What's your normal weekend routine

Three generations under one roof

The Baumann family's dining table is cheerful. All seven sit around the large table, handing bowls from one to the other and enjoying the Sunday roast. “Eat at least a little salad,” Beate Baumann warns in the direction of the twins Carina and Silvie and puts a bowl full in front of their noses. But in the end it is she who puts the green lettuce leaves from her own cultivation in her mouth with relish.

Sounds like a normal family's normal weekend routine. But where does that still exist today that three generations live under one roof? At least such living arrangements have become rare. “That is really a shame,” says the head of the family, Karl-Heinz Baumann. The 75-year-old was born on the Arche-Hof zur Grüne Linde in Osterhagener Straße 74 - and still lives there today. Together with his wife Gertraude (72), also called Traudel, his son Lutz (49), daughter-in-law Beate (47) and the grandchildren Daniel (13), Silvie and Carina (9). In addition, chickens, geese, ducks, two peacocks, kittens, a horse and Vulkan dog live here.

Benefit from each other

“It used to be common for houses to be built for several families at the same time. And today? Everyone lives for himself there, ideally hundreds of kilometers away, ”says Karl-Heinz Baumann. Unthinkable for the Baumann family. “It's nice when you can support each other and benefit from each other,” adds his son Lutz Baumann.

110 years ago his great-grandfather Alwin Baumann bought the farm and inn "Zurgrün Linde". In a big fire on October 19, 1913, the building burned down along with three other courtyards in the neighborhood. “We painstakingly rebuilt and prepared everything. There is a lot of work and effort in this house, ”says Karl-Heinz Baumann. Ten years ago, the collector of old machines and agricultural implements opened a private farm museum and is thus a member of the Südharz culture offensive. He also participated in the open court day and showed the house and farm to thousands of visitors. Financially speaking, however, it is not worth it.

Guided tours on request

Sometimes, on request, he still gives guided tours for groups and school classes. "But that has become rarer," explains the trained farmer and later toolmaker, bricklayer and plasterer, who took over his parents' farm at the age of 16 and switched to a sideline in 1973.

"Next year I'll have the farm for 60 years, then I'll hand it over to my son Lutz," explains the 75-year-old, whose two daughters Andrea and Sabine live in the neighboring village of Bartolfelde. “So the whole family is close together. This is particularly important in old age, when you are even more dependent on each other, ”says Karl-Heinz Baumann.

Everyone has their job

In any case, everyone in the extended family has their task, everything is more or less fairly distributed - depending on talent and inclination. For example, his wife tends the garden, his daughter-in-law has taken care of the three bee colonies, and he and his son take care of the wood that is felled, retracted, stored and split with a machine in the forest. “Of course we also heat with it and with solar,” adds Baumann with a smile.

The children are happy that they are growing up in the country. “It's great, there is a lot of space here and I can always be out on my mountain bike,” explains Daniel while he is playing with his computer mouse. Apparently, even the Baumanns cannot avoid modern technology - despite their traditional, cross-generational family approach.