Monday, February 19, 2024

German officials

 On Februry 1st my address was given to 9 postcrossers in Germany!! I've got a bit of everything, churches, mills, sheeps, lighthouses, city views.... These are all from the north of the country.
DE-13872770, sent by Erika. 
Westerstede is a town in northwest Lower Saxony.
With its remarkable 48 m high tower, St. Petri-Kirche (Church of Saint Peter),  it is not only the oldest building in Westerstede but also the real town's landmark and the biggest church in the Ammerland region. The roman-gothic sacral building was erected during the period of the pontificate of the archbishop of Bremen (1123-1148). The latest three renovations (the Westtower, the Clockhouse and the Nave) were accomplished between 1979 and 1998. - in:
DE-13872771, sent by Achim.
 De Lütje Anja mill located in Ganderkesee, also in Lower Saxony. It was probably built in 1870 as a grain mill. It was in operation at this location until 1958. 
There is now a wedding room in the former stone floor and a tea room in the former sacking floor.

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DE-13872766, sent by Veronika.
Sheep prosper on the salty fringes of the southern coast of the North Sea. This area is home to sheep husbandry since the earliest of times. Centuries, maybe millennia even, before the Romans arrived.  
Sheep thrive in the wider North Sea area because of the wet climate making the extensive grass pastures, which is the food of sheep, to stay green and grow longer than elsewhere. 
In the past, because of the vastness of pastures needed to feed sheep, sheep literally had to be sulla strada, on the road. Moving from one pasture to another. This was the work of shepherds and their dogs. The coastal area from Flanders to Denmark provides an infinite supply of grass-covered dikes, polders ’embanked land’, and tidal marshlands. So-called schaapsdriften ‘sheep drovers’ were dikes and roadsides along which sheep graze. Shepherds, or drovers, could make a living from the Early Middle Ages until more or less the eighteenth century, although few traditional shepherds were still active in the Zwin region in Flanders until just after the Second World War. Today, dikes and adjacent roads are partitioned with fences and cattle grids, and sheep are being moved from one section to another and back again.  - in:

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