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A party that got out of hand, the Witch’s Broom (072)

A party that got out of hand, the Witch’s Broom (072)

They are easy to spot in birch trees in the autumn and the winter: one or more branches with a large number of smaller side growth. The so-called Witches Broom. How these resulted from a wild growth of twigs and involved witches is the subject of the following tale whose roots certainly lie in medieval […]

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“Eat yourself young!”, apples (075)

“Eat yourself young!”, apples (075)

From the time of the Hesperides in Ancient Greece up until the era of Snow White’s stepmother, the apple has been one of the most important fruits figuring in myths, legends and fairy tales. It is always pictured in a positive light. Could this be due to the apple having a healthy image because of […]

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Hardly a Suitable Crown Princess, The Blue Heron (036)

Hardly a Suitable Crown Princess, The Blue Heron (036)

Blue herons are a familiar sight on the banks of ditches and ponds. Maybe you have noticed that they have something distinctly contradictory about them: on the one hand their manners can be highly refined and gracious; on the other they are common and uncouth in how they go begging fishermen for food. On occasions […]

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A tough and impressive boss, the cock (068)

A tough and impressive boss, the cock (068)

A cock is the boss over a hareem of hens. This proud stately creature was once a tough independent bird. How he came to be a domestic pet is a special story. Draw closer and listen to my tale: Like every other year all the people and animals from far and wide came for the […]

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