Battling against invasive species Lupine (Lupinus nootkatensis) #APBio and soil erosion #DPBio during our third day of work #Servicelearning #IBCAS @Langidalur Þórsmörk.

And she did it again, an excellent blog entry from Isabella to describe this amazing day.
Battling against an invasive plant species all morning was hard, specially when at the end you see that you have only removed a tinny tinny bit and you have a whole slope in front of you… and then an afternoon against erosion, constructing willow fences to stop soil erosion and planting willow and birch to reverse the grazing done by the sheep years ago.
And to finally complete the day we saw them, dimm but they where there, the NORTHERN LIGHTS!!!!!

“Today was definitely a slow morning considering last night was spent endlessly searching for the northern lights. Sam fortunately captured faint green and purple illuminations with his camera, whilst the rest of us were unknowingly playing games inside. Eagerly we ran outside to catch a glimpse but gave up after half an hour of shivering in the cold. However, seeing as it is Mrs.Koch’s birthday (Happy birthday Mrs.Koch!!) we are hoping for some luck tonight.

After today’s activities I am convinced that muscle and fitness development is included in the whole personal development package of personal development week. We walked backwards and forwards carrying branches of willow, a bucket of willow sticks tools etc. But nothing was going to stop us, not even the incredibly steep, muddy and intimidating terrain. We had the sun and multiple rainbows cheering us on during our demanding yet satisfying day of work. We split into two groups and half of us constructed fences on eroded hills whilst the other half agonizingly removed the roots of the invasive species lupin. The roots sure proved frustrating but how can you complain when you are on top of a mountain with an unbelievable view consisting of a billion rainbows? Perhaps if we hike to the end of one of the rainbows we might find the elves…you never know…

Dinner was once again exceptionally comforting and enjoyable after a long day of work, and luckily for us was followed by a delicious slice of birthday cake. We are now sitting and playing a very interesting card game facing the windows with the hope of witnessing the rainbows of the night.”

And they have appeared
Thanks again Isabella


About DrAbella

Originally from Barcelona where I studied Biochemistry and did a PhD on Diabetes. Moved to France to continue medical research on cancer for a Post-doc. Something was missing and decided to try a year of full-time teaching. Starting my 10th year now, 10 years internationally and loving it.
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