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Friday, 30 April 2010

The Fort on the Hill

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High up on a hill in a park…


… there is a playground, with a play fort.


“There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton

Pictures from mid April, 2010.

Thursday, 29 April 2010

After Work Comes Play



To finish off the Laundry Day, there was music and dancing.

The strange instruments are called nyckelharpa  (pl: nyckelharpor)
(key harp, or key fiddle). If you like, you can listen to it here.



Wednesday, 28 April 2010

More Laundry

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Some more pictures from Laundry Day. I’m afraid I don’t have names for all contraptions and vessels used (not even in Swedish).  I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Above on the left you can see there were also musicians present.
I’ll get back to them in another post.

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Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Washing Rag Carpets


More pictures from Laundry Day in our town centre.


“In England nobody understands what rag-carpets are; but in every part of America they are more or less used. The wealthy use them for their kitchens, and sometimes dining rooms; the farmers, for their chambers; and often every room in the house will be covered with them ... Every conceivable kind of woollen cloth was cut into little shreds about half an inch wide, and an inch long. These were all joined together lengthwise, and then wound in balls. The children's employment was to help in sewing the shreds together, and thus to make hundreds and thousands of yards of woollen band. This was afterwards woven into a coarse kind of carpet, and produced a mottle of all colours, not at all unpleasing to the eye. Occasionally such carpets would be dyed all of one colour; sometimes they were woven into a regular pattern, stripe or plaid; but this...was to be a mottled one; and their young friends...were invited for a few days to help in this homely but curious work; during which, however, some amusing book was read, and thus the time passed pleasantly.”
Mary Botham Howitt, Our Cousins in Ohio, 1849

Without any research to prove it, I’d say the traditional Swedish rag-carpets are usually striped; as can also be seen in these pictures.



“Rugs made of cloth would generally stand up to being washed in a tub if they were small enough. Bigger ones could be rinsed through in a creek or stream. In Finland there is a tradition of washing rag rugs in summer in the nearest lake or river. Some Finnish women used to freshen their rugs at the end of winter by spreading them out on snow, sprinkling more on top, then hanging them to dry in sunshine and/or breeze.”



Quotes from: http://www.oldandinteresting.com/history-rag-rugs.aspx

Monday, 26 April 2010

Mosaic Monday: Washing Dirty Laundry In Public

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On Saturday, we had a rather unusual event taking place in town: Laundry Day, arranged by the Textile Museum, to show how this was done a hundred years or so ago.

On 10 March, I had a post here entitled Looking Forward, Looking Back. That included a photo of a mural painting in our Town Hall of how people used to do their washing in the river back in those days. The Town Hall was built in 1910 and celebrates its centenary this year.

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Yesterday’s post Going Back In Time also had some pictures of Saturday’s festivities, including the possibility to take a ride around the park on a horse-drawn wagon.

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Today, since I intend to partake as usual in Mosaic Monday at Mary’s Little Red House, I’m sticking to collages, and taking the opportunity to give you the “overall view”. But it was perfect photo weather and  I took nearly 100 shots, so I intend to get a few more blog posts out of them. I’ll be showing more detail another day.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Going Back In Time

There were some rather unusual things going in our town centre yesterday.

More pictures will be coming up in the next few days...

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Flowers Forever

On a walk the other day I came across these tulips. Very neatly planted, and of remarkably similar height and posture, but some of strange colour. On closer examination... they turned out to be made of wood!

Friday, 23 April 2010


Hepaticas; one of our earliest, rather rare but most beloved spring flowers. I found these growing in a sunny spot close to a stone wall in a cemetery in town. I had pictures of them on my other blog last week. But since everybody does not follow both blogs, I thought I might show them here as well.

Thursday, 22 April 2010


Another newly planted flowerbed in the park. I'm afraid I don't know the name of the flowers.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Pansies in the Park

It is good to see some colour back in the town parks!

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

What Do We Care About Fences?

There is a net fence across the lawn between the two houses, but the flowers don't pay much respect to it.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Growing at the Foot of the Cross




“The Christian religion, though scattered and abroad will in the end gather itself together at the foot of the cross.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Wildlife in the Cemetery

Walking across the cemetery the other day, I came upon this hare. Probably looking for a meal among the flowers on the graves... I think it might be the same one I've seen before around where I live (but never got close enough before to take a picture of). We also have wild rabbits in the area but the hare is much bigger.

... hopping away...

(If anyone wonders, I have digitally removed the number plate from the car.)

Friday, 16 April 2010

Right Outside the Window

13 April 2010: Snowdrops and Scilla; on the lawn in front of a town house.

Thursday, 15 April 2010


Under a tree in a park I saw the ground covered with something white... Getting closer, I saw that it wasn't flowers, but feathers. Something rather violent seems to have been taking place here!

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Busy Bumblebee

Photo from 13 April, 2010. (The flowers are crocuses.)


Awards given to DawnTreader's Picture Book

Over-the-Top Award from NPT @ The Nature..., 3 November 2009.
More info at The Island of the Voices.

'Blog of the Week' from Brett @ 365 to 42, 9 November 2009.

From Scriptor Senex @ Rambles From My Chair, 22 November 2009

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