Going is surrounded by farm land with lush green fields. We did see cute old field huts which used to be used to store hay for winter feeding for the cows, an apple tree stood laden with fruit in a field but still no cows to eat the fallen fruit. I had read that there are 319,169 cows and counting but we saw none on the lower pastures. Even walking through the Prama - a delightful walk through farm land we saw no cows - well we did see some or rather smelt them. They were inside a barn - beautiful weather lush green grass and the cattle were inside - the mind boggles. Helen, back at the Hotel told us they were inside because it was too hot for them - Bull Sh** the conditions in the stable were much hotter and full of flies - this is why I have no pictures of the famous cows.
Looking at the roof tops here in Going and probably most other villages - I noticed little canopies covering the chimney pots. I did wonder at first what was their purpose and asked Kenny - well he didn't know but an elderly resident who had overheard us was happy to tell me all about them. The canopy is made of steel and their purpose is to help with clearing snow off the roofs during winter. All very simple really - the fire inside the house heats the canopy as the heat rises through the chimney - thus melting the snow - creating some warm water which melts some of the snow on the roof. The gentleman also said they sometimes have to get on the roof with a shovel when thick snow is impacted on the roofs. All very difficult to imagine while viewing through blue skies but makes perfect sense = Thank you Old Chap for passing on the knowledge.
The tradition of Maypoles started in the 16th. Century in Bavaria this custom was soon to spread throughout Europe. The tree had to be carefully chosen for its straightness and height - the tree has to be at least 100 feet tall. The work on preparing the Maypole is equally divided between the unmarried men and women. The men are responsible for electing a Maihaumchef or Maypole leader, he is usually a farmer or carpenter who knows all about working with wood. Men get involved with choosing the tree, transporting it and preparing the pole. The young ladies make and decorate the wreaths and ribbons, they also collect donations and other decorations from the local people. The young men of the village are said to stay awake all night to guard the pole from danger of theft from neighbouring villages. There are a few rules regarding the stealing of Maypoles - the ones I liked best are "The theft and the redemption should be made without the need of police or the courts" - "No force is allowed" which all makes me smile!