Monthly Archives: June 2021

Why do they wear pixie slippers in Asgard?

When the National Museum of Sweden was designed, no-one thought to include toilets. Completed in 1866, it took two years for a granite pissoir to be added for the men. It emptied directly into a stream. Women, however, weren’t catered … Continue reading

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Are you a painter? No, I’m Zorn!

Sweden was knocked out of Euro 2020 tonight having been beaten by Ukraine 1-2. Sadly it means no more yellow football shirts around about town. In the meanwhilst, England beat Germany 2-0 at Wembley and the behaviour of the English … Continue reading

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Brexit, the gift that keeps on giving

Being a normal Monday, I headed off for the butcher. I was very lucky this week as Mirinda offered to drive me. I was a bit early, so I sat by Drevviken and read as I waited for the clock … Continue reading

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Thor visits at Midsummer

There’s a few things Mirinda has wanted to do here before we go home. Two of those things are going for a sunrise and sunset walk in the forest. She managed her rather scary sunset walk on the longest day … Continue reading

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The cheesecake was delicious too

I had written my blog post and was enjoying a few moments reading when Mirinda suddenly said “Shall we go for fika?” I couldn’t think of any reason why not. We packed the girls in the car and headed or … Continue reading

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Glad Midsommar!

It has been many years since I was so drunk I don’t remember getting home so I’d kind of forgotten what it feels like. I had a major reminder tonight as I staggered back home with Mirinda for support, having … Continue reading

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The full service is (not) free

I have been writing a book. It’s about my millionth attempt at a work of fiction. I started at the end of last year and had a first draft completed about a month ago. I then set it aside for … Continue reading

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Delays can occur due to cows

The combination of cows, a car service, midsummer and the Swedish football team is a recipe for delay. That’s especially true when you have to visit the Systembolaget for your weekly shop. At least that’s my experience. Midsummer, according to … Continue reading

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World class museum, 2nd class subtitles

When he wasn’t picking and choosing buildings to move around Sweden, Artur Hazelius was busy collecting ephemera for exactly the same reason. The buildings went to Skansen (we visited in April) the smaller stuff was meant for his grand museum … Continue reading

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Late night out in the woods

Today started with an almighty crash. A cloud, fully laden with water and Thor’s hammer, sitting about a foot above the house, suddenly released a great clap of thunder directly overhead. Then, as if to make sure we’d heard it … Continue reading

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