Category Archives: Sweden 2020

I’ve missed the glorious taste of hazelnut

Uppsätra is a croft in the Tyresö Nature reserve. Or, more accurately, it was a croft. Today there’s only a few blocks of hewn stone left to show where it was. Back in 1674, a farmhand who worked at a … Continue reading

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Nearly enough to wake the dead

Imagine a woodland, trees not too close together and dotted among the trunks, gravestones. Small plots of ground in front of the memorials, indicate where ashes may have been scattered. Some inscriptions are for individuals but the vast majority are … Continue reading

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Staying inside, staying dry

Today it rained. And rained. Wild, squally rain. Lashing, wet and cold. Sitting at the dining table, the noise on the side window didn’t stop all day. I’d say it was easily the most unpleasant day so far. It didn’t … Continue reading

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Letter from Sweden

Today marks my first ‘Letter from Sweden’ for the Talking Newspaper. It was an idea put forward by Tim and Nina following the last FATN recording. I wrote my first letter and today I read it. I think it went … Continue reading

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Making faggots with a digger and a chainsaw

After a windy, windy night during which the windows rattled and the trees bent and swayed, we woke to a couple of chaps in earnest discussion outside the house. Mirinda met them when she took the girls to the forest … Continue reading

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The progress of the ergonomic chair

We’ve been waiting for the arrival of an ergonomic chair for Mirinda to work at. The dining chairs here are awfully uncomfortable. And the other chairs are, frankly, inadequate. We ordered a new chair (and desk and lap tray) on … Continue reading

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Ann-ecdotes

The Talking Newspaper monthly magazine hasn’t been recorded in eight months. March was the last one and it’s a shame. The magazine is generally more interesting, more in-depth, more historical in content. The last magazine I recorded was way back … Continue reading

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The seventh string in the packet

This morning we went to the beach. Gålö Beach, to be exact. According to Mirinda, it’s the closest at just under half an hour from us. It felt a lot longer getting there but that’s usually the way when travelling … Continue reading

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An estate for the dead

Des O’Connor died today. He was 88 and recovering from a fall. Ray Clements (England goalkeeper) also died. He was 72. Neither died from Covid-19, so I’m surprised they made the news. Given the UK Lockdown, I can only assume … Continue reading

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Don’t believe everything you think

The Stockholm Archipelago comprises around 30,000 islands. Within that number there are a lot of little rocks but, generally speaking, many of them are not only habitable but also inhabited. Today we took a cruise around a very few of … Continue reading

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