Saturday 2 April 2011
I visited alone some days ago and since we have to-day such beautiful weather it was a good idea to cycle together the Diemel-Radweg till Wülmersen.
A romantic path, going along forest, with views on green fields, now and then near the river. A journey to enjoy and to remember.
Yesterday evening I learned again a lot about our surroundings. Due to the debate in Germany on nuclear power stations, we talk about the station in Würgassen, one of the first commercial used one in Germany. In 1971 is was ready to start and in 1997 closed, after several defects and the outdatedness of it, it was not protected against airplane accidents. And the irony was that the Nato held several exercises with F-16's near the bridge over the Weser in case the Warshaw pact countries would attack it. The power plant only one kilometer placed from it.
And then it will take another 3 years at least before the "Rückbau" as they say here is completed. The waste is not restored in the neighbourhood, but in a location where it has to be put before the government has decided where to restore it forever. If there will be such a place.
Our neighbours came to Karlshafen in 1971 and the first thing they became when going to the authorities was a strip with iodine capsules to be used by catastrophe or better before this happened. Some people moved away, but then it brought much work and huge richness to the people of Beverungen.
Tchernobyl was mentioned of course, children not allowed to play outside for 14 days or more.
I can always ask them about the wildlife here or the swans (every years the young ones are chased away from the harbour), and the roes (who has eaten my tulips) and the "Waschbären" Procyon lotor, (english name unknown to me,
they do not appear in Great Britain till now I think). And many other interesting subjects.
I am going down the hill now, and up the hill where the horses are.
In a couple of hours my daughter will arrive from London and spend the following weeks with us. What an utterly joy for us!