Yesterday my youngest daughter Lise, my housemate Laerke and some friends of ours went to a Christmas market in a small place called Auning. The market was held in a manor house called Gammel Estrup, which is also an agricultural museum, and I was looking very much forward to it and to taking a lot of pictures I could show to you.
I was in good form actually and had a good start, where I got some nice pictures of the castle and of Lise, but then I got a bit too excited about a very nice ceiling decoration of festoons made from spruce and single red amaryllis flowers hanging down from it, and while I tried to take a picture of it, I dropped my phone, so it fell apart into all it’s pieces. Fortunately nothing was broken, but when I put everything together again, the phone asked me for a sim-code, which of course I didn’t have with me, so you have to take my word for it that the decoration was really beautiful.
So, instead of taking more pictures I concentrated about looking at the market, and I actually found quite a few nice things. I also stumbled over a former prime minister of ours, the former general secretary of Nato, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who stood in front of us in line to buy some hot cocoa. It was cold outside and something hot to drink seemed like a good idea, so I went against my normal diet low in carbohydrates and got the cocoa and also some traditional fluffy Danish pancakes called aebleskiver (apple slices).
The rest of the market we spend indoors, but on our way back to the car we saw some people taking down the Danish flags in a flag avenue leading from the public street down to the manor house. Taking down the flag is part of the law about how to handle the Danish flag Dannebrog. It’s put up after sunrise and taken down before sundown, otherwise it means you flag for the devil, and you can be sued for flagging outside the allowed time. I don’t know if anybody has been sued for it within the last 20 years, but it’s still a possibility.