Category: House

October 18, 2018

Village life

I was never a village person before. I remember being in Hobart years ago and thinking, ‘I could never live in such a small place’. How things have changed. I don’t think I’m ready to give up city life full time, but I definitely now appreciate the charms and positive aspects of small town/village living.

October 1, 2018

A meat-free house

To all our meat eating friends and guests, sorry, but no more meat consumption at Datscha Fröhden. We came to this decision after we hosted a team event a few months ago, where a lot of meat was brought and left behind. At first I didn’t want to impose any kind of rules at our house, but after […]

September 11, 2018

Living with animals

I never had a pet growing up. Unless you count a couple of goldfish that died because my uncle overfed them while we were away on holidays.

July 23, 2018

The life and death of Pumpkin, my first chicken love

RIP my girl Pumpkin. My favourite chicken was eaten last night, by what we now suspect was a fox. I must admit that I cried for quite a while over her death. She was my baby and I really loved her. I know that I am an easy crier, but it is also surprising to […]

July 9, 2018

Part time life – part two

A few months on and it hasn’t gotten any easier, splitting our life between two places. I do realise how lucky and privileged I am to have two homes, when some people don’t even have one.

June 25, 2018

The challenges of running an open house

Something Artur and I have been discussing a lot these past few weeks and months is how we can sustainably keep Datscha Fröhden (yes, we have a name now) running as an open house. While we love having a lot of guests, having so many (over 20 a month) means that our expenses are dramatically much higher […]

June 3, 2018

Waiting for the rain

It’s funny how now that we have a garden and growing a lot of vegetables, I think and wish for rain. This weekend we waited eagerly for the predicted thunderstorm but it never came. The best we got was some drizzle. And of course we got rained on during the Sternfahrt, which we participated in […]

May 25, 2018

Two long weekends

The biggest news of the past two weeks- all four of our chickens are now laying eggs! This means four a day and no more buying eggs again. We do have some problems with them though – they love eating our flowers too much. Artur’s mum planted many beautiful flowers under this tree, but the […]

May 10, 2018


I haven’t updated our progress in a while, so I will just share photos from the past few weeks of the biggest changes. Last weekend was a monumental weekend – we got internet, a fridge and a washing machine. Artur’s parents came for a week and brought a carload of plants. We also gave our a […]

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