Monthly Archives: October 2020

Dipping for herring

A few of the bigger museums in Stockholm have closed, temporarily, following government guidance here in Sweden. This is the fault of the pandemic. And they closed yesterday, ahead of our first day out and about. The one museum we … Continue reading

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Foreign correspondent

Almost all of today I spent in the house. This was mainly because I was recording the Talking Newspaper but also because I was pretty much knackered after yesterday. My poor old feeble limbs just didn’t want to do much … Continue reading

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Where the Queen buys her frocks

We visited two lakes this morning. First up we popped down to Norrby then, after discovering there really isn’t anywhere to walk at Norrby, we drove across to Kumla to discover another beach type spot with very little walking. There’s … Continue reading

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The perfect Swedish family

After yesterday’s foray into the deep, scary woods, Mirinda decided we’d have a far more placid walk around a lake this morning. Not quite all the way around, but far enough to constitute a walk. There’s a lake near us, … Continue reading

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When is a track no longer a track?

Today we met Camilla, our landlady. She told us that a family of elk regularly walks through our ‘garden’. The three of them walk through her garden, eat a couple of apples from her tree then contented, stroll down by … Continue reading

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“I know 54 words!”

Mirinda has organised to have a holiday day every week for the next umpteen weeks. She was due holidays but because of the stupid virus, we’ve not been on holiday with the same fury as usual. It was a case … Continue reading

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Picking produce in the woods

I went shopping this morning. I did it at our local ICA. Among my shopping was a container of blueberries and some mushrooms. It seems I’m not like the natives. The Swedish people are known for their ‘outdoorsyness’. They love … Continue reading

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The longer we stop, the quicker we get there

Linda has been working really well so far. Until today, that is. Actually, to be completely fair, Linda managed really well for the long stretches of highway between Yngsjö and Stockholm. It wasn’t until we reached the final 10km that … Continue reading

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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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