Sweden

The Fish Church

The Fish Church – or Feskekôrka -

Is one of the quirky sights you can visit in Gothenburg.

Fish church 2

It’s actually a fish market (built in 1874)

That resembles a Gothic Church.

Fish church 1

The reclining benches in front of the market

Are an excellent place

Dazzle copy

On which to rest

And drink in a summer sunset.

Fish church view

 

For more quirky sights, please visit: Our World.


The Feather Islands

During the school holidays, the kids and I went to Fjäderholmarna –

Or in English, The Feather Islands.

As the boat left Stockholm, we passed the city’s most famous crane

Painted as a giraffe. (It’s near the funfair.)

Giraffe

After half an hour, we arrived on the island

And visited a local café.

We followed the sign and started off the day with ice cream…

Eat dessert

The island has a strong tradition of fishing,

And one of the boathouses was decorated

With the fearsome skulls of pike.

PIke

My two small adventurers

Discovered many places to explore.

Explorers

We visited the local glassblower

And admired a work in progress,

Glowing like a jewel.

Glowing

Tired and happy, we returned home on the boat

Under a dramatic sky.

Stockholm

For more adventures, please visit: Our World Tuesday.

 

 


Midsummer beauty

Midsummer is that most Swedish of Swedish traditions:

A wonderful time spent in red cottages with outdoor loos;

Red house

Where you can take shots of yourself

Next to iconic old red buildings;

Self-portrait

And where you dance around the midsummer pole

Wearing flowers and a silly smile.

Midsummer pole copy

This year was a bit of a wash-out for us –

But the rain did create a canvas of abstract beauty.

Abstract rain

For more summery shots, please visit: Our World.


Golden transformation

When golden insects

Dance in the air,

Golden dust

And the setting sun

Transforms people

And a bucket on the jetty

Into objects of beauty,

Golden glimpses

Then the best thing to do

Is lean back

And try to catch the magic

With your wand (or fishing rod).

Fishing copy

For more glitter, please visit: Skywatch.


Viking surprise

Every year, a replica of a Viking boat

Suddenly appears on our lake.

Boat reflected

It looked very pretty

As it rested in the sunlight.

Boat in sun

A man and his son make the boats by hand

And sail them too – even as far away as to Finland and Russia (from Sweden).

viking_sailing_away_Snapseed

I love the weathered look of the wood

And those cool dragon-shaped oarlocks.

Details copy

The heavy wooden oars and the mast

Are stored in the boat for safekeeping.

And – yes! – that’s Oscar checking the boat out.

Oscar and boat

For more heroic tales, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


Snow sprinkles

This is a winter’s tail

(Excuse the pun!) 

Winter's tail

A tale of how snow decorates

And transforms.

Collage

How the bare bones of winter

Have their own stark beauty.

Branches

The woods have a deep magic –

Although it helps to have a sweet Rottweiler puppy in the picture too!

Puppy in snow copy

And here, a lone wooden cottage

Seems to be bathing in snow kisses.

Little house copy

There’s more s-now business like snow business over at: Our World Tuesday.


The light in the dark

Last Friday, December 13th, was a special day – the festival of Lucia.

Every year around Sweden, churches are full of music and light.

Church

It’s a very special feeling when the lights are turned off

And the Lucia procession enters the church.

lucia

The children sing their heavenly songs,

Faces lit by candlelight only –

Spots of dancing hope in the mid-winter darkness.

Lucia tåg

As they leave the church, the sun has managed to rise

Casting its golden glow on people and building alike.

It’s a wonderful and metaphorical festival

Reminding us that no matter how vast the darkness,

We must shine our own light.

Johannes Church

For more festive stories, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


Chandeliers in the sky

Endless blue skies,

Beautiful snow,

A sunbathing dog  –

Blue sky and Oscar

And crystal chandeliers

Glittering in the sun.

My paradise!

Blue sky tree

For more sparkling skies, please visit: Skywatch.

And swing by Camera Critters too!


Pushing the limits

Yesterday the temperature dropped down to minus 25 C

In the frosted early morning.

I went out on the ice – but stayed out way too long -

One and a half hours… With no breakfast.

Bright view copy

Came back with a frost damaged face

And spent the rest of the day in bed sick.

Just goes to show that you shouldn’t

Be bound by your limits –

But you should know what your limits are!

Thank you in advance for your kind comments – I won’t be replying to them today

As I need to recover.

Frozen

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Frosted times

Let me take you back to the end of October last year,

To a cold day of frosted eyelashes on leaves.

Eyelashes copy

It was a stunning bright day

Perfect for a drive out to the horse ranch

Sporting its old Grand Central clock on the side of the barn.

Grand central

The brilliance of the sun

Turned the wires into art

Frosted wire

And behind the frosted thistles

I discovered a secret world of rainbow bubbles.

Frosted bokeh copy

On the way home, I stopped to admire

The endurance of this ancient rune stone

(And to wonder if the Simpsons was based on the pattern on the stone…

Look at those eyes!)

Old rune stone

For more good times, please visit: Our World.


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