154 We are the Lower Saxons steadfast and sons of the soil wrote Hermann Grote in the 1920s in his ode to Lower Saxo ny Today some of the phrases he used are controversial But the fact remains that here in Lower Saxony we show loyalty to our home and determination in the face of obstacles in cluding our sometimes inclement weather And although not every single employee is a native of Lower Saxony we still hold fast to our location in the small town of Diepholz This is where we come from this is where we have grown and this is the community that has supported us So why should we turn our backs on our roots and go somewhere else In addition to other concerns our departure would be a painful loss to the local job market Of course things might be a lot easier for us in other locations For example when we need to recruit new employees A lot of people are more drawn by the obvious attractions of big cities and their suburbs Whereas our charms might remain hidden at first glance That s why the search for a suitable employee takes a little longer at times but if someone decides to move in order to work for us maybe even from a different state that means they re serious about us And that counts for a lot Applicants who are willing to move here are not blinded by the lights of the big city But in the evenings after work they can marvel at the starry sky in complete darkness Plus residents and visitors alike will tell you that the sky here is not just amazingly beautiful at night It s also lovely during daylight hours especially when huge flocks of cranes fly overhead twice a year to land in a nearby field In summer there is often still time after work to row along the small rivers and lakes that surround our town or to sim ply let your boat drift peacefully into the sunset And when leisure time is over it s time to return to our everyday rou tines in the nursery or school univer sity or library People who move here from southern Germany are often surprised by how cheap it is to rent buy or build a home here in the flatlands of Lower Saxony making it a true paradise not just for country mice Steadfast and at one with the earth Or what it s like in our corner of Lower Saxony 6 Nature and people DIEPHOLZ

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