Friday, July 19, 2019


Swedish word of the day. Sötnos. Cutie. I was chatting away with a bunch of the usual suspects at the cafe a few days ago when Roffe alerted me to the fact that a really cute girl was walking by so I grabbed the camera and took a quick shot. He wasn't wrong.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

That Old Tree

That Old Tree
After a BBQ at Norrby in Handen with two of the usual suspects I jumped on the bike and headed for home in the warm Summer evening. The ride took a bit longer than usual, around 50 minutes. I blame that on the cranberry liqueur we enjoyed, and the pit stop at the old tree at Välsta. Photo taken with the 60mm macro lens on the Canon 77D body which gives it a focal length of 96mm, so this is nine photos stitched together. Luckily for me it was a calm evening.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019


Sommaräng Insect Heaven
Swedish word of the day. Sommaräng. Summer Meadow. This was a wheat field in 2018 and 2017. The year before that they had canola here. This year they left everything for the insects. A field at Nedersta Gård.

Monday, July 15, 2019

The Stockbonäs Battle

Here comes trouble... Mouthing Off The Stockbonäs Battle Viking Battle Look what I cut off!
The visit to the Viking Village at Stockbonäs ended with an epic battle. All of a sudden the village was attacked by a group of Viking warriors. The newcomers badmouthed the villagers and they answered in the same way before the fighting began. It was brutal. Just look at that last photo if you don't believe me!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

In Ancestors Footsteps

The Viking Carpenter Sewing Viking® I Förfäders Spår In Ancestors Footsteps In Ancestors Footsteps
Five more photos from the re-enactment event I Förfäders Spår at Stockbonäs in Nynäshamn, where you could visit a very authentic Viking village last weekend. It was interesting to see how the "Vikings" went about their business ignoring the modern day people with mobile phones and cameras, most of the time that is, I did talk to a few people to get some details.

Friday, July 12, 2019

The Vikings at Stockbonäs

Viking Life Viking Lovers A very young Viking The diet of conquerors Viking Haggling I visited Stockbonäs in Nynäshamn over the weekend. Usually this is just a green field in the Summer, popular with hikers and sunbathers. Now it had turned into a little Viking Village. For the third year running there was a Viking re-enactment event there. Called I Förfäders Spår. Or in English, In Ancestors Footsteps. It was very authentic, down to the last detail, so I decided on the spot to try and get authentic photos ie, without any sign of modern life, and I will show you the result in the next few days. The Vikings came from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Germany, Australia and possibly a few other places as well.

Thursday, July 11, 2019


A Blubell,(Liten Blåklocka), growing next to the old tree. The yellow in the bokeh background comes from Yellow bedstraw, Gulmåra).

Monday, July 08, 2019


Lotstornet Lotstornet Lotstornet
If you want to spend the night at Öja, Lotstornet, (the old harbour pilot tower), could be what you are looking for. There's also a restaurant in the tower called Svedtiljas. You will have a great view from any of the rooms. All managed by Åke and Lotta Svedtilja. The hotel is open year round.

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Artillery battery

Artillery battery
ERSTA-batteri at Norrhamn on Öja. A four-story facility used during the cold war. 25 people lived and worked underground here 24/7. Supposedly it could withstand a nuclear blast. There to protect the inlets to Nynäshamn, Stockholm and Södertälje. In operation between 1977-2000. There are guided tours daily during the Summer. It will set you back 100SEK. Today this is a listed building.

Saturday, July 06, 2019


Saltboden Canoeists
Back in the day a "saltbod" was a building where you kept your fishing tools out in the archipelago. Today it is more likely to be a cafe, restaurant, pub and grocery shop, like here at Västerhamn on Öja. We stopped by a couple of times. Not overcrowded, but there were a few Americans enjoying the salmon at the next table. From Wisconsin. On our second sitting 12 or so canoeists showed up.

Friday, July 05, 2019

Living in the archipelago

The old bench Sea View Öja Red cottage Life in the archipelago Norrhamn
Only twenty people live at Öja year round. But they sure live nicely. Nearly all the houses on the island has a sea view as you can see by looking at these photos.

Thursday, July 04, 2019

The maritime pilot

The maritime pilot
Albert Holm was a maritime pilot at Öja. He lived between 1848 and 1939. It is partly thanks to Albert that a road was constructed on the island. Having come halfway with that work Albert figured that he had had enough and he chiselled his initials by the side of the road at Saltmarsbacken and promptly told everyone that he had now done his part and that it was up to the young people on the island to continue with the road. Diabase sculpture made by Ole Drebold an artist who lives on the island.

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Landsort Lighthouse

Lighthouse Landsort Lighthouse Off the beaten path Fyr
Öja is a tiny island. It is famous for a few things. This is one of them. The Landsort lighthouse. Built back in 1670, this is the oldest lighthouse in Sweden. There was an earlier lighthouse on the island but it was destroyed in a fire. That first lighthouse had been constructed by the Dutchman Johan van der Hagen and it was a few relatives to him that also built this lighthouse. It has been modernised a few times over the centuries and is today fully automatic. If you visit during the Summer there is a guided tour twice a day.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

M/S Stångskär

M/S Stångskär M/S Stångskär
Together with two friends I visited Landsort on Sunday. Or more precisely Öja, which is the official name of the southernmost island in the Stockholm archipelago. It is a fantastic little place. Seriously beautiful. Only twenty people live here year round. That number goes up a bit during the Summer. I arrived on the ferry M/S Stångskär. It travels between Ankarudden at the Torö island in Nynäshamn, and Öja a couple of times every day this time of the year. It only takes 68 passengers which meant that my lazy friends missed the ferry and arrived one hour later. I took quite a few photos during the visit and I will show you the most interesting in the coming days.

Monday, July 01, 2019


Water Towers
Theme Day. Blue. Figured that another photo of the Water Towers in Handen would work. The old towers were redesigned by HMXW-architects a couple of years ago. The triangles changes color with the daylight.

Sunday, June 30, 2019


Åtta (8)
A modern house across the Kalvfjärden bay from Notholmen at Brevikshalvön,(peninsula). A kilometre or so from the two houses in yesterdays post. This picturesque area of Tyresö used to be a place mostly for Summer houses, not so any more. This house looks brand new. and I'm guessing it is very expensive to buy a property here these days.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Servants' quarters

Servants' quarters
Built at the turn of the last century these are two of the servants' quarters at Tyresö Castle. Three families working at the castle lived in each of the two houses. The houses were known as "Parkvillorna". The people that lived here were "statare", contract-workers that ran the farm at the castle. The park ranger and the coachman also lived here. Snapped this photo after my visit to Notholmen.

Friday, June 28, 2019


I showed you a few photos of Marieberg back in February when I noticed that a lot of trees had been cleared around the old abandoned houses. Here is a photo from this week. A digger parked on the field in front of the old houses. Not sure what was going on so I asked my friend the local historian Sune Nilsson and he told me that two new houses will be built here in the near future.