Sweden

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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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.

Sunset

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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.

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.

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My two small adventurers

Discovered many places to explore.

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We visited the local glassblower

And admired a work in progress,

Glowing like a jewel.

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Tired and happy, we returned home on the boat

Under a dramatic sky.

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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;

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And where you dance around the midsummer pole

Wearing flowers and a silly smile.

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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).

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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.

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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).

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I love the weathered look of the wood

And those cool dragon-shaped oarlocks.

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The heavy wooden oars and the mast

Are stored in the boat for safekeeping.

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

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


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