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

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84 responses

  1. Hi! Nice trip to Feather island.We also would call a crane as a giraffe. I like the first and the last photo very much. Thanks for sharing.

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    August 25, 2014 at 15:16

  2. Thank you for introducing me to nooks and grannies of the world I’ll probably never get to visit. My mother would definitely approve of the the sign “Life is short. Eat dessert first!” She would probably even applaud your starting the day with ice cream too! And the crane – what a hoot!

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    August 25, 2014 at 15:17

  3. sounds like a great day! and starting the day with ice cream is always a good way. i think 😉

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    August 25, 2014 at 15:58

  4. what a neat place! loved that giraffe!

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    August 25, 2014 at 16:15

  5. daryledelstein

    i love that giraffe crane! how clever … paris has tons of cranes dotting the landscape, you’d think parians being so chic they’d dress up/camouflage theirs … what a fun outing … and i agree ice cream is best eaten as an appetizer vs dessert!!!!!!

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    August 25, 2014 at 16:26

  6. A nice flavour of the place. That tower with the chain seats on it looks fearsome. I think I’d want a parachute. 🙂

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    August 25, 2014 at 16:51

  7. Wow, feather island seems wonderful. The giraffe crane is so unusual.
    Beautiful pictures.

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    August 25, 2014 at 16:59

  8. the giraffe crane is very cool. how neat to paint it like that.

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    August 25, 2014 at 17:33

  9. I had to laugh at the sign in the shop. It could just as easily have read: Life WILL BE short, if you always eat dessert first. 🙂 What a heavenly place for explorers. Your last photo of the island reminds me so much of Venice!

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    August 25, 2014 at 17:44

  10. What a delightful place and what a fun trip!! Love the giraffe!! A great start for my day, Fiona!! Thanks for sharing!!

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    August 25, 2014 at 17:58

  11. Oh —what fun for those two special little ones!!!! I’m sure they had a great time –during their school holiday! I love the giraffe… So adorable…. Thanks for sharing the Feather Islands…
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    August 25, 2014 at 18:17

  12. I enjoyed the journey vicariously! What a wonderful gift in my inbox, to explore the Feather Islands as I sip my coffee, and absorb this beautiful morning of beauty in my own surroundings. Thank you for sharing! Your co-travelers must’ve had a blast!

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    August 25, 2014 at 18:47

  13. That is the best crane ever!
    I saw a glass-blower at the Minnesota State Fair many years ago and never forgot it. Totally fascinating!
    Looks like a wonderful trip. 🙂

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    August 25, 2014 at 20:35

  14. Interesting place. I just love that last shot.

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    August 25, 2014 at 21:20

  15. I love every detail… And the sign is… wow… i mean… i know!! (almost same quote that I have in my post)… and a sweet delight is what we need… and in that tree… it must be a tresor hidden and it waited to be discovered, right? so curious kidds…just like I used to be in childhood. To all: a good week, but most of all the best in what you do! Alexa

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    August 25, 2014 at 21:37

  16. Cool giraffe 😉 Great, interesting photos!

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    August 25, 2014 at 21:37

  17. jennypennifer

    Ah, Fiona! Beautiful! What a grand adventure for children. A boat ride (two!), ice cream, glass blowing, exploring! Sounds like a truly wonderful day. xoxo

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    August 25, 2014 at 21:52

  18. Pat

    I like your focus look at things! beautiful framing
    good week

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    August 25, 2014 at 21:55

  19. What a glorious outing. Love that crane too.

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    August 25, 2014 at 22:09

  20. Great photos – I love the crane painted as a giraffe – and the island looks like a great place for a visit.

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    August 25, 2014 at 22:14

  21. It looks like a fun time!

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    August 25, 2014 at 22:44

  22. Pat

    What wonderful sights. I love the giraffe crane. I’ll bet the kids liked the hollow tree. That’s a beautiful view from the boat.

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    August 25, 2014 at 23:03

  23. What a wonderful day for all!
    I love that crane, and when you start the day off with ice cream, it cannot help but be a good day!!! 🙂

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    August 25, 2014 at 23:19

  24. What great details you chose for your photos. Dessert first always sounds like a good idea. Your daughter’s hair is gorgeous.

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    August 25, 2014 at 23:43

  25. Dear LadyFi, I sighed a deep sigh of contentment when I finished reading your posting and spent time looking at the photographs. How wonderful for the children to find a tree trunk into which they can step into a possible fairytale world. Peace.

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    August 26, 2014 at 00:08

  26. Excellent advice…Eat desert first. The giraffe crane is really cool.

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    August 26, 2014 at 00:17

  27. Must have been a wonderful outing … wonderful shots. 🙂

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    August 26, 2014 at 00:51

  28. What a fun place to visit and explore.. I love the tree shot! A great family time! Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing your trip!

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    August 26, 2014 at 02:15

  29. My favorite out of all of these treasures is/was THE GIRAFFE!! I have been begging my husband to make me one to put it our woods !!!…:)JP

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    August 26, 2014 at 02:47

  30. Such an enjoyable journey with your beautiful children.

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^= .

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    August 26, 2014 at 05:27

  31. A great series, I love the one with the two adventurers, and yes, that crane is a fun one. To see one of these formidable looking structures painted as a giraffe certainly turns it into something very endearing. Each photo has its own beauty, even the fearsome looking pike skulls.

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    August 26, 2014 at 05:42

  32. Fun! I love the idea of starting off with dessert. Life is too short!

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    August 26, 2014 at 05:59

  33. indrani

    The first pic is too good.
    great series!

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    August 26, 2014 at 06:48

  34. beautiful pictures from your trip.

    http://calrat.blogspot.com

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    August 26, 2014 at 07:41

  35. Jim

    Love the giraffe crane.

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    August 26, 2014 at 07:53

  36. What a good idea to start with dessert first. Looks like an interesting place to visit.

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    August 26, 2014 at 07:58

  37. Karen

    Looks like you had a great time, love the dessert sign.

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    August 26, 2014 at 08:33

  38. what a nice excursion ! The feather shaped crane looks really funny !

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    August 26, 2014 at 08:54

  39. g2-b3ae899ca7f9433e3c6b60f4f95f19bc

    love the giraffe! and you’re right you have to include ice cream 🙂

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    August 26, 2014 at 09:57

  40. I bet the children had the time of their lives! Icecream was also a favourite of my children and grandchildren. The first Norwegian word my children learned was “is”. We often went to Norway.
    Have a great week.
    Wil, ABCW Team

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    August 26, 2014 at 10:28

  41. Rahul

    Lovely pictures and some very unusual ones in Stockholm and around:)

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    August 26, 2014 at 10:37

  42. Vilka vackra bilder! Skulle gärna besöka Fjäderholmarna nu efter att ha sett dem.=) Den där skylten med “Life is short, eat dessert first” skulle passa bra hos mig också.=D

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    August 26, 2014 at 10:42

  43. That crane makes a marvellous start to the trip – I wonder how many people, every day, look at it, smile, and go on their way feeling just a little bit better!

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    August 26, 2014 at 10:55

  44. Very nice photos, I love the colors and details, very nice visit to Stockholm!

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    August 26, 2014 at 11:00

  45. mir

    even grey sky looks comfortable in your photos… i hope you enjoyed the trip!!!

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    August 26, 2014 at 11:01

  46. What a wonderful trip … thanks for capturing it for us.

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    August 26, 2014 at 11:14

  47. Dies und Das

    Ein informativer Ausflug mit schönen Bildern !
    Gute Zeit wünscht,
    Luis

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    August 26, 2014 at 12:04

  48. Nisha

    Even before I read, I said “Oh that a Giraffe! “. 🙂 Great idea. And last picture reminds me of Venice. 🙂

    Have a wonderful time there.

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    August 26, 2014 at 12:45

    • The last picture is of Stockholm, which is often called The Venice of the North.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      August 26, 2014 at 13:11

  49. Pretty nearly designed Crane! Sounds amusement trip to island… terrific pike

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    August 26, 2014 at 12:52

  50. Looks like a great excursion! Fun 🙂

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    August 26, 2014 at 13:14

  51. Always lovely sailing into Stkholm. A nice little vacation, especially with eating your dessert first.

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    August 26, 2014 at 13:36

  52. I think my two explorers have taken the line about dessert to heart!

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

    PS: the pike do look fierce, although I wish they were still swimming!

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    August 26, 2014 at 13:53

  53. JM

    Great series and what a cool crane! 🙂

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    August 26, 2014 at 13:55

  54. Lovely pictures and that swing ride is really really high.

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    August 26, 2014 at 15:20

  55. what a cool place…i love watching glass blowers…it is def a cool art….
    and the tree you can climb into..what fun for the kids….

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    August 26, 2014 at 15:41

  56. What a glorious day of adventure and scenic tours…I would have loved to have been with you on this day. I find it ever so fascinating to watch glass blowers at work.

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    August 26, 2014 at 15:52

  57. You always seem to find the most amazing items to show us! The giraff crane is out of this world. I am sure the grandkids loved it too.

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    August 26, 2014 at 16:58

    • Thank you. These are my kids! (I got to parenting later than most…)

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      August 27, 2014 at 05:33

  58. Its very nice there! Could maybe be more sun 🙂

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    August 26, 2014 at 17:02

  59. Beautiful trip to Feather Island – enjoyed the sites!

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    August 26, 2014 at 17:19

  60. What a clever idea to paint the crane like a giraffe! It looks like the three of you had a very pleasant time on the island!

    Lindy

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    August 26, 2014 at 18:36

  61. What an amazing fun adventure. I love the painted crane and yum – ice cream. The kids look like they are totally enjoying their time there!

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    August 26, 2014 at 18:57

  62. Fantastic photography and what a fun and creative time ~ happy week to you ~

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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    August 26, 2014 at 19:54

  63. Stockholm looks beautiful! I like the crane disguised to look like a giraffe!.

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    August 26, 2014 at 23:51

  64. Roan

    Looks like a great place to visit. I love, love, love the skies!

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    August 27, 2014 at 01:20

  65. Beautiful adventures!!!! I love the girl’s hair! Sweet!

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    August 27, 2014 at 01:23

    • Thanks. It took me two days to do my daughter’s hair.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      August 27, 2014 at 05:27

  66. Wonderful shots. Looks like a great place for a vacation.

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    August 27, 2014 at 01:40

  67. Al

    What a beautiful island.

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    August 27, 2014 at 01:46

  68. What an adventure!! I loved those pike skull decorations. Very fearsome.

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    August 27, 2014 at 04:48

  69. The giraffe crane – how creative! Love the cafe. I would eat dessert first too. Oh, I usually do.

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    August 27, 2014 at 04:58

  70. Interesting and creative… a fun day.

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    August 27, 2014 at 05:38

  71. What a cool place! I love the giraffe crane!!

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    August 27, 2014 at 06:17

  72. Nice crane and places you visited, very nice series and photos

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    August 27, 2014 at 19:36

  73. Cool giraffe crane, the skulls on the other hand are too gross for my liking

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    August 27, 2014 at 20:42

  74. Life is short, eat dessert first has always been a good motto for me. Love that sign….

    Your shots are filled with such beautiful and dramatic light.

    Jen

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    August 28, 2014 at 04:21

  75. What a neat fun family excursion. It looks like a great place to explore secret places … for kids of all ages!

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    August 28, 2014 at 07:33

  76. The skulls do look scary! And the sky gorgeous!

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    August 28, 2014 at 09:18

  77. It looks like a fun time and the giraffe crane is lovely. If only all cranes looked like that our docks in Southampton would look much more fun. I’ve often thought they look like dinosaurs eating.

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    August 29, 2014 at 08:03

  78. Wonderful series of images Fiona.. Like all above j’adore the painted crane, I did a post about the cranes in Fremantle a while back referring to them as mechanical giraffes, such a fab idea 🙂

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    September 2, 2014 at 15:11

  79. Looks like a fun day! Especially the ice cream part! 🙂

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    September 4, 2014 at 21:30

  80. Pat

    Wow! More gorgeous photos of another beautiful place.

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    September 7, 2014 at 22:30

  81. oh marrante cette grue girafe

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    September 15, 2014 at 08:09

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