Another view of the farm’s nature kindergarten. Underneath everything, those are two shepherd’s hut wagons, which probably haven’t moved since sometime last century.

This being south Germany, the change from summer to winter took about a week* and suddenly the children have gone from T-shirts and shorts to full cold weather clothing so they look like a procession of small amphibian Michelin men. On occasions when the weather would cause them to lose their etremities to frostbite or vanish in a sea of mud, they have to be packed around the table for some wet weather activities which “Can be difficult” as one of the teachers put it, with a look that suggested her comment was based on some very hard-won experience.

*As opposed to what I’m used to in the UK, where summer lasts about a week.