Monday, October 26, 2009

The Outhouse Poster

Outhouse Poster

A few days ago I decided to take the bike over to Djurgårdsgrind. It's a property in Tungelsta where the famous author Ivar Lo-Johansson lived for a number of years when he was a kid. He was a friend of my grandfather, and I have read a few of Ivar Lo's books. The Johansson family moved out from Djurgårdsgrind in 1922. These days the big house that the family built is used as a summer house by the current owners. The rest of the buildings, including the cottage and a few barns are in a very sad state, so I figured I should document them before they collapse. If you would like to see all my photos from Djurgårdsgrind press here. Anyway, there I was minding my own business taking a photo of a poster I noticed on the outhouse wall. Or was I perhaps trespassing on a private property with camera in hand? It's hard to tell the difference. I knew that the owners had taken some security measures, but I was still a bit surprised when the first security guard showed up asking me what I was up to. His name was Jocke and he came from Securitas Direct. He had noticed my bike and decided to see what was going on. Jocke had never heard about the author so I told him a few facts, and as we were talking, a police officer shows up! Inge, as he is called, lives nearby and keeps an eye on the place for the owners as there have been a few incidents here over the years. I knew that Inge might turn up after talking to Sune Nilsson (a local historian), so I quickly told him who I was, and he had probably heard about me because he asked if I had been able to locate an inscription (It's Ivar Lo's signature), on a hill side here. Sadly I hadn't found the inscription, and with that we started to talk about other "intruders" and a few other things before going are separate ways. Obviously in true Steffe style I took a photo of the guys and you can see it here.

15 comments:

Leif Hagen said...

I think she's on a "seefood" diet - she sees food and she eats it, all of it! Oj da! Uff da! Usch va' hemst!

Jacob said...

The photo's hilarious. So are you! I wish I had had you with me a year ago when I got my first traffic ticket in about 50 years! If anyone could have talked the cop our of giving me a ticket, it would be you!

brattcat said...

Well, she's not exactly your typical subject, Steffe, but she's an interesting girl and she comes with a great story. Thanks for letting us in on the adventure.

Don and Krise said...

The look on her face tells me you surprised her. (Evidently while she was getting dressed). I'm glad you at least got to spend a little time there and get a few shots in before you left.

brian stout said...

umm... nice poster? hehe! great story, and glad you got some shots before all the hooplah!

PurestGreen said...

Classic photo, but even more hilarious story. Caught in the act!

Hilda said...

The poster is a little too much for me, but I do love your story! Wow, Steffe, you can talk and charm yourself out of anything! My hat off to you! (If I wore hats, that is…)

B SQUARED said...

Now that is interesting.

Bibi said...

Great photo. What a pin-up, and I love the story that goes with it.

Gunn White said...

made me smile!:-)

Lois said...

Oh my goodness, what a shot! I love the expression on her face. The rest of her not so much!

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

I hope I never get that fat. I don't think I'll eat any more chocolate for a while!
Cheers.
Melbourne Daily Photo

Steffe said...

A bit different from the babes that you will normally see on this blog!

I will probably go back. When my flickr buddy Jim heard about that inscription, he wanted to know where to start the search.

Vogon Poet said...

I liked the story and the other picture even more than this. Few weeks ago I was chased on my mom's bike and stopped by Carabinieri, called for the same reason by some suspicious dweller of Ardenza.

Steffe said...

Normally I would have posted a photo of the cottage, but as I have done that before I decided to do something different. Gad you decided to have a look at the other photos.