The Eilen Riede (say “EYE-len REE-duh”), Hannover’s huge city forest, is one of the top ten things I’ll miss when we move back to the States over the summer. The Eilen Riede is twice as large as NYC’s Central Park and has 130 kilometers of walking and bike trails.
One of our favorite things to do as a family is to ride our bikes there. In fact, both of our kids learned to ride on the wide forest paths.
The little white flowers you see, according to German friends, are bärlauch, a wild garlic relative. I’m told people do collect and cook with it—you use the leaves, not the bulbs. Evidently there are several bärlauch items on restaurant menus right now, too.
Often we stop at one of the many playgrounds in the Eilen Riede, several of which have little snack bars—even decent cappucino in china cups! Last Saturday we found instead a few surprises in an unexpected spot.
This old stump was full of collected moss, perfect for a witchy potion.
And this tree fort seemed to have sprung up on its own:
I love the way the hideout is so simple, no fasteners, and it just blends into the landscape. I think we’re going to have to recreate this one in our American back yard.
And what would a forest trip be without yet another stick to take home? Ummm…yeah. Just what we need in our flat.
In other news, the weather is still quite chilly (by my Carolina spring standards) and I’m really hoping it will warm up soon. We’re still wearing insulated rain coats and scarves and hats.
Spain posts are still coming, I promise. Hope your week started out well!
*information about the Eilen Riede’s size and trails comes from wikipedia