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All the uncomforts of home

Prince Philip died today. He was 99 and was married to QEI for more than 70 years. He’d recently spent time in hospital where Prince Charles visited him. He was released from hospital in order to spend his last days … Continue reading

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Walking in sunshine

Some days, you get up, go through your usual routine then leave the house and the beauty of the day almost bowls you over. It all looks impossibly glorious and the world seems perfect. Today was like that. All day. … Continue reading

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A footpath going nowhere

The holiday break being behind us now, the old routine was once more entered into. Mirinda went back to work, starting the day at the café at Trollbäcken, while I dragged my trolley to Tyresö Centrum for essentials. There was … Continue reading

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Japanese cat with exploded nose

It was an early start this morning as we headed back to Tyresö. Eva had said we could delay our departure beyond the usual time to leave except that she had suddenly had a booking and, being a work day, … Continue reading

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Where awful American cars go to die

Who was Waldemar Platou and why is there a massive great monument to him in the churchyard of Sunne Kyrka? This was the question which struck me as we walked through the aforementioned graveyard and I spotted the white upright … Continue reading

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A little bottle of Jacob’s Creek

The place where we’re staying is quite close to a small collection of buildings, collectively going by the name of Goats Swamp. Or Bog. While the whole place looks quite idyllic, there are bits where you understand why it’s called … Continue reading

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Anti poaching unit

Having written extensively about how bad some bathroom facilities have been in our travelling experiences, I figured I should write about ours here in the middle of nowhere. Sadly, it won’t be a funny report. The facilities are fantastic. A … Continue reading

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The restaurant of Dr Moreau

In 1909, Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf became the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature. She was born in 1858 at Mårbacka near Sunne. Her family had inherited the property but, following her father’s death, her brother … Continue reading

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From Bloody Nora to the Friggin Lakes

Cornelis Vreeswijk was a troubadour. He wrote songs and poems, he sang and accompanied himself on his guitar. He was born in the Netherlands but spent most of his life in Sweden. Though he never became a Swedish citizen. He … Continue reading

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Final sunset over Usken Lake

It forgot to stop raining today. There were a few possible plans for the day, none of which included the rain. Still, after our usual morning of writing, we decided to take Max for a spin. After studying the map, … Continue reading

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