Monthly Archives: October 2020

There’s always pizza in Åhus

Absolut was a Swedish brand of alcohol. The company has been making vodka since 1879, when Lars Olsson Smith distilled it and started selling it outside Stockholm. The reason he did that was because inside Stockholm there was a monopoly … Continue reading

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Destroy this mad brute

If you turn right out of the gate at the house where we’re staying, you head down to the river Helged. There’s a bridge across the river which was built from 1912 to 1915. It replaced an earlier, wooden bridge … Continue reading

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No washing on the Per Albin Line

During our walk along the beach at lunchtime, I stumbled upon, what I thought looked like, coastal defences set back and jutting out of the sand. As soon as we returned to the house, I set about finding out about … Continue reading

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The Swedish meatball effect

It seems that everyone in this family is enjoying Swedish food. While Mirinda and I are enjoying discovering new taste delights, this morning, the puppies proved that they are not immune. In fact, they prefer Swedish meatballs to me. I’d … Continue reading

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On a beach in Sweden

I think it’s very important to try local foods. Wherever we’ve been in the world, we make an effort to taste weird stuff. Because of this, today we had our first taste of the legendary, pickled herring. I was in … Continue reading

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Big fat lanes & glossy roads

Our stay in Marschacht was lovely. Very peaceful, especially after the very naughty pizza and ice cream we were ‘forced’ to have for dinner. The girls were very happy to not be put in a cage. Actually, they slept with … Continue reading

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Rita and the violent boys

The dulcet tones of the ships announcer dragged us out of our North Sea induced sleep. She was telling us that we had an hour and a half before we had to abandon the ferry. Being in the lap of … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, Panda

Well, we made it to the ferry. From Farnham to Harwich in Max with two confused puppies. It was a long drive and Mirinda managed it very well. I can only hope that Panda had as good a journey. I, … Continue reading

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Due an adventure

Today was the real beginning of our Great Adventure. Tomorrow we leave for Europe. Holland first, then Germany and, finally, a ferry to Sweden. We discussed it, painstakingly, a while ago but the actual plans only came to a head … Continue reading

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Leaving out the ’00 to 5:’

What a glorious morning to be walking into Farnham. The sky was blue (obviously last night’s red sky did that for the shepherds everywhere) and the sun was making the autumnal leaves glow. Even the joggers were smiling. Well, some … Continue reading

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