Sweden

A rainbow sunset

Sunset at just gone 14.30 today has its perks.

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The grey cloud lifted to reveal rainbow reflections, ice on the lake

And, of course, a posing Ruby.

(All photos taken with my mobile phone.)

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Splashes of colour

Every November, we forget how gloomy it can be.

So we need to find small moments of joy where we can —

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Be it a serene lake and a dog;

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Or the orange burst of a boat

And its perfect mirror image.

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For more pops of colour, please go to: Our World Tuesday.


Sauna weather

It’s the tail end

Of the Christmas holidays;

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Mainly grey and mild —

But we finally got some cold weather.

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Frosted snowflakes

Decorate the wall and window of the

Little sauna house on the lake.

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When the sun finally showed its face,

The view was gloriously peachy.

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Winter snapshots

Winter has many forms of beauty —

Sometimes it’s clear ice and cloudy skies,

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Or a burst of pink dawn;

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At other times, it’s golden fog

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Or a honey glow over cottage and snow.

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All photos taken with my mobile phone, so please excuse the quality.

I’m away for work this week, so may not have time

To get around to your blogs.

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Midsummer joy

Midsummer’s Eve is the second most important

Celebration in Sweden after Christmas.

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It’s a time for dancing

Around the midsummer maypole

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With flowers in your hair

No matter whether you are male, female or child.

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The folk dancers

Wear their traditional costumes —

(They start them off young…)

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As do the musicians:

It’s hard work though!

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And everyone has fun

No matter colour, age or belief system.

And that’s what is important in the world:

Love and tolerance.

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For more celebrations, please visit: Our World.


By the lake

I found a charming beach hut

Down by the lake.

(A real Viking beach, isn’t it?)

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The view across the frozen water

To the other side looks pretty too.

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Further along, we turn up towards

The woods – and Simmie finds an old barn.

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The warm colour and old timber

Offers a peaceful sight.

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Before turning homewards,

I take a moment to enjoy

Simmie’s frozen whiskers.

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Hidden gems

One of my walks takes me past fields, lake and a camping site.

I discovered this shower, with the last summer drop

Frozen into place.

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Forging into the woods,

I find a truck with shiny rims.

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The sunlight picks out

The red of a hidden cottage

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And draws my eyes to this

Picture perfect barn.

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A winter’s tale

Back in February, we took a trip to visit a new friend

Living on the shore of a large inland lake.

High and dry

Some boats were marooned in the harbour

And people strolled out onto the frozen lake

To enjoy the view.

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I felt all buoyed up

By the dazzling snow and sunlight.

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Just as we were leaving,

The sun made a glorious spectacle of itself

Casting a golden glow over this winter’s tale.

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Narnia skies

Winter is a time when you can wake up

And find yourself in Narnia.

Sometimes not having a sky is the best kind of sky!

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The Fish Church

The Fish Church – or Feskekôrka –

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

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

That resembles a Gothic Church.

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The reclining benches in front of the market

Are an excellent place

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On which to rest

And drink in a summer sunset.

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For more quirky sights, please visit: Our World.