Of gingerbread and snow

The little wooden houses of Sweden remind me of fairy tales.

In summer, the wood glows like red rubies –

But in the winter, those red timbers really come into their own.

Topped with an icing of snow,

They resemble gingerbread houses.

So delicious, I feel I could reach out and eat one.

Even autumn leaves hanging onto the winter branches

Look like delicious gingerbread —

Or perhaps a brown coat fluttering in the wind,

Left there by someone eager for new adventures.

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93 responses

  1. Bob

    What a beautiful place to live in, a bit naughty if wake up at midnight and have a dose of the munchies.

    February 20, 2012 at 15:51

  2. What a beautiful house and very lovely in the snow. It’s a beauty anytime for that mater. Also love the ice hanging off the leaf.

    February 20, 2012 at 15:56

  3. Pat

    I love the red houses!

    February 20, 2012 at 15:56

  4. It makes me think of the joys of playing with Lincoln logs! That delicious red color is fabulous.

    February 20, 2012 at 15:56

  5. The fence line is wonderful, too! That leaf is very special – it tells a chilly story.

    February 20, 2012 at 16:09

  6. nice…what a beautiful plac.e..love the red…and it def pops against the snow….we finally got snow!!!!!! YAY!!!! OUT PLAYING IN IT TODAY….

    February 20, 2012 at 16:15

  7. Di

    I want to live there! Sweetest house ever. :-)

    February 20, 2012 at 16:18

  8. Love these pics!

    February 20, 2012 at 16:28

  9. Lovely shots Lady Fi!

    February 20, 2012 at 16:56

  10. just like in a storybook fairtale!

    February 20, 2012 at 16:57

  11. What a delightful house — winter or summer! I would be thrilled to spend some time there! The macro of the leaf and snow is so beautiful! Hope your week is off to a great start! Enjoy!


    February 20, 2012 at 16:58

  12. Delicious Gingerbread indeed:) Truly great shots..

    February 20, 2012 at 17:00

  13. Snow on top of roof I have yet to watch in real life. Maybe this year I will watch snow on top of mountains. Thanks for sharing.

    February 20, 2012 at 17:00

  14. Oh yes a gingerbread house

    February 20, 2012 at 17:04

  15. –Yes.
    I wonder if Hansel & Gretel live in one of those gingerbread houses?

    Lovely. Xx

    February 20, 2012 at 17:13

  16. TexWisGirl

    that reminds me of the old lincoln log toys! and i LOVE the fence!!!

    February 20, 2012 at 17:40

  17. I think little red houses are so charming.

    February 20, 2012 at 18:03

  18. Great post and the house is beautiful!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    February 20, 2012 at 18:36

  19. best pics ive seen all day, and I’ve seen a few!

    February 20, 2012 at 19:15

  20. You sound like you might be hungry! Did you get enough dinner?

    February 20, 2012 at 19:25

  21. Lovely pictures, looks like all our old houses in Småland with the Smålandstaket.

    February 20, 2012 at 19:27

  22. You live in such a magical place!

    February 20, 2012 at 19:38

  23. ds

    Oh, lovely. So serene and quiet…

    February 20, 2012 at 20:02

  24. Wonderful red, I love both ways, greetings.

    February 20, 2012 at 20:16

  25. the combination of colours is SUPERB!!
    great shots!

    February 20, 2012 at 22:02

  26. imac

    Pure Magic shots my friend, makes me want to go and holiday there.

    February 20, 2012 at 22:20

  27. sandy

    They do look like gingerbread, all frosted with snow. I love the doors and windows of that second one, too.

    February 20, 2012 at 22:48

  28. How nice.I love such a small house. I would like to plan this since I’m an architectural engenner.:)

    February 20, 2012 at 23:31

  29. They are just like something out of a fairy-tale! I love them.

    February 21, 2012 at 00:01

  30. Love the second and third shot. You captured snow beautifully…:)

    February 21, 2012 at 00:17

  31. That’s really cool! They do look like gingerbread houses. How delightful.

    February 21, 2012 at 01:08

  32. I agree that it does look wonderful in the snow!

    February 21, 2012 at 01:25

  33. Indeed your photos are like a fairy tale. beautifull

    February 21, 2012 at 02:53

  34. It seems your magic wand turns everything into sweets in a fairy tale!

    February 21, 2012 at 03:12

  35. These are great. I love the fence along the garden around the cottage. Beautiful. You are amazing.

    February 21, 2012 at 03:30

  36. Can I have a bite of the “gingerbread” These photos are so “delicious” Great contrast of the colors red and the snow!

    February 21, 2012 at 04:20

  37. Is this the same house that you featured recently, Fiona? I really love it and the last photo of the leaf iced with snow is priceless!:-)

    February 21, 2012 at 04:36

    • Yes, this is the front of the old mill house. Well spotted!

      February 21, 2012 at 05:36

  38. These are superb shots, I hardly get to see such sights.

    February 21, 2012 at 05:22

  39. Fantastic images! Love that leaf!

    February 21, 2012 at 05:29

  40. This house looks gorgeous! Almost too cute to be lived in. I presume they are painted red?

    February 21, 2012 at 05:39

    • Yes, this is the typical red colour that most wooden houses are painted in.

      February 21, 2012 at 05:45

  41. I smell cinnamon toast.

    February 21, 2012 at 05:53

  42. You are so right! This wonderful house has so much charm and warmth…and in winter does remind one of a gingerbread house! I love the fence too! Beautiful photos!

    February 21, 2012 at 07:50

  43. It certainly does look like a gingerbread house sprinkled with sugar. Gorgeous shot!

    February 21, 2012 at 08:00

  44. charming!!!

    February 21, 2012 at 08:20

  45. Red timber building with white snow on top looks great.

    February 21, 2012 at 08:58

  46. I want to go inside and light a log fire and watch the snow fall!

    February 21, 2012 at 09:22

  47. Dear Fiona,
    Sorry for the inconvenience! On one of my blogs I changed the word moderation 2 days ago, because I got tired of it, trying to get through it, on someone else’s blog 6 times, so I got to Blogger Help and told them they needed to do a better job!
    The other of my 2 blogs, where you tried to get get a comment through, had once been hacked, so I’m trying to prevent that from happening again -also because it has 2 pages (one for art). Sorry again – hopefully other bloggers will complain too about the new word moderation, so they’ll try to do something about it.

    February 21, 2012 at 09:56

  48. Tres belles photos, la maison sous la neige est tres superbe

    Publicity ;o) Every Friday (and the Weekend), The Challenge “Walk In The Street Photography”

    February 21, 2012 at 10:28

  49. I love that wintery scen. The house really looks its best.:)

    February 21, 2012 at 10:41

  50. Beautiful photos, love them!!!
    Have a great day.
    Greetings Mette

    February 21, 2012 at 10:42

  51. The colour of the houses is great!

    The way in which our ecosystems burst back into life after a fire really is remarkable. The Prom was burnt 3 summers back – and watching the place grow back has been great.

    Cheers – SM

    February 21, 2012 at 12:58

  52. What a lovely house – is it yours?:)
    Beautiful pictures Lady!

    February 21, 2012 at 13:46

    • I wish it were my house. It’s Olhamra Kvarn.

      February 21, 2012 at 14:11

  53. Nice series, that is a beautiful house!

    February 21, 2012 at 13:47

  54. That leaf really does look like a gingerbread man! But the house reminds me of Hansel and Gretel.

    February 21, 2012 at 14:01

  55. That’s true, these houses are really cute !

    February 21, 2012 at 16:01

  56. Hi There, I love the little red houses. Bet they are pretty both in Summer and Winter—but I do love seeing them with snow all around… That is awesome!!!!! Thanks for sharing.

    February 21, 2012 at 16:12

  57. The gingerbread houses are beautiful, but I really like your last photo. It’s simply amazing.

    February 21, 2012 at 16:20

  58. How lovely to compare seasons with the same object. They are beautiful.

    February 21, 2012 at 17:24

  59. Really amazing, and very very beautiful !

    February 21, 2012 at 18:22

  60. I loved seeing your photographs, wonderful buildings and that frosty leaf is sweet as can be.

    February 21, 2012 at 18:34

  61. I haven’t been by for a while, but your posts are still as terrific as ever.
    Lay-out seems to have changed a bit.

    February 21, 2012 at 20:17

  62. You are absolutely right… so beautiful, in different ways in different seasons! I love a red barn in winter w/ snow, but it’s hard to beat a bright red in a yard of green grass under a blue sky! Love em both! =)

    February 21, 2012 at 21:18

  63. Absolutely beautiful!

    February 22, 2012 at 00:05

  64. You are really making me fall slowly in love with Sweden.

    February 22, 2012 at 03:12

  65. I love that little red house. It looks like some of our log homes except much “tighter” for some reason. The snow really does it justice.

    February 22, 2012 at 03:40

  66. Pat

    This is a darling house all snug in the snow! It is indeed very sweet and delicious.

    February 22, 2012 at 04:43

  67. You couldn’t want a warm house on a cold day to be a cozier color, could you? So charming. Beautiful photos.

    February 22, 2012 at 07:56

  68. Handel and gretal,

    When you are a primary school teacher, you teach them a lot of fairy tales.

    My surname is CHIN,

    so I always tell them, “No NO NO, not by the hair of my Chinny Chin Chin” and they LOL.

    February 22, 2012 at 09:47

  69. Beautiful wooden house. Great shots.

    February 22, 2012 at 11:14

  70. I want to eat a gingerbread someday. Your last photo remind me O’Henry’s THE LAST LEAF.

    February 22, 2012 at 13:18

  71. You have the heart of a poet!

    February 22, 2012 at 14:01

  72. I wonder if that is where the story of the gingerbread house started…
    I love that snowy house, but the fence really caught my eye! I have never seen one like it!!
    And I love the dog in the next post!!!!!!! Truly the embodiment of joy!

    February 22, 2012 at 14:10

  73. Of course… its delicious to eat! lol
    Quite lovely and i love to stay in such wood houses.

    February 22, 2012 at 17:57

  74. It’s the lines of the snow covered fence that catch my eye. Gorgeous!

    February 22, 2012 at 19:01

  75. Mycket vackert!:-)

    Happy week to you

    February 22, 2012 at 19:46

  76. I love the ice crystals on the leaf..amazing detail and of course the cottage..

    February 22, 2012 at 20:03

  77. Lady Fi… enchantingly beautiful and you are right about the stain for wood in days of old… iron ore or even the red clay…( saw your post at Pieces of Contentment)

    February 22, 2012 at 20:36

  78. Oh I see why you love the little red houses.

    What wonderful pictures you have there girl. I do so love the leaf but I also adore the way the snow has frosted that old fence.

    God bless ya and have an amazin’ day sweetie!!! :o)

    February 22, 2012 at 21:17

  79. Another beautiful and enchanting series of images. :)

    February 22, 2012 at 21:23

  80. Jim

    So magical Fiona! That last shot leaves me with my mouth open!

    February 22, 2012 at 23:08

  81. If you keep tempting me with these photos, one day you will find me on your doorstep. 😉 That leaf is exquisite.

    February 22, 2012 at 23:14

  82. The red!!!!!
    Bowing to you as always:)

    February 23, 2012 at 00:55

  83. I always wonder what sparks your interest? Just like writers, it must be difficult to stay creative, and come up with new ideas and details to focus on.

    February 23, 2012 at 05:49

  84. You have snow now..us too I knew a snowless winter was too good to be true. Lovely photos:)

    February 23, 2012 at 06:51

  85. They look lovely – in a beautifully distant way.

    February 23, 2012 at 10:32

  86. They do look good enough to eat – wonderful!

    February 23, 2012 at 19:40

  87. JM

    Lovely photos of the red house and the snow crystals on the leaf are simply amazing!

    February 24, 2012 at 13:29

  88. That red of the house timbers does look great Fi – almost delicious as you say – Dave

    February 25, 2012 at 02:54

  89. Living in a country with FOUR DISTINCT SEASONS is a blessing, no matter how much I complain about the cold.:-)

    February 26, 2012 at 09:49

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