- Danish Hospitality - Copenhagen
and Odense 1938
- Article by her
grandson - added March, 2005
Evidenced by a recently
re-discovered notebook, it appears that Babs
Anstruther travelled to Denmark in the Autumn of
1938. She was accompanied by "Belinda" -
presumed to be Belinda Martin, since she
was at the Anstruther home ( Greyfriars) on
29th September - see the Anstruther Guest Book - and was a
regular visitor during that pre-war era.
They arrived in
Copenhagen on 5th October "after a stormy
passage". Passage by air (presumed) at that time
would have been less than comfortable - and if by boat in
October, could have been even more so! Indeed, this
writer recalls crossing by RoRo from Harwich to Esbjerg
on several occasions during the early 1980s and feels the
connection most powerfully! As much as serendipity may
play a part in life, Babs died in 1981 and the first of
my such crossings was made at the end of 1982.
Babs never spoke of
Denmark but I now realise that I have walked where she
walked and seen what she saw in both cities. Denmark
became a country close to my heart and I believe it must
have become so for Babs too, since this notebook has
survived to tell its story. Tak, mormor; livets træ er ikke død.
and I arrive after a stormy passage 10.50pm and
were met by Knud -
||Lunched at Angleterre with Mr. Tersling
(Pecho's friend) - very nice - Dinner party of 8
at the house and went on to the Ambassadeur to
see cabaret and dance. Dinner Guests: Mr. &
Mrs. Thompson (she ex-opera singer) Mr. Scheller
(champion golfer) Mr. & Mrs. Drachsted. A
||Played golf and early to
||Lunched with Fred
Wessels at Angleterre - She very charming. Went
to Mme. Butterfly & on to dance & supper
at Nimb - an excellent restaurant floor &
band - got bad cold -
||Very wet, tried to play
golf but gave up - went to Russian Ballet which
||Belinda and I played 12
holes of golf. We dined with Mr. & Mrs.
Hecksher (friends of Knud) He a Jew in Insurance;
||Belinda rode in school.
Lunched at Angleterre & had our hair done.
Dined at Nordland Restaurant (excellent French
food) then on to a cinema.
||Went sightseeing - saw
Rosenberg Castle & National Gallery - Mrs.
Scheller dined & we played bridge.
||Drove into the country,
took lunch, saw the Fredriksborg Castle. Quite
lovely & back by the coast to the golf club
where we played a foursome with Mr. Schelag
(Scheller) - I dined with the Withs - a lovely
||A quiet day - Belinda
& I went shopping in the afternoon - very
||My wedding day
- lovely flowers from Knud, they played golf
while I read. Dined home. Champagne - sang,
danced and played 'shove a penny'.
||Played 9 holes of golf;
lunched at the club - dined at Italian restaurant
in the fish market & went to see film
(Chicago) rather grim.
||Went to auction of old
furniture etc. then on to Poulsen's nursery -
Sven Pousen charming, showed all his new roses
and gave me a lovely bunch. Went to tea at his
house after. Note: New roses on market next year.
Poulsen's Pink and Crown Princess
Ingrid (both lovely). New variety of D.T.
Poulsen richer, bigger and blight-free - will
probably be called after his last daughter, Nina. One daughter going to
Germany to learn Landscape Gardening for a year
then he wants to send her to England to do same.
Good tip: Graft Cotoneaster on to common large
leafed variety thus making standards - very
effective & there is a big sale for them -
Miss Kampmann came to give me a massage; stayed
to dinner & we played bridge.
||Belinda & I lunch at
Angleterre & shop in the afternoon -
||I lunch at Yacht Club
with Mr. Tersling - he is a real darling.
||See Belinda off on
plane. Perfect weather, lunch with Knud &
leave at 2.40 for Odense - Lizzie met me &
dined with them - sleeping at Grand Hotel.
||Lizzie comes to fetch me
at 11am - a glorious day. Lunch at home & go
for a drive all around the island. Very pretty -
and see some lovely estates. Have tea at Svenborg
- very pretty harbour - good sailing. Dined home;
Baron Berner came. We played bridge - he took me
back to the hotel & we talked hunting for one
and a half hours! Note: he lives for horses &
hunting & hunts with the Warwickshire every
season - his father has three big estates.
line - Baron Berner
||Went sightseeing with
Lizzie - saw Hans Andersen's house - after lunch
went rough shooting with Dr. Ehrhuus, saw
Berner's house. Very lovely.
||Went to the races;
trotting races good fun, saw well from Baron
Berner's box - rather cold. Went to hear dance
band in the evening.
||Leave for the Hague via
Hamburg - comfortable journey. Eggs scarce in
Germany - all egg dishes off the menu - coffee
very poor. Hard frost.
||Arrive Hague 9.56 -
brilliant frosty morning. Tiny
(see Wilma link below) goes to
wrong station so take taxi to Wassenaar. Sleep at
Kierit (? sp.?) pension -
attractive, clean, quiet and comfortable except
bed which is like a rock! Price only 2 Guiler bed
and breakfast - 7 minutes walk from Grootenhuis
house. Go for a long walk along the front at
Schevenigen - glorious day.
entry for this day.
||Play golf with Tiny --
very badly - take Wilma to dancing - dine at
most amusing small Italian restaurant in the
Hague - cooking A1. Drinks at House of Lords. No
||Shop in the Hague Kees van Velzen (?sp.?) and wife to
||Dine with Douglas's (the family name
Douglas - not her husband) & so home - Hook
Harwich where Willie met me. A very happy
of people I have met (Copenhagen)
Wessel and wife
& Mrs With (Director
Scheller (Golf Champion)
& Mrs Drachsted (Lawyer)
& Mrs Thompson (Head of
Erskine (Cousin of Mrs With -
very nice, married Erskine,
Consul General & relation of
the Campbells. Now a wid(d)ow
with one daughter)
& Mrs Ingolf (Head Director
& Mrs Hecksher (Fire
Poulsen - wife and 3 daughters
Restaurants & Hotels
(the best and French food)
(best supper and dance place)
Viking (attached to Nimbs)
Angleterre (best hotel)
of people I have met (Odense)
Ehnhuus (John and Hans brothers)
& Mrs Ehnhuus - Hunderupvej
G Berner-Schilder-Holsten -
Speljbjerg, Langesø -Fy(n)en
2 (Addresses shown - some edits)
Tersling Sct Anna Plads
& Joyce Ericksen - Gentofte
Wessel (Minister) Chilean
Rose (1st Sec. British Legation)
Ulrich Carlsen (Bergen)
M. Armand Malleux (John Rodney's
British Embassy (Sir Hughe
Mme Laserre Co(a?)nny's sister)
June 1946 and written separately
in the notebook)
I have met
and Daisy Wessel
and Princess Vigo
Margaretha de Bourbon Parma
and Mrs Randell (British Minister
Rose (1st sec Brit. Legation)
Christensen & Mr Redlich
(Danish Foreign Office)
and Mrs Foss
(2nd Chaplain of the fleet)
& Mrs Crowe
of published notebook contents.
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