Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Danish Bliss

Last month we went to stay with my dear friend Maria in Denmark. Denmark is a beautiful country with rolling hills, stunning views, big forests, lots of small villages and harbours, and a wonderfully big countryside.
As a big part of Denmark is island, there are a lot of beautiful beaches about. Here's one (Solrod) where my friend Maria, the Bliss under-gardener and doggies Bambe and Pluto (black) are enjoying a walk along the beach.
Maria and I met through our love for Russian Blue cats. At her home a very pretty Russian Blue by the name of Montana is to be found. Montana is the grand-daughter of my Sam, so I was very happy to see her. In Montana (and many other Ruskies) my wonderful Russian Blue boy Sam lives on.

As always we did about a zillion things during our holiday; there is such a lot to see and do in Denmark. One day we went to the Zoo in Copenhagen.
It's not a very big Zoo as it is situated in a city where space is at a premium.
At the Zoo we met this chap who was taking Santa's reindeer for a walk.

As luck would have it, there were many babies to be found in the Copenhagen Zoo. Here's one cute little baby.
But, as we have found in my previous post, size is relative. ;-) Here's baby again, now with some Danish chaps and chappesses. Not so little after all, this baby elephant.
The Kangaroos had babies too,
and so did the Baboons,
and the Giraffes,
and mama Zebra as well.
But that was not all, to my delight there was this little one too; a baby tiger! Tigers are my favorite big cats.
We spend at least half an hour watching this baby playing with its litter mate. Such fun and they are exactly the same in their behaviour as ordinary (not really the right word to describe a fellow living being of the feline persuasion) kittens, only a tad bigger, that's all.

And there was more, another big kittycat had had some "kittens" too. Aren't they just adorable? And daddy is behaving very responsibly as he is kitty-sitting them. How very "modern daddy" of him, although he looks a bit bored. ;-)
One can never have too many kittens, so here's some more. Adorable doesn't begin to describe them.
But cute though they are, they are not to be found at the Zoo but at Maria's home where we also enjoyed this fluffy little baby.
Well, there were actually 3 of them, 3 Russian Blue boys, newly hatched from the egg as they were only 1 day old when we first met them.

Back to the Zoo where there was a lot more to see.
Hummingbirds! The only way I ever get to see them live is at the Zoo, so this was a real treat! And there was more fluttering about in this giant greenhouse where the hummingbirds live.
It was like a veritable garden of Eden in there, with all the beautiful flowers, birds and butterflies. Speaking of gardens, in Dutch we call the Zoo the Dierentuin = Animal Garden and it looks like they call it that in Denmark too because here's the garden side of it. In the background you can get a glimpse of the tower that we started this little tour around the Copenhagen Zoo with.
There's lots more to show and tell about our stay in Denmark but that will have to wait for another time.

Flowers are food for the soul. Mohammed


Hannele said...

So beautiful, funny sweet animals.

Felicia said...

Oh my goodness, your post is absolutely stuffed with lovely photographs. I enjoyed the elephants and kitties and all the lovely nature.

Kylee said...

How CUTE is that baby giraffe??? And yes, the big cats. I love them, too.

You know, I have no idea of the provenance of my Jilly, but I'd swear she's a Russian Blue. She is so different than any other cat we've ever had, both in appearance and personality. Even in all the various noises she makes. We'll never know, but she sure fits the bill...

Lovely photos, Yolanda Elizabet, as usual!

Birgit said...

Liebe Yolanda, nun war ich nach Deinem Komm. in meinem blog natürlich neugierig. Ein wunderschönes dänisches Fachwerkhaus zeigst Du uns hier. Und so idyllisch gelegen mit dem Teich davor und dem Wald dahinter. Ja, Dänemark ist auch ein schönes Land. Wir kommen ja immer durch, wenn wir nach Schweden fahren. Der Strand ist toll und lädt zu einem langen Spaziergang an der Luft ein.
Sehr schön für Dich, eine Engelin von Sam zu treffen. Ein wunderschönes Tier. Ein Zoo-Besuch ist immer schön. Wir gehen übermorgen in unseren Hannoverschen Erlebnis-Zoo. Darüber werde ich dann bestimmt berichten. Ein Schmetterlingshaus haben wir in Steinhude. Leider gibt es in Hannover das Regenwald-Haus nicht mehr. Pleite! Dafür gibt es dort die Sea-World. Aber immer noch lange Warteschlangen. Wenn sich das Ganze beruhigt werden wir auch dort mal hingehen.
Hummingbirds? Sind das etwa Kolibris? Das ist ja toll, die würde ich auch gern mal sehen.
Oje, jetzt habe ich für einen einzigen Kommentar aber zu viel geschrieben. Nun auch noch das: Mohammed hat absolut Recht!
Ganz liebe Grüße, Birgit

SchneiderHein said...

Hallo Yolanda,
all' Deine Fotos & Texte vom Zoo sind interessant und ich freue mich schon auf Deine weiteren Berichte von Dänemark! Aber wenn ich die Enkelin von Sam und die anderen blauen Kätzchen sehe, bin ich hin und weg!
Liebe Grüße Silke

marl1 said...

Wat een heerlijk jong grut allemaal èn pasgeboren poesjes...jij viel met je neus in de boter...:-)))
Mooie foto's ook van Denemarken..het gele vakwerkhuis is prachtig!
(Wel weer spooky- die zebra's ;-)

Naturegirl said...

What a wonderful walk through the Zoo with you! I adore the elephants!! A dream of mine to go to Africa to see them in the wild!
Oh those baby kitties have melted my heart all of them wild and domestic!!
Sams offspring resembles him! I know how happy your heart was in meeting her! Thank you for sharing these wonderful images of your vacation in Denmark. hugs NG

stadtgarten said...

Thanks a lot for this visit to Denmark. I am looking forward to more photos, as I was in on vacation in Denmark with my parents years ago.
Groetjes, Monika

Laurie & Chris said...

Great pictures it was so fun to see your pictures of Denmark. We don't fly so We will never see it in person.If we can't drive we won't go :) Thank you for sharing.

Rosehaven Cottage said...

You have photos of my three favorite things: Baby Kittens, a Baby Tiger, and Baby Lions!!!! I'm having a "cute attack"! Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

Carol said...

It looks like you had a wonderful vacation. That zoo seems to be overflowing with babies! We have some baby elephants at our local zoo and there's always a crowd around when they are out playing.

Looking forward to more pictures,
Carol at May Dreams Gardens

karin a said...

Thank you for sharing those pictures! I just love Denmark (my second home ;)). The new-born cat looks so cute.

Entangled said...

Thanks so much for posting pictures of Denmark. Some of my ancestors came from there, and I'd love to see it in person one day.

The brilliant blue hummingbird is just stunning! Ours only come in one color - green.

Layanee said...

I love the house on the lake and all of the photos! Sweet kittens! I'm down to one now...the old one! Spot disappeared this summer. I shudder to think...so I don't!

Rosehaven Cottage said...

Both my husband and I love your blog too. Particularly because of all the kitty photos! The latest ones are the cutest ever, and Hubby and I squealed and cooed with delight! Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

Matron said...

A whole blog entry on baby animals! Now how cute is that? Hard to pick a favourite but it has to be that little ball of grey fluff in your hands!

Lis said...

Herrliche Tierfotos! Wie man unschwer erkennen kann, war leider in Dänemark kein Badewetter mehr. Trotzdem, oder gerade deshalb sind solche Urlaube immer wunderschön. Nur Strand wäre auf Dauer ja auch langweilig!

OldRoses said...

Wonderful post! All of the babies are so cute. Especially the elephant. Elephants are my favorite animals. Thank you so much for sharing your trip with us. And all the kittens, both wild and domesticated.

Marian said...

Zo te zien heb je een heerlijke vakantie gehad daar in Denemarken!
Prachtig land, zoiets trekt me meer dan die "warme" landen!
wat een handjevol he zo'n kitten,

@ bessen sprayen met hairspray kan je er wat langer van genieten. . .

Haha, met vier van die onopgevoede vlerken, nou vergeet het maar!
Nee hoor, laat de vogels ze maar lekker opeten!

Zo, nu ga ik weer even de tuin in, want het is nog steeds niet klaar!

groetjes, Marian

Vicki Palmer (Pink Pearl Girl) said...

Hi Yolanda,
Thank you for visiting my tea and the nice comments. I love the animal pics but those kittens are adorable especially the tiny one. I can remember years ago when I would hold kittens that little when my Missy anne would give birth. There is nothing more adorable than baby kittens. I have enjoyed reading about your trip.

Annie in Austin said...

Thank you for this tour of Denmark, Yolanda. When I was 11 or 12 a family friend wrote a book about European travel and her chapters on Denmark made me wish I could see that country - your photos are probably as close as I'll ever get.

In Illinois we were members of Brookfield Zoo and visited quite often. It was technically "Chicago's Zoological Park at Brookfield, Illinois", with extensive plantings and woods areas. Sometimes we looked at the gardens as much as we looked at the animals. My own favorite cats were the leopards.

Now I have the old Danny Kay song about Beautiful, Beautiful Copenhagen running through my mind!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

healingmagichands said...

Oh, what a fun post. I love baby animals. and the kitty baby Russian Blue is so sweet, so cute, such a darling. I'm afraid it was my favorite. . .

Bert said...

Lovely little animals and nice buildings. Danmark is fun to stay and visit.
Hope to see more pictures from Danmark soon. Keep up the good work.

Starbuck and Torrey said...

I'm jealous!!! I want to go on holiday!