Living ecological in old forest guard house in Denmark

A life in balance with nature and animals in an forest guard house (Skovløberhus) from about 1750 as neighbour to Oerbaek River, Funen, Denmark:

Text and pictures Erik K Abrahamsen
















Entrance to forest guard house (Skovløberhus) at Oerbaek River (Ørbæk Å) near Refsvindinge, Funen (Fyn), Denmark. Photo: 23 july 2010

Friday 23 july 2010 I visited with my 3 friends our common friends, who since march 2010 have rented this forest guard house (Skovløberhus) 100 m from Oerbaek River (Ørbæk Å), 10 km south of Nyborg, Funen (Fyn). The house is owned by Oerbaeklunde Estate (Ørbæklunde Gods) with its 600 hectar of agriculture and forest.

Our friends vision for their dayly life is green and ecological.

They try to be self-sufficient in their animal and vegetable production.

They want to have their animals close around them.  They own 2 goats, 5 chickens and a cock, 4 geese, 2 quails with 6 young birds and 4 cats.

Their vegetable gardens is ecological.

Forest guard house at Oerbaek River, which flowes 100 m behind the house. The big tree in front of the house at right is a walnut tree. Photo: 23. july 2010
Our friends has made a willow hedge here in front of the forest house. Gathering of my friends around water melon, tea and coffee at our arrival at 11 a.m. Notice the geese! Photo: 23 july 2010
The daily geese bath behind the forest guard house. The goose at left was nearly dying after getting an eye infection from zo tick bite (flåt bid). The little grey goose is still sick, but has it much better to day. The foundation of the forest guard house is the original of granite stones from about 1750. You can see the granite stones in the middle of the picture. At right of the picture is the foundation concrete from a later enlargement of the house about 1900. Photo: 23. july 2010.
Here behind the main building and at right in the picture a small granite building for animals.The granite are stones from the area around the property. Oerbaek River is nabour of the property about 60 m at right from the small building. Photo: 23 july 2010
Inside the small granite building which is the home of the 2 goats. They love to stay in the sun under the non- existing roof. A new roof is planned. Photo: 23. july 2010
Dust bathing of two chickens. All the 5 egg – legging chickens eat all what they can find around the property: grass, worms, zo beetles etc. which gives the eggs an exellent taste and a orange yellow color. And the freedom and great area gives the chicken strong muscles and good taste of the chickens meat. In the background the willow hedge. Photo: 23. july 2010
At 2.p.m. we all joined the lunch together. Here is my plate with a double yolk in one egg from one of the 5 chickens at the forest house. Look how orange yellow the color is. This colour comes from the grass, worms and zo beeble: the main food source of the chickens. All food on the table are ecological except the heering fish and the tune fish salade. Photo: 23. july 2010

My friends have since 1. march 2010 started vegetable and animal self-sufficient production in small scale.

Its based on ecology and a high standard of etic animal production.

All the animals have a lot of space to move and find food of the best quality.

All the animals can live natural and on their  basic instincts.


All this principles ought to be implemented in large scale animal and agricultural grain, vegetables and fruit production all over the world: ecological and high etical animal standards.

To produce food on high standards it must contain  non or minimum of pesticides, fertilizers and medicine from treatment of sick animals. The soil for grain, vegetable and fruit production must only receive supplement of organic manure.

The food for animal production must be organic of best quality with all the best vitamins, enzymes and minerals. All animals must have a lot of space, when they grew up. There are intelligent and feeling creatures and need love and care to protect them from getting stress and diseases.

The small and big scale agricultural production must be sustainable. All the energy, water, electricity and heat used in the production ought to be recycled.

The conscious consumer want the highest quality of agricultural products for the benefit of their health physically and psychological. And they want and can pay the price for the best quality.

There is a secret of eating less when the quality is in top!

Grain production, Kogsboelle, Funen, Denmark. The grain in front of the picture is barley and in the middle of the field is rye. Photo: 23. july 2010

This is the future and the only future for small and large scale agricultural production all over the world.

This future will produce food of the best quality for the taste and benefit of excellent health for all people, who buys and eat the products.

I hope that the farmers will understand this message and change their mind and production.


It will be the biggest change in agricultural production in the last 50-100 years and government-money, creativity, intelligence and patience are needed!

Those who does it will win in the future: economic and moral!


Good future!

The willow hedge in front of the forest house. Photo: 23. july 2010

The forest guard house. Photo: 23 july 2010

The heating of the forest guard house:

Woodburning stove in the living room. In fron t spinning wheel. Click on the picture and you will see it in a larger size. Photo: 23 july 2010
Kitchen range for cooking. The fuel is wood from the surrounding forest. Here Jan prepares the fire for fry lentil rissole for our lunch. Photo: 23. july 2010







Two friends in front of the forest guard house. At left Erik K Abrahamsen born 4. august 1945 and at right Claus Levy born 22. august 1939.Click on the picture and you will see it in a larger size. Photo: 23. july 2010.

Copenhagen, 24.  july 2010

Love Erik

Copyright Erik K Abrahamsen 2010




Skriv kommentar

Din e-mailadresse vil ikke blive publiceret. Krævede felter er markeret med *