Saturday, May 18, 2019

Stängt mellan hägg och syren

Stängt mellan hägg och syren
"Closed Between Bird Cherry and Lilac". A saying first uttered, or written down by a cordwainer that closed shop this time of the year many moons ago. It is a period of about two weeks in the middle of May when everything blooms. It is many peoples favorite time of the year in this country, me included. I found this bench along a historical promenade with info about "Old Årsta" close to Årsta slott in rural Österhaninge

Friday, May 17, 2019

WTF!

WTF!
Årsta Castle in Österhaninge. It has a rich history. It also has a golf course and this old alleyway, Norra Allén, that is open for the public and local cyclists like myself, until yesterday that is when I encountered this horrible looking wooden gate. I wonder if it is former hockey great Peter Forsberg's fault. His company has taken over the operation of the castle and golf course, and they will build houses and what have you in the area over the next five years.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Odlingsröse

Odlingsröse
Rocks on the field next to the old tree. I will sit here every now and then, sometimes thinking about all the hard work farmers must have gone through removing these big rocks from their fields with the help of a horse or an ox. As far as I know there are not that many stone walls in this area. Sometimes the rocks ended up at what was known as a odlingsröse, or clearance cairn in English. This is one of those.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Rural Bus Stop

Rural Bus Stop
If you need to take the bus to and from Dalarö, bus 839 is a good choice. Especially if you find yourself at the bus stop near Tjursta in rural Österhaninge. The design of this "busskur" is pretty straight forward but it is windproof and rainproof and that is all you need.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Snörom

Snurrom Offering Stone
Today a little horse farm at the end of the road. Before that a "torp", cottage that belonged to the bigger estate Solberga in Österhaninge. First mentioned around 1730. The name Snörom is said to come from the fact that the old road that passes by close to the house made an acute turn here. Since around 1950 the property belongs to the Åkerblom family. The "offering stone" sits on top of the nearby hill. If it in fact is an cup and ring mark, I don't really know, but I have met a few people that say so.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Mystery Stones II

Mystery Stones
I showed you one of the conical mystery stones at Sanda a while back. Here are two of the round stones. All in all there are six stones. The round ones sits on top of the rock closest to the road. The conical on a rock a few meters away.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Tulpanfestival

Tulip Festival Tulip Festival Roundabout
Last year we had a very popular tulip festival in Haninge. Unfortunately the warm weather made the tulips bloom a week early. No such problems this time. This years festival took place earlier today. I didn't go this time but took a bunch of tulip photos yesterday and here are three of those photos.

Thursday, May 09, 2019

That Old Tree

That Old Tree
The month of May have been cold and windy so far. Biking home earlier in the week I made a quick stop at the old tree. The Swedish Whitebeam stands unprotected from the weather, and I can't remember the last time I experienced such a cold bike ride. It was horrible, and it took me an hour to warm up after I got home.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Vandalised election poster

Election Poster
Local racists seems to disagree with Centerpartiet's stand in the upcoming European Parliament election as they have vandalised these election posters. As seen at the commuter station in Tungelsta yesterday. I took a party quiz the other day and I came out as a Centerpartist. That would have made my grandfather and my great grandfather proud as they were both members of that party.

Monday, May 06, 2019

Östnora

Jetty at Östnora Welcome to Östnora The old jetty The dirty beach
Östnora. As a kid this was the number one beach for all the locals. As a teenager this was a place you would visit for an alcohol induced evening with your friends on one of the cliffs, well on the cliff because there's only one. As a grown-up it has been the place to stay away from. Another fitting name would be bird poo beach. There's a very popular, (?), camping here. And a little marina. On my visit over the weekend people were already sitting outside their caravan/tents enjoying an early morning cup of coffee in the chilly weather. I took a walk along the beach and it looks like they are preparing to add more sand to the beach. I guess it is possible that it is a nicer place these days so I guess I will come back for a Summer visit later in the year.

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Bofink

Chaffinch
Coffee and a waffle in the Spring sunshine at Lövhagen in Nynäshamn a few days ago. This "bofink" flew in for his treat and looked happy enough with it's seeds.

Friday, May 03, 2019

The bonfire that never was

The bonfire that never was
Last year it was the strong winds that caused a few problems with the bonfires during Walpurgis Night. This year it was the very dry weather. There has been fires burning uncontrolled all over the country in the last few weeks. This was supposed to be the bonfire at Stav in Tungelsta, but in the end everyone agreed to burn a smaller bonfire just to the left of the real bonfire. So this was how the bonfire that never was looked yesterday.

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Tjäderslingan

Tjäderslingan
The little urban area Segersäng in Nynäshamn. Around 1000 people call this home. Funny note, before the Nynäsbanan railway line was constructed, a little over a century ago, one possible route was via Sorunda. That plan was abandoned, but at the time of the construction the commuter station here was first called Sorunda. These houses dates back 10 to 15 years. The 1000 kilometre long Sörmland trail passes through here and I spotted a few hikers sitting by the side of the trail looking at their map.

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Next Stop Lövhagen

Next Stop Lövhagen
The old road to Nynäshamn used to be known as the road of death. So eventually a new road was built for all the heavy traffic between Stockholm and the port city of Nynäshamn. Which also means that these days the old road is only used by a few locals and a lot of cyclists, like this bunch that I spotted at Ösmo on Sunday, and half an hour later when they arrived to Lövhagen.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Tulpanrondell

Tulpanrondell
It is that time of the year again, when the roundabouts in Handen goes from not being seen to be very colorful for a few weeks.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Landscape Stacking

Landscape stacking
There I was in the middle of a very dry field at Tjursta, a rural part of Österhaninge. The birds I had hoped to photograph flew away so I decided to try some landscape stacking. Note to self: bring a tripod next time. Placing the camera on the camera bag is not the best way to go. This is eight photos shot at f/8, using the LCD screen and moving the focus point a bit between every photo. If I do bring a tripod I will try a photo at f/22 to check out the difference, possibly here later in the Summer when something something might be growing here.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Mystery Stone

Mystery Stone
One of six mystery stones at Sanda, a rural part of Österhaninge. Three conical stones and three round stones can be found on a little hill beside the road. This time of the year it is still possible to see the stones from the road, but they will soon be hidden behind all the greenery. Rumours have it that a King, (not clear which one), visited the Sanda Estate several times a few hundred years ago, and that he fathered a few bastards. Possibly six in all. Three boys and three girls.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Nedersta Trädgårdsstad

Nedersta allé Nedersta Trädgårdsstad Nedersta Trädgårdsstad
Described as terraced houses in New England style. Yours for 3,500 000SEK. There are many new houses in this part of Västerhaninge and there are many more to come.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Urban Runoff

Urban runoff Byggmaterial New deck/walkway
With all the new houses in Vegastaden a new urban runoff is being created at Dammträsk. Water will run down the meandering stream into a pond at Mellanberg before continuing through to two ponds at Dammträsk. A new walkway/bike path will also be built here connecting Kvarntorp with Mellanberg and Vega in Handen. The new wooden deck here will probably be a popular meeting spot in the near future.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

World Book Day

World Book Day
Today is World Book Day. I finished a Murakami novel last week. Currently reading a Swedish crime writer Christoffer Carlsson. I gave away one book to a friend over the weekend. Also waiting for a few books that I ordered online last week. Where would we be without books?

Monday, April 22, 2019

Kawasaki

Kawasaki
Whenever I photograph a motorcycle you know that real Spring has arrived. But as I snapped this one yesterday I seriously regretted not wearing my Winter jacket. The Summer temperature from the last two days were nowhere to be seen.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Viking Age Puzzle

Viking Age Puzzle
Runestone from the Viking Age at Landfjärden near Hammersta in Nynäshamn. The runic inscription reads Bjarne and Ger had the stone raised after Näsbjörn(?) his fader... Gudfinns brother. The stone was discovered in 1939 when workers where preparing to build a house nearby. It was lying face down on a field and too heavy to lift, so they decided to break it up using explosives! It was only then they turned it around and noticed the runic inscription. The Swedish National Heritage Board was informed and they managed to save what was left of the stone. The two meter high runestone was placed at it's current position in 1943.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

At the smokehouse

Nynäs Rökeri Smoker at the smokehouse
A quick stop at the smokehouse,(Rökeriet), which also serves as a fish shop and eatery (Kökeriet) at the guest harbour in Nynäshamn. From July it will be illegal to enjoy,(?), a smoke at any "uteservering" in this country. And there has been an intense debate about that decision. As a former smoker myself I'm all for the new law.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Strandhotellet

Strandhotellet
The Strandhotellet down by the water at Trehörningen in Nynäshamn. Built around 1907 together with a casino and two other hotels. The architect for all the buildings where Karl Güettler. At the turn of the last century Nynäshamn was in the middle of nowhere and at that time only 100 people lived there. Three years later 1000 people lived and worked here. The spa, casino and hotels became very popular with the jet-set until 1916 when the era suddenly came to an end. The old casino building is still here but the two other hotels are long gone.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Norrby BBQ

Norrby Barbeque
Four of the usual suspects gathered at Malmens konditori this afternoon, it was nice to be able to sit outside in the 20C weather. A few hours later they could be seen and heard enjoying the first BBQ of the year at Norrby at Hasse's veranda. There was a bit of whisky testing to get the evening under way. That was soon followed by beer tasting. We then enjoyed dinner and dessert before finishing the evening with a glass of rum. I probably had a little too much to drink so the designated driver decided to drive me home but a bike ride would also have been nice.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Hammerstahus

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This is Hammerstahus. A castle that was built back in the 14th century by The Knight Erengisle Nilsson. At the time of the construction the castle was sitting on a small island so it was well protected. Today the ruins can be found on a field several hundred meters from the sea. After his death his son Nils Erengislesson inherited the castle. The younger Nils was married to a Danish woman, Brita Olovsdotter Tott who spied on him during the war between Sweden and Denmark. She was later sentenced to death for treason, but for some reason this was never literally realized and after her release, she financed the paintings of Ösmo Church as a penance; one of the paintings there is said to be her own image. After her death the castle was soon abandoned.