May 16th: at 7 p.m. Marcin was scheduled to meet with people at the Villa Kreativ in Neulengbach – I was not part of the official itinerary but a few phone calls by Franz Nahrada cleared the way and Marcin and I were off to the railway station in Linz.
On the train Marcin made that ‘famous’ video showing my transformation from Inga – The English Trainer to Inga – The Village Elder. Not only the train was moving fast towards Neulengbach and points beyond….
What lovely, dedicated and hospitable people we met at the creative villa, we were still talking at the house of Florence and Reinhold till 1 a.m. Up at 6 a.m. onto the train, back to Linz where Michaela and Erich were waiting for us to take us to Wels and the Gruber family.
All the names of people we met are recorded in Marcin’s ‘paper’ brain (his ever present notebook) and all the corresponding videos are on his camera. [nb -Â I will put these up in here in the next few days – as always, there’s more footage than can be published in our ample spare time- Marcin] I’ll have to ask him to insert the videos into the right slots on my Blog. The whole Gruber Family is into Permagardening, you should see (on the videos) the huge variety of plants they have on their property! Father Gruber knows the Latin name of every plant!! He is truly amazing.
There is a video of Marcin running after the sheep, another one of him using the scythe almost like an expert. After having inspected everything and after testing the solar cooker mother Gruber put on an enormous spread for us. I’m certain their must be a video of it on M.’s camera. We ate a lot and we had some excellent (home-made, of course) Schnaps and liqueur to go with the meal. Again the magic hour was 1 a.m. and wake-up time at 6 a.m.
May 18th: Michaela and Erich drove us down to Carinthia where our first stop was the little recording studio of Bad Kleinkirchheim. They have their own, local TV station BKK TV. Birgit Morelli interviewed Marcin about OSE. She promised to send a copy of the video to Michaela. We’ll see it eventually, I’m sure.
Next stop was at Friedrich’s farm. Let me tell you, this fellow knows how to let others work for him. Want an example? He lets his pigs do the plowing for him (video). Unfortunately, nobody was quick enough to catch Marcin on film while he was riding a big pig!! He stayed on, too! Friedrich and his mother are quite a pair and Marcin fit right in. Again we were fed wonderful food: the beef was from a neighbor who raises his animals the natural, biological way, and boy could you taste the difference!
May 19th: Marcin’s talk was scheduled for 7 p.m. at the University of Klagenfurt. Michaela who had organized everything for this evening expected a handful of people to show up. Well, she was wrong, the large room was pretty full and people listened and asked question way past the allotted time. We finally all trooped into a pizza place close by and continued talking… you guessed it, bedtime was again 1 a.m.
May 20th: …. I have to consult Marcin’s paper brain, I can’t remember.
Enough for today, see you hopefully tomorrow.
Inga- The Village Elder