The Biotope around the Cowshed Withers and Dies and I Search for New Life There
In The Pond, Pauline de Bok withdraws to her home in the countryside of Northeast Germany. But there too, in the midst of forests and lakes, the ecosystem is under threat: the water level is falling, trees are affected by disease and for the first time in twenty years the natural pond near her cowshed dries up.
It is alarming, but she refuses to lose heart. She lays a new, clay pond, does battle with goosegrass and brambles, makes room for swallows, bats and insects. In the meantime, she ponders our relationship to nature and the extent to which human intervention is useful or necessary. ‘We happen to be an animal species, but within a century we have depleted the earth. And now we think we can carry on like that and save the day too.’ And if we do manage to turn the tide, what’s the point in the long run? ‘We are taking on ever greater burdens and at the same time we realize how powerless we are as individuals and how out of control as a species.’
In The Pond, daily toil on the farm is connected with fundamental questions about man and nature.