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By Kai-Uwe Nielsen

Anglia - Flensborg Fjord

Wintertime and Springtime

Only a few knew that in the mass exodus of Germans during the forth and fith century AD also the tribe of the Angles came England and gave this country its name. Even fewer people have been ever in the original homeland of these Teutons, the small region called Anglia or Angeln. The province of Anglia is defined in the North by the Flensborg Fjord (Flensburger Förde) a beautiful firth, in the South by the Slei of Sleswick, a long and narrow firth, in the East by the Baltic Sea and in the West by the outwash plain called Geest. It is a hilly region shaped by the Ice Age with small villages that are dominated by agriculture. The peasantry is rich since the soil is fruitful. As a specialty in agriculture they fence their field by so called Knicks, hedges that grow on low embankments and are often trimed what means Knick. This landscape feature also recalls the old celtic fields in Wales. These hedges are very important for the microclimate of the soil. Since there is often a strong and cold wind from the western directions these hedges protect the young crop. The coast of Anglia is characterized by sandy cliffs and beech wood. In springtime with the young shoots and the light green leaves it is a very charming area in vicinity of the cities of Flensburg or Sleswick. The exploding nature in sprintime with the flowering hedges and nowadays the yellow fields with the „Raps“, an oilcrop (Brassica napus), produces a strong odor and demonstrates that the summer in northern Germany must be short. Rooted to the soil, the native inhabitants are conscious of their traditions and open-minded but it is nearly impossible to become one of them. One finds not seldom stubborns and the small roads winding around their fields are documenting their acquis in land. Maybe here exists a strong relationship with the Brit. But if you have been there one time you came back certainly. More….

Firth of Flensburg (Flensborg Fjord)
Wintertime and Springtime
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