Tuesday, 16 September 2014

From the Car

In 2012, I visited Nepal and India. My team and I spent a lot of our time on bumpy roads and long train rides, and I took a great many pictures. I was the photographer. I collected the ones I took whilst sitting in a moving vehicle, and you can see them here. I did something similar recently, but in Sweden. And with less people.







Steninge Slott


Uppland is beautiful. I have heard people find it too flat. Flat is uninteresting, boring, without feature to stir the imagination. But I quite enjoy the view. It breaks with the dense evergreen forests in the north where everything feels just a little bit wilder, a little more remote. Uppland feels cultivated, historic, tamed by hundreds of years of farming and battles and events of significance.

Picnics in the park are not allowed.





Lotta and I took a detour on our way back from Sigtuna and we stopped to explore the castle grounds. Steninge Slott is a very small castle, perfect for a recluse author. The plan is to make a lot of money and then build my own stately manor one day. Lotta is encouraging of my plan, but only as long as I give her a wing to live in. I shall shut the doors and lurk about my castle and terrorize the villagers. 


We stayed so long the gates were shut and locked by the time we finished our tour. 
But not to worry. We just climbed the railing. 

Monday, 15 September 2014

Lots of Ducks


Lotta, my brother's mother-in-law, took me out on a day-trip during my week in Uppsala. We visited Sigtuna.




The mother duck sits in the middle and her four young fledglings preen beside her.






We went to Tant Bruns Kafe, which always makes me happy because it is based on Tant Brun, or the Aunt Brown from the storybook Tant Brun, Tant Grön, och Tant Gredelin (Aunt Brown, Aunt Green, and Aunt Lavender). The story was published in 1918 and written and illustrated by Elsa Beskow, about whom I wrote in an earlier entry here. Sigtuna supposedly looks quite a bit like the places in the book though it is not the source of inspiration.

The carrot cake disappointed. I would recommend the blueberry pie.

And sparrows joined us.

Joel and Sofia


I visited my brother and his wife for a week. He married a young woman named Sofia, and now we have two Sofias in the family. This is their home. 




Monday, 25 August 2014

Archipelago


Earlier this summer, my mamma, pappa, grandma, and I all took a boat trip out into Stockholm's archipelago. It was one of the hottest days of the summer.

Vaxholm, from whence all fairies ferries leave














People pass us by in the harbour.

Keeping a weather eye on the horizon

The map

Chillin' on the boat

Hair

This was taken at the beginning of summer.

In need of haircut. I'll let you know what happens.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Wild Child


Mamma insists she went on a "wild shopping spree" today. She bought pillows. The rebel.