Saturday, October 03, 2009

A Double Invitation

Haninges oldest building

A Picnic in October

The top photo shows Gammelgården (it means the old cottage). It is situated in a beautiful part of Österhaninge, only meters away from the tree lined aveny that leads down to Årsta Castle. It is the oldest building in Haninge. The current castle is from 1650, and this cottage that once belonged to the castle is supposedly older. I have never been inside, but by chance I met the previous owner, Louise, nearby on Friday. Together with her friend Helén she was having a picnic in the sunshine near Stadsberga with their respective newborns, Sigge and Emma-Li. I stopped and was just about to ask them for a photo when Louise said: no photos please. That surprised me, but I don't give up that easy and we ended up chatting about this and that for ten minutes and Helén figured a photo of them then and there would be just fine! They offered me coffee, but I had just had a cup with flickr friend Jim at a cafe in Västerhaninge so I declined. Helén's boyfriend is Louise's brother so the girls are sisters in law. They used to play in the same korpfotboll team (7 player soccer for amateurs), but as they are newly mothers, promenades is what they have time for these days. It was when I asked where they lived that I learned that Louise had just sold the old cottage. Luckily for me she still has the keys as the new owners have yet to move in, so weather permitting I might take a bike ride down to the old cottage later today for a closer look. I took the top photo a couple of minutes after my meeting with the girls in case you are wondering. They were going one way and I the other, and as the weather was great I figured the white cottage would look good against a blue sky so I stopped by for a a few quick photos. Oh, and if you would like to see how it looks near Helén's place, press here to look at a big panoramic view over the Blista Bay.

13 comments:

Leif Hagen said...

A great place for "ficka!" Coffee and 7 sorts of cookies?! Wonderful looking "gammelgarden!" Get any snaps inside of it?

brattcat said...

Love the cottage, the mothers and babes, and the amazing view. Very nice!

Don and Krise said...

You hit the jackpot on this one. I hope you get some inside shots of the cottage.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

You were right about the white cottage looking great against the blue sky.

My wife and I noticed that in Scandinavia you see a lot more mothers out with babies meeting up with other friends with babies because they get paid leave from work.

Kcalpesh said...

The house looks awesome and colorful! A very nice place to live! The momas with the kids look very very relaxed too!

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Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful shots !! This is simply fantastic !! Great one !!Unseen Rajasthan

cieldequimper said...

The cottage is great, the panoramic view is breathtaking and the whole story is wonderful. I wish I had the nerve to go up to people and ask them for photographs. Have a great weekend and show us more of the cottage soon!

Benikos place said...

Magic and peacefull place,great shot! Regards :)

warsawdailyphoto said...

That looks very idyllic. We have a small place in the south of France which isn't finished yet which hopefully will look something like that! The perfect place to get away from it all...

B SQUARED said...

A great view. That cottage is in such incredible condition.

Chuck Pefley said...

Wow, Steffe! You're right about that cottage looking great against the fall colored trees and vibrant sky. And your panorama of the bay is stunning! Hope you took that bike ride back later in the day to see the inside.

Steffe said...

I was planning to go back today, but the weather has been kinda awful, with strong winds and rain, but perhaps tomorrow. I got an email from one of my readers, who said that I should take many photos, he is a member of the local historical association so I can understand his interest.

Hilda said...

How wonderful! Cousins and ready-made playmates! :D

The cottage is so charming too, with those colorful accents.

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