Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Ruby Tuesday: Rural Barn Charm


Going back to my summer photos in search of some colour… Found this, which I don’t think I’ve posted before. It’s from a Wagon museum in the countryside not very far from the village where my parents lived. It’s not open on a regular basis, and I’ve never been inside. My brother and I just stopped for a look outside when we were out for a drive in that neighbourhood.


Linking to Ruby Tuesday 2

Friday, 25 January 2013

Money, Money, Money (Friday My Town)

A money post of mine from 2010 repeated,
with a follow-up, for
Friday My Town Shoot Out.


Originally posted on Soaring Through The World, September 12, 2010:

I wonder how many millions ABBA have made since 1976?

Sweden, though member of the European Union, does not use the Euro, but the currency krona (pl. kronor) (SEK). It is sometimes informally referred to in English as the "Swedish crown" (krona literally means crown). The picture on the 1 krona coin (above) is of our King Carl XVI Gustaf.

1 American Dollar ~ 7,20 SEK
1 British Pound ~ 11,20 SEK
1 Euro ~ 9,20 SEK


In January 2013, I ask myself what, if anything, has changed on the money front in the last 2½ years?

Apparently the Swedish economy has grown stronger.
These are today’s figures (25 January, 2013):

1 American dollar ~ 6,48 SEK
1 British pound ~ 10,23 SEK
1 Euro ~ 8,68 SEK              


In October 2010 we got rid of the last of the ‘öre’ coins.


Back in my childhood, in the 1950’s, there were 1, 2, 5, 10, 25 and 50 öre coins.

There were also 5 kronor bills back then.
I still have one saved from the year I was born:


Our smallest bill nowadays is 20 kronor. It’s nicknamed a “Selma” because on the front it shows the Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1909.


One of her most famous books is ‘The Wonderful Adventures of Nils’, a boy who shrank to the size of little gnome and flew on a goose from the south of Sweden to the North, seeing the whole country:


Today, however, even if you happen to have your wallet full of 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 kronor bills, it may not get you where you want to go. In many places, my town and area included, it is no longer to possible to pay cash on the bus. You may have your pockets full of coins and bills, but without a valid plastic card you have to walk.





Friday, 18 January 2013

Weekend Reflections


Q: Did you hear the story about the peacock ?
A: No, but I heard it's a beautiful tale (tail)!


Q: What is a zebra’s favorite movie?
A: The ones in black and white!


Reflections in the window of a shop selling lamps,
for Weekend Reflections



Frozen in Time–Nääs Castle

Friday My Town Shoot Out

Back in July 2012, my brother and I went on a couple of outings to historical buildings in the area. The FMTSO theme this week reminded me that one of those I had still left unblogged… How very convenient. So I’ll be focusing on the Time aspect rather than the Frozen. But in the metaphorical sense you’ll get the latter as well.


Nääs Castle is a 17th century mansion at lake Sävelången in the province of Västergötland in Sweden, not very far from Göteborg.



Nääs estate, now a cultural heritage site, is renowned for its Crafts education during the late 19th and early 20th century. Beside several nature and walking trails, Nääs estate also provides Bed & Breakfast as well as conference accommodations.


The Castle is out on the little island, the Crafts College buildings are facing it from across the water.


The old Crafts College

During the summer craft courses are still held at ’Slöjdseminariet’, the old crafts college. I’ve been to crafts exhibitions there in the past, but there was nothing of that kind going on when we were visiting now.



In the old barn there are now stables and a riding school


… but the horses weren’t at home when we looked in:


In the buildings between the stables and the Castle there is a restaurant and café and a little shop.


The main building, Nääs Castle, is open to the public between May–September; but guided tours only.


The earliest castle on the estate was built in the 16th century. The last private owner of the present mansion and associated land was August Abrahamson, wholesaler from Gothenburg. He founded the Crafts College and after his death (1897) donated the entire property to the State in order to secure continuity for the educational programme.


We went on a guided tour inside the main building, which has indeed been “frozen in time”, as the last owner’s instructions were to keep it preserved exactly as it was when he lived there. Unfortunately, the only room where photography is allowed is the kitchen and servants’ hall:


The kitchen was also used for giving cooking classes; which is why there is a blackboard.





Servants’ stairs, and food-lift


The pantry


▼ Below, for comparison ▼
Photo from Wikimedia Commons of the men’s lounge upstairs

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For a few more peeks upstairs, visit the Nääs website

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Ruby Tuesday – Black Swans


The Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) is a species of swan, which breeds mainly in the southeast and southwest regions of Australia. We also have a pair of them in a bird sanctuary here in my town in Sweden, though! (They are not in a cage, they were outside someone else’s!)

See more RED at Ruby Tuesday 2

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday


Yesterday afternoon the Sun and I happened to be out together for just a short while. There haven’t been many opportunities for shadow shots lately!

Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Friday, 11 January 2013

Friday My Town & Weekend Reflections – At Night

Going back to December and Christmas Market time…


This is a little blurry but I include it anyway:



The Christmas tree in the town square:


The lighted trees in the town park, reflected in the river:



The photo below involves reflections of the trees in the park in the big windows of the hotel across the river:



Linking to Friday My Town Shoot Out

and Weekend Reflections

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Weekend Reflections: On Thin Ice


- Hey, look at me, I can walk on the water!
- Never mind, there’s someone DOWN THERE…


A late contribution for Weekend Reflections

Friday, 4 January 2013

FMTSO: Favourite Photos from 2012

2013 almanacka

This is a collage of the favourite photos that I chose for my 2013 photo calendar – a Christmas/New Year gift to some friends and relatives.


Photo from mid January 2012.
A frozen temporary “lake” in a flooded wood glade.


See other people’s favourites at Friday My Town Shoot Out

Thursday, 3 January 2013

3 January: Christmas Is Over…


The snow is all gone,
the Christmas trees turned over,
only one Bear left
in the square, looking lonely:
Where did all my Buddies go?


Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Happy New Ruby Tuesday Year


Taking photos of fireworks is not easy. Not much time to fiddle around with settings either, so it’s pretty much just click and see what happens. In this photo I like how it seems like musical notes are escaping from the fire!

For Ruby Tuesday

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