Friday, July 31, 2009

Pastoral Idyll

Pastoral Idyll

I really love riding my bicycle. I prefer rural areas and gravel roads where there's no traffic to speak off. Over the last week or so I have been busy pedalling up and down most of the old roads in Österhaninge, shooting farm buildings, runestones and the odd Baptist chapel. All scenes that you will see on this blog in the next week or so. This is a view that I have come to really enjoy. This is Stadsberga. A small village with three farms, two of which you can see here. Remember Stig-Arne? The man you saw with my friend Jim at the old Smitty a few days ago. He lives in the farm house to the very left. On the other side of the big tree you can just see part of the Bakehouse. It is more that 300 years old and the bake oven is still there although the building today serves as a private home. Next is the stable and above that is the old barn where you can see something a bit different. To the right is Stadsberga Gård which I visited with Henrietta a couple of days ago. If you climb the steep road you will get up to a number of small red cottages that you can rent for the summer. All in all this is an idyll.

15 comments:

Jacob said...

Idyllic is the right word! Again, reminds me of Minnesota! Just a beautiful photograph, Steffe...I'd be tempted to frame it and hang it!

Clueless in Boston said...

It is a beautiful and idyllic spot.

Leif Hagen said...

Dreamy view, Steffe! Wish I could spend a week visiting there! Looking forward to your upcoming snaps!

Don and Krise said...

When I enlarged it, it looked like a painting. Great photo. If I were there I'd be right there with my bike exploring every back road I could.

Vogon Poet said...

Absolutely idyllic spot, this is one of the reasons for missing my bike...

Eamon said...

Lovely - do you know how much do the rental places cost? We have often thought about Sweden as a place to visit.

John said...

A really nice shot of a Scandinavian scene; I always liked the wall colouring when I lived in Denmark, there seems to be a special rust-red, blue and also an ochre-yellow that always seem to mean Scandinavia.

By the way, thanks for leaving a comment on my Flickr site; the cherry-red classic car in Gettysburg.

Steffe said...

I could email you a larger version if you would like to print it Jacob.

Doesn't look like they have any website Eamon, but if you would like to search for a summer house in Sweden, try this place: Sweden Holiday.

Gunn White said...

A beautiful place!
It is good and important that there are people who care about old cultural treasures.
I like the composition of the photograph and look forward to see more from the area.

brattcat said...

The curve of the road, the wildflowers and the red building all contribute to an inviting, serene scene.

Lois said...

It certainly is a beautiful scene! I am looking forward to the rest of your pictures of this area.

Jacob said...

Okay, Steffe. Thanks. Send it to yanson2@aol.com

(I tried to send this a minute ago and wasn't sure if it went through, so just delete if a duplicate.)

Leeds in yorkshire daily photo - Paul said...

My kind of rural heaven. Here where I live there are not too many quite lanes with not much traffic. Pity really because I think more people would use bikes.

lemon said...

Not photo, a wallpaper this is!
Lucky to cycle in such dream-places. And lucky us to see them through you! Thanks.

Tinsie said...

That's a beautiful photo! Wish I was there :-)