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarke9 months ago

    One of my favorite stories. Love this Kira.

  • Yes, mine too – it’s a classic. Thank you very much Bunny ☺

    – © Kira Bodensted

  • Christel  Roelandt
    Christel Roel...9 months ago

    Very beautiful shot, love the colours of the farmhouse in all that greenery and what a fabulous match you found in that story!! Great combination, Kira!! xx Christel, happy day, dear!

  • They are so beautiful those old houses, and the title popped into my head – the start of the story.
    So pleased you like it Christel. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Happy day to you too. xox

    – © Kira Bodensted

  • hanspeters
    hanspeters9 months ago

    I like the picture with this beautiful farmhouse but I have no idea what the title means.

  • The title is the start of The Ugly Duckling by H.C. Andersen (in Danish) – click “Description” for the English version.
    Thank you. ☺

    – © Kira Bodensted

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